Clyde Christensen Retires

January 19th, 2023

Bucs QB Tom Brady and QB coach Clyde Christensen

This is starting to smell like Tom Brady’s not returning.

Per Bucs quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen will retire. So the Bucs likely will have a fully new offensive staff.

Joe cannot speak to Brady’s relationship with failed offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. But from every practice Joe saw, Brady seemed very tight with Christensen. And Christensen has talked publicly about close he is with Brady, even sitting with him on team bus rides.

Often Joe saw the two walking off the practice field together if not laughing and joking then talking football.

Joe believes if the Bucs thought Brady would return, they’d find a way to keep Christensen. And Christensen would find a way to stick with Brady.

47 Responses to “Clyde Christensen Retires”

  1. d33b0 Says:

    I mean…..COME ON! LOL!

    You guy’s are killing it today!! Love it.

  2. DungyDance Says:

    Has Keith Armstrong been canned also?

  3. Tye Says:

    IF Bowles is retained as HC, I wouldn’t blame all of Arian’s guys to bail out…
    I would….. LOSING seasons hurt their resume and Loses are about to mount up until Bowles is relieved of his Bucs status!

  4. Walter Says:

    We don’t need Brady. We need a QB that can do something with the football when a play breaks down. It’s time that we evolve like all the current best teams in football have. We need a QB that can move.

  5. beano Says:

    The organization is a dumpster fire right now. -100% chance Brady returns (yes that’s a negative).

  6. sasquatch Says:

    The new OC would probably want his own QB coach, which is reasonable. Or, perhaps Bowles is looking to promote Thad Lewis into the job… since he’s regarded as the bright young mind on the staff.

  7. SKBucsFan Says:

    Brady will decide if he wants to play on his own terms. He will want to be in a situation that clearly has a chance at winning a Superbowl. The O-line needs to be in tact and strong. As he is getting older he is less winning to get hit and throws the ball away often as we saw in the last game.

    The only team that is a QB away from winning it all is the 49ers. And if they feel Purdy can be the guy then they won’t drop him for a one year rental player. It’s either them, the Bucs, or he retires IMO.

  8. Bucsbeast Says:

    JOE….. STOP!



    I understand your a Bon Jovi fan but this prayer is not gonna happen.
    Don’t live on it.

  9. SKBucsFan Says:

    *willing. Not winning.

  10. sasquatch Says:

    I wouldn’t necessarily draw a straight line from Clyde’s retirement and Brady not coming back. Brady has worked with plenty of coaches, has seen them come and go. If they put someone in the QB coach job that Brady is familiar with or feels positive about, I don’t see any reason why Clyde retiring would be part of his decision-making.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    Or hear me out Joe, the dude had a 40+ year career and it’s okay to hang them up now.

  12. robert Says:

    brady and peyton to miami is my prediction. and he will get another ring.

    da bucs keep toilet bowle-tptal rebuild. back to the dumpster as no one will want to play here

  13. 954Joe Says:

    Probably leaving because the BS smell was too strong from the Leftwich firing

  14. mark2001 Says:

    Didn’t think he would. I mean, except for convenience, why would he? You think he loves Bowles coaching? Having a new OC? Rebuilding the O line? Helping recruit some more FA’s?

  15. SB~LV Says:

    Agree with the photos of Brady and Clyde
    Mystery bubbles are bursting
    Clean house
    Including Jason
    Hopefully the Glazers had a plan before hand and are not reacting to the situation as it unfolds

  16. Vlad The Impaler Says:

    Brady will go to a winner and possibly win another SB next year.
    Bucs will be utterly dysfunctional in 2023.


  17. Winky Says:

    Rebuilding is probably best, imo.

    This worked. Brady, super bowl. Yay! A successful union. Good work, Licht.

    Now, let’s turn the page and do it again.

    Go Bucs!!!

  18. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Pace yourself Joe. Long way to go.

  19. Anonymous Says:

    yall deluding yourself if you think brady is winning anything in the AFC. That is the elite conference right now and it’s not even close. No matter if he on the Dolphins or Raiders I guarantee he will not win another championship at 46 years old in the AFC now run by Mahomes, Allen, and Burrow. With Lawrence and Herbert on the comeuppance and Watson and Wilson improving.

  20. tbbucs3 Says:

    “brady and peyton to miami is my prediction. and he will get another ring”


  21. SOEbuc Says:

    Christiansen was my next man up if we were going to keep Bowles around. This is terrif.

  22. Hodad Says:

    The Bucs can’t wait on Brady, they have to plan like he’s gone, because he is.

  23. Buc4evr Says:

    Time to turn the page on Brady. This team can not support his immobility and after this year it’s clear the Bucs have to go in a new direction.

  24. UKBuccanee Says:

    If you’d offered any buccaneers fan the chance to have 3 years of Brady, 3 years of playoff football, 2 divisional titles and a SB, they’d have snapped your arm off for it. It’s hard to be too down, it’s been a golden era of bucs football.

  25. adam from ny Says:

    tommy b is coming back to rock the creamsicles…

    clyde retired rather than take a 2nd canning in tampa

  26. SB~LV Says:

    Make sure Clyde scrubs his laptop before turning it in

  27. D-Rok Says:

    Speaking of the QB coach, I wonder how Clyde graded Brady this year? Serious question. Does Clyde retiring mean he thinks Brady is “washed,” or does Brady still have something left in the tank? I would think I would trust Clyde’s answer here above anyone else’s on the team.

  28. Steven007 Says:

    Tom Brady is closer to 50 than 40. Read that again and let that sink in. I love Brady as much as the Brady Homer’s on this page, but it’s time to turn that page. His skills will only diminish from here and if this year was a barometer for that, it’s not going to look nice. It was a great 3-year run, only in reverse as far as fans go. Had it played out in reverse, we’d all be thinking this was the best run we’d ever seen. Since we started hot and then declined it seems different. Look forward to the future.

  29. sasquatch Says:

    I don’t think having Brady back is first priority. I’d prefer to find a QB who has a future to build around. We aren’t going to be a Superbowl team next year with Brady or anybody else. Time to move on.

  30. matthew a veal Says:

    best wishes to clyde from a non-fan

    no reason to air out the past, his rings diminish my argument

  31. Paratrooper Buc Says:

    I think as Brady has gotten older he has become more attached to teammates and I do think he cares about the players and the organization to a point. However, if he wants to have a solid chance going to SB it will be with another team. Bucs are way over cap and have too many FA and some want their max money so not sure how we field a good team. If Brady stays (I think that’s a 25% chance) then need Brady to take practically zero dollars and rework so many contracts and even then it’s not a strong chance to win SB at the cost of pushing rebuild another 2-3 years out because of the bill we need to pay. I’d love Brady to stay if we can be competitive but not at the cost of delaying rebuild years.

  32. Jack Sparrow Says:

    A QB with mobility is better than having Brady….. hahaha… laughable…. i remember we have a mobile QB named Winston and he has all the coaches, the o-line, receivers,,,, what did it get us….. NFC south cellar dweller……

  33. SB~LV Says:

    Neebee’s don’t get the computer reference

  34. Goatfarmer Says:

    Clyde is in his lte 60s, Joe. Sometimes retirement is the thing when you get that age. My age actually.

  35. Rod Munch Says:

    Clyde Christensen was the guy who got Hall of Famer Tony Dungy fired.

    What do you think he would have done for Lifetime Loser Todd Bowles?

  36. Walter Says:

    @Jack Sparrow

    Almost every single one of the top young quarterbacks in the NFL is a dual threat, with the ability to stretch the play when it breaks down. Not entirely sure how bringing up one of the biggest number one overall draft pick busts in NFL history negates that fact.

  37. unbelievable Says:

    “This is starting to smell like Tom Brady’s not returning.”

    My first thought when reading this headline.

    I was doubtful he would be anyways, but this makes it seem even more likely. Brady wants to play somewhere where has a shot at another ring. Between our salary cap / FA situation, and the fact that Todd Bowles remains head coach, Tampa is clearly not that place for him.

  38. Pewter Power Says:

    The idea that he can’t come back here because his friend retired and was a quarterback coach is hilarious. Coaches come and go so how could he be any kind of deal breaker

  39. PewterStiffArm Says:

    Clyde’s retirement is sad. He really enjoyed his time with Brady. As for other coaches, let’s continue with special teams coach Keith Armstrong. He should the next one.

  40. JD Says:

    Pathet that they didnt get rid of toilet bowles!

  41. LoveMeSomeBucs Says:

    Man am I tired of hearing about Brady…he came, we won a Super Bowl now the Bucs need to find a modern era QB . The Bucs used Brady and Brady used the Bucs so now kiss and hug and say bye bye. I never thought much of Gabbert but I believe the Bucs would have won 10 games with hin at QB…

  42. Old School Bucs Says:

    Yeah,. It sure looks like Brady aint returning. The toilet paper vendor at the stadium is changing next year. Also, I heard at Target from the head cashier who knows the head grounds keeper at the stadium who knows Randy Moss’s cousin who knows Bob Kraft who told Julian Edleman who told Gronk he doesnt believe Brady returns to Bucs.

  43. ChiBuc Says:

    Bye bye Clyde, aka the luckiest man alive, Mr proximity, lap dog of elite qbs… We never really saw you develop anyone (Payton, luck, Brady. Do they count?), omnipresent, and your influence was not felt in 2022. Time for a COACH not a Brady buddy.

  44. Ed McSherry Says:

    With Arians there was a certain winning excitement and immediacy about the team. Brady could greatly relate to that. It’s want he looks-for in a team.

    If Brady had not made up his mind about returning before that last game of this season, he did in the second qtr. when Bowles took him and Mike Evans out of a 10 to 10 tied-game that would have decided whether the Buccaneers had a winning 9 & 8 season or a losing 8 & 9 season.

    Bowles demonstrated that he (Bowles) couldn’t care less about winning; without Brady in the game, obviously he was giving the opposition every assist possible to ensure that they (Atlanta) would win.


    Then what does Bowles care about if not, as the Head Coach, winning?

    Bowles only cares that Bowles is making the decisions and everyone knows it. That is what is most important to Bowles. Bowles is the most important thing to Bowles, not winning, just Bowles.

    Third and four at a critical time for a momentum change. Go for it on on forth? Of course, duh!

    No, no, this is a perfect opportunity for a “Bowles decision.”
    Punt, and everyone will know it was Bowles’ who’s in charge, making a “Bowles decision.”

    The fans will be tripping all over themselves for season tickets next year to go-see Bowles make decisions.

    Sign this rare treasure for at least five years while you have the chance, Glazers.

  45. Goatfarmer Says:

    Well said , Ed McSherry. Perfectly well said, and why the man Blowzo should be a defensive assistant coach at most, and after playoff failures that have yielded >60 points over the past two games maybe he should be an assistant DB coach focused on teaching the nuances of zone coverage. Because his people fail spectacularly when needed the most for that purpose.

  46. Dlavid Says:

    My thoughts on Christensen are how much The Big Dog ( RIP ) could not stand him during his tenure under Dungy . I hope this team does a purge and builds from the draft again . Get through next year and let Bowles go ….. tough crap for Bowles but he definitely proved this season he is not the man you want moving ahead in the rebuild .

  47. Steve J Says:

    They both have far better things to do than football. Time has come.