Michael Vick Gives His Take on Tom Brady and the Buccaneers

Published 01/01/2021, 12:00 PM EST
Dec 26, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) drops back to pass against the Detroit Lions during the second quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports


Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have managed to salvage their season. A feat that looked impossible at one point, Brady has led the Buccaneers into a playoff position, and they enter the post-season this year with a solid chance.

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Tom Brady showed that even at the age of 43, he is still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. And now, he looks to get his 7th Super Bowl Ring.

Nov 29, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians speaks with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

However, not everyone is convinced of their chances or their ambition. Former NFL player Michael Vick spoke on Undisputed earlier. He believes that Tom Brady has nothing more to prove with another championship ring.

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However, he does understand why Buccaneers’ Head Coach Bruce Arians believes that it is ‘Super Bowl-or-bust’ for them.

“I don’t think Tom Brady needs another trophy, I think he got more than enough. I think right now, this is about house money for Tom Brady.

“And for Bruce Arians, you look around your locker room and you see Tom Brady… You look around and say, ‘I got a Super Bowl team’. Then you think it is Super Bowl-or-bust. That’s totally understandable.” 

Tom Brady doesn’t need another Super Bowl win – Michael Vick

Vick further added that Bruce Arians and Tom Brady have done a good job of working together. Despite the tumultuous start to their relationship, Arians and Brady have managed to salvage the Buccaneers team, and give them a real chance.

Arians, according to Vick, also proved that he could be successful with a good quarterback, which he did not have earlier. He said, “And Bruce has done a great job pairing with Tom Brady and showing that if he has the right quarterback, then he can be the guru that we see him as.

“It has been on full display. It’s been up and down, it’s been rocky all season, but they found a way to mount that comeback and I just think they needed a little bit more than what they got from Jameis Winston. And they got that with Tom Brady.”

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He added, “Less interceptions, more touchdowns, and they found themselves in the postseason. So, it goes without saying. They brought Tom to Tampa for a reason.

“They got what they were looking for, they got a playoff birth, right in their lap. And in 2021, it will be Super Bowl-or-Bust, we will be saying that.”

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The Buccaneers will enter the Playoffs with a do-or-die mentality. The signing of Brady was completed with the express purpose of leading the Buccaneers to the Super Bowl. And anything less than that will be seen as a failure by all parties involved.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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