The Atlanta Falcons and the NFC South as a whole are now in the off-season with Tampa’s blowout wildcard loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Tampa’s recent firing of offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich has left some speculation that Tampa is making a push to bring Tom Brady back next season.
A decision that shouldn’t bring any fear from Atlanta Falcons fans even if the unlikely happens and Brady decides to return. Atlanta is a young team that can pass Tampa this off-season with or without Tom Brady.
Tampa’s roster is aging and will be dealing with negative cap space and little ability to create ways to make any impact moves. Brady returning doesn’t solve all of the roster issues Tampa has or help fix a talented defense that on paper should be far better.
Atlanta has finally beaten a Tom Brady-led team albeit with Tom on the bench, however, they deserved a chance to beat Brady earlier in the season. A completely clean sack from Grady Jarrett that would have given Atlanta a chance to beat Brady ended with a flag and Tom Brady kicking Jarrett only to receive said flag.
Brady deserves respect for what he has accomplished in this league and should be the undisputed GOAT at the quarterback position. However, the Tampa roster is showing its age and even Brady should no longer be feared.
There is an argument to be made if not for the unfair flag on Jarrett the Falcons win the division this past season. With the benefit of their full cap space and another year of draft picks and development. Whether or not Brady returns to this division cannot change Atlanta’s mindset. The NFC South is wide open, and the Falcons have an argument as the favorites heading into the offseason.