Tom Brady: ‘I’m retiring for good’

After 23 years, Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady announced his retirement from the game of football on Wednesday.

The 45-year-old Brady, who retired last February but returned, ends his career as the NFL’s all-time leader in Super Bowl wins (seven), Super Bowl Most Valuable Player awards (five), Pro Bowl selections (15), regular season wins (251), playoff wins (35), total wins (286), pass completions (7753), passing yards (89214) and passing touchdowns (649). 

Brady announced his retirement via a video on Twitter.

“I’m retiring for good,” he said. “I know the process was a pretty big deal last time, so when I woke up this morning, I figured I’d just press record and let you guys know first. I won’t be long-winded. You only get one super emotional retirement essay, and I used mine up last year, so really, thank you, guys, so much to every single one of you for supporting me.”

Following his retirement, team ownership, GM Jason Licht, and head coach Todd Bowles said the following:

The Glazer Family:

“Tom’s impact on our franchise these past three years has been immense, and we are appreciative of the time we had with him here in Tampa Bay. He set an exceptional standard that elevated our entire organization to new heights and created some of the most iconic moments in our history. Tom’s impact will be felt within our community for many years to come, and we will forever be grateful for those unforgettable memories that he provided during these final seasons of his legendary career. We wish him the best in this next chapter of life and are confident he will find similar success in his future endeavors.”

General Manager Jason Licht:

“Tom’s legacy is unmatched in the history of this game. All the Super Bowl titles and statistical records speak for themselves, but the impact he had on so many people through the years is what I appreciate the most. His imprint on this organization helped take us to the mountaintop. We will certainly miss him as our quarterback, but I will also miss him as a leader and friend. Our entire organization is indebted to him for what he provided us over the past three years. We won’t ever forget the wins or the accolades, and his influence will be felt for years to come.”

Head Coach Todd Bowles:

“I have always had the utmost respect for Tom Brady as a football player, as a winner, and as a person. It wasn’t until he joined us three years ago that I was able to truly appreciate him as a teammate. Even before I became head coach, we communicated often and had a strong relationship built on mutual respect and a desire to win. That connection only grew over this past season as we fought to get the most out of our football team. I greatly appreciate the leadership he provided and am thankful our time together.”

Brady came to Tampa Bay after winning six Super Bowl titles and spending 20 seasons with the New England Patriots (2000-19). In his first season in Tampa Bay in 2020, Brady led Tampa Bay to an 15-5 overall record, capturing the franchise’s second Super Bowl title and earning Super Bowl MVP honors.

He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft.

He had a great run, and all great runs come to an end! 

Congrats, Tom Brady, on a great run!

The end should be near for Brady

It never ends the way you wanted it to, but in life, all good things must come to an end, which might be the case for the great Tom Brady.

On Monday night in Tampa Bay, Brady and the Buccaneers were ousted from the playoffs as they fell to the Cowboys 31-14 in the Wild Card round.

The seven-time Super Bowl champion struggled. He was 35/66 for 351 yards, two touchdowns, and a costly red zone interception. The 66 attempts were the most in his 23-year career. Conversely, for Dallas, Dak Prescott threw for 305 yards and five touchdowns, including one on the ground.

In his NFL record 48th playoff game, Brady knew the Bucs did not deserve to win.

“Not the way we wanted to end it, but we didn’t deserve it,” he said after the loss. “I give them a lot of credit; they played a good game – made a lot more plays than we did. So, tough night.” 

After falling behind 6-0 in the first quarter, Brady and the Buccaneers had an opportunity to take the lead early in the second quarter. However, on 2nd & goal from the five-yard line, Brady’s pass was intercepted by Jayron Kearse in the end zone. 

“I was trying to throw it to Chris [Godwin], and the other guys were blocking and just tried to throw it out and didn’t obviously get enough on it,” Brady said. “That certainly didn’t help our cause.”

Unfortunately, it was all bad for the Buccaneers the rest of the way.

Now, Brady and the Buccaneers focus on next season, and at age 45, it might be time for Brady to think about what’s next. Brady did not talk about the future after the game, but he did thank the Tampa Bay media, which could indicate that his time could be done in Tampa Bay, but it doesn’t mean his time in the NFL could be done.

Here’s the question, if you’re an NFL team and you watched soon-to-be free agent Brady against the Cowboys and his play this season, do you really believe he can help you win? Probably not, but if he decides to come back, some team will take a chance on him.

At this point, there’s nothing for Brady to prove. He’s the G.O.A.T., and has done it all. However, if he wants to continue on, he can’t tarnish his legacy because his legacy is complete.

NFL announces schedule for Divisional Round of Playoffs

After Sunday’s action, the NFL finalized the schedule for the Divisional Playoffs on January 21-22 and the Championship Games on January 29.

Saturday, January 21

AFC:    4:30 PM (ET)              Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs (NBC, Peacock, Universo)

NFC:    8:15 PM (ET)              New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (FOX, FOX Deportes)

Sunday, January 22

AFC:    3:00 PM (ET)              Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills (CBS, Paramount+)

NFC:    6:30 PM (ET)              Dallas/Tampa Bay at San Francisco 49ers (FOX, FOX Deportes)

The AFC and NFC Championship Games will take place on Sunday, January 29

Sunday, January 29

NFC:    3:00 PM (ET)              NFC Championship (FOX, FOX Deportes)

AFC:    6:30 PM (ET)              AFC Championship (CBS, Paramount+)

NFL announces 2023 opponents for each team

The 2022 NFL regular season came to a close on Sunday. Some teams will look to the playoffs, while most teams head to the offseason and look to next season.

The league announced the opponents for all 32 teams for the 2023 season on Monday.

Below are the 2023 scheduling rotation and team-by-team opponents:

2023 SCHEDULING ROTATION BY DIVISION

AFC

EAST

Intraconference

AFC WEST

Interconference

NFC EAST

17th game

NFC SOUTH

   

AFC

NORTH

Intraconference

AFC SOUTH

Interconference

NFC WEST

17th game

NFC NORTH

   

AFC

SOUTH

Intraconference

AFC NORTH

Interconference

NFC SOUTH

17th game

NFC WEST

   

AFC

WEST

Intraconference

AFC EAST

Interconference

NFC NORTH

17th game

NFC EAST

   

NFC

EAST

Intraconference

NFC WEST

Interconference

AFC EAST

17th game

AFC WEST

   

NFC

NORTH

Intraconference

NFC SOUTH

Interconference

AFC WEST

17th game

AFC NORTH

   

NFC

SOUTH

Intraconference

NFC NORTH

Interconference

AFC SOUTH

17th game

AFC EAST

   

NFC

WEST

Intraconference

NFC EAST

Interconference

AFC NORTH

17th game

AFC SOUTH

2023 OPPONENTS

AFC EAST

Buffalo Bills 

Home: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, Las Vegas Raiders, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Away: Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Commanders

Miami Dolphins

Home:    Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, New York Giants, Tennessee Titans

Away:    Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Commander

New England Patriots

Home:    Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Commanders

Away:    Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers

New York Jets

Home:  Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Commanders

Away:    Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, New York Giants

2023 OPPONENTS

AFC NORTH

Cincinnati Bengals 

Home:  Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks

Away:  Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans

Baltimore Ravens

Home: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks

Away: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans

Pittsburgh Steelers

Home:  Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans

Away:  Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks

Cleveland Browns

Home: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans

Away: Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks

2023 OPPONENTS

AFC SOUTH

Jacksonville Jaguars 

Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers

Away: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans

Home: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Chargers, Seattle Seahawks

Away:  Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Indianapolis Colts

Home:    Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 Away:    Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots

Houston Texans

Home:    Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Away:    Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets

 

2023 OPPONENTS

AFC WEST

Kansas City Chiefs 

Home:    Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles

Away:    Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, New York Jets

Los Angeles Chargers

Home:    Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins

Away:    Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans

Las Vegas Raiders

Home:    Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers

Away:    Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins

Denver Broncos

Home:    Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Washington Commanders

Away:    Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins

NFC EAST

Philadelphia Eagles

Home:    Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Commanders, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers

Away:    Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Washington Commanders, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Dallas Cowboys

Home:    New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Commanders, Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks

Away:    New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Commanders, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers

New York Giants

Home:    Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Commanders, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks

Away:    Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Commanders, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Las Vegas Raiders, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers

Washington Commanders

Home:    Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers

Away:    Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks

NFC North

Home:    Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Away:    Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles

Detroit Lions

Home:    Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Seattle Seahawks

 Away:    Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Green Bay Packers

Home:    Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Away:    Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers

Chicago Bears

Home:    Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders

Away:    Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Commanders

NFC SOUTH

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Home:    Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans

Away:    Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers

Carolina Panthers

Home:    Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings

Away:    Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans

New Orleans Saints

Home:    Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, Tennessee Titans

Away:    Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Rams, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriot

Atlanta Falcons

Home:    Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, Washington Commanders

Away:    Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans

NFC WEST

San Francisco 49ers

Home:    Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Away:    Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Commanders

Seattle Seahawks

Home:    Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Commanders

 Away:    Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Tennessee Titans

Los Angeles Rams

Home:    Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Commanders

Away:    Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants

Arizona Cardinals

Home:    Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants

Away:    Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Washington Commanders

NFL announces schedule for Super Card Weekend

The regular season is over, and it’s time for the playoffs.

On Sunday night, the NFL announced the schedule of sites, dates, and times for Super Wild Card Weekend, January 14-16.

Schedule below:

Saturday, January 14

NFC:    4:30 PM (ET)                 7 Seattle at 2 San Francisco (FOX, FOX Deportes)

AFC:    8:15 PM (ET)                 5 Los Angeles Chargers at 4 Jacksonville (NBC, Peacock, Universo)

Sunday, January 15

AFC:    1:00 PM (ET)                 7 Miami at 2 Buffalo (CBS, Paramount+)

NFC:    4:30 PM (ET)                 6 New York Giants at 3 Minnesota (FOX, FOX Deportes)

AFC:    8:15 PM (ET)                 6 Baltimore at 3 Cincinnati (NBC, Peacock, Universo)

Monday, January 16

NFC:    8:15 PM (ET)  5 Dallas at 4 Tampa Bay (ESPN/ABC, ESPN2-Manningcast, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes)

The Divisional Playoffs schedule will be announced next weekend.

The 2022 NFL Playoff field:

American Football Conference                                 National Football Conference

1.  Kansas City Chiefs (14-3), AFC West                    1. Philadelphia Eagles (14-3), NFC East

2.Buffalo Bills (13-3), AFC East                                  2. San Francisco 49ers (13-4), NFC West

3. Cincinnati Bengals (12-4), AFC North                  3. Minnesota Vikings (13-4), NFC North

4. Jacksonville Jaguars (9-8),AFC South                  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-9), NFC South

5.           Los Angeles Chargers (10-7)                                     5.           Dallas Cowboys (12-5)

6.           Baltimore Ravens (10-7)                                           6.           New York Giants   (9-7-1)

7.           Miami Dolphins (9-8)                                                 7.           Seattle Seahawks (9-8)

Jefferson, White, Slye win NFC players of the Week

Minnesota Vikings wide receive Justin Jefferson, Buccaneers linebacker Devin White, and Commanders kicker Joey Slye were named NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 10, the league announced Wednesday.

Offense: WR Justin Jefferson:

Jefferson recorded 10 receptions for a career-high 193 receiving yards and a touchdown in Minnesota’s thrilling overtime victory over Buffalo. It marked the most receiving yards by any player in the league in Week 10 and included a key, 32-yard acrobatic reception on fourth-and-18 with two minutes remaining in regulation.

This is the second-career Offensive Player of the Week award for Jefferson, also earning the honor in Week 11 of the 2021 season. He joins Pro Football Hall of Famers Cris Carter and Randy Moss as the only Vikings wide receivers to win the award multiple times.

Defense: LB Devin White:

White totaled nine tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in Tampa Bay’s victory over Seattle in the first-ever NFL regular-season game in Germany. He was the only player in the NFC to record two sacks and a forced fumble in Week 10.

This is the third-career Defensive Player of the Week for White and first this season:

He becomes the third Tampa Bay linebacker to earn the honor at least three times, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks (six-time winner) and Hardy Nickerson (three-time winner).

Special Teams: K Joey Slye:

Slye converted all four of his field goal attempts in Washington’s upset victory over Philadelphia on Monday Night Football, connecting from 32, 44, 55 and a career-long 58 yards. He also converted both of his extra point attempts to account for 14 points, the most of any kicker in Week 10. Slye was also the only kicker to convert on multiple field goals from over 50 yards this week.

This is Slye’s second-career Special Teams Player of the Week award, also earning the honor as a rookie in Week 4 of the 2019 season with Carolina. He is the first Washington kicker to win since Dustin Hopkins (Week 13, 2020).

Hurts, White named NFC Offensive & Defensive players of the month

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Devin White, and 49ers punter Mitch Wishnowsky are the NFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Month for the month of September, the league announced Thursday.

This is the first Offensive Player of the Month award for Hurts. The third-year quarterback completed 66 of 98 pass attempts (67.3 percent) for an NFC-leading 916 yards with four touchdown passes for an NFC-best 106.5 rating over the league’s first three weeks, helping the Eagles begin 3-0 for the first time since 1998. In addition, Hurts also recorded 167 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in September, becoming the first player ever with at least 900 passing yards and 150 rushing yards in his team’s first three games of a season.

For White, who recorded 24 tackles, three sacks, two passes defensed and a forced fumble as part of a Buccaneers defense that led the NFL in scoring defense (nine points per game allowed) in September, this is also his first time receiving the award.

He is the only player in the league with at least 24 tackles and three sacks through the first three weeks of the season.

Wishnowsky averaged 46.8 yards on 13 punts (43.3 net), with a league-high six being placed inside of the 10-yard line.

This is the second Special Teams Player of the Month award for Wishnowsky, who earned the honor in September of the 2021 season.

Bucs’ David on Brady: ‘I knew that whenever it was time to come back, he was going to come back’

Tom Brady is back with the Buccaneers. The 45-year-old arrived at camp today after being away from the team for 11 days to deal with what the team called a personal matter.

Brady is back, and the Buccaneers are happy.

“Anytime you have all your guys back, you feel good, you know, especially after the injury bug has hit lately,” Bucs head coach Todd Bowles said. “We’re happy to have him back,”

There were many different theories for why Brady left the team. According to Bowles, Brady’s absence was not an issue, and the team knew what was happening. 

“No, we pretty much keep distractions out of our locker room,” he said. “It wasn’t a big deal to us because everybody knew what was going on.”

Also, Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate and LaVonte Davis reacted to the return of Brady.

Cameron Brate:

(On QB Tom Brady’s performance in his first day back)

Brate: “Pretty much as expected. I’m sure wherever Tom was, he was working out still and getting his reps in. If anyone can get away with an 11-day break during training camp, it’s Tom. He came back firing on all cylinders again today. We are all excited he’s back, and we are ready to move on with that.”

(On if he noticed a missing veteran presence with Brady gone)

Brate: “It was definitely weird. Tom is such like an omnipresent being; he’s like the unquestioned leader of the team. For him to not be there for 11 days, it was kind of a good opportunity for other guys to step up and fill that void. It was different, Tom is usually kind of cussing guys up and down the field when we’re messing up, but we didn’t really have that. It was different, but I thought some of the other veterans stepped up. I thought Blaine [Gabbert] did a good job commanding the first team offense while Tom was out.”

LaVonte David: 

(On how nice it is to have QB Tom [Brady] back today)

David: “It’s always nice to have Tom back, man. His presence is different, just the leader that he is, the type of guy he is. You know, it’s great to have a guy like that back, man. I’m sure he’s ready to work like today – he came back ready to pick up where he left off and leading the guys on offense.”

(On if there were any doubt Brady would be coming back)

David: “No doubt at all. You know, whatever time they said he was going to be out, I knew that whenever it was time to come back, he was going to come back. Tom is a competitor, he’s a team guy, and there was no doubt in our minds at all that he would be back in time.”

Notes:

On Monday, the Buccaneers placed outside linebacker LB Cam Gill(Lisfranc injury) and guard OG Aaron Stinnie(torn ACL/MCL) on injured reserve. Both will miss the rest of the season.

Bucs’ Bowles on Nassib: ‘He has a lot of versatility, he brings a lot of energy, brings a lot of toughness’

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed OLB/DE Carl Nassib, the team announced Tuesday. 

According to reports, it’s a one-year deal.

“Carl’s tough in the run,” Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles said. “When he played, when he was here with us, he’s a very good pass-rusher on the outside, and he can also play inside in some nickel situations. He has a lot of versatility, he brings a lot of energy, brings a lot of toughness, and he understands the system. He was comfortable in it. We look forward to him coming here.”

Nassib, who became the first openly active gay player in NFL history in 2021, had 1.5 sacks for the Raiders last season. Nassib spent two seasons with Las Vegas. 

The 29-year-old returns to Tampa Bay for his second stint with the Buccaneers after previously spending two seasons with the team from 2018-19. In that time, Nassib put forth the two most productive seasons of his NFL career, totaling 63 tackles (20 for loss), 25 quarterback hits, 12.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, two passes defensed, and one fumble recovery.

The seven-year veteran entered the league as a third-round selection (No. 65 overall) of the Cleveland Browns in the 2016 NFL Draft. 

Notes: 

Buccaneers made the following moves to reach the 85-player roster limit ahead of Tuesday’s deadline:

Released

DB                   Ross Cockrell

Waived

TE                   Ben Beise

OL                   Curtis Blackwell

WR                  Kameron Brown

Waived (Injured)

OLB                 JoJo Ozougwu

OL                   Jonathan Hubbard

Bucs’ Brady: ‘Guys choose this team because of the team, not because of me’

In March, Tom Brady decided to return for his 23rd season, and he told the world at the time that he had some “unfinished business.”

Brady, who has won seven Super Bowls and wants another one, will be 45 on August 3, so the time is now.

On Monday, Brady addressed the media for the first time during training camp and discussed his comments about unfinished business.

“We’re just going to do the best we can do,” Brady said. “There’s a lot of work between now [and then] – it’s August 1. There’s a lot of time. Nobody knows what the team is going to look like – you think you have a center, and then he gets injured, so the team is different in one day. There’s a long time between now and the first game.”

Over the past few seasons, the Buccaneers have grabbed some decent talent in free agency, and they recently signed seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones. Brady has been around a long time, but according to him, he’s not always the reason players want to come to Tampa Bay.

“Naturally, I’m an older player, and I’ve been very fortunate to know a lot of guys,” he said. “Guys choose this team because of the team, not because of me. We have a great organization, great teammates, and I think people are excited to come join a great group of people and great group of men. It’s never about one person – it has never been what this sport has been about. It’s the ultimate team sport, and I love playing with players that our professional, players that want to work hard, and players that put the team first.”

One thing that could cause some issues for Brady is the injury to Pro Bowl center Ryan Jensen, who is expected to miss significant time due to a left knee injury. Without Jensen, Brady will have to count on second-year center Robert Hainsey.

“He’s worked really hard,” Brady said about Hainsey. “Obviously, everyone’s heartbroken with what happened, Ryan [Jensen]. So, that’ll take a little time, but ‘Haines’ (Robert Hainsey) has to step into the job and do a great job. He’s worked hard last year, really gained the trust with a lot of people, and he has to go earn it. Like all of us, it’s not what you did [or] how hard you worked in the offseason; it’s how good of a football player are you. It’s to be determined for all of us.”

The moment Brady announced his return was the moment the Bucs were all in on 2022. They finished their business in 2020, and they hope, with the help of Brady, to take care of their unfinished business in 2022.