Barber: Real Culture Change Would Take Tom Brady One Year

March 15th, 2020

There are many perceptions and opinions out there on the state of the Buccaneers.

What’s undeniable is that the team got off to a horrible start last season and had a horrible finish with two home losses to close a 7-9 campaign.

The incessant and seemingly endless losing culture at One Buc Palace continues, despite making a small stride in the right direction.

Of course, it’s believed the next move of the regime is to re-sign Shaq Barrett and get Tom Brady at all costs.

Joe hopes part of the Brady goal is to bring in the ultimate Alpha-dog to fix the overall losing mindset in Tampa.

Perhaps even the rumor of Brady desiring a level of personnel control at his next stop is purely a notion created and spread by the Bucs. Why? So Brady will command even more locker room power when he arrives. (No, Joe doesn’t think Bucs management is that smart, but it’s fun to think they are.)

Tiki Barber has a strong tie to the Bucs, in addition to a job on CBS Sports Radio.

Barber said last week he’s confident Brady’s new team would get an “emotional lift from the greatest quarterback ever,” but if Brady goes to a losing club, it’s too long of a road to the ultimate prize.

A different culture for Brady could mean having fun with new teammates and hanging out and fresh locker room laughs, per Barber, or more likely the opposite.

“Or it could be different culture, ‘You guys are a bunch of cutups and don’t know what the hell is going on and your attention to detail and professionalism is terrible. And there’s no way we’re going to win because you don’t care enough.'” Barber explained.

Immediate frustration from Brady could come via the state of a new locker room, he added.

“Could he fix that? Yeah, of course he could fix it,” Barber said. “It’s going to take a year. That’s my point. Your 44. So what goes on then?”

For Joe, the Brady option in 2020 is exciting, fun and welcome. However, it only makes a lick of sense if the Bucs draft a legit starting quarterback prospect this year.

Father Time always wins, and Team Glazer would be stone cold morons to pass on having a stable of top quarterback coaches — and Brady —  mold a talented young QB.

41 Responses to “Barber: Real Culture Change Would Take Tom Brady One Year”

  1. BrianBucs Says:

    Agree with everything said here.
    Signing Brady would be a huge coup for the Bucs, and would be a huge positive for the team and the entire organization as a whole from every aspect.

  2. MadMax Says:

    Brady would get us at least 12 wins.

    And if we do need to draft a QB, im still sticking with Anthony Gordon, late 3rd or 4th. Thats why im a fan of trading out of the first to stockpile picks. If we cant land Wirfs or Becton at 14, just trade down, and possibly out.

    So much talent in the 2nd and 3rd rounds!

  3. runnerdoc Says:

    Like Brady molded, uh, ran out of town, Garoppolo. Brady here will sell tickets, nothing more. He’s 42 years old, 43 when the season starts.

    Ditto Rivers.

    in a year or two, you’re looking for a new QB. They are hard to find. The culture issues will eat the next guy up, too.

    I’m not saying Jameis is then answer, but a quick fix ain’t a fix. It just sets up another decade of frustration in Tampa Bay

  4. runnerdoc Says:

    Culture change, attention to detail, professionalism, is no one year fix. Both attitude change and the development of professional work habits take years.

  5. MadMax Says:

    Question? And theres quite a few who’ve stated this. How the he!! does moving on from JW set the franchise back a decade? You really think the Bucs, or any team for that matter, or us fans are so stupid to believe that? Its just ridiculous logic….but now i’ll be called stupid for questioning it lol.

  6. LaMarcus Says:

    If he comes to the Bucs then obviously nobody else wanted him. Last resort. It feels that way

    We have immensely talented qb already who at this moment is much better and has a higher ceiling. They need to work to the 30 ints and cut them to 24 and we will be ok. If not JW then draft one first round

  7. SwampFox Says:

    Runnerdoc nails it:”quick fix ain’t a fix’! One time, just one time, could we please have a Bucs plan? Owner and management for once really work together and plan ahead for more than just training camp and opening day. We could produce a team rather than merely a collection of personnel.

  8. tmaxcon Says:

    tom brady in his prime could not change the culture of the losing buccaneers certainly not nursing home tom who the bucs will be getting. tom brady is a shell of his former self. you never never second guess bill bellicheat. if he’s ready to move on so should you. brady’s ego coupled with glazer ignorance and incompetence will result in another let down and multiple nutpunches for bucfan. no one likes a season over by week 4 and nutpunches like low standard short sighted bucfan.

  9. Jean Lafitte Says:


  10. John Sinclear Says:

    Until somebody publishes actual dollar numbers to prove otherwise, in my opinion the $$$ is just not there, unless the Bucs decide Brady is worth more than the defense.

    Pick up Teddy and move forward.

  11. Youngbucs Says:

    Lamarcus another Jameis1of1 nut hugger what every he’s say these guys repeat now Jameis is vastly and immensely better than Brady get off the coke and feel free to post their stats from last year Brady all day any day over Winston it’s not even close the talent levels between the two

  12. Youngbucs Says:

    Talk tht 5000 yds ish all u want bunch of cult followers

  13. tickrdr Says:

    New CBA approved by players.
    Only 1 franchise tag per team.
    Expanded playoff format to 14 teams.
    17 game schedule reportedly starting in 2021.


  14. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Sadly even if it is Jameis, I still think we need to draft a QB, but I think I’d rather him learn under Brady rather than Jameis. I don’t think Jameis’s maturity level could massage another young QB’s mindset like a wily veteran like TB.

  15. gotbbucs Says:

    Brady isn’t signing anywhere to train a young QB. Brady would be signing to win. Whatever a young QB learns from him is on the onus of the young QB.

    There have been lots of QB’s go through the Patriots roster in the last 20 years and I haven’t heard a single thing about Brady taking them under his wing and showing them the ropes. The greats view everyone else as competition and they’ll do what it takes to keep them from threatening their job.
    Just because Brady is 43 years old doesn’t mean he’s suddenly going to turn into some kind of father figure for some young Buc trying to cut his teeth.
    Arians would be signing Brady to win now, not nurture the future.

  16. adam from ny Says:

    i hear if he signs he’s coming in with a mohawk, a jar of adderall, 3 porno mags, a chinese food combination plate and will be ready to kick ass in that locker room…

    he said “where ever i go, i’m slappin’ heads against lockers and dispensing purple nurples like they’re going out of style”

  17. tmaxcon Says:

    just want give a shout out to the all the Brady nuthuggers who have bashed him and called him a cheater for years and now are slobbering over him like prince harry getting his first Hollywood skank. so hilarious yet so predictable from low standard bucfan. hypocrite extraordinaire dungy the clown really left his mark on this fan base.

  18. Buc1987 Says:

    Still think Brady never leaves N.E.

    Go Bucs!

  19. Jmarkbuc Says:


    “Like Brady molded, uh, ran out of town, Garoppolo“

    That was then, this is now. Brady knows his time is up. While I’m not a proponent for Brady and the Bucs for the obvious reasons , I had not considered the culture change angle. You have to figure any young QB as well as the entire team would benefit just from having him in the room.

    It makes drafting his replacement imperative this year, and one year might not be enough, but he could be matter how many wins. We’d be in the news everyday, which makes us more accountable. That alone might make it worth taking a flyer.

    That being said, chances are Brady and Gisele aren’t really interested in going from the penthouse to the outhouse.

  20. I’m a Tandyman Bucs Fan Again Says:

    Could you imagine the excitement in Tampa if Tom was our QB instead of JayMiss???

  21. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Interesting: The active roster on game day will go from 46 to 48 players, and one of the extra players has to be an offensive lineman.

  22. WestChap Says:

    We’re forgetting that Brady (and some OL/RB help) would be the final reinforcements to win a culture war that began 2 years ago with JPP’s arrival from NYG for a 3rd round pick. Since then, we’ve purged the likes of Smitty, VH3, Spence, Benenoch, DeSean and GMC… while adding Bruce, Bowles, Suh, Shaq, White, the 3 DB amigos and RoJo.

    Yes, it would take more than a year to change a losing culture from scratch… but Brady (and/or others) is coming in for the final act to seal the deal against the most nefarious aspect of a losing culture – beating yourself. A year? Nah, with this leadership and brotherhood (absent a few weaker links)… a month tops!

  23. WestChap Says:

    Yikes! I forgot to mention adding the manbeast at nose… Vita!

  24. El Buco Realisto Says:

    It makes no sense to “draft a QB” this year!!!!!!!!!!! The new GM and new Head Coach should get the opportunity to select “their guy”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The last thing the bucs need is to perform new GM and Coaches to fit the “strong arm” qb!!!!!!!!!!!!! The “win now” coach needs to “WIN NOW” or drive off into the sunset on his golf cart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. Jonathan Limpchimpi Says:

    Not helping, Rondè! 🙂 Dive bomb JW; discourage Brady signing ( was highly unlikely anyways ).

    Teddy Bear Bridgewater…looking more likely every day. (Sigh….)

  26. Cobraboy Says:

    I am hearing the cap bumped up $10 million. Anyone have more solid info on the number?

  27. WHO 👁⁉️ Says:


  28. wantstastayabuc Says:

    So they can sign free agents from other teams today?

  29. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Buccaneer Bonzai Says:
    one of the extra players has to be an offensive lineman.
    Hmmm ..that would leave room to bring Dotson back as a backup.

  30. wantstastayabuc Says:

    Sorry, Just saw that the 16th is the no tamper barrier.

  31. TexBuc Says:

    198 new cap

  32. El Buco Realisto Says:

    The truth is that the gm and soon to be former qb has held back the culture change!!!!!!!!!!! Very hard to do, when coaches are brought in to “FIX” so many problems!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Maybe the clean start for the 2021 season is the true fix!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Mister Negative Nancy Says:

    I didn’t think the Bucs had a mentality of losing any more… it seems to me Arians already did what he is saying Brady would have to do.

    Other options like Vegas or LA (nee San Diego) would seem to have worse cultures.

  34. Jmarkbuc Says:


    You don’t think the Oline wouldn’t play better, knowing “ hey that’s the GOAT back there”, not some chucklehead…?

  35. Ndog Says:

    Signing Brady would be the 2nd dumbest move in franchise history only bested by letting Jameis walk. So that being said with this franchise I expect them to certainly do the dumbest move and try hard to do the 2nd dumbest.

    I have never uttered the phrase below cause I always hated it but when the shoe fits.

    It a Bucs Life!!!!

  36. #1 Pick QB 2 Cent Brain Says:

    Been over 5 years and Jameis never changed it. So much for being a leader

  37. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    I love it, the heir apparent is going to be a 3rd or 4th round draft pick. You guys are ridiculous. It took us 40 years to finally get a potential franchise QB yet you act like some scrub we draft in the 4th round is going to be great. Brady being drafted in the 6th round was a miracle. Odds of us hitting paydirt with a 3rd or 4th round QB is less than 1%.

  38. MadMax Says:

    @TDtampa…So called “scrubs” drafted in the 3rd round or much later, even undrafted (Kurt Warner)

    Fran Tarkenton
    Dan Fouts
    Roger Staubach
    Tom Brady (6th rd)
    Johnny Unitas (9th rd)

    but yeah, go back to what you were saying about scrubs again…..

  39. Jmarkbuc Says:


    What could happen? Scrub throws a pic on the first play?

  40. SufferingSince76 Says:

    I want the Bucs to win. I don’t care who makes it happen, as long as it happens and happens consistently. A solid running game will cure a lot of ills for this team. The few times the team was good, the running game was good and kept the defenses honest. Teams know the Bucs are going to pass, hence the chance of more interceptions. If Jameis remains the QB, Arians needs to let him run, also, instead of demanding he stay in the pocket and take a hit or throw it away. That’s when trouble comes. I thought a good coach utilizes the strengths of his players instead of making them conform. I have been critical of Jameis in the past, but I’m willing to admit his talent could have been better utilized. Be gentle with your scoffing, please.

  41. Buczilla Says:

    I agree 100% with your last paragraph, but I doubt that Brady comes. I doubt even more that the front office would heed your solid advice, since we almost always seem to go into a season half a$$ed at qb.