How Tom Brady dominance has hurt the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

The Buccaneers can’t let the legacy of Tom Brady hurt them long-term.

Having the greatest quarterback of all time lead your team to a Super Bowl in a magical season is something no franchise will ever trade. Tom Brady and his positive impact on the Buccaneers will outlive his playing days in the NFL by decades, but it is important to not let something like this turn into a negative.

The Bucs have done almost everything right during the Brady tenure to build the best team possible and keep the future bright, but Brady’s very presence on this team has a negative drawback that we are seeing far more often during draft season.

Tom Brady hurts the Bucs (and the rest of the NFL) by being the greatest and most successful quarterback of all time. This same un-athletic, unassuming sixth-round pick went on to be the best to ever do it. First-ball Hall of Fame. Rings. Personal accolades. Numerous documentaries. The football world will never forget Brady, and trying to replicate his success is going to lose a lot of people their jobs.

We see this on display almost every year. Each quarterback with subpar athleticism or a weak arm “could be the next Brady.”

Teams spend picks on quarterbacks outside of the first round because of this potential, yet almost every metric shows that quarterbacks outside of the first round have nearly no chance of being starters, much less Hall of Famers like Brady.

Bucs fans see this on display with every critique of Kyle Trask. Each time someone brings up these drawbacks in Trask’s game, someone else is always quick to say “-but Brady….!”

But Brady nothing.

Pretending that every guy that looks like Brady can turn into him is a waste. The best quarterback talent comes at the top of the first round and is almost always associated with certain levels of athleticism or arm talent. Usually both. Tom Brady is the outlier in the largest way possible.

Searching for unicorns at the most important position is a terrible game to play. None of this is to say that quarterbacks like Trask or other guys won’t ever be successful, but the odds are long, and using Brady as a justification for giving these guys slack is how people get fired.

The NFL can’t let Brady’s impossible success change how the evaluate quarterbacks. The Buccaneers need to keep this in mind as their future without Brady is quickly approaching.

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