Worst-case scenario for Buccaneers with Tom Brady story
By Rob Leeds
The development between Tom Brady and the Buccaneers has been strange. Much as fans are allowed to do, some are starting to wonder where this will end.
In the end, it feels like the drama that is continuing between Tom Brady and the Buccaneers is going to end with the quarterback coming back to camp and the rest of the preseason going well.
We’ve already seen plenty of strange this offseason, so it would be fair to assume that this could end as the team says it will. Todd Bowles and company don’t seem too worried, so it makes sense that some fans aren’t going to worry either.
Still, when something doesn’t smell right, other fans are going to ask questions, and this situation certainly doesn’t smell right.
If the Bucs knew that Tom Brady was going to miss time, why wouldn’t they discuss a return date? They did okay it after all-at least so they say. Are we to believe the Buccaneers gave Brady a blank vacation slip and then let him write whatever date he wanted under the return section?
Some of us won’t ever buy that story for a second.
With that being said, most quarterbacks don’t step away from their team for an undisclosed period of time like this. Most quarterbacks aren’t Tom Brady. But, most quarterbacks don’t retire and then return again a few months later alongside a strange regime change.
It is more than fair to say something weird is going on behind the scenes for the Buccaneers. It might not end in disaster, but no one should believe that this is all just business as usual.
The positive end to this story is that Brady returns when we originally expected and the team is able to get all of the chemistry issues out of the way before they play Dallas.
The other scenarios are far less rosy.
Could Tom Brady retire? That is a sentiment going around, although it seems rather unlikely. Brady would retire, unretire, recruit a bunch of players, and then retire again before the season starts?
People have done crazier things for their families, but that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
In reality, the most likely worst-case scenario is that Brady misses time, perhaps even as much as he already has, and then the Buccaneers can’t get the chemistry down before the tough start to their season.
There are a lot of new faces on this roster. Some people may not think that Brady needs the time with the team, but the team does need the time with Brady.
The Buccaneers could start the season at 1-3, even if Brady plays and the chemistry is right. How will they look if they can’t get the chemistry down because Brady was off dealing with personal issues?
One way or another, the situation isn’t all that great. We don’t need to get to worst-case just yet, but it is worth knowing what is on the table if the team is going to keep giving silly answers to legitimate questions.
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