MUNICH — Despite going 4-5 and first sitting under .500 nine weeks into the regular season, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady said Friday he has “zero” regrets about his return to the Bucs after his 40-day retirement that season spring .
“Zero, no. Definitely not,” Brady said. “I came back because I felt like competing and I spoke to the team about it and they were thrilled to have me back. I don’t really regret things like that – I think when I commit to it, I mean I’m doing my best and trying to give everything I can for this special occasion.”
Brady, along with a strong defense that saw the return of several key figures, orchestrated an emotional win over the Los Angeles Rams last week with an opportunity to go to .500 with a win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. That kind of predicament would see the Bucs fail in any other division in the NFL.
But the NFC South was significantly weakened, with the Carolina Panthers still looking for a long-term solution after Cam Newton, the retirement of Drew Brees from New Orleans and the end of Matt Ryan’s tenure with the Atlanta Falcons, who had just slipped Quarterback position sought out first place with a 25-15 loss to the Panthers. The division has also seen several head coaching changes.
“I think the frustrating part is that we just weren’t playing the way we can – for a variety of reasons,” Brady said. “This is a very important game for us – we have a bye week after that. It gives you a chance to gauge where you stand and I would much rather rate a 5-5 than a 4-6. We just have to win this game and that will take care of it.”
The Bucs’ 18 points per game this season is the fewest from a Brady-led offense in nine games of his career. The lowest for a Brady team in the first 10 games of the regular season was 19.6 in 2003. The Bucs would need to score 35 points against the Seahawks on Sunday to surpass that mark.
Brady expressed concern about a lack of effort on his podcast earlier this week, something he elaborated on Thursday.
“What can we control? We can certainly control our attitude, our efforts. I think this year was the bottom line – we’re 4-5… I don’t think there’s anything to be happy about, we did it,” Brady said. “Obviously we’re not playing by our standards – we’re not there from the standpoint of effort, execution or emotion. We need to find out – this is a good place to do it.”
The hope is that the Bucs can head into bye week and hit the reset button – analyzing what has and hasn’t worked for them. These were particularly productive for Brady throughout his career. He’s 15-5 and coming out bye weeks. International games were also particularly sympathetic to him. He is 3-0 in games played outside of the United States.
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