Tom Brady admits he was confused, didn’t know he was fourth during Bears game
Tom Brady was ultimately frank: he lost track of the downs in the Buccaneers’ Thursday Night Football loss to the Bears in October.
Brady admitted on a TikTok that he thought he still had one more assist to go after his fourth and six assists to Cameron Brate fell incomplete.
“Fourth quarter, last chance in Chicago – I thought it was the penultimate chance in Chicago but apparently not,” Brady said. “I don’t think I’ve ever been as confused as I have been right now here. Look at that face.”
This blunder drove the Bucs to a 20-19 loss and dropped them to 3-2 this season.
Brady’s potential mistake was a hot topic of debate at the time. He had shown the referee four fingers with a confused look on his face. It was obvious that he had lost count of the duvets.
Of course, at the time, neither Brady nor coach Bruce Arians was willing to admit Brady’s mistake. The Arians said of the sleeping bags, “Yeah, he knew.” Meanwhile, Brady’s explanation didn’t explicitly say he forgot about the down and instead focused on the team needing to enter the shooting zone quickly.
“I knew we needed a track and I was thinking about more footage and then, you know, it was just, it was poor performance. We had a great opportunity there. So we didn’t. ‘just didn’t run when we needed it,’ Brady said in response to a question.
“Yeah we’re right, you’re against the clock and I knew we had to win a piece so I should have thought more in the first place instead of big on that,” he said in response to the second question.
But with the season well in the rear view mirror and the Bucs having become the Super Bowl champions, there was no harm in Brady revealing it now. It was certainly a comedic and inexplicable moment that few rivaled during the quarterback’s 21-year career.
But hey, even GOATs are allowed to make mistakes.