After all, he was the one who campaigned for his inclusion on the team.
He wanted another opportunity for Brown because of his on-field talent.
However, it seems like head coach Bruce Arians won’t budge from his decision to continue on without Brown.
Tom Brady! with 15 seconds left Brady pulls off the comeback to Grayson with a 33-yard TD#Jets had a short FG as an option to go up 7, but they chose to go for it on 4th down and failed
Brady took the Bucs 93 yards without TOs. 40 TDs on the yearpic.twitter.com/aiYOZpH8G0
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) January 2, 2022
Brady accepted the decision and offered support to his teammate.
But even without Brown, the Buccaneers remain dangerous for the rest of the NFC.
The 44-year-old play-caller has proved that he doesn’t need to play with top wide receivers to win championships throughout his career.
Depleted But Deadly
With Brown out of the picture, Mike Evans remains the only original starter left playing in Week 18.
Chris Godwin is still on injured reserve and just underwent surgery.
With nothing to play for but their final playoff seeding, the Buccaneers could benefit from an extra week of rest before the NFC playoffs start.
But knowing Brady, he’d rather play than let Blaine Gabbert or Kyle Trask take the field.
Antonio Brown literally quit on Tom Brady in the middle of a game
I absolutely didn’t expect this reaction of immediate sympathy
who knows what AB is going thru but credit to Brady, this level of empathy & humanity in the moment is impressive pic.twitter.com/jl3sL8sCqL
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) January 2, 2022
He wants to maintain their momentum leading into the postseason.
The people who will suit up to play is the least of Brady’s concern for two reasons.
First, he’s still playing lights out towards the homestretch of the regular season.
I’m sorry, why is Aaron Rodgers the MVP favorite instead of Tom Brady? pic.twitter.com/MuyqbmyaFy
— Jeremy Layton (@JeremyLayt0n) January 2, 2022
He had over 300 passing yards in three of his last five games.
Brady finished with 410 yards and three touchdowns in the Buccaneers’ comeback win against the New York Jets.
Those numbers brought his totals to 4,990 yards and 40 touchdowns after Week 17.
Achieving Success With Anyone
The second reason is that Brady continues to win despite the constant shift of wideouts that line up with him.
Ironically, he did not win a Super Bowl with Randy Moss, but they played in one.
"Tom Brady had one of his greatest drives and it was in year 44 of his life and year 21 of his NFL career."
— Good Morning Football (@gmfb) January 4, 2022
Even if the people who caught his throws changed almost annually, Brady remained a winner.
In their game-winning drive against the Jets, Brady completed passes to Johnson and Grayson.
Tampa Tom Brady doesn’t care 😂
— PFF (@PFF) January 1, 2022
He remains true to the system and runs it to perfection.
Therefore, Arians has such a luxury that Brady’s mastery of his playbook allows him to plug in anyone and keep producing the same results.
That said, the other NFC teams bound for the playoffs cannot underestimate the Buccaneers now that Brown isn’t a target anymore.
Opponents must worry about Brady because he always finds ways to keep drives going.
If I'm Tom Brady….I'm livid. You fight for this guy. Let him live in your home and then he quits on you and your team. Unreal.
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) January 2, 2022
The offense, especially the receivers, follow his lead.
The people may change, but the devastating results remain the same because he brings out the best from his teammates.