Could an old man (by NFL standards) actually put together back-to-back seasons leading the NFL in passing? One plugged-in NFL reporter doesn’t think it is so crazy.
Dan Graziano of BSPN wrote a column where he chose surprises and not-so-surprising elements for each NFL team. With the Bucs, Graziano thinks there is a real chance Brady leads the league again in passing because the Bucs’ internal shot-callers are not freaking out about the offensive line like some fans are.
Don’t be surprised if … Tom Brady throws for 5,000 yards again.
What I’m hearing: The internal concern over the Bucs’ offensive line issues, Brady’s training camp absence, the changes on the coaching staff, etc., don’t match the external concern. The Bucs believe Brady is in the right frame of mind to start the season and that the guys they will line up in front of him Week 1 are good enough to keep him protected.
If both of those things are true, and if Chris Godwin comes back early in the season as they expect him to, Brady should continue to do what he has done since he got to Tampa. There are some questions on defense, but if they can keep him protected, Brady should be the least of the Bucs’ problems.
The key, of course, is the offensive line. If Robert Hainsey is as competent (good?) as the shot-callers believe him to be and can stay healthy at center, and Luke Goedeke progresses at left guard like the Bucs think he can, this offense could be just as good as last year.
Health is paramount. The Bucs have little margin for error with injuries up front.
How wild would it be if Brady threw for 5,000 yards (again) at the age of 45?
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