Tom Brady was hiding in plain sight.
After three seasons of exceptional quarterback play from Tom Brady, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers now face an uncertain future at the position following his retirement.
Their current options are Baker Mayfield, who is on his fourth team in three seasons, and 2021 second-round pick Kyle Trask.
While NFL Network analyst David Carr is optimistic about Mayfield’s potential to bounce back in Tampa Bay, he also acknowledges that Brady’s seven Super Bowl championships masked many of the team’s issues.
Via Joe Bucs Fan:
Carr reminded viewers that while he expects Mayfield to have a resurgence, he’s no Tom Brady and Brady covered up a lot of problems.
One hidden area is setting offensive line assignments, Carr said, a specialty of Brady. This is something Joe heard about from Pat Kirwan of SiriusXM NFL Radio before Brady played a snap with the Bucs. How Brady makes offensive lines signficantly better with savvy line calls.
The Buccaneers were expected to be serious contenders for the Super Bowl in 2022, but they ultimately fell short, winning the feeble NFC South despite finishing with a losing record of 8-9.
Brady’s fourth-quarter heroics were critical in wins against the Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, and Carolina Panthers.
The team’s scoring offense, which was second-best in the league in 2021, slumped to 25th overall, with just 18.4 points per game.
Without Brady to cover up the team’s shortcomings, it’s challenging to envision a brighter future for Tampa Bay’s offense, despite the potential of Mayfield and Trask.