Three things Buccaneers fans can be thankful for this year
Tom Brady and the current state of the Buccaneers franchise.
We alluded to it earlier, but the history of the Buccaneers franchise has not been great, like, at all. Things kicked off with an 0-26 start before head coach John McKay and turned around the pirate ship in 1979 where they stayed competitive until 1982.
Then came a decade and a half of the “Suckaneers” or the “Yucks” when they were quite possibly the worst franchise in sports until Tony Dungy and the defense ARRIVED. After the Bucs won Super Bowl XXXVII came another close to a two-decade run of wild mediocrity.
Then in 2020, Tom Brady signed with the Buccaneers.
Of course, the Bucs won Super Bowl LV in the GOAT’s first season in Tampa Bay and came close to getting back to the big game in 2021. Now, after returning and then un-retiring in 2022, Brady is still the quarterback of the Buccaneers.
With Brady at the helm, (and possibly going forward after 2022 but one thing at a time) the Bucs will always be in it, and that is a reason to give thanks. After all, he is the greatest of all time, and he plays for the Buccaneers.
While we mentioned how the Buccaneers are good when the defense is good, that was never the case for the quarterbacks, for the most part. The Bucs have had a Super Bowl started by Brad Johnson, NFC Championships started by Shaun King and Doug Williams, and playoff games started by Chris Simms and Jeff Garcia.
Starting in 2020, the Bucs have both the defense and the quarterback for the first time ever in the history of their franchise. Despite the first half of the season, the fact that Tom Brady is the quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and almost single-handily made the franchise relevant is the biggest reason why fans should be thankful this Thanksgiving.