The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been linked to several quarterback rumors since Tom Brady retired just a few weeks back. From Aaron Rodgers to Deshaun Watson and seemingly every quarterback in between. Let’s be honest, you can’t replace Brady with equal or greater value, it’s just not possible. But one Buccaneers insider thinks the team might look inward for Brady’s replacement.
Reynolds reports that Buccaneers quarterback coach Clyde Christensen said Gabbert played a large role in helping Tom Brady pick up the Bucs offense in 2020. Christensen went so far as to call Gabbert “an extra set of eyes for Tom” and “the coordinator’s helper”. Head coach Bruce Arians has referred to Gabbert as “the most underrated quarterback in the NFL” on Pewter Report’ podcast in 2021. To add to that, Arians also answered “I’d be comfortable if it is. I like what we have,” when asked in late January about replacing Brady if he chose to retire. Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht even chimed in on Gabbert after Brady’s retirement saying they’ve “been preparing” for that day.
Gabbert has been playing under Arians for multiple seasons. So he knows the offense well and does have the arm strength required to throw all of the passes in Arians and Leftwich’s playbook. Per Reynolds, Christensen said “He’s a seasoned guy now. He has a ton of ability and I do feel like it’s coming together for him.”
No Gabbert isn’t considered a top-notch quarterback in this league, he’s more of a journeyman. That doesn’t mean he isn’t the answer though. The Buccaneers won their first Super Bowl with a journeyman quarterback named Brad Johnson. His job was to simply manage the game and not turn the ball over. That sounds easy enough right? Well, unfortunately Gabbert has a penchant for turnovers. No, not as bad as Jameis “30 for 30” Winston but not great either.
Replacing Tom Brady is no small task, if the team believes Gabbert is the answer that’s understandable. But I highly doubt free agents and the fanbase will have the same confidence in him that the team does. Buckle up, it’s going to be an interesting offseason.
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