Tom Brady should have stuck by his decision to retire, claims Nate Burleson
‘The juice isn’t there!’: Tom Brady should have stuck with his decision to retire, claims former NFL-wide receiver Nate Burleson – with 45-year-old Bucs quarterback ‘looking old’
- Tom Brady and the Bucs are only 3-5 this season and have lost three in a row
- Brady retired last season but turned off course and returned for a 23rd year
- But his game was mediocre and Nate Burleson thinks he should have finished
- Brady and the Bucs face a tough test vs. the Rams
- Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen announced on Friday that they have finalized their divorce
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Former NFL wideout Nate Burleson believes Tom Brady should have retired before this season as the seven-time Super Bowl winner failed to reach his high standards thus far in 2022.
The Buccaneers have only started 3-5 this season and the team’s attack – led by Brady, of course – was out of sync.
Tampa Bay has only scored 18.3 points per game (23rd) in the league and Brady has thrown more than one touchdown in just one game as the Bucs dropped three consecutive games.
Brady has also faced issues off the pitch – he and wife Gisele Bundchen announced this week that they are finalizing the divorce.
Tom Brady has not played to his usual high standard this season and the Bucs are 3-5
He and his 13-year-old wife, Gisele Bundchen, confirmed their divorce on Friday
While the 45-year-old briefly retired during the off-season — only to quickly reverse his decision — Burleson believes it’s a decision he should have stuck to.
“Tom should have retired. Am I the only one who thinks that?’, he continued NFL Network’s Good Morning Football.
“Here’s the point: We’ve been praising Tom Brady for 20 years and saying he’s the GOAT, the best quarterback that ever played, got him in the conversation with the greats in all sports. It’s okay to have some criticism.’
Brady’s tough start to the season continued on Thursday night vs. the Ravens, as Tampa Bay was unable to take advantage of a 10-3 lead at halftime and then lost 27-22.
It’s been a hugely disappointing year for the legendary quarterback, who said as early as Week 1 that the Bucs offense had “a lot to clean up.”
It was even reported at the beginning of the season by NFL Network that this would be Brady’s last season, though he seemed to contradict that recently.
Nate Burleson thinks Brady should have stuck with his decision to retire for this season
“I said last week that there is no immediate retirement in my future. There was a retirement in the past, but I’ve moved on from that,” Brady said on his SiriusXM radio show.
“I’ve made a commitment to this team, and I love this team, and I love this organization. I told them I was playing in March, and I’ve never quit anything in my life.’
Despite an enviable group of skill position players on the Bucs, injuries on the offensive line have hampered the group, while it also looks like Father Time is just catching up with the veteran signal-caller.
“It’s a combination of things,” Burleson said of Brady.
“The rhythm isn’t there. The juice is not there. And he just doesn’t look like the Tom Brady of yesteryear – he looks like an older Tom Brady.”
Brady and the Bucs are off this weekend after their Thursday night loss to the Ravens and it won’t get much easier when they host the Rams next weekend.