It wasn’t exactly birthday wishes that Saints defense end Cam Jordan was sending to Bucs quarterback Tom Brady, who turned 43 Monday.
Appearing on NFL Net Network’s Good Morning Football Monday, Jordan said even with Brady at the helm and Rob Gronkowski in Tampa Bay, the Bucs are playing for second place in the NFC South.
The Saints, of course, have won the NFC South three consecutive years and have a future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback of their own in 41-year-old Drew Brees.
“But I do know we have to step up our game, we’ve got to elevate,” Jordan said, smirking while discussing the Bucs. “They’ve got the second-greatest quarterback of all-time, right behind Drew Brees, and now we’ve got a head-to-head two times a year.
“We’ve got our work cut out for us, and then they have an addition, you bring in Rob Gronkowski and LeSean McCoy, you already had two 1,000-yard receivers in (Chris) Godwin and Mike Evans. This is a team that’s fighting for second place.”
It’s easy for the Saints to argue they have the most talent in the NFC South. Not only because of Brees, receiver Michael Thomas and running back Alvin Kamara. Defensively, they are pretty solid as well.
Plus, Brees and coach Sean Payton have 215 games together under their belts. The Bucs kick off the season in New Orleans Sept. 13.
The Bucs-Saints rivalry is getting spicier. Whether it’s Jameis Winston saying he no longer has to learn how to play quarterback by Google while in Tampa Bay or Sean Payton’s cold-fish handshakes in the past with former coach Dirk Koetter, it just keeps getting better.