Chris Long knows firsthand what it’s like to play with Tom Brady. A two-time Super Bowl champion, Long also realizes how hard it can be to avoid the Super Bowl hangover. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are poised to compete for a repeat in the 2021 season.
Long praised Brady for galvanizing the locker room and argues that it even enhances his GOAT resume.
Chris Long won a Super Bowl with Tom Brady in New England
Long spent eight seasons with the Rams, registering 246 tackles and 54.5 sacks during that time. The veteran defensive end signed with the New England Patriots ahead of the 2016 season, after the team traded away Chandler Jones.
At that stage of his career, Long was a role player on Matt Patricia’s defense. He made seven starts, recording 35 tackles and four sacks.
The Patriots were dominant in 2016, boasting a 14-2 regular-season record and securing the No. 1 seed in the AFC. After dismantling the Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs, New England defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
Tom Brady was unsurprising named the Super Bowl MVP, marking the fourth time he won the award. Chris Long had a front-row seat to watch arguably the greatest quarterback of all time work his magic.
Long says Buccaneers avoiding Super Bowl hangover adds to Brady’s resume
Since retiring from the NFL, Chris Long has entered the media industry. He currently hosts his own sports and pop culture podcast called Green Light.
The University of Virginia product joined The Rich Eisen Show to discuss a range of topics, including the greatness of Tom Brady.
Long and Rich Eisen marveled at the high level at which Brady has continued to play, despite being 44 years old. The former defensive end gave his assessment on the Bucs early in the 2021 season.
“They’ve kind of gotten pretty quickly into this boring good mode,” he said. He pointed out how he doesn’t think many people watched the Bucs play the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2, outside of NFL Redzone. Long also mentioned Tampa Bay’s slow start to the 2020 season.
The Santa Monica, California native praised Brady’s “brilliance when it comes to setting the tone.” Sometimes teams crash from riding their high and get off to a slow start after winning a championship. The Buccaneers don’t appear to be going through that phase.
“A Super Bowl run like that had to be exhausting, with all things considered,” Long said. He argued how tough it can be to rebound to the following season and still play at an elite level.
“Tom Brady being able to get this team back into tip-top shape, focused, energized, playing good right out of the gate. Like that’s New England stuff,” he added. “This is the mark of the GOAT.”
Tom Brady and the Buccaneers are on a quest to repeat
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers decisively defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. They’re not satisfied, though.
Tom Brady did not return for NFL season No. 22 to go through the motions. He wants to win it all again. The Bucs have what it take to repeat in 2021, too.
Tampa Bay returned all of its offensive and defensive starters from the 2020 season, so there’s no drop-off in the talent department. Bruce Arians has ensured that his players are locked in. The 2020 Super Bowl season is over, so there’s no time for the team to rest on its laurels.
The Dallas Cowboys pushed the Buccaneers to the brink in Week 1, but that speaks more to the improvements made by the Cowboys. This team is still a legitimate title contender.
If the Bucs repeat in 2021, Brady would win his eighth Super Bowl ring. Numbers don’t lie. Rings don’t either. There is no GOAT conversation if Tom Terrific isn’t included.
Tom Brady has nothing else to prove, but his hunger to continue to achieve greatness speaks volumes.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.