Tom Brady: “I’d Rather Lose And Play Than Not Play At All”

November 28th, 2022

Losing hurts Tom Brady. He does not take it lightly. Chris “Swaggy” Baker he is not. In fact, Brady said tonight about losing, “It feels like the soul gets ripped out of you.”

Brady was talking on his Let’s Go! show on SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio. He continued and explained that losing is better than the calling games for FOX being a fan.

“Look, losing is hard for all of us, but I’d rather lose and play than not play at all,” Brady said.

“I love playing. I love competing. I love trying to be a little bit better every day. I love going out there with a sense of purpose to try to get better. And ultimately, I love trying to play at a championship level for my teammates. … And obviously there’s challenges every year. Everybody has unique challenges, you know, on and off the field. You work as hard as you can with the circumstances that are presented before you. We’re just going to keep fighting til the end and we’ll be measured by, again, by what happens over the course of a long season.”

Brady also talked about his endless love for practice and how much he enjoys preparation in his 23rd NFL season. He even said he sees significant weekly improvement in the Bucs lately but not enough to make them more than an average team.

Regardless, Brady was dripping with optimism, he said, because of where the Bucs sit in the NFC South and how quickly a season can turn around.

All that chatter soothed Joe a little bit. Just maybe, Brady can save this season and return for Year 4 in Tampa.

72 Responses to “Tom Brady: “I’d Rather Lose And Play Than Not Play At All””

  1. Gary Says:

    Year 4 for Brady but no Leftwich!!

  2. Cchead Says:

    TB12 needs to demand change from Leftwich or call his own plays at the line if scrimmage.

  3. Bucsfan13 Says:

    As a fellow Michigan alumni, I’m a big fan of Brady, but the man has an unnatural obsession with football. He’s worse than heroin addict, and the people around him have enabled this addiction. This intense addiction to football is also what makes him great in some ways. I watched him in his doc Tom vs Time and he sat at his desk watching film like a zombie. At one point he had his kid in his lap as he was watching film! He said he could sit for hours on end just watching film. He has no wife and kids in the house now. I could only imagine how much film he watches now. Brady sacrificed his marriage for this game. Don’t ever tell me this guy is never all in, and some of you idiot posters have suggested that he wasn’t all in. Go Blue!!

  4. gotbbucs Says:

    No year 4. We can’t keep doing this.

  5. For the People Says:

    I agree, 4th year wirh Bruce back and bowels at DC.. won’t happen, but would be awesome

  6. Bojim Says:

    Brady is the man. Certain members of the team owe it to him and us to give their all. Especially coaches.

  7. ElioT Says:

    Zero chance Brady comes back with the Bucs unless there is some crazy changes on the coaching staff and roster.

    I will say this, the Bucs have a significant lack of speed and explosion on offense an no #1 TE as a security blanket. They have weapons, but they’re all the same kind of weapons.

  8. Buc4evr Says:

    Brady will always be the goat, but at 45 he is gassed. Coupled with hideous coaching and a soft team, it’s time for him to retire. I think the rest of the season is going to convince him that playing for the Bucs isn’t worth it anymore.

  9. EEK Says:

    if Brady can save the season, he will deliver what we all want

    he will also catapult Leftwitch to a head coaching job elsewhere

    everyone wins

    of course, saving the wasted season seems to be the least likely possibility

  10. SB~LV Says:

    Show Me the W’s !

  11. Byron Leftwich’s gym teacher Says:

    Buck Fyron

    Our playcalling is nonsense and we have no brains or sac at HC or OC

    We punted 7 f*cking times in the second half Sunday

  12. Lamarcus Says:

    I’m just tired of seeing 3-7 yard passes like our wide receivers are Yac gods when it’s the opposite. Our receivers like ME13 are not tackle breakers and never will be They actually shy away from contact

    For him to stay..Brady gonna need a Gronk like TE, and speed demon wrs like the Dolphins and a Shannon 49ers run game and 2002 BUCS defense and Belichick at HC.

  13. Mike Johnson Says:

    Fans and local writers in Buc country refuse to be critical of Brady. He has been under and overthrowing his receivers all year. Yet, they seem to think their God will save the day. All of the winning teams nowadays have very good mobile QB’s. An example [of this is last night Eagles QB performance. Brady is just about done. Better get us somebody who can at least run 5 yards. Don’t get mad. Its true.

  14. Rayjay1122 Says:

    We have one TB who is great and another TB who is a complete and total joke. Unfortunately the joke is not very funny. Coaches have hijacked the team. Sad.

  15. tbbucs3 Says:


    Many posters on here (like yourself) are blinded by their Brady fandom……a 10 day vacation in the middle of training camp isn’t “all in”

    Remember Michael Jordan is a Wizards uniform? That’s what we are witnessing now with Brady

  16. NEfan Says:

    He will play a final season but he won’t be a Buc. If not a one year deal with the.niners I can see him in Tenn or Vegas, hey what if he turned the Lions around? His record in domes is crazy. That would be epic. F the Bucs, BA sabotaged them.

  17. MJ Says:

    TB12 played bad yesterday IMO missed receivers 4 or 5 times in the 4th and OT when the game was on the line…
    he looked off and sad/angry again. This is Giseles fault for ripping his family apart and going w another guy

  18. Tom Sumner Says:

    Fuk Man. women. Need to go on a W streak…LFG !!

  19. PassingThru Says:

    Why would Brady return to this excrement?

  20. NEfan Says:

    ttbucs, what your seeing is a bunch of pampered unmotivated over paid players cashing their pay checks led by the most incompetent coaches in the league. Even Saturday for Indy knows how to put up a fight? Good luck with Trask or maybe Wilson of he thinks Denver is bad come play for Bowels and leftnut.

  21. alton d green Says:

    Brady back to tampa?????????????????????????? not a snowballs chance in Hell. Especially if Bowles is still the coach. I am a career long Brady fan. I’ve always thought that he could overcome anything. Moronic coaching is beyond his magic. What is Tom most known for? His magic to come back and win in the last minutes of a game. OK back to Bowles. 2 times he punted instead of putting it in the goats hands. He stood there like a dufus and watched 13 seconds run off the clock instead of taking a timeout. Who in their right mind goes to OT with 3 timeouts left…………Oh i’ve got it, Todd Bowles. I said all last year he should be fired so you can imaging how i feel about this year

  22. DungyDance Says:

    “I’d rather lose and play than not play at all.”

    Probably this is just a face value statement. But just for fun, what if it’s code for something else? Surely he had some stipulations in deciding to come back this year. Suppose that’s the case, and suppose some of them are not popular right now. So what would backing out on his original stipulations then mean? Cue the quote.

  23. NEfan Says:

    MJ, you’re either a woman or a Pokémon master. He didn’t over throw Evan’s your mam crush ME13 packed it in yesterday and Donavan Smith played like the Browns 12th man on D. You don’t know what you got till it’s gone. Thank you BA for the ruined season. BA & the Jets dumped their garbage at One Bucs Place.

  24. OBVIOUS Says:

    His attitude makes me feel better to. I sure hope he can pull something off. Maybe if he did take charge. Maybe.

  25. NEfan Says:

    Ya know what I got out of his quote? “This is a losing team and ain’t going no where !” Nobody wants it but him. I used to think Evan’s did until yesterday when I saw him quit at least twice.

  26. ModHairKen Says:

    Why would he come back next year with Leftwich and Bowles? Playing on a sub .500 team, tarnishing your career and reputation is not better than not playing.

    This team was ruined by Arians quitting. All of those who think it will be magically fixed if he came back are dreaming. They need a brand new staff with a coach who understands how to coach. The sad Special Teams and inability to change up what is not working on Offense and the continuing blown leads by the Defense are all coaching problems.

    Lousy. Lousy coaching.

  27. tbbucs3 Says:

    “Good luck with Trask or maybe Wilson of he thinks Denver is bad come play for Bowels and leftnut”

    Plug any run of the mill QB in this offense and I doubt the results would be much worse than what’s currently going on.

    Most QBs who have a job in the NFL can get an offense to 17 points

  28. Tom Sumner Says:


  29. OBVIOUS Says:

    As far as the blaming BA. I’m not sure that’s fair. I’m gonna have to go with Licht. HE’S the GM! It’s his JOB to see and smell through the BS Period and ! And even if he has bought the “magic beans”, it’s his job to FIX IT!

    This IS the GM’s JOB and RESPONSIBILITIES… Ultimately, HE IS TO BLAME

  30. D-Rok Says:

    Maybe Brady should lobby for his old buddy to be OC, Bill O’Brien. I heard O’Brien is considering a return to NFL.

  31. NEfan Says:

    ttbucs, Brady is great but the rest of the QB’s aren’t playing with on two downs 85% of the time and the only PROFESIONAL NFL HC that would hold two timeouts and forfeit a chance to win. Get Brady a receiver that can get open in the end zone cause your boy Evan’s can’t do it anymore.

  32. brooks Says:

    Even with the G.O.A.T. at quarterback, Tampa Bay just isn’t a good football team this year. These Buccaneers are inconsistent and injury-ravaged, with coaching that leaves much to be desired.

  33. DungyDance Says:

    D Rok that would be f’ing amazing. Nice distraction from the ugly reality of BL to at least dream about.

  34. captivajim Says:

    Unless bowles & leftworst give Brady control of the game plan , play calls, and control of the game clock when offense has the ball ; nothing will change, nothing..
    we’ll finish 8-9 or 7-10 and Mariotta with dixie chx will be in the playoffs ..

  35. NEfan Says:

    I’m sorry ttbucs did I forget the most dropped balls in the league, a double reverse call for a loss late fourth qtr losing 12 yds and killing a scoring drive with backup players, multiple runs up the middle on 1st & 20, run up the gut with 36 seconds left in GB game causing Bowles to use his last TO they surely could of used for the two point conversion the rookie center never snapped, constant drive killing penalties by a over paid left tackle, two wildcat plays 5 plays apart where a RB has to throw 20 yds to a QB with a knee brace killing ANOTHER scoring drive or maybe a D that lost the lead by giving up 200yds rushing in the second half or maybe it’s the bored jacked up lb in 4th quarters. I guess you’re right he should leave he’s gassed.

  36. Crickett Baker Says:

    Tom didn’t overthrow Mike. Mike ran slower than usual and didn’t get to the ball. More than once. I am not sure what is wrong with Evans these days, but he is not or can’t be in sync with Tom.

  37. tbbucs3 Says:

    “Brady is great”

    No, Brady WAS great

    You can pull out every excuse in the book, but the guys who touches the ball every play is far from blameless in this trainwreck

  38. Da Bucs Guy Says:

    Brady will play for Dolphins or 49ers next year.

  39. JimmyfromNY Says:

    I love the Brady trolls when things arent going well it makes it even more satisfying when he sticks a dagger in them. 20 years of dominance winning like nothing they’ve ever seen sleepless nights. Can’t get enough of it. Still lead the league in tight window throws, fewest int completions, they have no idea how it’s still happening they look for any little mistake to hammer him. Love it. Let the tears flow when he continues to win doesn’t matter if it’s here or somewhere else and yes Evans has been exposed this year. Selfish, soft, middle of the pack receiver, only caring about yards. Brady continues to do it with the worst running game in maybe the history of the NFL, a horrific offensive line, no TE and slow WR’s!! In a list of problems on this team, he’s 21st out of 20.

  40. Chris Stewart Says:

    Pull a page from the Colts playbook and hire Warren Sapp as the head coach.

  41. BrianBucs Says:

    If the Bucs miss the playoffs and Bowles is still here next year then Brady will not be back here.
    Watching Bowles and Leftwich waste Tom Brady in what is probably his last year in Tampa is just a damn shame

  42. Tucker Says:

    Have they fired leftwich yet can’t happen soon enough

  43. firethecannons Says:

    Don’t be soothed Joe. The head coached lied to the media and the world at large today, that or he admitted he is a fearful conservative man that has no business being in the nfl coaching one of the great 32. Telling us all that he contemplated outcomes like an interception from TB12 (GOAT) was an outright lie–truth be told–there was only brief seconds to think and the time got away from him. He failed at clock management and he lied about it to all of us and all of his players, and we all know better. He preaches accountability yet he cannot admit what all of us saw and know–time happens fast and he should admit it.

  44. firethecannons Says:

    So perhaps this team will play for Brady because they damn sure know that Todd Bowles is a fraud.

  45. NotTampaTom Says:

    That effort after a bye?!

  46. SPARKY Says:

    Is Evans hurt? He looked slow and can’t get open anymore. I think Brady is going to go to Julio more now. We don’t have anyone who can get open anymore. Evan Godwin has trouble getting a yard separation. Watch other QBs and their top receivers are open 4 or 5 times a game, even against double teams.Diggs, Cupp, Kelse, Adams, Waddle Hill, Hopkins, hell even Cooper yesterday, are wide open 2 or 3 times a game. What Brady is doing this year with a new line, hurt receivers, and piss poor coaching is actually pretty impressive.

  47. Redeemer Says:

    You stupid Brady haters apparently don’t understand how football works. How many times did you see him double and triple clutching the football, trying to reset and find someone open. Do you think he was confused by the browns defense? Nobody was getting open. Other than Godwin, Brady had almost no help yesterday. I’ve re-watched the game twice now on all 22. Julio and Evans combined for 5-71. The browns run a simple defense. Yet BL continued to call the same stuff, scheming nobody open. other than Godwin and White, Brady had 91 yards passing. You think it would look like this with a legitimate third reciever? Someone other than Godwin who could get open quickly?

  48. steele Says:

    Any long time Brady follower will tell you that what BucsFan13 describes above is true. It’s the key to his greatness, and also his weakness. He’s not just all-in, but insane all-in—IF IT’S RIGHT.

    But there is just so much that he can do beyond his own job, at this point in his career. He knows it. A team has to be tailored to his strengths and weaknesses, from coaching to the attitudes of teammates. He’s not getting that kind of rapport this season from the coaching to the players, many of whom don’t buy in, or they’re “been there done that” after winning the SB the year before.

    This feels a lot like his final Patriots season, when things were off on every level.

  49. I’m not tired anymore we just won the Super Bowl!! Says:

    Would love to have Brady for another year! The coaching staff is what needs to go. I sure hope he forces a change in the play calling this week. Can’t stand Bowels. Go Bucs!

  50. Oneilbuc Says:

    Redeemer . Why don’t you go back to New England it’s clear you are a Patriot fan. Brady is the problem with the offense and you know it if this any other quarterback you and the rest of you Brady fan boys will be blaming the quarterback . But then again you and the rest of the Brady fan boys wouldn’t be on here.

  51. Oneilbuc Says:

    Hell no to Brady coming back next year. For what to see him play worse and watch you Brady fan boys blame everyone else? No this defense is playing good Brady is the problem stop making excuses and looking for scapegoats because Brady holding this offense back.

  52. unbelievable Says:

    Would Brady come back to a completely new coaching staff / system?

    I’m doubtful.

    I think it had to work this year w/ Bowles in order for him to come back for 1 more year. With a whole new staff… ehhh I’m just not seeing it.


    Bowles / Leftwich / Armstrong ruined this season.

  53. SPARKY Says:

    Oneilbuc knows less about football than I thought.

  54. unbelievable Says:

    @Oneil – Brady is still playing better than probably 85% of the QBs in this league this year.

    Has he been perfect? No. Beginning of the season he especially looked off, but much better the last few weeks. He’s hardly our worst problem.

    Unless you blame Brady for the HC failing to manage the clock and use timeouts (IN BOTH HALFS)?

    Do you blame Brady for Darden not returning that last punt, b/c the head coach was afraid of something “bad” happening, despite at least 20 yards of empty field in front of him?

    Do you blame Brady for the special teams giving up over 100 yards in returns yesterday?

    Do you blame Brady for the team not using a TO to challenge that Evans TD catch, which was clearly a catch on replay?

    Do you blame Brady for D Smith killing 3 different scoring drives?

    Do you blame Brady for the decision to punt from the opponents fricken 37 yard line, instead of putting the game away and going for it on 4th and 2?

    (BTW that punt netted a change of a whole whopping 17 yards in field position. 17!!!)

    I was rooting for Bowles. He is failing. And a big part of that failure is refusing to hold Leftwich and Armstrong responsible for the sloppy play of their players.

  55. John Mason Says:

    Its all great what Toms says……but it does not change the
    fact we got idiots in the HC and OC positions…looks like nothing will change so how do you stop the Saints strong pass rush…buy these idiots sending us in to OT and losing our best will be hard to watch….Tom will have to fold up like a tent from the rush…thats how he keeps from getting hurt. Owners need to step in and try to save the season.

  56. Tbbucs3 Says:

    “Brady is still playing better than probably 85% of the QBs in this league this year.”

    Moronic statement. What exactly are you basing this on besides your Brady fandom? His production isn’t even in the top half of the league. Brady is being outplayed by

    Obviously Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen and Jalen Hurts but also…..

    Tua, Justin Herbert, Kirk Cousins, Jimmy Garraoplo, Joe Burrow and Geno Smith.

  57. Rod Munch Says:

    Brady has never had to overcome such incompetent coaching.

    Brady still leads the NFC in passing, which is amazing considering the idiot running the offense, and it proves why he’s the GOAT.

  58. AbucAway Says:

    Makes me wonder how Tom views his HC after basicslly being told he isn’t trustworthy enough to not throw an interception. Did Bowles really just throw Tom under that very public bus? Yikes.

  59. AbucAway Says:

    If there wasn’t a rift between Todd and Tom before this comment, there is one now.

  60. Kentucky Buc Says:

    There’s nothing worse you can do as a HC than show a lack of confidence in your team. We’ve seen it all year. Failure to go for the win in numerous circumstances has destroyed this team. Some coaches refuse to acknowledge their shortcomings making it impossible to make adjustments and move on. Nothing was done during the bye week to make changes to the offensive game plans like they did in 2020. I’ve played for coaches like this. They try to make players fit to their philosophy instead of game planning to the strengths of your players. It’s the equivalent to making the Show Time Lakers slow down and play like Larry Birds Celtics.

  61. Hodad Says:

    Now with Wirfs gone this offense will only get worse, and Brady’s chances of finishing the season just took a hit. Tom’s going to have to get the ball out even faster now. If we couldn’t run the ball with Wirfs playing we sure aren’t going to run it better without him. But that’s what Byron will do anyway. This isn’t going to end well. The Glazers will have some big decisions to make this off season.

  62. NEfan Says:

    I say we boycott anything ttbucs, oralbuc and oneilsuckyall write because none of.them understand the game and just want to blame the rich, white, UNDER paid QB. Leads the nfc in passing, best at tight window throws (what does that tell you? NO separation) and fewest ints. Go check those stats with the names listed above and see where they fall.

  63. JimmyfromNY Says:

    Brady trolls will get there wish he isn’t coming back to this nonsense and the pre 2020 days will be back decades of barely .500 football where no one cares about the Bucs, Trolls want flashy quarterbacks, who can run and make plays good luck with that lol !! Those guys don’t last more than a few years and 99% of the time don’t win anything. Patrick Mahomes played in 2,Super Bowl where he played terrible running around , Extremely lucky to win because Jimmy G crapped his pants, Josh Allen, and those other guys will never win anything

  64. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I know the feeling, Tom…..I’d rather watch us lose than not watch…..gut wrenching!!!

  65. Goatfarmer Says:

    Brian Flores or Eric Bienemy.

  66. tbbucs3 Says:

    Rather boycott any user name that involves New England, New York or any obvious Patriots fan

  67. tbbucs3 Says:

    They are like pest

  68. Fitz Says:

    Dump the coaches and put BA out to pasture. BA was a great coach but unfortunately he is not healthy enough to coach anymore. Bring in a proven head coach and pray Brady will hang around for another year. Then get some quality offensive and defensive linemen to help our run game and stop our oppositions run game. The question is can we get a quality Head coach to come and take over next year after this years mess?

  69. unbelievable Says:

    Not a pats fan, and I’ve prob been around this site longer than you, tbbucs.

    Brady has had some off games and a few bad throws, but he is hardly the biggest issue with this team. If you were t a total hater, you’d be able to see that.

    This coaching staff is failing us.

  70. tbbucs3 Says:


    How am I a hater? Is Brady immune to any criticism?

    Look Brady was undoubtedly great in 2020 and 2021….but its 2022 and hes playing like an average quarterback who’s currently leading a bottom 5 offense in the NFL

  71. What do you expect Says:

    Ungrateful. Seems that is what much of the Bucs fan base is. What exactly did you expect. Offensive line is a shell of what it was. That forces quicker throws. Quicker throws result in less separation. TE spot no longer a threat. Means more coverage sent to cover wide receivers. Because OLine is a shell of what it was, running game is far worse. That makes play action worse and results in less separation for wide receivers. You can toss all the blame at Leftwitch, Bowles and Brady but guess what, they can’t make up for a complete collapse from the OLine. That is where the team is at. MAYBE if Wirfs and Jensen both come back and are unexpectedly at the top of the game you will see something better but still less than the last 2 years. Be realistic with your expectations. Brady is still playing well but unfortunately he, Bowles and Leftwitch can’t compensate enough for an offensive line that is in shambles and No Gronk. I don’t blame Evans, Godwin or Julio. Because of circumstances beyond their control they don’t have time to get into their routes enough to develop separation. I don’t blame Fournette or White as they don’t have a strong line to run behind. Face the facts.

  72. What do you expect Says:

    In short you took two Pro Bowlers (Marpet and Jensen) out for all the games. Plus a consistent starter in Cappa out and fans expected that not to have a MAJOR effect on the offense? Now without Wirfs, well, good luck. Plus Gronk’s blocking ability. That is why no separation. That is why no run game. That is why quick throws. Not rocket science here.