When Tom Brady officially said goodbye to the New England Patriots this offseason, it marked the end of the most dominant era in professional sports. Leaving behind Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick for the Glazer family and Bruce Arians certainly represented a radical shift for the six-time Super Bowl champion. While some could view that change as a negative, Donald Trump has a different outlook.
The president weighed in on Brady joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while giving the GOAT a huge shoutout in a recent radio appearance with Clay Travis. But will Trump’s prediction about Brady’s Buccaneers prove correct?
Tom Brady surprised many by leaving the Patriots for the Buccaneers
What Tom Brady did with the Patriots will never be matched again. Over the course of two decades, he turned a ho-hum team into the most dominant dynasty in NFL history. Along the way, he made overlooked, undervalued receivers look like stars. Plus, he had some help from Hall of Fame talents like Randy Moss and Rob Gronkowski.
However, that success came at a cost. While a trip to the AFC Championship became an annual tradition, so too did dealing with Belichick’s notoriously tough program. Brady played the good soldier for most of his time in New England. But his final few years in Foxborough revealed a player who wanted more respect and long-term job security.
Yet, when push came to shove, Belichick never gave his quarterback the multi-year extension he desired. Brady struggled in his final season with the Patriots, even after Belichick invested a first-round round pick on N’Keal Harry. New England’s offense never got clicking, and the team fell to the Tennessee Titans in disappointing fashion.
With the opportunity to forge a new path, Brady surprisingly left the Patriots. Though some viewed the San Francisco 49ers or Titans as logical fits, he took his talents to Tampa. He did score an upgrade in weapons, but the Buccaneers haven’t won a playoff game since they captured their only Super Bowl title in franchise history during the 2002 season.
Donald Trump gives prediction on TB12 in Tampa
Tom Brady and Donald Trump have been friends for years. The relationship obviously began well before Trump became president. However, Brady has largely stayed away from discussing politics, especially since the former reality TV star changed his career path.
On Tuesday, Trump made an appearance on “Outkick The Coverage” with Clay Travis. Interestingly, the conversation started with Brady’s departure from the Patriots.
“Well I think he’s gonna do a great job, you know, he’s been a winner,” Trump said. “He knows how to win. That’s a big thing, and he’s just been a great quarterback with a great coach (in Bill Belichick). That’s a great combination – and a great owner in Bob Kraft, frankly. He probably wanted a change.”
Trump referenced that Brady wanted a change and that he picked a new team with “a very good offensive line and very good receivers.” The president also praised the Buccaneers’ owners before giving Brady a shoutout ahead of the 2020 season.
“I think he’s going to do well in Tampa Bay. I think he’ll do well. I don’t know why it would be a surprise. Perhaps it will be, but I think he’s going to surprise a lot of people. I think he’s going to do great.”
Will Brady’s Buccaneers live up to the hype?
While Donald Trump obviously believes in Tom Brady, that means little on Sundays. The Buccaneers boast a terrifying offense on paper. But as we’ve seen over the years, the team that “wins the offseason” does not always deliver.
Still, it’s hard not to get excited about the upside of a Brady-led offense. Tampa boasts a dominant receiver duo in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. If those two eclipsed 1,000 yards with Jameis Winston under center, imagine what a rejuvenated Brady could do for their production.
Plus, the Buccaneers boast impressive depth at tight end. Rob Gronkowski spent a year away from football and has plenty to prove himself. O.J. Howard could excel as a No. 2 option, especially given Brady’s history of peppering the ball to tight ends.
However, the offensive line could prove problematic. Alex Cappa did not play well in his first season as the team’s starting right guard. Tampa will also entrust rookie Tristan Wirfs to protect Brady from oncoming pass-rushers. Plus, left tackle Donovan Smith still has room to improve as he enters his sixth NFL season.
Ultimately, if Brady gets the protection he needs, he stands a great chance of putting the Buccaneers on a Super Bowl path. Let’s just see if the 43-year-old can stay healthy as he tries to defy Father Time in Florida.