Tom Brady is officially part of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After spending 20 years with the New England Patriots, the six-time Super Bowl Champion signed a two-year deal worth $50 million.
The 42-year-old legendary quarterback plans to play until he’s 45 years of age. Up until this point, Brady, the oldest player to ever win the NFL MVP award at 40, has shown very little to no signs of slowing down at all. In other words, it seems like he still has some gas left in the tank. Since starting his very first game in 2001, Brady has missed only 19 games. In addition, he missed 15 games in 2008 after tearing his ACL in Week 1. Since then, Brady has not missed any games due to injury.
Can The Buccaneers Win The Super Bowl With Brady?
Brady’s successful experience is certainly going to help the Buccaneers succeed. Brady’s mentality, skills, and leadership are a huge piece to the puzzle. However, Brady needs weapons in order to leave a dominant offense. The likes of Mike Evans and Chris Godwin(Third-most receiving yards last year with 1,333) ought to do well with Brady. Last season, Tampa Bay was third in total offense(6,366 yards), fourth in points scored(458), and third in touchdown passes(33). Tampa’s offense is talented and Brady ought to fit right in
Once it was confirmed that Brady had signed with Tampa, the Buccaneers were listed as the fourth favorite to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. That puts them ahead of the likes of the New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers, and Dallas Cowboys.
However, it’s far too early to officially name Tampa Bay a legitimate favorite. At this point, it’s safe to say that they’ve got the potential to win it all. But for them to officially be a favorite will depend on their results in their first four to six games of the 2020 season. For example, if Tampa is 5-1 or 6-0 after six games and their offense is first in the league in total yards, touchdown passes, receiving yards and points scored, then that will definitely make them a favorite to win it all. But for now, it remains to be seen.
What Does This Mean For Jameis Winston?
Winston’s 33 touchdown passes put him second in the league, and his 5,109 passing yards made him the leader for 2019. Unfortunately, Winston’s 30 interceptions were also the league’s highest. In Winston’s case, interceptions have been his biggest career struggle.
However, to say that Winston is a bad quarterback is wrong. He certainly has great talent and potential. He just isn’t perfect and has a lot to learn. A lot of quarterbacks are in similar positions as Winston like Dak Prescott, Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, and Sam Darnold. Overall, every quarterback has a weakness and Winston is going through what many quarterbacks have before.
Backing up Brady for two years may be what Winston needs in order to improve. Learning from Brady ought to give Winston’s career a huge boost. By the time Brady steps down, Winston will be ready to take over and will have more knowledge. Long story short, Winston has some learning and improving to do and Brady is the perfect teacher/mentor for him.
All this is provided that Winston re-signs with the Buccaneers. The 26-year-old quarterback is currently an unrestricted free agent. If Winston goes elsewhere, he just needs to move on and learn and improve with his new team.
The Buccaneers’ last playoff appearance dates back to the 2007 season. The team’s last playoff win dates back to 2002 when they won Super Bowl XXXVII. Furthermore, the team hasn’t won at least 12 games since 2002. Tampa wants to end the drought. Their future truly is unpredictable.