YOU TALKIN’ TO ME – MARCH 12
By Leo Haggerty & Rob Kriete
CAN THE BUCS REPEAT AS SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS
Can the Pewter Pirates throw the Lombardi Trophy around on the Hillsborough River again next year? Yes, Brooklyn, they can but I have to rain on that parade. The chances of that happening are extremely rare and here’s why.
First, the Buccaneers won’t sneak up on any of their opponents next year. In 2020, the guys in the other color jerseys may not have taken the game too seriously. Hey, to them, it was still the Yucks who hadn’t made the playoffs since 2008 and hadn’t won a post-season contest since they won Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003.
Buddy, this year the date of the tilt with Tampa Bay will be circled in the locker room of every opponent. NFL players are a prideful bunch and nothing would “make their day” than to beat the defending Super Bowl champs. Definitely added motivation my friend.
Second, the back-to-back has only been accomplished by a handful of franchises. The last time it occurred was in 2004 and 2005 when the New England Patriots won Super Bowl XXXVIII and XXXIX. So you can see, not the easiest thing to accomplish.
Third, the schedule will be a lot harder. Not necessarily because of the strength but the day. As the reigning champs, Tampa Bay will be playing at least five, and probably more, “prime time” contests. Sunday night and Monday night along with Thursday night will be in the offing and, let me remind you, Big Apple Guy, those games last season did not have really good outcomes for Tampa Bay.
Finally, the Buccaneers had a perfect bye week being Week 13. The Pewter Pirates were the most rested team going to the postseason and it showed.
Brooklyn, the stars just lined up correctly for the Bucs last year. They captured lightning in a bottle and ran with it all the way to a Super Bowl title. Way too many things, like injuries and bye week plus schedule along with playoff foes, will lead to Tampa Bay not repeating in Super Bowl LVI.
So, yeah, I’m talkin’ to you. I know it’s not what you wanted to hear, and it’s not what I wanted to say, but facts are facts even with #12 under center. What do you have to say, Brooklyn?
Low Ball, you make a solid argument for the Bucs being unable to repeat…while also helping my point of view. First, the Bucs didn’t sneak up on anyone. With Tom Brady leading this team after winning six previous Super Bowl games, no one expected the Bucs to be an “also-ran” team in 2020. Every team was gunning for the Buccaneers in 2020.
When you mention teams to enjoy back-to-back Super Bowl victories, who was the last guy to do that? Yep, it is the inimitable Tom Brady. If he did it with a New England team with lesser offensive weapons, arguably, why couldn’t he do it with this dynamic Tampa Bay offense?
As for the bye week, I can’t see that as the reason this team won the Super Bowl. It was the increasing effectiveness of the defense, week after week, that made this team stronger for their Super Bowl run. Finally, with Tom Brady restructuring his contract to allow for even more veteran weapons for this team, there is no reason why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can’t repeat as Super Bowl Champs in 2022. Here’s to a Bucs victory in Super Bowl 56!