How About an NFC South thread?

Discussion in 'NFL' started by Tarantism, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. TMC

    TMC Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2010
    Messages:
    11,162
    Likes Received:
    275
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Well, good news (for me, at least) in the NFC South, as Luke Kuechly has retired at age 28, leaving a big hole in Carolina's defense. What a great, albeit short, career he's had. He's been the enemy, but he's been a really amazing player. The timing is surprising, but hey, good for us Bucs fans!
     
  2. xbay

    xbay NBA 1st Team All Pro Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2010
    Messages:
    8,717
    Likes Received:
    129
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Northern California.
    Goodbye Jameis Winston, hello... Tom Brady?
     
  3. TMC

    TMC Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2010
    Messages:
    11,162
    Likes Received:
    275
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Hopefully. Although I think the Chargers make more sense for him...

    In any case, I'm happy JPP and Shaq Barrett are back. Those were important signings. But we'll see what happens, the teams loved Teddy Bridgewater, but seems like he's signing with Carolina. And Rivers has joined the Colts. Which means we're either signing Brady... or keeping Jameis. Ugh...
     
  4. TMC

    TMC Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2010
    Messages:
    11,162
    Likes Received:
    275
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Well, some sites are reporting that the Bucs will announce Brady's signing tomorrow... It'd be a coup, and a return to contention. But let's wait til it happens...
     
  5. TMC

    TMC Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2010
    Messages:
    11,162
    Likes Received:
    275
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Ok, so it seems like a done deal, time to talk about it...

    First things firsts... that means Jameis is gone!!!!! About f*cking time! I'm just not sure where he's gonna sign, I don't think there's a huge market for him. And it's a pity, because he's great at times, but you can't trust a guy so careless with the ball. I think he's gonna sign a 1-year, prove-it deal in order to be a backup and/or maybe compete for a starting job in a team where the QB position is not settled.

    But back to the Bucs, so far we're keeping Barrett and JPP (both huge moves), and adding Brady completely changes our offense. We've got the skill players (we need to add a RB, tho), we've got some decent talent in the o-line (although now I'm sure we're drafting a tackle early, but the line should be competent... not great, but at least average) and our defense was great the second half of the season.

    Are we a contender? Hard to say. Brady's game declined last year (although still is a big improvement over Jameis), the running game had some moments, but never really got going (RoJo looked good at times, so there's hope), we've lost some valuable guys (Perriman, Nassib) and need another DT (Suh is interested in coming back, and that'd be great). So I'm sure the 2020 Bucs will be better, and should be in the hunt for a playoff spot. But contenders? Certainly too early to tell.
     
    Chum likes this.
  6. MadBallers

    MadBallers NBA All-Star

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2010
    Messages:
    5,496
    Likes Received:
    171
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Alameda, CA
    It will be an interesting season for the Bucs! Not too shabby having the best QB of all time, even in his last 2 years.
     
  7. Money

    Money NBA All-Star

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2010
    Messages:
    6,136
    Likes Received:
    265
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Sucka Free City
    Wow. Crazy. That gives you a window for winning at the very least. Then a replacement search in a year or two
     
  8. TMC

    TMC Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2010
    Messages:
    11,162
    Likes Received:
    275
    Trophy Points:
    83
    And let's keep in mind that 2021's SB is gonna be played in Tampa. That's why the team was looking for a two-year deal. It'd be amazing if Brady could retire winning another ring in his own stadium!!

    There are lots of question marks, tho, starting with how well Tom is going to adapt to the team (and the team to him), if the defense is gonna keep playing at the level they had the second half of next season, what's going to happen on draft day (tackles will be needed, on both lines). But there's a ton of talent on offense and I think Brady chose the Bucs because he knows we have plenty of guys that can make big plays. He now has two dominant WRs in Evans and Godwin, and I'm excited to see what he can do with O.J. Howard and Brate, and even RoJo, who's a threat out of the backfield in the passing game as well.

    I've read reports that Brady chose the Bucs because of their weapons, their location on the east coast and because he wanted to play for Bruce Arians. Guess it makes sense and Litch's bet on Arians is paying off.

    Finally, I've also read that Brady wants to play with Antonio Brown again if he's cleared to play. Not sure how I feel about that. Ok, I don't like it at all, but if that's what it takes to go from Jameis to Tom, so be it.
     
  9. TMC

    TMC Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2010
    Messages:
    11,162
    Likes Received:
    275
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Also, love the new "logo"...

    [​IMG]
     
  10. MadBallers

    MadBallers NBA All-Star

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2010
    Messages:
    5,496
    Likes Received:
    171
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Alameda, CA
    Sweet, going back to the original logo.
     
  11. TMC

    TMC Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2010
    Messages:
    11,162
    Likes Received:
    275
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Suh is coming back to the Bucs! And that's a freaking big deal, because Vita Vea and him were amazing against the run, and did a decent job putting pressure on opposing QBs, allowing Barrett and JPP to have big sack numbers. The front line of the defense is looking great.

    We've also signed Joe Haeg, who has experience and can play anywhere in the o-line. I think it's a great depth signing. Still need some help at RT.

    These signings make me believe we're going o-line with our first round pick. Maybe if Swift is still there and the top tackles are gone, he can be the pick. Or a QB to learn for a couple of years after Tom. Maybe a safety, if they love McKinney (I like him, just not that high). But I think O-Line is the way to go.

    In any case, seems like the Bucs are going all-in this year. Totally expect to be contenders. My sanity just hopes is not another tease...
     
    Chum likes this.
  12. xbay

    xbay NBA 1st Team All Pro Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2010
    Messages:
    8,717
    Likes Received:
    129
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Northern California.
    You have every right to feel skeptical, but man, I have to imagine it’s a little difficult to fight the urge to be optimistic. Yeah, Tom’s 42 and coming off a okay season but it’s still Tom Brady leading the offense! Still crazy to say that. And you never have to worry about which Jameis Winston you’re going to get.

    And no AB, according to Arians. Said he was “not a fit.”
     
  13. TMC

    TMC Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2010
    Messages:
    11,162
    Likes Received:
    275
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Tom Brady on one leg still would be the best QB in Bucs history. Period.
     
    MadBallers likes this.
  14. MadBallers

    MadBallers NBA All-Star

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2010
    Messages:
    5,496
    Likes Received:
    171
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Location:
    Alameda, CA
    hahaha, true!
     

Share This Page