Sunday, March 22, 2020

The Brady Bunch - Will the Bucs Win?

Tampa Bay, Fl
Opinion by: E. Eugene Webb PhD
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The long awaited much hyped move of Tom Brady to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is finally a reality.
You got to admit the news was somewhat anticlimactic in face of all we are going through right now.

Since all the locals and most of the national sports casters are living in a sports news vacuum, there was a lot of hype and circumstance about the last few hectic hours of the Brady deal.
If you follow this Blog, you know I am not much of a sports fan, but the Brady deal does fascinate me.
If Brady, Arians and the rest of the Bucs coaching staff don’t end up in a running reality show fit for any TV network I will be surprised.
Adding up all the egos, hype, expectations and overzealous reporting it is hard to imagine anything short of a soap opera on and off the field. If things start going bad, the real show may not be on the field.
Brady is good on the field, but he has not had a lot of experience moving from locker room to locker room, so there are bound to be some issues.
According to Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times, Brady had just one request for Tampa Bay after signing on to be their new quarterback.
“Brady never asked for control of the offense. He knew that [Bruce] Arians, offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen and special assistant Tom Moore would collaborate with him on game plans. He didn’t ask for any specific players to join him. He didn’t even ask to wear No. 12, which for the moment belongs to [Chris] Godwin.
In fact, there was only one request Brady had after he had signed: He wanted the phone numbers of all his new Bucs teammates.”
There is no doubt that Brady is a class act, but he has benefited greatly from 20 years or so of consistent coaching and front office consistency. Something the Bucs do not have to offer.
The Glazers will benefit from the butts in seats and the exploding TV ratings. The fans will get a good show, and all of this should break about the time COVID-19 is fading away. Just what we will need.
I am a little worried for Tom. Oh, he will be more than all right financially, but it would be a shame to see a brilliant career go up in a puff of cannon smoke.
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