Between Tampa Bay landing two-time coach of the year Bruce Arians last year, along with his experienced coaching staff, six-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady and arguably the greatest tight end to ever play the game of football in Rob Gronkowski, the Bucs have been the media darlings of this unique 2020 offseason.
But with the wave of hype, especially when it surrounds a team with the worst winning percentage in NFL history, comes a wave of people slow to believe that the Bucs could turn the tides so quickly.
FOX Sports’ Colin Cowherd took to his show The Herd for some words aimed at Tampa Bay’s skeptics on Tuesday.
“Here’s what I don’t get, the cynicism around Brady in Tampa Bay,” Cowherd said to kick off the segment. “They’re going to kick the crap out of most of the teams they play.”
Conceding that New Orleans may have a more complete roster than Tampa Bay, Cowherd argued that while Drew Brees doesn’t throw the ball down field anymore, the Bucs have built one of the most dangerous offensive units in the NFL while also piecing together an underrated defense with one of the league’s best young linebackers in Devin White under defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.
Bucs DC Todd Bowles – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Cowherd even went as far as claiming that this Bucs team has built the best offense that Brady has ever had had his disposal, including the Patriots’ undefeated 2007 team that included Gronkowski, Randy Moss and Wes Welker.
“This is only the second time in Tom Brady’s career that he’s had like, unbelievable talent,” Cowherd said. “And this offensive roster is better, in my opinion, than the Randy Moss-Wes Welker team. They are stacked at tight end, they are stacked at wide receiver, they have upgraded at running back”
Between covert workouts orchestrated by Brady at a local high school to get things rolling this offseason and a team that is convincingly “dialed in” on winning, Cowherd believes Tampa Bay can be better than just your run-of-the-mill winning football team this season. Cowherd believes Brady will be caught up on his new offense quickly and says that he wouldn’t be surprised if the Bucs rattled off a 13-3 season and found themselves in the Super Bowl come February.
“This isn’t a rebuild, this is a Super Bowl roster,” Cowherd said. “This is not a rebuild. They’re going to be really good, really fast.”
View the full segment via The Herd with Colin Cowherd below.