Tom Brady and the Buccaneers prove the Super Bowl isn’t a priority
The Buccaneers and Tom Brady may say a Super Bowl is a priority in Tampa, but we don’t see that championship mentality.
It’s a hard thing to write in Week 2 of the season before Tom Brady and the Buccaneers have even played their second game, but the team that won the Super Bowl nearly two years ago is pulling out. quickly out of the race for a chance to win another ring.
Before you completely denounce this as abject pessimism from someone who clearly always expects more from such a great team, consider what is being said here before blindly saying that anything is possible.
There is not a player in NFL history who has been better than Tom Brady. No Buccaneers player has been more important to the team’s success than Brady. Tom Brady changed the NFL in more ways than one, and a lot of that stemmed from his champion mentality.
Brady is not the sportiest. He’s not the fastest. He doesn’t have the strongest arm, although he still has a cannon. However, Brady overcame it all by wanting it more and putting in more work than his counterparts.
Where did this Tom Brady go? Are we really supposed to believe the GOAT went from calling his coaches the day after his Super Bowl win ready to work to skipping training camp and practicing every Wednesday for the rest of the year? Should we expect this to help the team and its Super Bowl chances in any way?
The Bucs are too dependent on Brady to be without him for one practice a week for the rest of the year on some sort of reduced practice requirement based solely on his accolades. Will we do the same for Mike Evans? Wash David? What about Tristan Wirfs?
“They are good. They will find a way to improve.
Oh good? Doesn’t the defense get better one day a week playing against one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL? Isn’t the offense getting better by giving receivers new reps with Brady due to rampant injuries?
Any other team or quarterback trying to pull something like that would be killed for it.
Brady is the best, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t need to prepare or be there with his team. Championships require a deposit to be made at every practice, every year, for teams to have the opportunity to cash out. Teams and players who deposit less have less to shoot when it counts.
There’s still a chance for some positive change to happen, but this writer isn’t sure how anyone could trust Brady’s mentality right now after what we’ve seen over the past few months.
A Super Bowl becomes less likely each time Brady continues to get special treatment. Hopefully, we’ll get some clarity on why from either Tom Brady or the Buccaneers soon.
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