Since it is Tom Brady’s 45th birthday, it seems only fitting to analyze what he has accomplished during his short tenure as a Buccaneers QB and what has truly been his greatest contribution to the team over the last two years.
While the easy answer to what Brady has done the best since becoming a Buc would be to point out his on-field stats, which would have been absurd for anyone, but especially a 43+ year old on a brand new team, Brady’s greatest contribution to the team was far more intangible.
Before Brady, the Buccaneers were a team that felt rudderless and without any semblance of a winning culture. Aside from the occasional fiery player that you knew was giving his all every weekend to bring home a win like Mike Evans, the team as a whole just didn’t seem to foster a winning mindset and it showed.
After Tom Brady came, all that changed. When you watch the Bucs play, you expect them to win, not the reverse like it was for so long. You can tell the team’s other players feel it too and appear to play with an edge that wasn’t present a few years back.
It’s this change in culture that has also allowed the Bucs to be a free agent haven with top talent from all over the league wanting to play with the GOAT and get a chance at a Super Bowl.
The reality is, without Brady, the Bucs never acquire Leonard Fournette, Rob Gronkowski, Antonio Brown, Richard Sherman, or Julio Jones.
To his credit, with both on and off-field contributions to the Bucs, it would seem obvious that Brady has thoroughly debunked the “Tom Brady is only good because of Bill Belichek’s system” theory (and vice versa considering the Patriots success as well).
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