By no means terrible yet, Brady is still not the great powerhouse he once was. A pick-six in his debut for the Tampa Bay Buccanneers showed that at the age of 43, nobody can expect him to be a dominant leader in the same way. It’s not that he needs Bill Belichick, but rather that he’s just getting old.
There is no doubt that Brady is in decline. Of course, it’s almost laughable that we’re talking about it like it’s a surprise. His numbers dropped in 2019 but when you add in the disruption of the 2020 offseason, combined with a new playbook and his weary body, you can see why he may struggle.