The Tampa Bay Buccaneers picked up where they left off last season due to Tom Brady‘s historic production. Brady continues to prove he’s an ageless wonder, pushing forth questions concerning his NFL future. His former longtime head coach Bill Belichick chimed in to confirm what the future Hall of Famer already believes.
Tom Brady’s historic start to 2021 season
The Buccaneers are off to a blazing start to begin the 2021 season, racing out to a 2-0 record behind Brady‘s stellar play.
The 44-year-old continues to perform at an elite level as he threw five touchdown passes in the blowout Week 2 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Brady became the fifth quarterback in the Super Bowl era to record at least nine touchdown passes in the first two weeks of a season.
He also became the fifth quarterback with at least four touchdown passes in each of his team’s first two games of a season. After his impressive outing against the Falcons, Brady voiced that he could have performed better.
“We were a little loose with the ball,” Brady said via Football Morning in America. “I certainly wish I had made a few better throw.”
The seven-time Super Bowl champion is the definition of a perfectionist despite continuing to put himself in the NFL record books. His Week 2 performance placed him alongside Hall of Famer Dan Marino (four) for the second-longest streak of consecutive regular-season games with at least four touchdown passes.
Brady’s mindset has been the driving factor keeping him motivated to extend his career well into his 40s. His play has generated chatter that he could play until age 50 if he desired to do so. It’s led Bill Belichick to offer his two cents on Brady’s NFL future.
Bill Belichick confirms what Tom Brady firmly believes about the longevity of his NFL career: ‘If anybody can do it, it’s him’
As Brady ventures through his 22nd season, he continues to showcase he’s an ageless wonder behind his elite production.
His performance has guided the conversation to his NFL future, as he recently voiced during a taped segment for the Buccaneers that he doesn’t believe it would be difficult for him to play until age 50.
“Wow, seems to be a really hot question lately,” Brady said. “’Can Tom Brady play till 50?’ Like, 50 years old. I don’t find it so difficult, and plus living in Florida it’s kind of a retiree state. I feel like I can just play and glide into retirement. I think I can, I think it’s a yes.”
Brady holds no reservations concerning his ability to reach that age marker, and neither does his former longtime head coach. During an interview Monday on WEEI’s “Greg Hill Show,” Belichick voiced he believes the former Patriots quarterback could play until age 50.
“I’m sure Tom would know better than anybody, so if anybody can do it, it’s him,” Belichick said.
Belichick holds two decades’ worth of a front-row seat to seeing Brady’s work ethic and commitment to his craft. He knows the type of player the future first-ballot Hall of Famer is, along with what internally drives him. Ultimately, only time will tell if he wants to play that long.
Buccaneers are marching toward another Super Bowl push
Beyond Brady‘s stellar performance to begin the 2021 campaign, the Buccaneers are pushing toward contending for another Super Bowl.
Tampa Bay’s offense is performing at an elite level as the team set the NFL record with nine consecutive games with at least 30 points scored dating back to last season. Brady looks more comfortable running the offense while showing no signs of decline.
It’s extremely early in the 2021 season, but the Buccaneers look every bit like the Super Bowl favorites.