We know that Tom Brady plans on playing for another half decade -- a revelation that once seemed insane but now looks entirely possible for the well-oiled 39-year-old.
But that doesn't stop us from being fascinated about what is next for quite possibly the greatest quarterback in NFL history. It also doesn't stop us from being surprised that Brady said coaching isn't part of his future.
Perhaps Brady is interested in a more family-oriented profession post career. Coaching can be lonely and taxing; even more so than what Brady puts himself through during the offseason to prepare his body. A Star Magazine report once suggested that Brady wanted to launch an acting career once he hung up the cleats.
But we're surprised the always neutral quarterback was actually definite on something. People tend to gravitate toward careers that were shaped by their mentors. Bill Belichick has provided a sterling example of how to be a great head coach in the league should Brady want to follow -- and that offense seems like it could run for decades without slowing down.
Instead, we will be waiting for something else altogether. Unfortunately, that counts out a Brady-Manning rematch from the sidelines.