With Tom Brady now at the helm of the Buccaneers’ offense, there’s a certain level of production that will be assumed. Brady is a field general in the sense that he can manipulate defenses and get his skill players the ball to allow them to do what they do best. So how would a Buccaneer offense look like with Brady’s guidance?
The Buccaneers were third in total offense and had the number one passing offense in the league in 2019. On the other side of the coin, Jameis Winston led the league with 30 interceptions. I think this will be the biggest improvement for the coming season. In Brady’s career, his highest interception total was 14. This past season the Bucs lost seven games by seven or fewer points and in those games, Winston threw 18 of his 30 interceptions. I think with Brady at the helm, the team will run more efficiently while putting up similar numbers in the passing game.
Brady has made a living off taking care of the ball and giving his team a chance to win games late. Brady is fourth all-time in game-winning drives with 45 and is coming off a season where he threw for 4,057 yards, 24 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. The drop-in turnovers alone would have seen the Bucs in last year’s playoffs.
Before the start of the new season, the Buccaneers need to sure up the offensive line. Going into the off-season the Buccaneers only had one player from the starting offensive line that would be a free agent and that was Demar Dotson. With the Buccaneers not signing Dotson in free agency, this will be a focus in the upcoming draft.
This year’s draft has a lot of talent at the position. Many of the mock drafts have the Bucs taking an offensive lineman with the 14th pick. I think it should be a no brainer. When the season begins, Tom Brady will be 43 years old and his protection should be the priority. In many prospect rankings, there are seven offensive linemen in the top 50. If I had my choice of players, I would have to pick Mekhi Becton for Louisville. Becton is a 6’7” 364 lbs tackle that be an instant upgrade at Right Tackle
Overall, I think that the upcoming season will be a success. The addition of Brady and the moves that will be made in the draft should make the Tampa Bay Buccaneers contenders in the NFC. Only time will tell, and I am looking forward to every minute of the upcoming season.