Let’s Be Reasonable About Tom Brady


I miss this Tom Brady. Also, there are no free to use pictures of Brady in a Bucs uniform yet.

Nearly every football fan outside of New England has likely had nightmares about Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. No movie villain could compare to how much I despised everyone involved in the Patriots organization as a kid. 


At some point, however, the hatred turned to respect for me. Even though I would never cheer for Tom Brady and the Pats, I respected the fact that they were competitive for my entire life. In modern sports most dynasties last a few years, not decades.  


His first big mistake came early in the second quarter on a miscommunication with receiver Mike Evans. Brady sailed the ball over Evans and into the waiting arms of Marcus Williams.as Ronald Jones found himself being accompanied by Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy.  Offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs was selected as the team’s first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Brady had struck it rich in Tampa Bay, they were going to give the now 43-year-old a chance to succeed. extra revenue that Brady brings to the owner’s bank account, they want results. After all, Brady didn’t win his six Super Bowls with them. He has given them nothing as of right now other than media hype.


This is where the term “reasonable” in the title of the article begins factoring in. 


Nobody has had a more successful career as a player than Brady has, I am not going to ignore that, but let's look at the facts: Brady was 42 years old at the time of the signing and was coming off of a season that saw him put up his lowest completion percentage and passing touchdown numbers since 2013, how was the 50 million dollar contract justified? 


Even though Brady took pay cuts in New England and watched fellow QBs get paid handsomely elsewhere, isn’t it just a bit odd to pay him that much? Perhaps some of that is a “thank you” to Brady, who will undoubtedly move merchandise, bring an interest to the Buccaneers and bring fans to the stadium (if Covid ever allows it in his two years under contract). At face value, however, Brady needs to play up to the value of that contract. I doubt Buccaneers fans care about the extra revenue that Brady brings to the owner’s bank account, they want results. After all, Brady didn’t win his six Super Bowls with them. He has given them nothing as of right now other than media hype.


It later turned out that the Buccaneers planned on surrounding Brady with so many weapons, he could fight a war. 


Star receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin already presented Brady with the necessary talent to succeed, then the Buccaneers began adding more.


His favorite target in New England, Rob Gronkowski, came out of retirement in an effort to make another run at the Lombardi Trophy with Brady. The running back core was strengthened as Ronald Jones found himself being accompanied by Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy.  Offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs was selected as the team’s first round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Brady had struck it rich in Tampa Bay, they were going to give the now 43 year old a chance to succeed.


Enter the NFL season.


With sky high expectations, Brady and his new teammates entered the Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday. 


It did not go well for him.


After leading a triumphant march down the field for a touchdown on the team’s first drive, things slowed down for Brady.


His first big mistake came early in the second quarter on a miscommunication with receiver Mike Evans. Brady sailed the ball over Evans and into the awaiting arms of Marcus Williams.


The second blemish of the day ended up being the go-to clip to summarize how Brady’s Tampa debut went. 


They have an offensive-minded coach, great skill players, and the greatest quarterback of all time.tire league over this three-year stretch.ding a well-placed ball to Mike Evans for his only reception of the day. Passes to Scotty Miller and OJ Howard also proved that Brady could still put the ball where it needs to go.


Interceptions aside, Brady had some solid moments throughout the game. He had some excellent throws on the team’s final scoring drive, including a well placed ball to Mike Evans for his only reception of the day. Passes to Scotty Miller and OJ Howard also proved that Brady could still put the ball where it needs to go.


While his QBR was among the worst of Week 1, Brady still flashed some greatness during the game.


Again, being reasonable, Brady was also playing against the Saints. You know, the team that has won the NFC South three years in a row and has talent up and down the board. 


Regardless of their struggles in the playoffs, the Saints have been one of the best teams in the entire league over this three year stretch.


It seems odd to assume that the Buccaneers could just roll up to New Orleans and defeat the Saints.


This loss from the Buccaneers shows the dangers of what preseason hype can do to a sports team. Brady was in a new environment, is old, played against one of the best teams in the entire league and needed to make two uncharacteristic mistakes to lose the game.


Brady is a professional, he has been doubted before and has always answered. Was the performance concerning for the Buccaneers given that he struggled in game one with limitless weapons? Yes. This is 100% the team that Tampa Bay needed to dethrone the Saints and they failed yesterday. 


There are still 15 games, however, and I would not count the team out just yet.


They have an offensive minded coach, great skill players, and the greatest quarterback of all time.


We all missed the NFL, especially with the sad state our current world is in, but that doesn’t mean that we should overanalyze one single game. 


Just give the Buccaneers time.



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