While there has been a great deal of rumors, speculation, and claims made as to what the biggest strengths and weaknesses of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are throughout this past offseason and into present day, there is only one factor that remains the team’s greatest strength and also its greatest liability, the quarterback position.
It goes without question that few, if any player, has had as large an impact on a team’s success so immediately as Tom Brady has with the Bucs. The Bucs’ signing of the future Hall of Famer lead directly to a Super Bowl as well as the acquisition of a number of high profile free agents through the years such as Leonard Fournette, Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, and Julio Jones.
And on the field, Brady continues to be the team’s greatest strength, especially in the modern passing-focused NFL. Brady has turned in back-to-back MVP caliber seasons and looks to be off to a great start in the 2022 campaign as well.
However, if you live by the sword, then you could surely die by it too. The Bucs have obviously put all their eggs into one basket, and if anything were to happen to Brady, their season would almost certainly crumble instantaneously.
Given the fact that Brady is currently playing at the ripe young age of 45, his risk of injury is definitely higher than the average. Combine that factor with Brady’s lack of mobility and his worst offensive line he’s had to play behind since becoming a Buccaneer, and you have a recipe for disaster.
The fact that the Bucs made no attempt to sign any capable backup QB this past offseason signals one of two things.
Either the front office has absolutely no doubts about Trask or Gabbert, or they decided to go all in this season and pray nothing happens. Hopefully it was the latter of those choices so that the front office doesn’t look like complete fools, especially when considering Trask and Gabbert are not going to win you playoff games.
The Buccaneers need to make sure Tom Brady can stay healthy and find new ways to protect him while not completely shutting their offense down like they did last week.
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