Buccaneers QB Coach Provides Big Update on Tom Brady’s Backup Contention

Published 05/14/2022, 4:41 PM EDT
Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports| Courtesy: Reuters

Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterbacks’ coach Clyde Christensen mentioned in an interview that Kyle Trask would not compete with Blaine Gabbert for the backup quarterback position. This development has happened after Tom Brady returned from retirement to rejoin the Buccaneers.

Kyle Trask is the rookie QB who the Buccaneers drafted at the 2021 draft. Blaine Gabbert is the veteran second-choice QB, behind Tom Brady.

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Will Trask end up behind Tom Brady as the second-choice QB for the Buccaneers?

Following Tom Brady‘s announcement of his retirement in February, Trask was in pole position to compete with Gabbert for the QB role at the Buccaneers. However, with Brady’s return, the first-choice has become clear.

Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) and head coach Bruce Arians celebrate during the fourth quarter in Super Bowl LV against the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports | Credit-Reuters

Christensen mentioned while speaking to the media that Trask would not compete with Gabbert for the position. He said, “I think he [Trask] continues to progress. I’m glad we didn’t have to find out on opening day this year. That gives us another year to keep developing him.” 

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This means the QB coach has gone with the experience of Gabbert to complement Brady’s skill and experience, rather than Trask’s raw potential.

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What’s next for Kyle Trask?

Gabbert’s selection is the most logical choice that the Buccaneers coach could have made to increase their chances of success this season. This also means that Trask would be out of the team, possibly through the entire season, unless there is an injury.

NFL Football – Super Bowl LV – Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Kansas City Chiefs – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida, U.S. – February 7, 2021 Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Rob Gronkowski celebrates scoring their first touchdown with Tom Brady REUTERS/Eve Edelheit

However, as Christensen said, this allows Trask to spend another year learning from the best in the sport and become a more rounded player by the time he takes to the field, possibly in the next season.

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Prithwiraj Gupta

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Prithwiraj Gupta is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Master's in History from Pune University. The contact aspect of the NFL made him interested in the sport.

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