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What to Expect from the Brady-Led Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ryan Beltran

Posted on September 13, 2020 05:28

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After years of being one of the NFL's laughing stock franchises and 13 years without a playoff appearance, 2020 is a far cry from the dark times of the last couple of years, with the high-prized addition of future Hall of Fame quarterback, Tom Brady.

It is crazy to think that after countless years of mediocrity, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers might clinch their first playoff berth since 2007, and possibly even make a deep playoff run in 2020.

After their crowned free-agent-acquisition of former longtime legendary New England Patriots Quarterback, Tom Brady, and other popular names like All-Pro tight end, Rob Gronkowski, recruited from retirement, and recently signing former Jacksonville Jaguars running back, Leonard Fournette, the Buccaneers are going to be one of the high-pressured teams coming in with the much-added hype to their franchise.

As much as I believe Tom Brady is still reliable enough to lead the Buccaneers to the playoffs this year, and the potential of the squad on both sides of the ball all look good on paper, I still don't see them competing with the other NFC contenders. At best I see them as a team that will make the NFC Wildcard rounds, and win one postseason game.

Looking into the strengths of Tampa Bay, the offensive arsenal for Brady will be deep, especially being led by the two star receivers, with four-time Pro Bowl receiver Mike Evans, as well as Chris Godwin, who has become one of the rising star receivers, catching 86 receptions for 1,333 yards in 2019. 

Defensively, Tampa Bay looks to also be solid after a promising overall performance last year. The Buccaneers finished last year as the number one run-defense in the league led by 2019 Pro Bowl linebacker Shaquil Barrett. Barrett came out of nowhere in his first season with the Buccaneers, recording 19.5 sacks, after only having 14 sacks his first five years with the Denver Broncos.

Along with Barrett, the Buccaneers have accomplished veteran defensive linemen with notable players like Jason Pierre-Paul and Ndamukong Suh, a promising line-backing core with guys like Devin White and Lavonte David, and some talent in the secondary that completes this solid defensive unit.

On the contrary, Brady's struggle last year in New England should be a bit worrisome with fans and could carry over to this year with his new team. One possible weakness with the Buccaneers is that their offensive line will not be particularly elite even with additions in free agency and the draft.

With Brady's declining age and below-average athleticism compared to today's more athletic quarterbacks, a bad showing weekly from the offensive line can really hurt the performance from the offense, especially Brady. If Brady faces similar offensive line issues with Tampa Bay as he did with the Patriots, the offense of the Buccaneers might actually  struggle to produce to what they are capable of.

Whether you like him or not, you cannot doubt Brady's greatness, which is why I won't be surprised if the Buccaneers make a deep run this postseason, but also if they don't make a deep playoff run at all. Buccaneers fans still have a lot to look forward to in the near future.

 

Ryan Beltran

Posted on September 13, 2020 05:28

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