The pressure may be getting to Tom Brady.
The Buccaneers quarterback nearly lost his cool on Thursday when asked about a report by the San Francisco Chronicle, which claims the seven-time Super Bowl winner changes the team’s offensive gameplan without informing head coach Todd Bowles or offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich.
According to the Chronicle, on the night before each game, Brady holds a separate meeting with the Buccaneers’ skill players to go over the gameplan, and makes tweaks to assignments and formations before handing off a revised blueprint to the coaching staff — which is left in the dark until gameday.
When asked if there is any truth to the report, a seemingly frustrated Brady said, “No. I have no idea. I mean, anybody can write anything, and say whatever they want. So, no. … I’m not gonna respond to every — next question.”
Frustration seems to be the central theme of Brady’s third season with Tampa Bay — following his decision to come out of retirement in March to play a 23rd season. This campaign has not been glamorous, and includes a number of F-bomb-fueled rants.
Sunday’s loss dropped the NFC South-leading Bucs to 6-7 – a single game ahead of the Atlanta Falcons (5-8) and Carolina Panthers (5-8).
Brady finished 34 for 55 for 253 yards with one touchdown and the two interceptions. He was outshined by San Francisco’s “Mr. Irrelevant,” Brock Purdy — the final pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Purdy, who turns 23 this month, became the first quarterback ever to best Brady in his first start.
After the game, Brady said his team has “a lot of work to do” in the four remaining weeks of the regular season.
“We’ve got to do a better job,” he said. “Today was not good enough.”
The 45-year-old Brady even skipped a postgame shower before the long flight to Tampa Bay from San Fransisco, telling the San Francisco Chronicle, “F–k that. I’m going home.”
It’s been a season of highs and lows for Brady, both on and off the field.
In October, the quarterback announced his divorce from his wife of 13 years, supermodel Gisele Bündchen — with whom he shares two children, 13-year-old Benjamin and 10-year-old Vivian. Brady also has a 15-year-old son, Jack, from a prior relationship with actress Bridget Moynahan.
According to the Chronicle, one member of the Bucs’ organization described Brady’s emotional state amid the breakup: “It’s like seeing Superman without his cape.”