Protection issues have been prevalent all preseason, and unless the offensive line has put it together in the short time since we last saw them, quarterback Tom Brady could be under a lot of duress this season.
Only four times in his 10 full years as an NFL quarterback has Brady been sacked more than 30 times ('01-'03, and '11), and only once more than 33 times (41 sacks in '01).
The quarterback learned to release the ball more quickly, but the offensive line also meshed into a unit that was one of the best in the league and for awhile was among the most steady units on the roster.
That is no more, with a ton of turnover on the offensive line over the past few seasons. We await the status of right guard Brian Waters, who has yet to report. Offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer's back remains a concern as well. Although Nate Solder performed much better in the third preseason game, he did not look good in the first two contests.
The rising number of concerns on the offensive line could lead to a rising number of sacks on Brady, and 33 sacks would be the most Brady has endured since becoming the starter in 2001.
The more important question, and the one I am unable to make a bold prediction on, is whether the beating Brady endures will result in him missing any time this season.