Tom Brady and the Buccaneers.
Much has been made of Tom Brady’s decision to uproot from New England after 20 long NFL seasons and take his talents to Tampa Bay. When the announcement was made the Buccaneers went from a decent football team to one of the Super Bowl favorites basically overnight. Brady comes with as good a footballing CV as one could have. A three-time MVP and a six-time Super Bowl champ. He is expected to transform Tampa Bay into contenders straight away. Add to that the addition of five-time Pro Bowler and three-time Super Bowl champ Rob Gronkowski who is coming out of retirement along with stud receiver Mike Evans and running back LeSean McCoy and the Buccaneers have some serious weapons.
For Brady, he is learning a new system and playbook for the first time in his career and it is a lot of different moving parts to come to grips with. Given the different build-up to the season with no preseason games and limited practice sessions in training camp I am not as bullish as some when it comes to Brady’s ability to transform this organisation overnight. They will be must-watch TV this season and it will be interesting to see that if things start to go downhill how the Buccs and Brady will respond.
The Aaron Rodgers-Jordan Love dynamic in Green Bay.
Many eyebrows were raised when the Green Bay Packers drafted quarterback Jordan Love with pick 26 in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft. Like many pundits, including myself were expecting the Packers to give Aaron Rodgers another weapon on offence this coming year. With only Davante Adams of real number one or two receiver status for Rodgers to throw too with Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling only providing big plays every now and then it was widely tipped that a skill position player on offence would be taken to take some of the pressure of Rodgers and Adams.
Instead what the Packers did was put Aaron Rodgers’s career on the clock. By essentially drafting his predecessor Green Bay showed their hand to Rodgers, play well, or else. With the Packers facing the Vikings, Saints, and the Buccaneers in the opening three weeks if they happen to go 0-3 or scrape to 1-2 and Rodgers struggles will the Jordan Love trigger be pulled? I for one like many others am watching this situation intently.
Dak Prescott’s contract situation.
Something that should have been done a year ago continues to drag on. The questions surrounding Prescott’s contract will dominate every post-game interview, every practice, basically every time a Cowboys player or coach faces the media Prescott’s s contract will be brought up.
Now whether it was the length of the contract or the amount of money Dak was reportedly asking for his long-term future in Dallas is now cloudy at best. If Dallas goes 12-4 or 11-3 and Dak leads the Cowboys to the playoff’s one can only imagine the price tag that will come with signing the quarterback. Opposite to that if Dak struggles like last season then where to for him and the Cowboys? Does Andy Dalton get the nod or does Dallas try and draft another QB? Like the previous two, this will be one to watch over the course of the season with a great amount of trepidation for many Cowboy fans.
There are always many storylines to keep an eye on throughout the season but these three surely will generate the most interest in NFL circles.