There’s one factor to keep primarily above everything else while trying to digest Tom Brady’s disastrous first outing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

This was Brady’s choice.

He wanted freedom from Bill Belichick’s restrictive approach. He wanted a team with the “weapons” he felt he so lacked with the New England Patriots. Brady wanted to go somewhere where he could further his brand, a team with whom he could unleash whatever offensive firepower he has left in his 43-year-old body in order to preach the gospel of his personal, shady trainer.

There’s no feeling sorry for Brady after the Bucs’ 34-23 loss in New Orleans. After all, this was his intention; to go someplace where he wouldn’t have to deal with the intricacies that allegedly led to success in New England. He wanted to prove that he could do it on his own, that he was not, in fact, a product of Belichick’s Hall of Fame system.