Tom Brady is back on the practice field in New England, but doubts remain about whether the Patriots can return to their record-setting form of 2007, after that season ended with a shocking upset loss in the Super Bowl and Brady went down in the first quarter of 2008's first game.
It's entirely possible that Matt Ryan could hit a sophomore slump in Atlanta. That Jake Delhomme is capable of stinking up the joint like he did in that unsightly playoff loss. That Tampa Bay with a new head coach and yet another new quarterback could fall by the wayside. All of this points to the Saints returning to the playoffs after taking a year off.
Tom Brady has the proper mix of talent, success, work ethic, humility
and an ability to date super models, combined with a Hall of Fame
coach and almost a complete veteran team. His own success, and that of his team, is all but a foregone conclusion.
Posted by Peter Schaffer, on May 28, 2009 12:25 PM
Yes, Brady should be able to lead an offense that piles up a ton of points, has opposing defensive coordinators reaching for the NoDoz and, one assumes, produces plenty of Patriots wins. But there's no way Brady and Co. run the regular-season table like they did two years ago.
Posted by Desmond Bieler, on May 28, 2009 12:14 PM
Will the Patriots be good? Surely they will. If 2008 taught us anything, it's that Bill Belichick can still figure out how to adapt better than anyone else in the game. Can they be 2007-style perfect? Not a chance.
I'm not too sure the Patriots offense can be better than it was in 2007, but I have little doubt that a healthy Brady will fly right back to the top of the heap. There are too many things in his favor.