Tom Brady has moved on from being quarterback with the New England Patriots dynasty, after winning six Super Bowls with Bill Belichick and company. He has now moved on to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now, most say with the best player ever moving down to Florida, the Bucs are now playoff contenders. But, don’t jump the facts people, the Brady we saw last year wasn’t anything we have seen before. Tom Brady and his Bucs aren’t playing in January.
The Bucs are Bad For Brady
First, let’s rundown what Tom is going into. The Buccaneers were a sloppy 7-9 last year with an offense ranked third in total yards with Jameis Winston at quarterback. Winston threw a whopping 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions last season. On the other side of the ball, the Buccaneers were 15th in total defense and 29th in points allowed per game. It is safe to say that the Bucs weren’t a great two-way team. That is where Brady is really going to struggle. The six-time Super Bowl champion had a defense Top Ten in points allowed for all the years he won the Super Bowl.
Importantly, the veteran has joined a division with the New Orleans Saints, who were 13-3 last season. So, considering they get a Wild Card, not only did Tom join a division with an elite team but they joined an arguably tougher league. This is shown because of the NFC Wild Card teams having a better record than AFC Wild Card teams. Brady wasn’t giving himself an easy road clearly, going to the NFC.
Not the Same
Brady is losing the best defense in the league. That was the main reason they were 12-4 last year. I get Brady is a great winner and I’m taking nothing away from how he helped the team last year. But I don’t think the majority of football fans understand that Brady played the (tied) 27th worst strength of schedule. Along with the best defense in the league, and only beating 2 teams with winning records, this team wasn’t as good as the record said, and Tom Brady was the reason to blame.
If you look at the losses the 42-year old had in the 2019 season, counting playoffs, he had three times he could reasonably tie or win the game and he didn’t show up. A man who has won six Super Bowl’s didn’t have the fire in his eyes that he did when he came back against the Falcons, and led drives down the field to lead to two game winning field goals in Super Bowl’s 36 and 38. The man is aging and you can’t expect him to win games without the help of a team just not as skillful on defense. Tom is really going to struggle.
Now, Brady is moving to an elite receiving core in Tampa. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are two Pro-Bowlers that come with this offense, an upgrade of what Brady had last year. Won’t that mean different for Brady now with this offense? Yes, but not enough to make them playoff-bound. He was 27th in completion percentage and in the bottom half of the league in passer rating. Now, he did throw for 4057 yards, 24 touchdowns, and only 9 interceptions, which is all in the upper half of the league, but he did that throwing the fourth-most passes in football. This just shows he was an average QB and two Pro-Bowlers won’t change that enough considering he will continue to regress and his accuracy is declining, as Brady is 16th all-time in completion percentage.
Look, Tom is the greatest quarterback ever. But, he is 42 and age is nipping at his heels. He isn’t the same quarterback and that is going to show this year. From watching his games to the stats also speaking their minds, he looks different. His throws are inconsistent. His winning mindset is on a decline and he is the second oldest guy in football. So don’t put this team in the playoffs please.
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