The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their first Super Bowl in January of 2003 in the 2002 season. They went 7-9 and missed the postseason the following season, but they lost some very close games that season. However, that year, in my opinion, was under very different circumstances, especially at quarterback. The Bucs did not have Tom Brady, and by that time, he had already won a Super Bowl as a young quarterback and was on top of the world in the National Football League. In the 2003 season, Brady led his Patriots team to a Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers in February 2004 in Houston.
Coming into the 2021 season, the Buccaneers have big goals yet again, with everyone back from the 2020 Super Bowl LV run. The Buccaneers will open up the 2021 season against the Dallas Cowboys on a Thursday night at Raymond James Stadium.
I do have a question though, what is the projected finish for the 2021 Tampa Bay Buccaneers? I am not too worried because you do not just have everyone back from the 2020 season. You have both Tom Brady and Gronk back, and they want to do it all again as badly as Devin White, Mike Evans, Shaq Barrett, JPP, and Chris Godwin do.
The 2003 campaign did not have bad coaching, but Jon Gruden did bring Tampa Bay their first Lombardi Trophy. I think Bruce Arians was definitely overdue for a ring for sure, but the offense was complacent after the Super Bowl, and that cannot happen this season. I seriously doubt that Tom Brady will let the offense get complacent, especially with Gronk by his side.
The Bucs still have a bright future at quarterback, as they drafted former Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask in the second round with the 64th pick. Tom Brady has a chance to really mentor Trask until he decides to hang it up for good, and Trask set numerous records during his time in Gainesville. As a Gators fan, I know what Trask can do by watching his entire career playing for the Gators, and I hope that it’s the same result in Tampa.
Tampa Bay sure does have an interesting schedule, and that game that fans are sure excited about is that week four trip to Foxboro against Brady and Gronk’s former team. I am pretty sure that is the first game that those two have circled on the scheduled for the 2021 season, and they also take on their former longtime coach. Those two games against the Saints will be interesting as Drew Brees has retired, but they are still very talented as always, and will Jameis Winston be their starting quarterback? I am also guessing the usual NFC South schedule will be brutal as always, and there is also a rematch from last season’s NFC Wildcard game against The Washington Football Team. The Bucs will take on the defending AFC East Champion Buffalo Bills at Raymond James Stadium, a team that Tom Brady and Gronk are very familiar with them.
If I had a predicted finish for the Bucs, I would not expect a Super Bowl hangover at all, and personally, I think they are too talented to well-coached for one. However, I am definitely predicting an NFC South Championship and will contend for Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles, and who will they be predicted to meet? But, again, there will be no Super Bowl hangover in Tampa, Florida.