(Also published on kpwee.com)
Tom Brady made it official earlier this week that he was leaving New England to test free agency. Within hours, news circulated that the six-time Super Bowl champ was going to sign with Tampa Bay.
Virtually all of the commentary on “TB12 to TB” was positive.
But I just don’t understand why.
Okay, Bucs’ attendance will see an increase, which is a positive thing for the franchise.
But remember last year when there was all this talk about how nobody at Brady’s age had started all 16 games in a season at the quarterback position?
Guess what? As much as I admire Brady, he’s another year older, and again, this is uncharted territory for QBs in the NFL. Yes, Brady is the greatest of all-time, but Father Time is undefeated.
Also, Brady’s going from a team that has relatively weaker competition in the AFC East, to a team that gets to play Drew Brees’ Saints twice, Matt Ryan’s Falcons twice. And don’t dismiss a rejuvenated Teddy Bridgewater (who was 5-0 filling in for the injured Brees in New Orleans in 2019) and his Panthers, as Brady will have to face them twice as well.
The wins aren’t going to come as easily as with New England, regardless of the talent around Brady in Tampa Bay. Don’t forget, nobody has played a full schedule at QB at his age (he’ll turn 43 before the 2020 season starts), the competition is stiffer, and it might not be as smooth a year as many now seem to think.