It’s time for PewterReport.com’s 2-Point Conversion post-game column, which features two statements, two questions and two predictions based on the latest Bucs game. Tampa Bay won its second Super Bowl championship by beating the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs, 31-9, in Super Bowl LV in the friendly confines of Raymond James Stadium. Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes and was named the Super Bowl MVP as he out-dueled Patrick Mahomes, who was sacked three times, threw two picks and was under duress the entire night from Todd Bowles’ menacing defense.

2 BIG STATEMENTS

STATEMENT 1. Greatest Bucs Win By The Greatest Bucs Team

Out of the way, Jon Gruden.

Move over, Derrick Brooks.

Step aside, Mike Alstott.

This 2020 Super Bowl champion Buccaneers team is the greatest team in Tampa Bay history.

This in no way belittles or demeans the amazing accomplishment of the 2002 Bucs team winning Super Bowl XXXVII, which forever has the distinction of being the first Tampa Bay team to become world champions. But it’s time to reorder the rankings given the magnitude of what this year’s team accomplished in becoming the first team to host – and win – a Super Bowl in its home stadium. And to do so in the middle of a COVID-19 pandemic no less.

Former Bucs head coach Jon Gruden and owner Malcom Glazer

Former Bucs head coach Jon Gruden and owner Malcom Glazer – Photo by: USA Today

The Tom Brady-led Bucs defeated the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, 31-9, in an epic Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium that proves that defense can still win championships.

So why is this 2020 Tampa Bay team better than the original Super Bowl squad from 2002 that featured three (or more) future Hall of Famers on defense? Because Brady and the Bucs had to travel for three weeks to get back home for the Super Bowl as a wild card team, and had to beat the likes of New Orleans’ Drew Brees, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes to dethrone the defending champs and win the Super Bowl.

In 2002, the road was easier for Tampa Bay, as that Bucs team trounced three lesser QBs in San Francisco’s Jeff Garcia, Philadelphia’s Donovan McNabb and Oakland’s Rich Gannon, and only had two the last two games away on the road. While Gannon was the league’s MVP that season, Rodgers was the MVP this year, and Mahomes was last year’s Super Bowl MVP. McNabb, Garcia and Gannon were good quarterbacks, but they weren’t in the elite, Hall of Fame class that Brees, Rodgers or Mahomes are.

While Super Bowl LV didn’t feature five interceptions, including three pick-sixes like the 2002 Bucs team turned in, the performance put on by Todd Bowles’ unit was just as impressive in its own way, harassing Mahomes all night and keeping the high-powered Kansas City offense out of the end zone. In his young, fabled, four-year career, Mahomes had never started a game for the Chiefs where the offense didn’t score a touchdown.

Tampa Bay’s pass rush took advantage of an injury-riddled, makeshift offensive line in Kansas City and made Mahomes run for his life practically all night, sacking him three times. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh led the way with 1.5 sacks, while outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett had one sack and a game-high four pressures.

The Bucs’ Grave Diggers secondary was clutch, holding Mahomes under 300 yards passing and keeping Tyreek Hill out of the end zone. Mahomes threw for over 450 yards in the Week 12 meeting, with Hill having 269 yards receiving and three touchdowns in a game that would turn out to be the last Tampa Bay loss of the 2020 season.

Bucs FS Antoine Winfield, Jr. and Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill

Bucs FS Antoine Winfield, Jr. and Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill – Photo by: USA Today

Rookie safety Antoine Winfield, Jr. had the first interception of the night off a deflected pass that was tipped by fellow safety Mike Edwards. It was one of nine pass breakups by Tampa Bay’s sticky secondary, which didn’t give up the big play because of Bowles’ smart deployment of Cover 2 and Cover 4 rather than his usual heavy dose of Cover 1 or Cover 3. Bowles only blitzed Mahomes four times on the night because he didn’t have to. Tampa Bay’s front four provided plenty of pass rush, hitting Mahomes a total of eight times.

Winfield made sure to let Hill know that the Bucs secondary dug his grave late in the game, flashing a peace sign right in his face, which drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Hill often throws up a peace sign to opposing defensive backs on the way to the end zone, but the tables were turned in Super Bowl LV.

While the 2002 Buccaneers had their ghosts to vanquish in Philadelphia by finally beating the Eagles and shutting down the Vet, which had been their house of horrors in the early 2000s, this 2020 Tampa Bay team had its own psychological hurdle to face. After five straight losses, including four during Bruce Arians’ brief tenure with the team, the Bucs went to New Orleans and finally beat the bully, 30-20 in the divisional round of the 2020 playoffs. It was a remarkably similar feel to what Tampa Bay did in Philly 18 years ago.

This 2020 Bucs team has its own share of future Hall of Famers, but perhaps not on the defensive side. Brady, tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Mike Evans, who was held to just one catch for 31 yards but drew a couple of big pass interference penalties by the Chiefs, are destined for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, showing that this year’s Super Bowl squad is led by an offense that averaged over 30 points per game. That’s the most in Tampa Bay history.

Bucs QB Tom Brady

Bucs QB Tom Brady – Photo by: USA Today

Brady, the greatest QB of all time and the most winning player in NFL history, is the most storied player to ever wear the red and pewter – even if it’s only in his first season with the Bucs. Super Bowl XXXVIII QB Brad Johnson has his place in Bucs lore, but he’s no Brady, who won his seventh Super Bowl title and his fifth Super Bowl MVP on the night by throwing three first half touchdowns to help build a 21-6 lead that would never be threatened thanks to a dominating performance by Tampa Bay’s defense.

It was truly complimentary football at its finest during Super Bowl LV. Just like it was back in 2002 in Super Bowl XXXVII when Gruden’s offense scored 27 of the Bucs’ 48 points that day, which would have been enough to beat Oakland without any of the Bucs’ three defensive touchdowns.

Only better this time around for Tampa Bay with the GOAT leading the way.

STATEMENT 2. Every Point Scored Was From A Bucs Newcomer

Bucs general manager Jason Licht deserves a tremendous amount of credit for assembling this year’s Super Bowl LV championship team, as it was littered with plenty of homegrown talent with the likes of wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, offensive linemen Donovan Smith, Ali Marpet, Alex Cappa and Tristan Wirfs, running back Ronald Jones II, nose tackle Vita Vea, linebacker Devin White and the Bucs’ entire Grave Diggers secondary. But it was the newcomers to Tampa Bay this year that stole the show in Super Bowl LV.

Bucs QB Tom Brady and GM Jason Licht

Bucs QB Tom Brady and GM Jason Licht

In fact, every point that was scored by the Bucs in their Super Bowl win came from a player that wasn’t on Tampa Bay’s 7-9 team from a year ago. Quarterback Tom Brady, who was Licht’s free agent prize this offseason, threw for three touchdowns, including two TD passes to tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was acquired in a trade with New England for a fourth-round pick, in the first half.

Wide receiver Antonio Brown had a more productive night than Chris Godwin, who had just nine yards on two receptions. Brown, was a midseason addition and had five catches for 22 yards, including a 16-yarder in the first half. But it was his 1-yard touchdown catch on a slant from Brady with just six seconds left before halftime that proved to be the most critical. That scoring strike between Brady and Brown, who scored his second TD in the postseason for Tampa Bay, gave the Bucs a 21-6 lead at halftime and all of the game’s momentum.

Running back Leonard Fournette, who was added right before the start of the season, led the Bucs in rushing with 89 yards, scored on a 27-yard dash in the third quarter to build Tampa Bay’s lead to 28-9. Ryan Succop, who was a free agent addition in the offseason and beat out Matt Gay for the kicking duties, remained perfect on postseason field goals in his career, drilling a 52-yarder in the third quarter to get the Bucs to 31 points. Succop was also perfect on all of his extra points in Super Bowl LV.

Reserve tackle Joe Haeg, who was another free agent acquisition this offseason, almost caught a touchdown from Brady in the first half on a play-action pass from the 2-yard line, but Chiefs linebacker Anthony Hitchens knocked the ball loose before the 300-pounder could haul it in. Still, Haeg made his presence felt as the team’s designated blocking tight end, helping Fournette and the Bucs’ ground game run for 145 yards against Kansas City.

Whether it was with draft picks, free agents or players acquired via trade, Licht and the Bucs’ personnel and scouting department did an amazing job putting together this year’s Super Bowl championship team.

And Licht saved his best for last with his 2020 acquisitions.

2 PROBING QUESTIONS

QUESTION 1: What Was The Best Part About The Bucs’ Revenge Tour?

The easy answer is beating Kansas City in Super Bowl LV, but in reality, it’s more than that. The Bucs finally stopped beating themselves this year, and that occurred on the plane ride home from Chicago after a disheartening 20-19 loss in Week 5 in which the offense bogged down inside the red zone, committed too many turnovers and the team had 11 penalties for 109 yards.

“I think our guys coming back on the plane from Chicago made a commitment to each other that we’re going to stop beating ourselves,” said Bucs head coach Bruce Arians. “What a great, great job they have done all the way through. If you don’t beat yourself – no turnovers, very, very few penalties – you’re going to be hard to beat. We realized that after that game and it’s been an easy job coaching ever since.”

Bucs FS Antoine Winfield, Jr.

Bucs FS Antoine Winfield, Jr. – Photo by: USA Today

The Bucs never had more than eight penalties in any game since then, and weren’t flagged for more than 65 yards any week since the loss to the Bears. In Super Bowl LV it was Kansas City that imploded with two turnovers and 11 penalties for 120 yards, while Tampa Bay had no turnovers and just four penalties for 39 yards.

After five straight losses over the last three years, the Bucs finally extracted revenge on the Saints in the divisional round of the playoffs, winning 30-20 in New Orleans and won the turnover battle 4-0 in that game. The Packers wanted a rematch from the 38-10 shellacking they received in Tampa Bay in Week 6 and got it, but the Bucs prevailed again, 31-26.

Kansas City returned to Tampa Bay for a rematch to defend its Super Bowl title, and failed miserably, 31-9, with Arians and coordinators Todd Bowles and Byron Leftwich out-coaching Andy Reid and his coordinators, Steve Spagnuolo and Eric Bieniemy to get the job done.

But the sweetest revenge for the Bucs was finally beating their own demons – the team’s own ability to self-destruct. Those demons had chased many a Tampa Bay player and coach out of town over the last dozen years, and have plagued this team through the Raheem Morris, Greg Schiano, Lovie Smith and Dirk Koetter eras.

Those demons were exorcised this year in Week 5 on a plane ride home from Chicago.

QUESTION 2: Why Did The Bucs Elect To Wear White On Pewter?

Bucs WR Antonio Brown

Bucs WR Antonio Brown – Photo by: USA Today

The answer is simple – Tampa Bay is undefeated in that uniform combination in 2020. Despite being the home team – literally because the game is at Raymond James Stadium, and because the NFC is the home team in this year’s Super Bowl – the Bucs decided to wear white jerseys and pewter pants instead of their red home jerseys.

The Bucs are now 6-0 when wearing that uniform combination with previous wins at Carolina, Atlanta and Detroit in the regular season, and New Orleans and Green Bay in the playoffs. Kansas City won last year’s Super Bowl wearing red jerseys and white pants, but finished 9-3 in that uniform combination.

Of course the Bucs wore their own red jerseys the last time they played the Chiefs, who wore white jerseys in that game, losing to Kansas City, 27-24, at Raymond James Stadium in Week 12. So perhaps the Bucs wanted to change up their mojo by giving the Chiefs a different look – literally and figuratively – this time around.

And the Chiefs were undefeated – 7-0 – while wearing white jerseys in 2020, so good call by the Bucs to roll with the white-on-pewter look in Super Bowl LV.

2 BOLD PREDICTIONS

PREDICTION 1: Playoff Lenny Won’t Be Back

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette

Bucs RB Leonard Fournette – Photo by: USA Today

Tampa Bay running back Leonard Fournette successfully rehabilitated his image in just one year with the Buccaneers, and could be ready to cash in with a lucrative, multi-year deal elsewhere as a starting running back in 2021. Fournette had to learn to accept being a role player in Tampa Bay and sharing the carries and the spotlight with Ronald Jones II this year. Jones was the starter and the star, rushing for 978 yards and seven touchdowns while Fournette rushed for 367 yards and six TDs during the regular season.

But with Jones sidelined with COVID-19, a broken pinkie and a quad injury entering the postseason, Fournette became “Playoff Lenny,” leading Tampa Bay with 300 yards, including 89 in the Super Bowl, and scoring a touchdown in each postseason game. After rushing for 3.8 yards per carry during the regular season, Fournette increased his average to 4.7 yards per carry in the postseason, and showed big-play ability in ripping off a 20-yard TD run in Green Bay and a 27-yard scoring dash in Super Bowl LV against Kansas City.

The Bucs would like to have Fournette back on a modest, one-year deal, but with a rehabbed image and a Super Bowl ring, Fournette may want to find greener pastures elsewhere as a feature back once again. Look for Tampa Bay to draft a running back in the first three rounds to replace Fournette.

PREDICTION 2: Bucs Will Win The NFC South In 2021

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and GM Jason Licht

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and GM Jason Licht – Photo by: USA Today

I’m not saying Tampa Bay can’t – or won’t – repeat as Super Bowl champions next season. But as Kansas City showed during Super Bowl LV, it’s hard to get back to the big game and win it in back-to-back years. Of course Tom Brady has done that before in New England, and it’s never wise to bet against the GOAT.

But just one day after the Super Bowl we don’t know which Bucs will be back in the fold for 2021 yet, and which ones the team will lose in free agency. We also don’t know which new acquisitions G.M. Jason Licht might have up his sleeve – a trade for defensive lineman J.J. Watt perhaps? – or which players he’ll draft.

So it’s safer to suggest that the Bucs will dethrone the Saints as NFC South champions in 2021, and doing so will put them in the playoff tournament. Then it’s up to the teams that are the healthiest and hitting their stride to advance.

If that’s Tampa Bay yet again, as it was in 2020, then there is no reason why Brady and the Bucs can’t defend their Super Bowl title out in Los Angeles next year. Oh, did I mention that Brady is a California kid?

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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WeAretheChamps2002+2021
5 months ago

The biggest change for this season was reverting back to the best uniforms the Bucs have had. I assume I’m in the minority with the orange iguanas uniforms, but they were / are an eye-sore and I’m happy they’re gone, along with Bucco Bruce. This team won a Super Bowl with Pewter and Red, and so it should remain. Thank God, Allah, Buddah, Jesus, etc. that the alarm clock uniforms are gone. Those were worst. On another note, the all-pewter uniforms are pretty sharp and original, unlike teams choosing the token black alternate color.

BucRy
5 months ago

It’s such a good and refreshing feeling reading these articles about what to do next after a super bowl win rather than just wait for the draft..I’m happy for all of you writers that has been with the team throughout the years..especially you and Mark!

MWD
MWD
5 months ago

We need to keep this team together- resign some of our studs- next year began this morning! Great season! Very proud of my team and my city! Go Bucs!

danielob
5 months ago

Headline should read: Bowles, Bucs Defense de-claws the Cheetah!

Spitfire
5 months ago

That may have not been the biggest point margin in Super Bowl history, but honestly as many Super Bowls as I’ve watched it felt like that wasn’t just the greatest and most impressive Bucs victory, but could be in the argument for the best most convincing and absolutely crushing Super Bowl victory in Super Bowl history. At least in the argument and definitely in the top ranks. Everyone raved about Reid and how great he was at planning and scheming, but those stupid trick plays the Chiefs have to run and spinning at the line of scrimmage and crap just… Read more »

Spitfire
Reply to  Spitfire
5 months ago

I haven’t been overly impressed with the look of our first Super Bowl Ring, I really hope the Glazers pony up and allow this 2nd ring to rival the Patriots Super Bowl Rings and make it the most Beautiful Super Bowl Ring yet. Please Glazers, the league allows a certain amount and the team can pitch in whatever they want on top go that. Make this ring one for the ages and go all out and make it one that the players and we as Fans can forever be proud of. When they show all the Rings on the sidewalk… Read more »

Pete Wood
Reply to  Spitfire
5 months ago

If the Chiefs had an average kicker, the game could have been a shutout. I don’t know that I’ve seen a QB run for his life as often as PM did last night.

SenileSenior
Reply to  Spitfire
5 months ago

Thank you, Spitfire, for a thoughtful overview of what we saw transpire in the game. I was looking for, but did not see, any significant adjustments by Kansas City in the second half. I expected much because I had bought into the narrative about what great coaching they had. I had considered Reid a fine coach who had matured into a great head coach. I expected Spagnuola and Bieniemy to give us some real challenges. They were over-hyped. I expected a tight one down to the wire. Our domination wasn’t apparent to me until the 4th quarter because of the false expectations I had. I was holding… Read more »

Pete Wood
5 months ago

I think Mcabee is smiled down at us from heaven. The most loyal of fans, he could outstrategize anyone on this site including all the writers. No crack on the excellent standards of Pewter. Mcabee was just one in a million.
He was the first person who suggested Bucs hire Bruce Arians. An excellent idea. Maybe the Glazers read his posts. The Glazers should have put him on staff.
Here’s to you, Mcabee. I know you’re enjoying this. I just wish you and I had had a chance to go out and grab a beer and watch the Bucs together.

Thunder Sack
5 months ago

Am I the only one that thinks in a head to head match up that the 2002 Buccaneers would beat this Bucs team? Their defense was head and tails better than this defensive team.
And the offense wasn’t too shabby. While not explosive they could put enough points up to let the defense take it home.

mattmart01
Reply to  Thunder Sack
5 months ago

Sorry but hard no.
‘20 Bucs would win somewhere around 23-3, 30-6
I recently watched every game from that 02 playoff run. Bucs offense was straight @sscheeks . I can’t name someone who would be a starter on this years offense?

mattmart01
Reply to  mattmart01
5 months ago

REALLY fun to think about though. Was literally thinking about this last night. Maybe Alstott starts at RB?

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PensacolaBuc
Reply to  Thunder Sack
5 months ago

100% with you.

Bucc My Life
Reply to  Thunder Sack
5 months ago

Depends what rules you play by. 02 rules? I’ll take 02 Bucs. But they werent built well for today’s league.

DerLutz
5 months ago

Another good thing about having Brady on the Team is, that we do not have to be afraid of a Super Bowl hangover. He will keep everyone focussed

76Buc
5 months ago

Scott, I agree about the free agents on offence. However, look at the D and the big time rushers were Shack, Suh, and JPP. All free agents. The only homey is Vita. What a job “Meathead” has done mixing youth with grizzled veterans, and free agents with home grown talent including excellent draft picks.

toofamiliar17
Reply to  76Buc
5 months ago

JPP is already under contract for 2021. Shaq and Suh are free agents though. I think we figure out how to keep Shaq. Suh is a borderline guy IMO. It will likely come down to what he demands. If he wants market value, I don’t see him getting it here. Yes, he played well this year, but a line built on a foundation of JPP, Shaq, and Vea, when combined with great blitzers in guys like White, LVD, and Winfield should be plenty capable of both rushing the passer at a high level AND shutting down opposing running games. And… Read more »

Chiizy613
5 months ago

Playoff Lenny might be gone, but i do not think Jason will draft a running back. HAVE YOU SEEN THE FREE AGENT RUNNING BACKS this year? Any of them would want to come ring chase with Brady.

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Reply to  Chiizy613
5 months ago

agree, the pick is better spent elsewhere.

toofamiliar17
Reply to  Chiizy613
5 months ago

I’m pretty much with you. I’d be very disappointed with us spending another significant pick on a RB. Anything earlier than day 3 would be a mistake IMO, unless the value is just absolutely crazy, which isn’t likely to be the case. The draft should always be about value, but need has to play some role as well. I could definitely see us cheaply signing a receiving RB and entrusting RoJo to be the ball carrying bell cow. Maybe a late round pick to come in and compete for touches. The team understandably will want Vaughn to contribute at a… Read more »

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Naplesfan
Reply to  toofamiliar17
5 months ago

Leonard is now the bell cow, not RoJo. He proved it beyond any doubt. The Bucs are going to keep Playoff Lenny, and he will play for whatever is fair, he will not leave for more money elsewhere. He knows the best chance he has to win more Super Bowls is to stay right where he is – and nothing beats a ring in life if you are an NFL player. The more rings the merrier. It is about legacy and pride and fun. I believe the entire team will pledge to play for whatever it takes to stay together,… Read more »

toofamiliar17
Reply to  Naplesfan
5 months ago

Yea, I’d take that bet. Listen, I’ve been one of Fournette’s biggest detractors this season and before it, too. I don’t think he’s an especially good RB. But he definitely played great football for us in these playoffs (aside from the multiple drops against both WAS and GB, lmao), and for that I will be forever grateful. But RoJo is still a better player than Fournette. Better pass blocker, better threat after the catch, similarly mediocre catch rates, and a better runner with the ball in his hands. Fournette played well, and kudos to him for it. RoJo was hurting… Read more »

Naplesfan
5 months ago

I disagree with Scott – I believe Leonard Fournette is not about money – he’s about redeeming his career, and playing on a super duper fantastic team with fantastic coaches, and enjoying life. He will NOT leave the Bucs for bigger money. If he leaves it’s because the Bucs cut him. Other members of the team are already stepping up to offer to take paycuts to stay part of this team. Mike Evans for one .. I believe Shaq Barrett for another. They’re just too damned happy to leave their happy place. Money isn’t everything – Super Bowl rings and… Read more »

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toofamiliar17
Reply to  Naplesfan
5 months ago

Not exactly accurate about the ’02 team. The Raiders scored 10 points directly off Bucs turnovers – a field goal after a Brad Johnson interception on our first drive, plus another 7 on a blocked punt. Their offense didn’t get 7 until we were already up 34-3. The game was over by that point. Their points meant basically nothing. And don’t forget, that defense SCORED a ridiculous total of 21 of our 48 points that day off interceptions. If one wants to take this team over that one, I think you’re a bit nuts and suffering from some serious recency… Read more »

Naplesfan
Reply to  toofamiliar17
5 months ago

As it is with everything else in life, the bottom line is the bottom line. And the bottom line for defenses is keeping the other team’s offense out of the end zone. That is always the bottom line. Raiders still scored touchdowns, while the Chiefs scored none. And the Chiefs offense is clearly better than the Raiders offense of 2002. The Bucs D this year is the best all time in the league, not just the Bucs. To be the best, you have to beat the best. And the Bucs D not only beat the best, but they beat them… Read more »

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toofamiliar17
Reply to  Naplesfan
5 months ago

Okay, I clearly can’t attempt to have a serious conversation with you about this anymore, lol. Have a good one. GO BUCS!!!

bucballer
Reply to  Naplesfan
5 months ago

Surely not the best of all time in the league?!

PensacolaBuc
5 months ago

Statement 1 is a joke. Clickbait.

toofamiliar17
5 months ago

The case you made for this as the best Bucs team of all time wasn’t really a case for that at all. Sure, their championship run, because of the quality of the opponents faced and defeated, was probably more impressive and a grander accomplishment. THAT’s what you reasoned here – you didn’t actually address which team is/was BETTER. For that, I’ll take what was literally the best single-season defense in the history of the NFL, both at the time and still today. Our defense this year was very good, and our offense was obviously really good, too. But neither is… Read more »

Naplesfan
Reply to  toofamiliar17
5 months ago

Wrong. A team is all three units, not just one. The offense this year is way better than any other in the history of the franchise, it is not remotely close. And the defense is also better this year than in 2002. It wasn’t better all season – it only came together after the bye week. But that makes it even better, because the Bucs defense in 2002 had played together for many years, whereas the 2020 defense had to come together in just one year, in a COVID year no less. That makes it a far better accomplishment. And… Read more »

eaustinyoung
5 months ago

The 2002 defense had years together to be elite. This defense hasn’t. Way too early to say that this D can’t be just as good as the 2002.
Anyone who thinks this offense isn’t 10X what the 2002 offense is – is just ignorant. As a whole, yes, this team is better than 2002.