“Brad Was Our MVP That Year”December 5th, 2012
Joe’s been enjoying all the glory-years reminiscing this week, as the Bucs prepare for their 10-year Super Bowl anniversary celebration Sunday. However, what’s blown Joe’s mind is all the fabricated memories from fans heard on sports radio.
From who was on the team to who Chucky brought in when he arrived in 2002, 10 years has wiped out the brain cells of many a fan. And it seems Chucky himself might fall into that group.
Venerable Tampa Tribune bucs beat writer eye-RAH! Kaufman caught up to the man with the 100-pound playbook and Chucky belted out some strange line about Brad Johnson excelling with a bunch of strangers.
“We had a really good defense — we all knew it,” said Gruden, “but a defense doesn’t become great until you have an offense that can capitalize on that success. You have to play complementary football, and I really feel Brad was our MVP that year.
“I know Derrick played great, but for Brad Johnson to lead the NFC in passing efficiency with a bunch of guys he’d never met, including me, and then accomplish what he did in the playoffs was sensational.”
Huh? “A bunch of guys” Johnson “never met?” It was a somewhat bizzare line from Chucky, considering Johnson was here in 2001, when he tossed 106 balls to Keyshawn Johnson and worked in the backfield with Mike Alstott. And what is “passing efficiency?”
But Chucky’s call of Brad Johnson as the team MVP seemed more off the mark. The Bucs defense allowed only 12, TWELVE, points a game that season. Joe surely would have picked an MVP from that side of the ball.