If what Bruce Arians says is true, give the Buccaneers the Super Bowl now

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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If what Bruce Arians says is true, give the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the Super Bowl now

If what Head Coach Bruce Arians is saying is the truth, you might as well give the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the Super Bowl right now.

The Buccaneers have almost officially undergone their first full week of Training Camp and there have been many standouts and interesting notes along the way.

Tampa Bay has seen some rookies- such as Antoine Winfield Jr. and Chapelle Russell- play at a high level with veterans like Shaquil Barrett, Lavonte David, Donovan Smith, Tom Brady, Mike Evans and others coming out and having a strong start, as well.

That being said, the most intriguing line of Training Camp to this point came earlier this week when Bruce Arians was addressing Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski:

"“He doesn’t have a gigantic elbow brace on. He’s moving. He’s running fast again. He’s got great body control,” Arians said via ESPN. “Some of the things — the stiffness that I saw at the end of his career with all the injuries — it looks like it’s gone.”"

If that’s the truth, then Buccaneers opponents are in trouble

We don’t have to get the Rob Gronkowski of old for the Buccaneers to win the Super Bowl, but Arians- as well as other coaches and teammates- have all talked about the impressive performance of Gronk thus far.

"“I’m feeling good out there,” Gronk said. “My body feels good — that’s why I came back to the game, and that’s how I want to be moving. I want to be moving like how I was back in the day, no doubt about that. Why … would I want to come back to the game and be moving like poop? I’m here to move; I’m here to make plays; I’m here to block in the run game; I’m here to make plays in the pass game."

The veteran has struggled a little bit with the Florida heat early on, but he simply looks healthier and better-rested than anything we saw towards the end of his career in New England.

And if that somehow comes to fruition and we see Gronkowski playing at a level similar to what we saw 3-5 years ago, you might as well give the Bucs the Super Bowl now. With the amount of skill that Brady possesses at wide receiver, if you give him a Pro-Bowl level talent at TE as what we saw with Gronk prior to his injuries, you can forget about any defense in the league being able to stop this offense. Honestly, they’ll have trouble even slowing them down.

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We all know that there is plenty of ‘coach-speak’ that happens during Training Camp, but this is beginning to feel more and more real that we might actually see a healthy and hungry Rob Gronkowski this season. And that doesn’t bode well for Tampa Bay opponents.