Drew Brees has announced his retirement, and the Buccaneers officially own the NFC South.
Brees has dominated the Bucs for the vast majority of his NFL career, and now, Tampa Bay won’t have to face a clear lock for the Hall of Fame two to three times a season. Even with a subpar arm and plenty of injuries, Brees still found a way to dominate Tampa Bay.
After all this time, we knew this day would come eventually. The injuries this season were prevalent, and while Brees appeared to toy with the idea of returning, this seems to be in the best interest of everyone, especially the Bucs.
The Buccaneers never have to play Drew Brees again
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What does this mean immediately? Well, the Buccaneers can count on a less accurate quarterback in New Orleans in 2021. The starting job and role of replacing Brees will likely come down to two players: Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston. Again, thank goodness.
Hill is inexplicably Sean Payton’s favorite player ever. Why he remains on the team and makes so much money is a mystery, and we should all hope that Payton chooses to roll with a quarterback that can’t actually throw to prove how smart he is next season. Hill makes Brees look like Patrick Mahomes from an arm strength standpoint, so the Bucs will be more than fine in this contingency.
On the other hand, the far more likely scenario is that Jameis Winston will come back to throw touchdowns for the Buccaneers in Tampa. To the fanbase that misses him so much, you will luckily get to see him throw more touchdowns to red and pewter jerseys soon enough. The picks are coming; it’s just a matter of how many.
Given the current secondary, Winston could be well on his way to another 30 interception season after just a few games against this Buccaneer defense.
Regardless of the quarterback that replaces Brees, another dominant player has left the NFC South, and the Bucs are in an even better position to win the division next season finally. The Super Bowl has just become that much more realistic.
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