WHAT WE LEARNED: SUPER BOWL LV
BY ADAM GREENE
THE BUCCANEERS, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, NEED A QUARTERBACK
You know what’s better than winning one Super Bowl? Winning two. What’s better than that? How about winning three? Or, you know, seven if you’re Tom Brady. While the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can rightly feel they’ll enter the 2021-22 season as Super Bowl favorites after their road warrior rampage the NFC playoffs and homestanding Super Bowl LV victory, their fortunes could take quite a dip two years from now.
This same team, back in the 2019-20 season, finished 7-9 with Jameis Winston at quarterback. Brady fixed that problem and the Bucs hoisted a Vince Lombardi for it, but he’s only under contract for one more season. Sure, he’ll play as long as he wants and Bruce Arians will do everything he can to keep that happening, but at some point Brady is going to hang up the spurs. Probably after next season if we’re being real.
The Bucs need a plan and they need to implement it this offseason. The No. 32 pick in the draft is the absolute perfect place to do it.
There are plenty of NFL draft predictions that have as many as five quarterbacks going in the first round. That absolutely could happen. I think Tampa Bay should make it six.
Depending how all the other QBs shake out, they could be looking at a Trey Lance or Mac Jones being available at 32. They’ll almost certainly have a “reach” available there in Florda’s Kyle Trask. I say take that reach. Draft Trask in the first round, giving you the option on a rookie contract fifth-year, and let him sit
You don’t want to go to war with Blaine Gabbert in two seasons after Tom Brady. Trust me. Though I would definitely bring Gabbert back as a free agent to be the primary back up.
Some would say that Tampa Bay should trade down or use that pick to fill a hole in its roster, but I say forget that. If anything, the Buccaneers need to solely focus on just bringing their good players back like Shaq Barrett, Lavonte David, Rob Gronkowski, Ndamukong Suh, Leonard Fournette and Ryan Succop, who are all set to enter free agency. This team is loaded right now. Keep it loaded and try, as best as you can, to have a QB waiting in the wings to pick up the torch.
You’re not landing ANOTHER Tom Brady after this one skips town. So at least make the attempt at building your own.
CHIEFS MUST ADDRESS THE OFFENSIVE LINE
The Chiefs lost the Super Bowl in embarrassing fashion because of injuries to Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz. Their back ups could not hold up under Tampa’s relentless pass rush and Patrick Mahomes was scrambling for his life most of the night. You can’t coach against injuries, but you can prepare by building depth in the draft and enticing free agents to join your team.
Neither should be difficult to do, as Kansas City can start loading up on rookie blockers in April and I would guess the opportunity to play with Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes while vying for another Super Bowl appearance should make the team an easy free agent draw.
They can’t enter another campaign with this glaring a weakness on their team. Otherwise, the dynasty they could most certainly have will whither on the vine.