Yahoo Sports Charles Robinson, Jori Epstein and Charles McDonald discuss the obscene comments from Tom Brady on his “Let’s Go” podcast when asked about his timetable for deciding what’s next. The discussion then moves into where would be the best place for the GOAT to continue his NFL career. Hear the full conversation on the You Pod to Win the Game podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.
CHARLES ROBINSON: Tom Brady, Jim Gray catching a stray with what was probably a scripted question from Tom Brady, asking him about his future.
- Do you have any type of a timetable as to what you might want to do regarding your football career?
TOM BRADY: Jim, if I knew what I was going to [BLEEP] do, I'd have already [BLEEP] done it, OK? I'm taking it a day at a time.
CHARLES ROBINSON: You know, Jim and Tom known each other forever. I just can't figure out what exactly-- maybe it was meant for the rest of us, right? That's the only thing I can figure is, it wasn't really meant for Jim, it was meant for everybody else, just basically put-- throwing up the middle finger and saying I'll get to you when I get to you, right? I mean, like, is that what that was?
CHARLES MCDONALD: I think Tom might be a little frustrated because I mean, the season obviously didn't go the way that he envisioned it going when he decided to come back this year. And also, I kind of think Tom might be reckoning with the idea that not everybody is going to be lining up at his door to get him. And to be frank, like, if you ask Tom Brady what he's about to do next, he says, "I don't know," that's probably the truth. Because how many teams really need Tom Brady-- at least, like, the last version that we saw of him? It sounds kind of crazy to say, but yeah, he's going to be what? 46 next year?
JORI EPSTEIN: I think this was scripted. I think at most, like, the farthest from scripted this was is maybe they said they'd touch on it. And not in this exact wording, and then the wording kind of set Tom off. But what I think is interesting is, like, even if you script this, I think it's reflective of probably his emotions on it right now. Like, he doesn't know. That's kind of unsettling.
Quite honestly, I kind of feel like there's similarities between Tom Brady and Sean Payton's situations right now, of, like, they think that everyone's going to want them and you kind of can go wherever you want at the time you want, on the terms you want. And there are some other options out there, so I think that there is a degree of veracity to it, even if it was scripted.
CHARLES ROBINSON: Yeah, I think in terms of the options, one of the things that we're seeing with Tom Brady and probably even Sean Payton is that it's got to come down to an owner he can trust and an owner that's willing to give him power and empower him to do what he wants to do and step away. And when you look at all the teams out there, either they're owners that he won't trust, owners who have shown in the past they aren't willing to give up that kind of power, or owners he just doesn't know the reality of what the track record is. And they truly believe that Tom still would like to play in Miami for the Dolphins, that that goal that he had last offseason that didn't come to fruition has never fully gone away. And the opportunity right now just isn't there for that to happen.
He's in Page Six. He's been in Page Six non-stop.
JORI EPSTEIN: Oh, yeah, touring Miami Country Day.
CHARLES ROBINSON: Yeah, touring private schools for his kids. I saw the video. To me, it does kind of feel like it's open-ended with Tom Brady right now. It does feel like I can't say for sure where I think he ends up. And I think other people close to him can't really say where he ends up. And I think that's why some people are like hey, maybe Tampa really does still have a shot at keeping him on board in 2023.
CHARLES MCDONALD: I think Tampa makes the most sense for him, still.
CHARLES ROBINSON: Yeah, we talked about this.
CHARLES MCDONALD: Yeah, we talked about this. But if I'm Tom Brady, like, the only reason to play at age 46 is to get a Super Bowl. I just think if Tom's goal is to win, stay where you're at. The Saints, they don't have a top 10 pick. They desperately need. The Falcons are still in rebuilding mode and the Panthers don't have a quarterback.
CHARLES ROBINSON: Good point.
CHARLES MCDONALD: I don't know, this, to me, this seems like the path of least resistance, which is at least what I would be trying to figure out as I go through these teams. And he already discussed chemistry with the guys who are there. So I don't know. I don't I don't really know if Tom's going to find a better spot than where he's at right now is how I feel about it.
JORI EPSTEIN: If Tampa didn't think there was a chance he was coming back, do you fire Byron Leftwich that quickly? I don't-- over the course of three years, he was a good coordinator. And a lot happened with their offensive line et cetera this year. So I mean, maybe he needed to evolve in ways he didn't. Maybe he didn't maximize it, but I think that if that was a whole Tom's not coming back if not for him and they made that move that otherwise wasn't necessarily glaring years of an issue, it seems that they're still working on Tampa being the fit.