The importance of veteran leadership is one of the most under rated qualities a team can have in football. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one of the NFL’s youngest teams, but during this offseason they signed veterans Beau Allen and Vinny Curry from the Philadelphia Eagles. They have a pedigree that includes a Super Bowl on it. What does a Super Bowl mentality mean to a young team like the Buccaneers?
Winning a football game is tough in the NFL. Making the playoffs is even harder. Winning a Super Bowl is something that most NFL teams can’t even imagine doing because of the level of difficulty. The Eagles had an improbable run last year, even after the injury to Carson Wentz. The reason for their success is that defense. Beau Allen and Vinny Curry were right in the middle of that dominant defensive front. The Buccaneers have struggled with winning late in games, stopping the run, and getting any type of pass rush.
Beau Allen is a 6’3, 327 pound defensive lineman who has 87 career tackles and two sacks in his career. He has only missed one game in his entire career. The durability and high motor he posses will help take the pressure off of defensive tackle Gerald McCoy in this upcoming year. McCoy has never been able to play with someone of the caliber like Beau Allen or Vinny Curry. In 2017, Allen compiled 13 tackles and 1 sack. The stats are not eye popping, but once again, you can’t underestimate the value of veteran leadership that Allen will bring to the Buccaneers.
Vinny Curry is another Eagle that was brought in this season to show our young Bucs the Super Bowl way. Curry has been another extremely durable player for that dominant Eagles defensive front. He has only played in less than 14 games one time in his career. Last year, Curry tallied 42 total tackles with 3 sacks. In his career, the Eagles defensive end has 130 tackles with 22 sacks.
Both of these players bring toughness and winning mentality that Tampa Bay hasn’t seen since the days of Simeon Rice, Warren Sapp, and Anthony McFarland. When Curry and Allen walk into training camp supporting their Super Bowl rings it should light a fire underneath the young guys on the Buccaneers defense. The Buccaneers have a bright future with a high powered offense, revamped defense, and the hiring of Brenston Buckner should have the Buccaneers looking at a chance to win a division title and possibly a Super Bowl title.