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Ben Roethlisberger: Tom Brady ‘Didn’t Look Like He Wanted to Be out There’



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After a lackluster performance in the Buccaneers’ 20-18 loss to the Steelers on Sunday, it appears Father Time may have finally caught up to Tom Brady. He just didn’t look like vintage TB12. Ben Roethlisberger, who was at Acrisure Stadium, noticed that something was off also.

“It didn’t look like he wanted to be out there,” Roethlisberger said on the latest episode of his Footbahlin podcast. “Maybe it was the pressure, and he was getting hit, or whatever was going on. At one point, I’m like there’s no way he’s enjoying this. No way.”

Roethlisberger wasn’t taking a shot, as he mentioned that Brady is the greatest and his seven Super Bowl rings show it. He was just expressing what a lot of people thought on Sunday.

Roethlisberger and his co-host Spencer Te’o acknowledged that Brady is going through a well-publicized divorce with his wife Gisele Bündchen, which could have played a part in him looking out of it. Brady also went to Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s wedding in New York City on Friday night and skipped Saturday’s walk-through and morning meetings, which has made headlines. Bill Belichick didn’t attend Kraft’s wedding because he had too much going on. Brady has always had a no-days-off type of mentality, so it’s definitely out of character.

“He has a lot going on, obviously, as you hear and read about,” Roethlisberger said about Brady’s divorce. “I know he just went up to his former owner’s wedding like two days before (Sunday’s game). That’s big news now that he flew up there (and) missed a walk-through. But it’s whatever you choose to do.”

Brady was flustered all game by pressure up the middle from Cam Heyward and Larry Ogunjobi. And Brady let his offensive line know about his displeasure by scolding them on the sideline.

“When a defense gets after you, sometimes your anger and your disgust for things happen because the other team is affecting (things), not because of you. But, yeah, it just looked like a different Tom,” Roethlisberger said.

Brady discussed his frustration with his offensive line on the latest edition of his Let’s Go! podcast on SiriusXM.

“I don’t know if it’s motivation, but I do think that it’s a bad day when there’s more F-bombs than touchdowns,” Brady told Jim Gray. “So that was not one of my better days. But F-bombs, they used to kind of keep from showing you in those moments but now it’s kind of for the world to see. So that’s just the way it is.”

Time will tell if it was just a bad day at the office for Brady. But at 45 years old, his best days are certainly behind him. Brady has the same amount of games with a 100+ passer rating (1) this season as Mitch Trubisky, Joe Flacco, Andy Dalton, Justin Fields and Jacoby Brissett. That says a lot.

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