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Does Brady finally hang it up now?

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OK, first off, yes I'm aware he's said there's "zero" chance of him walking away. I'm also aware that he's said he wants to play into his mid-40's...

 

However, I picked up on a few interesting things yesterday. During the 347 hours of pre-game stuff, there was an interview with Romo and Brady. Romo asked him if he still plans on playing after this season and Brady said something to the effect of he feels kind of "stuck" to playing in his mid-40s because that's what he's said but in the same breath he alluded to the fact that he's probably going to wait and see. Then, Nantz mentioned that when they spoke to Brady on Saturday night he stated that he's had so much support from family and friends that he can't wait for the day when he has more time to devote to his family and reciprocate all the support they've shown him throughout his career. Finally, during the post-game interview, he kinda stopped himself from saying what seemed like he was gonna go home, spend time with family and see where he was at. He caught himself though, and just said he can't wait to be around his family more.

 

There was also a persistent rumor from early in the season that people close to him were saying he would likely retire if he won another Super Bowl. Welp, mission accomplished. And for the longest time I really couldn't figure out what else he had left to achieve. He's done it all. I know he's hit a stage in his career where he's being told he can't do it anymore because age is catching up to him and his motivation has always been the "tell me I can't" thing that's kept him going. But in terms of achievements I really thought there was nothing left... then during the game they mentioned how Brady was tied with Charles Haley for the player with the most Super Bowl wins, each with five. Well, now Brady stands alone with six SB victories, the most ever for any player. So maybe that was his final motivation? I'm just spit-ballin' on that one but out of all the things he's done, that was one he didn't have until now. 

 

So given some of his answers and the way he talked after the post-game, I got the vibe that at the very least, he's going to contemplate retirement and talk it over with family. The Patriots are also set to endure quite a bit of turnover heading into next season as they have 18 pending free agents right now. They have a truckload of picks as well but either way, there'll be some familiar faces ending their time in New England. I've also heard that Kraft is set to hand over day to day operations to his kid in the very near future and from what I've read, neither Brady or Belichick wanna be around for that. Could be all hearsay, who knows. Just some food for thought.

 

So what's everyone think? Does the GOAT finally ride off into the sunset (on a goat)?

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He won’t this year - but he won’t get to 45, imo.

 

I’m more interested in Scarnecchia.  Brady actually IS declining, and without the protection he is used to, will have a tough time getting through the season.

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4 minutes ago, Reed83HOF said:

I doubt it, but I sure as hell hope so

this times 1000000000000

 

the record for most SB Trophies is 6.   I think he wants 7 and then he'll retire 

 

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He said a few days ago there was 0% chance he would retire after the Super Bowl no matter the outcome.  He is playing 2-3 more seasons imo.  It all depends on when he hits the wall.  It is going to happen one of these years. 

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Show Brady the tape of Alex Smith's and Joe Theisman's leg injuries and maybe that will help him make his decision to retire. Get out while your body is in one piece!

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1 minute ago, K-GunJimKelly12 said:

He said a few days ago there was 0% chance he would retire after the Super Bowl no matter the outcome.  He is playing 2-3 more seasons imo.  It all depends on when he hits the wall.  It is going to happen one of these years. 

 

I also heard somewhere where he said 

Please God let me win one more ....  

 

Who knows.   it's like the movie Hacksaw Ridge

 

 Please God just one more 

1 minute ago, LittleSammy said:

Show Brady the tape of Alex Smith's and Joe Theisman's leg injuries and maybe that will help him make his decision to retire. Get out while your body is in one piece!

 

No.

 

show Giselle and her kids 

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14 minutes ago, blacklabel said:

 

Alrighty then.

I mean, at this point, why would he? 

 

Even if Gronk retires, there's little to suggest they aren't capable of making another run.  Think of our division, two sophomore QBs and a team (allegedly) that's going to tank in 2019.  

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I get that he doesn’t have anything else to prove, but there are always achievements to be had.

 

1: Most team SB wins- 6

 

He could beat the Steelers on his own.

 

2: Most consecutive SB appearances- 4

 

He could tie that next season.

 

3: He already has the record but he could appear in his 10th SB next season.

 

Really, we could go on and on.  Career passing yardage (though Brees would likely keep him from that).  

 

The only glimmer of hope is he has been to the SB over 50% of his career.  If he misses next year, he’d have to go the following year, and the year after that I think?

 

But I believe the ability to go to 4 would be more important than losing the going to the SB >50% stat.  

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2 minutes ago, K-GunJimKelly12 said:

He said a few days ago there was 0% chance he would retire after the Super Bowl no matter the outcome.  He is playing 2-3 more seasons imo.  It all depends on when he hits the wall.  It is going to happen one of these years. 

He has made so many head scratching throws this year.  He was still great by normal standards, but he’s clearly slipping.  Outside of the big throw to Gronk, he was sort of bad last night.

 

I hope he is starting for them in 3 years.

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I still want to see him hit the wall and have a couple losing seasons. That would be so blissful.

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"I'm aware he said zero percent chance" but does he finally hang it up?

 

Good lord!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The longer he plays the better the chance he has to retire 'not on his own terms'

 

They've already accomplished everything, they could win the next 2 superbowls and I'd feel the same way as I feel today.. Let the guy go out in a blaze of broken old man bones!

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3 minutes ago, MJS said:

I still want to see him hit the wall and have a couple losing seasons. That would be so blissful.

I think it is a real possibility.  There is some hubris there.

 

It would be wonderful to dismantle that team just once with Brady at the helm.

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6 minutes ago, White Linen said:

"I'm aware he said zero percent chance" but does he finally hang it up?

 

Good lord!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Right. Because people never say one thing and then change their minds later after things have transpired. Thanks for your contribution. 

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19 minutes ago, Success said:

He won’t this year - but he won’t get to 45, imo.

 

I’m more interested in Scarnecchia.  Brady actually IS declining, and without the protection he is used to, will have a tough time getting through the season.

 

Him

 

and possibly losing gronk.

 

The team likely needs to very much show him a plan to have him stick around. I imagine sometime in the coming week or two there’s a major discussion with Brady.

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One of these years, whether it's next year or the year after, his play is going to decline to the point where he's gonna get benched. Yes I know they won the superbowl, but he's not what he used to be. They won last night because of Edelman. That's it. He was truly the Patriots only weapon. 

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I kind of hope he doesn't. I want to see the Bills finally break Brady in two next year and watch him hobble off into the sunset without an AFC East title. We need to break his will for the game and hit him so hard that he feels the pain all year long. 

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14 minutes ago, K-GunJimKelly12 said:

He said a few days ago there was 0% chance he would retire after the Super Bowl no matter the outcome.  He is playing 2-3 more seasons imo.  It all depends on when he hits the wall.  It is going to happen one of these years. 

 

See, I think he's hit somewhat of a wall this season. They switched up their offense to a power run game throughout the last half of the season. Despite the fact that Brady can still throw it 50 times a game for 350 yards, it appeared as if they don't want to ask him to do that on the regular. Just in watching him this year I've seen a bit more indecisiveness, a little more skittish with pressure coming in and throwing some really inaccurate passes. I mean, he turns it on at times, the AFC Championship game is a testament to that. But the days of him consistently throwing it 40+ times a game seem to be well behind him at this point. 

 

He also holds himself to a super high standard. I'd be willing to bet that he failed to reach that standard more times this season than perhaps his entire career. He definitely was not happy with how he played last night, that's for sure.

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I hope he pushes the hubris, plays for two more years and flames out in an embarassing flurry of strip sacks, wounded ducks, batted balls, int's and pick-sixes.   

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1 minute ago, Steptide said:

One of these years, whether it's next year or the year after, his play is going to decline to the point where he's gonna get benched. Yes I know they won the superbowl, but he's not what he used to be. They won last night because of Edelman. That's it. He was truly the Patriots only weapon. 

Edelman, Michel and Gronk all made plays plus Burkhead kept a few drives alive. I was surprised James White had no impact.

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2 minutes ago, Steptide said:

One of these years, whether it's next year or the year after, his play is going to decline to the point where he's gonna get benched. Yes I know they won the superbowl, but he's not what he used to be. They won last night because of Edelman. That's it. He was truly the Patriots only weapon. 

 

PEDelman.

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