Tampa Bay Buccaneers need to lean into leadership

Bruce Arians, Byron Leftwich, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
Bruce Arians, Byron Leftwich, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports /

Everyone from local sportscasters to popular football podcasts across the country are hemming and hawing over what’s awry in Tampa Bay with the Buccaneers, especially after falling to the rookie, Kenny Pickett-led Pittsburgh Steelers, who managed to pull out a win a week ago. The Buccaneer’s record now sits at .500 with three wins and three losses.

As soon as a team is underperforming or a player on the team attends a high-profile event and misses a meeting before the game, everyone and their cousin are scrutinizing everything about the team and player and not in the most eloquent or most articulate fashion. There was even a recently retired quarterback that was known for never being in shape or going the “extra mile”, so to speak, during the off-season or even during the football season, but the day after the Buccaneers most recent loss, he was calling out Tom Brady, saying he thought Brady looked as if he didn’t even want to be on the field playing.

There is one thing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can always depend on and that is Tom Brady’s commitment to his team, football, being prepared to play and WINNING at the highest level. There is not a more successful quarterback to have played in the National Football League or another player at any other position for that matter. No one should be questioning his dedication or allegiance to his craft and squad. Tom Brady still has much to contribute, and his exceptional leadership skills will certainly help move the Buccaneers forward from this point on.

The Bucs have a lot of new pieces, including a new head coach in Todd Bowles. Coach Bowles after the loss to the Steelers made it very clear that he is not putting up with any more just talking the talk without walking the walk. Even though there are several new faces, there are still quite a few familiar players that are reliable and play big leadership roles for the organization. When things seem to be amiss, having reputable trustworthy players on all sides of the ball, i.e., offense, defense, special teams, your team is more apt to gain focus and are able to turn things around a game at a time!

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