The new NFL season promises to be intriguing, and one of the biggest issues is whether the legendary Tom Brady can give the Buccaneers another great season to add to his impressive career.
What can we expect this year from one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time?
His Career to Date
It’s worth remembering that Brady started his pro career over two decades ago, being picked in the 2000 NFL draft in the sixth round, and then spent 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, leading them to great success. In 2020, he joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and continued his incredible story by helping them win Super Bowl LV.
This means that he now has seven Super Bowl victories from a total of 10 appearances. During over two decades at the top of the sport, Brady has never had a losing season and has set a huge number of individual records in areas like passing yards, TD passes, and completions.
At the time of writing, he’s 45-year-old, an age at which most NFL players have long since retired. However, his legendary dedication to his diet and to looking after his body means that he’s still looking fit and ready to play and he is likely to be one of the leaders in the NFL betting lines for MVP.
How Did Last Season Go?
For an idea of how this season might go, we need to take a look at last season. In fact, if we look at his overall time with the Bucs, it’s been the most successful period in the franchise’s history. They came close to getting to the Super Bowl again last season, with Brady almost managing to inspire the team to fight back against the Los Angeles Rams in the Divisional Round.
His personal stats have been excellent, with new records tumbling as he racked up 485 pass completions in the NFL with 5,316 passing yards and 43 passing TDs. Brady is now the oldest player in the history of the league to pass for over 5,000 yards, and it was the third-most passing yards in a single NFL season.
The Latest News
You may recall that Brady announced his retirement from football in February this year. It seemed like he was finally bringing down the curtain on one of the most remarkable careers in the sport, but a little over a month later, he said that he would play the 2022 season for the Buccaneers.
In a recent interview, the quarterback said that it could be his final season in the NFL, but that he might carry on playing for longer. A huge 10-year deal worth $375 million as a Fox Sports analyst is waiting for him when he finally retires from playing the sport.
A Look Ahead
Given his age, it could be expected that Brady’s body finally lets him down this season. Yet, someone who has defied the odds so often and who just completed a season as the NFL’s top QB might still have more to give.
One of the most interesting aspects of the build-up to the new season is the suggestion that Brady wants to run the ball more and vary the team’s play, although he’s expected to carry on producing high passing stats. His desire to be the best certainly hasn’t gone away, and it wouldn’t be a major surprise to see him lead the team to the Super Bowl one more time.
The rest of the team is certainly looking strong enough to help Brady make one last memorable season. Defensive end Logan Hall and guard Luke Goedeke joined in the second round of the draft this year, with some old favorites rejoining to give the roster a powerful look.
This is set to be the first season of Todd Bowles as head coach, following his move from defensive coordinator to taking charge of the whole coaching operation. This should make for a smooth introduction, but any change in the coaching department always brings with it some risks of things going wrong.
In terms of their chances of winning the Super Bowl LVII at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, it’s clear that there’s still a lot of confidence in Tom Brady pulling the team to one final success in what is expected to be his final season.
The Buccaneers are near the top of the list of favorites to win the next Super Bowl, with most sportsbooks putting the Buffalo Bills in first place at +650, followed by Tampa Bay at +750. Following these favorites, the likes of the Chiefs, the Rams, and the Packers are all currently close behind in the betting.
We’ll need to wait to see how Tom Brady and the Bucs start this season, but for the moment there are no signs that the legendary QB is ready to let his high standards slip or that his body is going to start letting him down.
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