Buccaneers opponent’s surprise retirement comments make perfect sense

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carlton Davis, Robby Anderson (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Carlton Davis, Robby Anderson (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

The Buccaneers aren’t going to shed any tears if Robby Anderson decides to retire early. If Sam Darnold was our quarterback, we would do the same.

After weeks of getting evidence that letting it ride with average to poor quarterbacks is a mistake, the Buccaneers can now look at another study in why neglecting the most important position on the field could be disastrous.

It’s not like Robby Anderson is that important of a player in the NFL nor would he make that much of a difference against the Bucs on the field this year, but even he sees how much the position impacts his own.

Perhaps that is why he is openly mulling retirement on Twitter in a now-deleted post.

At just 29-years old and two years removed from the best season of his career, Anderson making this decision at this point in his career would come as a surprise if Sam Darnold wasn’t his quarterback.

Unfortunately for Anderson, he has spent most of his career playing for one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL, and the prospect of doing it again in 2022 with one of the worst head coach-quarterback combinations in the league does not scream fun or success.

Anderson’s job is directly predicated on the ability of Darnold to get him the ball. Is anyone even certain that Darnold can do that effectively at this stage of his career?

It may feel extreme to retire just because of a bad quarterback and head coach, but it does seem like the only way for Anderson to get out of this terrible situation.

The good news for the Buccaneers is that they don’t look ready to be in a situation like this for a while if they stay proactive at the quarterback position, and it is the opposite of a worry with Tom Brady in town.

Still, if Anderson does decide to retire before the season begins, this could be a great lesson for the Bucs in life after Tom Brady.

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