Shaq Barrett confident the Bucs can remain contenders without Tom Brady

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Tom Brady retired this week and it’s unclear what the Buccaneers will do at quarterback next season, but a couple of Brady’s former teammates expressed confidence that the team will be able to remain successful however things play out.

Left guard Ali Marpet said from the Pro Bowl that “the talent is there” when discussing the makeup of the roster and that there “will be continued success” because of the core that has propelled the team to a Super Bowl win and division title over the last two years. Edge rusher Shaq Barrett shared a similar opinion about what lies ahead for the team.

“We most definitely are still going to be contenders,” Barrett said, via the team’s website. “We’ve still got a lot of guys on the team who are hungry to have a taste of being in the playoffs, to have a taste of winning a Super Bowl. And I know the front office guys, they loved having a taste of the success that we had. So if anything, it’s a replication. Whoever it takes, we’re going to get those guys, and then the guys are going to make it happen, whatever we have to do. The offense has got to pick it up, the defense has got to pick it up, the special teams — whatever it is, we’re going to make it happen.”

Barrett conceded that “trying to find somebody to replace Tom Brady is impossible,” but he believes the team around the unknown quarterback will be good enough to keep the team in the mix. Those outside the organization might not have the same level of confidence until they see who will be at the helm of the offense.

26 responses to “Shaq Barrett confident the Bucs can remain contenders without Tom Brady

  1. As a Buc’s fan absolutely. The don’t need Tom Brady to be successful. But let’s be realistic, they’re gonna need someone to be put up numbers fairly close to Tom’s or they’re gonna be sucking buttermilk.

  2. Congrats to Tampa on last years Super Bowl, but back to obscurity, Arians is not the guy, If he was, Tom Brady and the Bucs would have had back to back Lombardi trophies,

  3. They’d need to replace Brady with a top tier veteran to avoid a massive drop next season. The D was top 10, but Brady covered holes on offense most of the last 2 seasons. In particular, the OL was a steaming pile of crap in the playoffs and needs a rebuild.

  4. If only the defense hadn’t gone out to lunch in those last moments of the Rams game, they would be going to the SB this week.

  5. Only reason the Bucs got back in the game was because the defense recovered 3 Ram turnovers.

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    If only the defense hadn’t gone out to lunch in those last moments of the Rams game, they would be going to the SB this week.

  6. The Bucs defense will still be great but their offense is going to be even worse than the Freeman era. Especially if they go with Blaine Gabbert or that draft pick of theirs Trask. Heck at least Jameis put up points.

  7. This team now knows how to win, something that was missing before, a lot of times they bailed Brady out during games where Number 12 was off.
    Is that enough? Absolutely not but I see them been competitive.

  8. He must not be good at math, because there cap isn’t very good and Blaine Gabbert has never been good. Maybe Vita, Wirfs and Marpet and some picks to Seattle for Russy.

  9. The most important part of ANY team is a SMART QB. The Bucs have a giant void right now ,so I think they slip back to a 9-8 team and a possible wild card spot next year. The defense is going to have to carry them next year.

  10. las0023 says:
    February 4, 2022 at 10:27 am
    Only reason the Bucs got back in the game was because the defense recovered 3 Ram turnovers.

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    If only the defense hadn’t gone out to lunch in those last moments of the Rams game, they would be going to the SB this week.

    Both your comment and mine are true. The defense got them back in the game & the defense then let them down after Brady’s TD passes & Fournette’s TD had tied the game.

    And the defense let them down in the last two plays because they just blew the coverage on Kupp. It’s not like Brady’s passes to Scotty Miller & then TD to Evans where Evans/Brady just beat Jalen Ramsey. Evans outran Ramsey & Brady dropped the ball into Evans’ hands in stride.

    With the Kupp pass, Winfield took a step forward before realizing that Kupp was running all out & the ball was going to Kupp. And there wasn’t a safety backing up Winfield. Love Winfield but the Bucs just blew the coverage on that play. A game of inches because Suh almost got to Stafford on the play.

  11. The thing I noticed about the Bucs this season was a return to their lack of discipline and team play. Things got somewhat better in the playoffs, but then we had that inexplicable failure at the end of the Rams game where supposedly there was a call for an all-out blitz, and yet reportedly not all the guys knew they were supposed to blitz. The blitz call was questionable to begin with, but a non-blitz blitz was a complete disaster.

    Last season, Brady came in and was a strong leader. He made the players believe in themselves and play as a team. His influence wasn’t just on the offense, either. But after winning that Super Bowl, it seemed like some players, especially on defense, fell back into their old undisciplined ways. So what are you going to do in 2022? The coaches don’t seem to be enough to correct the players, and that’s most likely down to Arians. They’re going to need to get rid of Arians and have a strong leader at QB if they’re going to get to the Super Bowl again.

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