26 is the average age of an NFL player.
Tom Brady is 43.
Gronk is 31.
LeSean McCoy is 32.
Jason Pierre-Paul is 31.
Mike Evans and Cameron Brate, both older than 26.
Brady won in New England, being surrounded by largely young, unknown (there were exceptions) talent. In Tampa, you have talent that have had a successful past, not doing it “The Brady Way.” Interesting dynamic, surrounding the Ol’Goat with other aging players, incoming from different systems.
Another obstacle is the divisional talent. Saints, Falcons and Panthers aren’t going to be the Sunday afternoon cake-walk that The Jets, Dolphins and Bills were, almost guaranteeing an AFC East division win, and many times, a first-round bye.
And from an obvious small sample size (1 game), Brady sure would’ve appreciated a Belichick Defense to get Brees off the field. Cam
Newton enjoyed it.
So, factoring in age of talent, The talent of the division and the lack of a dominant defense… On paper, this can easily look like a challenging year for Brady.
Then again, if The GOAT starts to GOAT… anything can happen!