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Patriots QBs had great nickname for Bill O’Brien

Bill O'Brien on the sideline at Alabama

Alabama Offensive Coordinator Bill O’Brien during warm ups before the 2021 College Football Playoff Semifinal game at the 86th Cotton Bowl in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Friday, Dec. 31, 2021. Credit: Gary Cosby Jr./USA TODAY NETWORK

Bill O’Brien has always had a fiery personality. His hot-headed ways were on display back in 2011 during his time with the New England Patriots. Fans may be able to recall a screaming match between he and quarterback Tom Brady that quickly went viral.

Brady dismissed the verbal altercation at the time and that was par for the course. Patriots players recognized that O’Brien would fly off the handle from time to time and they accepted it. But not without having a little fun at his expense.

Brady and fellow Patriots quarterback, Brian Hoyer, gave O’Brien a fitting nickname due to his temper. They called him “teapot” and Hoyer even purchased a literal teapot that would serve as a historical record of O’Brien’s blow-ups.

“Basically, any time we felt it was justified, we’d put it on the teapot like it was the Stanley Cup,” Hoyer once told MassLive. “I brought a teapot in one day. Tom and I thought it would be funny to just keep adding to the story. At a certain point, I started writing them down in my notebook. Finally, when we brought the teapot in, we started wrapping them around and eventually it was pretty full.”

Brady and Hoyer would decide what went on and into the teapot but on occasion, O’Brien would object.

“Billy would always say, ‘That doesn’t qualify,'” Hoyer said. “Tom and I would be like, ‘It definitely qualifies.’ Definitely some good times, it was pretty fun.”

O’Brien could return to the Patriots in 2023 as their offensive coordinator and that would make for some interesting viewing. Much like Brady before him, current Patriots quarterback Mac Jones is a pretty fiery guy himself. There would no doubt be some sideline blowups and reason for the teapot’s return.

Tom Brady sparked rumors with way he ended press conference

Tom Brady after a game

Sep 9, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts after defeating the Dallas Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady has said he will take some time before deciding whether he wants to play in the NFL next season, but some feel he may have provided a hint about his future with the way he ended his final press conference of the season.

After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were defeated by the Dallas Cowboys in Monday night’s wild-card game, Brady provided little insight into which way he might be leaning for 2023. Before he left the podium, however, the 45-year-old went out of his way to thank the media and all those who have supported him during his time with the Bucs.

“I just want to say thank you to you guys for everything this year. I really appreciate all your effort. I know it’s hard for you guys, too. It’s hard for us as players to make it through (the season), and you guys have a tough job,” Brady said. “I appreciate all that you guys do to cover us and everyone who watches and is a big fan of the sport. We’re very grateful for everyone’s support.

“I love this organization. It’s a great place to be. Thank you everybody for welcoming me and all you regulars. I’m very grateful for the respect. Hopefully I gave the same thing back to you guys. So, thank you very much. I appreciate it.”

Many interpreted that as a farewell from Brady, but to whom? The message may not have had as much hidden meaning behind it as people think.

Even if Brady does play next season, it could very well be for a different team. He is set to become a free agent, the the Buccaneers are coming off an 8-9 season and a blowout loss in the first round of the playoffs. They hardly looked like a Super Bowl contender.

Should Brady continue his playing career, his sole motive will be trying to win an eighth Super Bowl. It is possible he knows there is a strong chance he will not return to Tampa Bay, even if he does play a 24th season. That could explain why he thanked the media and fans who have supported him since he joined the Bucs three years ago.

Several teams will try to convince Brady to keep playing, and there are at least three that are considered potential suitors.

Joe Buck, Troy Aikman share what Tom Brady told them about next season

Tom Brady puts up his hand

Aug 28, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) jogs off the field after a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady is once again facing an uncertain future following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ postseason loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night, and it sounds like he may be legitimately undecided about whether he will play in 2023.

During the fourth quarter of Tampa Bay’s 31-14 loss, ESPN announcers Joe Buck and Troy Aikman started talking about Brady’s future. Buck said he believes Brady when the 45-year-old says he will take some time to weigh his options.

“He was very open and honest. Maybe he’s acting, I don’t think Tom Brady knows what the next step is in his life and his career. I think he’s going to take time after the season,” Buck said.

Aikman said he felt the same way as Buck after talking with Brady.

“In visiting with him, I came away from that feeling like he honestly has no idea right now,” Aikman added. “Because I knew he wouldn’t tell us if he knew, but I just said, ‘Do you know? Do you know what you’re going to do?’ And he really doesn’t. He said he wants to get away from it. It’s been a tough year.”

Buck and Aikman then spoke about the situation on “SportsCenter” after the game. Buck emphasized how Brady’s divorce from ex-wife Gisele and the issues in his personal life may have impacted the seven-time Super Bowl champion this year.

“He had a real heart-to-heart conversation with us about this. I think he’s been through a lot off the field and probably more than we give credit for,” Buck said. “When I talked to these players and people on this coaching staff tonight before the game, they said Brady’s kind of been back to himself over the last three weeks. That tells me for a while that he was really out of it with everything that was going on with the team and everything that was going on in his life.”

Brady told reporters after the game that he hadn’t thought much about his future and would continue to take things “one day at a time.”

Brady was not sharp against Dallas. He went 35/66 for 351 yards, 2 touchdowns and a brutal red-zone interception. The same accuracy issues we saw throughout the regular season were also an issue for him.

If Brady does decide he would rather his career not end on a bad note, he will have plenty of suitors. The Las Vegas Raiders, San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans have been mentioned as a few possibilities for him. A reporter this week also named one surprise team that could pursue Brady this offseason.

Tom Brady caught committing dirty move in loss to Cowboys

Tom Brady on the ground

Tom Brady was caught committing a dirty move in his Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 31-14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in their NFC Wild Card Playoff game on Monday night.

Brady’s Buccaneers were down 24-0 in the third quarter and Brady completed a pass to Chris Godwin that went to the Bucs’ 29. Godwin lost a fumble though that was picked up by Malik Hooker.

Brady did his best to try and bring down Hooker. The Bucs QB slid to the ground and stuck his leg out to try and trip the Cowboys defensive back with a kick.

The play was reviewed and the officials determined that Godwin was down before fumbling, so the Bucs maintained possession. But some people noticed that slide and kick by Brady and thought it was a weak move.

Maybe some people will overlook the play, but it reminded us of something done by New England’s quarterback.

Brady finished 35/66 for 351 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He took a few sacks and just couldn’t string together enough drives.

Now the 45-year-old will take time this offseason to decide what he will do.

Reporter names 1 possible Tom Brady sleeper team

Tom Brady after a game

Sep 9, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts after defeating the Dallas Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a playoff game to play Monday, but there remains some focus on whether Tom Brady will play in 2023 and where he will go if he does.

Brady is facing free agency and there has been some suggestion that he will at least consider his options rather than automatically returning to the Buccaneers for another season. The topic of possible suitors came up on “The Pat McAfee Show” Monday during an interview with NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. After singling out the Las Vegas Raiders and Tennessee Titans, both teams that had been previously linked to Brady, Rapoport sparked some fun speculation by naming one surprising team.

“What about the Jets? He’s got family in New York. They need a quarterback,” Rapoport said.

To be clear, this seemed to be pure speculation on Rapoport’s part, and not anything based on sources. Still, it’s quite the scenario to envision Brady joining the New England Patriots’ huge rivals. Plus, we already know the Jets are ready to spend big on a veteran quarterback.

On the other hand, it is tough to see Brady joining the Jets given how much he tormented them through the years. Plus, there is one other factor that probably takes New York out of the running.

Ultimately, Brady’s most likely 2023 team is already fairly well-known. That will not stop a lot of speculation, though.

Reporter shares Tom Brady’s ‘most likely’ 2023 team

Tom Brady after a game

Sep 9, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) reacts after defeating the Dallas Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady will be free to sign with any team he pleases if he decides to play next season, and one of his most logical suitors has seemingly been overlooked.

Rob Maaddi of The Associated Press noted on Sunday that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the “most likely team” Brady would play for in 2023. That would require the Bucs signing him to a new deal, but there are plenty of obvious reasons that is a realistic outcome.

Brady has a good relationship with Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht. It would not be a surprise if the 45-year-old chose familiarity over a fresh start with another organization, especially if he only plans to play one more season.

Tampa Bay has had serious offensive line issues this year, but those can be addressed. They will still have top wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin under contract. Brady could certainly do a lot worse.

It should also work in the Bucs’ favor that the NFC South is so weak. They made the playoffs this season despite going 8-9. Brady’s motivation is to contend Super Bowls, and playing in the NFC South offered him an easy path to the postseason this year.

If Brady does play next season and wants to leave Tampa, there are at least three teams to keep an eye on.

Report links Tom Brady to 3 teams in free agency

Tom Brady looks ahead

Sep 20, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady’s plans for the 2023 season are unclear, but a new report indicates that there is already a preliminary list of teams to watch if the quarterback does decide to play and test free agency.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that Brady would at least consider returning to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, partly because of his affection for the team’s ownership. If Brady does hit the open market, however, Rapoport named three teams to watch: the Las Vegas Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, and Tennessee Titans.

The links are obvious for the first two teams. The Raiders will be in need of a quarterback, and some odds even have him as their favored option for 2023. There is also the link between Brady and his former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who is the Raiders’ head coach. The 49ers are also obvious, as they are Brady’s boyhood team and he has been linked to them plenty in the past.

The Titans profile as a serious dark horse. They are coached by Brady’s former teammate Mike Vrabel and supposedly pursued Brady in 2020, though they downplayed it at the time. It is not clear whether Brady would seriously consider them, but they may be a team to watch.

There is also the possibility that Brady decides to retire. However, the 45-year-old is not giving that much thought, at least not right now.

Micah Parsons goes viral for epic Tom Brady quote

Micah Parsons looking down

Nov 7, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) before the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys pass rusher Micah Parsons has been riled up this week as he prepares for the team’s playoff game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He did it again on Thursday with a great quote about Tom Brady that went viral.

Parsons discussed going up against Brady in a playoff game, especially with the uncertainty regarding the quarterback’s future. The Cowboys star did not shy away from the challenge, but closed with a pretty great way of assessing the competition.

“Like any other QB, he bleeds the same way. He’s just a better QB than most,” Parsons said.

Parsons is not wrong. Plus, he managed to get through the Brady quote without providing any bulletin board material for the Tampa Bay quarterback.

The Cowboys come into the playoffs a bit cold after an ugly loss to Washington in the regular season finale. That has not dented Parsons’ confidence, and he clearly intends to have a big game in the wild-card round.

Surprise AFC team emerges as Tom Brady suitor

Tom Brady looks ahead

Sep 20, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) in the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins seemed to find the perfect coach for Tua Tagovailoa when they hired Mike McDaniel, but that does not necessarily mean they would pass up an opportunity to pursue arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history.

Tom Brady was linked to the Dolphins last offseason at around the time he briefly retired. The rumor at the time was that owner Stephen Ross was trying to execute a plan to bring both Brady and former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton to Miami. The plan supposedly fell apart after Brian Flores filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Dolphins and the NFL.

The NFL determined that the Dolphins did, in fact, have impermissible communications with Brady and Payton. Miami was hit with significant tampering penalties during the offseason.

Brady’s contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers expires at the end of the season. He has not yet said whether he will continue to play, but Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported on Thursday that the Dolphins remain interested in the 45-year-old quarterback. One source told Florio that the possibility of Brady winding up in Miami is “definitely on the table.”

The original report, which also came from Florio, claimed the Dolphins had been trying to sell Brady on the idea of becoming a player and part-owner of the franchise. Brady is friends with Bruce Beal, who is a limited partner with the Dolphins. There have been rumblings that Beal could eventually buy the team from Ross.

Like Brady, Ross is a Michigan alum. Ross is the university’s biggest donor.

If the Dolphins view Tagovailoa as a franchise quarterback, it would not make much sense for them to acquire Brady. Though, it is conceivable that Miami would want to make a run with Brady in 2023 while Tagovailoa sits on the bench, especially with all the concussions the former Alabama star suffered this season.

We have already heard of at least one other AFC team that plans to make a strong push to recruit Brady. There will be plenty of others if Brady decides to keep playing.

Bucs fans will love what Tom Brady said ahead of playoff game

Tom Brady throws a pass

Dec 26, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) warms up before the game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans should be pretty thrilled with what Tom Brady had to say ahead of the team’s playoff game.

The Bucs won the NFC South despite only going 8-9 this season. Winning their division means they get to host a playoff game, so the 12-5 Dallas Cowboys will be heading to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. for Monday night’s wild-card game between the teams.

Though the Bucs have struggled offensively and are only 25th in the NFL in scoring, Brady gave the team’s fans reasons to be optimistic ahead of the playoff game.

Brady said on his “Let’s Go!” podcast episode that was released on Monday that the Bucs are as healthy as they’ve been all year.

“I’m sure everyone’s a little bit day-to-day right now. I’m hoping we’re pretty healthy. I believe we’re going to be as healthy as we’ve been all year, which is kind of exciting to get some guys back that haven’t been in there and then see if we can go play our best football. I even said after the game, it sucks being 8-9. You’re playing against teams that have way better records, 12-5, whatever it is. But you know what? The only thing that matters is who wins that day,” Brady said, via

Carlton Davis (shoulder) and Vita Vea (calf) have dealt with recent injuries for the defense. For the offense, Donovan Smith has battled a foot injury, and Tristan Wirfs has dealt with an ankle injury.

Perhaps the rest in the meaningless Week 18 loss to Atlanta will serve Tampa Bay well.

At the end of the day, if there’s one big thing the Bucs have going for them, it’s Brady. Despite being 45 and throwing for just 25 touchdowns this season, Brady has continued to prove that he can win games in the fourth quarter.