The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are prepping for a strong bid to capture a second straight Super Bowl. Star quarterback Tom Brady heads the charge to guide in his second campaign in Tampa Bay. Before the Buccaneers head into the 2021 season, Brady chose to send a verbal jab at the New England Patriots.
Tom Brady leads the Buccaneers to the Super Bowl
Brady quickly made the most of his fresh opportunity with the Buccaneers by helping transform the franchise into a championship contender.
The first part of the 2020 season featured bumps along the way, but Tampa Bay found its groove in the final month before the playoffs. The Buccaneers won its last four regular-season games, followed by capturing three road playoff wins to earn a Super Bowl 55 berth.
Brady and Tampa Bay made the most of the opportunity, cruising past the Kansas City Chiefs in a convincing 31-9 win. The Buccaneers followed the championship success with an impressive offseason headlined by keeping all the team’s big-name free agents.
As Tampa Bay preps for the 2021 season, Brady sent a verbal shot at his former team.
Tom Brady delivers a verbal shot at the Patriots: ‘It’s nice that I’ve found my voice more’
In Brady‘s last few years with the Patriots, it became increasingly evident internal issues lingered.
The star quarterback wanted increased say over his NFL future, but New England played its cards close to the vest to maintain control. All that played a factor in Brady pushing his way out through free agency to continue his career elsewhere.
During a recent press conference, Brady aired his enjoyment of having an increased say with his teammates, coaching staff, and within the organization.
“It’s nice that I’ve found my voice more,” Brady said via ESPN. “I really enjoy being around my teammates, my coaches — it’s been a different environment. [I’m] just really enjoying the experience of playing football, playing with this group of guys.”
The 44-year-old is relishing the opportunity of dictating his NFL future with a franchise that is more than willing to give him that control. There isn’t any pushback, but instead, a strong desire to keep him involved. It’s something that Brady isn’t used to, given how matters transpired in New England for the first two decades of his career.
Brady likely didn’t intend to send a subtle shot at the Patriots, but it’s quite evident that he’s enjoying his time with the Buccaneers. He’s in an environment where the team highly values his input while tailoring the roster around him to get the most out of his talent to vie for the Super Bowl.
Tampa Bay eyeing another Super Bowl push
Brady‘s comments aside, it’s clear the Buccaneers are in a confident state of mind heading into the 2021 season.
Tampa Bay is positioned to make another push to the Super Bowl after returning nearly the same group of talent. With a year under his belt in head coach Bruce Arians’ offense, Brady holds ever-increasing confidence and comfort.
Meanwhile, the Buccaneers roster possesses plenty of proven talent on both sides of the ball around the future Hall of Famer. All the pieces are in place for Tampa Bay to push ahead as the clear-cut Super Bowl favorites in the NFC. The Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, and Seattle Seahawks will present challenges.
However, the only potential hurdle preventing a deep playoff push is injuries. If the Buccaneers can remain relatively healthy, another Super Bowl bid may lie ahead.