Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans will have high hopes of seeing their team in football games come the second week of January. This is because 6x Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady elected not to re-sign with the New England Patriots and moved to Raymond James Stadium. Fans and analysts feel this is the missing piece that was needed for Tampa Bay to push for a playoff spot.
Now even Buccaneers players are opening up on possibly contending for the Super Bowl.
The 2019 regular-season sacks leader appeared on ESPN’s Get Up. He said, “I was really excited. I knew that instantly made us Super Bowl contenders, playoff contender and that’s what exactly we need to be right now. We feel we had everything almost everything. And we added a few key pieces so now we have everything. I think that we need to have a good run.”
He also shared how expectations among the team have changed.
“I think Jameis would have made a big jump. But I think with Brady, it just makes us an automatic contender for a Super Bowl. With Jameis, I think we would have been a playoff contender. It would have been still a battle, for sure, and it’s still going to be a battle now. But having Tom, I think we’re going to be over the edge, and everything on paper looks perfect. We just gotta put the work in.”
The arrival of NFL royalty will no doubt spur the team to work harder as they attempt to better last season’s 3rd place finish in NFC South.
While they may not get a passing yards season record akin to Jameis Winston, they will surely not have as many interceptions.
Winston became the first quarterback to throw 30 plus touchdowns and interceptions in the same season. He was released and subsequently joined Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ biggest threat in the division in the New Orleans Saints.
In addition to Tom Brady, the team acquired Rob Gronkowski who has said he feels refreshed after his year-long retirement. All these are extremely good signs for Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans who will dare to dream once more.
Do you agree with Shaquil Barrett’s assessment of Tom Brady’s addition to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster? Can they reach the playoffs for the first time since 2007?