Tom Brady enters a new season with a new team, a new coach, and new possibilities.
When the New England Patriots lost to the Tennessee Titans in the playoffs last year it seemed like the final straw in the Brady-Belichick era. We didn’t know if Tom Brady would give New England another chance after a season that brought more questions than answers.
It took a heartfelt visit to his owner’s house to realize that the Patriots and Brady had a special relationship. You would have to imagine that after nine Super Bowl appearances and six Super Bowl Titles that Tom Brady would be more giving.
Maybe it was the fact that the relationship between him and Belichick had soured to a point he wasn’t sure if he would return or not. He confirmed that in free agency when he decided to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tampa Bay is scheduled to host this year’s Super Bowl and no team has ever won the Super Bowl the year that they hosted it. Tom Brady was motivated to create more NFL history hoping to become the first quarterback to win a Super Bowl at home.
New England never had a chance to host on as the Super Bowls are usually hosted in warmer climates, enter Tampa, Florida where the sun shines and the people love their sport. The Bucs did a major overhaul on offense bringing in players like Gronkowski from retirement and Leonard Fournette to add to the already loaded offense of Mike Evans, OJ Howard, and Chris Godwin just to name a few.
Can Tom Brady lead the Buccaneers to a successful season?
The million-dollar question always remains will the defense be able to stand on its head and keep Tampa in games. Brady in New England not only had an offense but they were also known for a solid defense, as well.
There is also the division to look at and unlike the AFC East, the NFC South is loaded and most analysts think the Bucs will make the playoffs but won’t win the division. Remember Tampa Bay hasn’t made the NFL postseason since 2007 and they look to end a 13-year drought.
The New Orleans Saints are for now the favorites to win the division and we saw just why they were given that title this past weekend when they beat Tom Brady and Bucs 34-23 down in New Orleans.
In addition to the Saints, there’s also the Falcons who will prove to be a solid opponent and the Carolina Panthers, who have play-makers that could prove to be difficult for the Bucs.
It won’t be easy and I am sure there will be ups and downs as in every NFL season but I personally think a team that has an offense like the Bucs and a superstar quarterback worth every penny of that $50 million dollar contract deal anything is possible- despite what people are saying following his season-opening performance.
Another question that will for sure be answered is how Brady will do with a new head coach and offensive coordinator. Bruce Arians is known to be a great coach will do the best to bring out of his quarterback.
Tom Brady and the Bucs still have some concerns to address after a Week 1 loss to the Saints, but there’s no doubt that the talent is there. The only question is if they’ll be able to put it all together and become a legitimate postseason threat.