Bruce Arians: Tom Brady's personal life issues did impact his play in 2022
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Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians acknowledged that Tom Brady's personal life did have an impact in his performance this past season. In August, it was reported that now Brady's ex-wife Gisele Bundchen moved out of their house.
In late October, both Brady and Bundchen announced that they signed divorce papers. The Buccaneers weren't impressive but still managed to win the NFC South with an 8-9 record. The Buccaneers sneaked into the playoffs but then suffered a 31-14 loss on their home field to the Dallas Cowboys.
"The injuries to our leaders was really, really hard. Tom wasn't himself, you know, with all the things that were going on. And I got to give him all the credit in the world for battling through what he went through last year for his teammates.
I think the world of him but it wasn't the real Tom Brady out there," Arians said on The Rich Eisen Show, per CBS Sports.
Arians: Brady is retired for good
On February 1st, Brady announced his retirement from football. Last year, Brady also retired from football but un-retired just 40 days.
This time, Arians is confident that Brady won't be changing his mind. "I definitely think so. He's spent a lot of time with his kids and just heading to the next chapter. He's got so many things going on, you know, he's one busy dude," Arians said.
Now with Brady gone, the Buccaneers will have to make a decision on their next starting quarterback. Kyle Trask, who was the Buccaneers' second-round pick in 2021, seemingly could be given a chance to prove that he can be the Buccaneers' quarterback for the future.
"I think we're in good hands with Kyle Trask. I love Kyle, he's been there two years now," Arians said of Trask. It remains to be seen if the Buccaneers will decide to start Trask at the quarterback in 2023.