Rich Gannon & Boomer Esiason Predict The Bucs’ Win Total

April 20th, 2020

“They said we’d win 9 or 10 in 2017 with a wacky quarterback and no running backs or pass rusher. Do these people not realize we have Tom Brady?”

Joe will take a short break from draft and team-building chatter to share what a couple of four-time Pro Bowl quarterbacks were saying about our beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Late last week Rich Gannon joined Boomer Esiason’s show on WFAN radio in New York. Gannon calls NFL games for CBS and has spent plenty of time in production meetings with head coaches around the league, and Bucco Bruce Arians was his former CBS colleague.

Esiason asked Gannon whether he thought Brady or Philip Rivers would have a better season in 2020. Joe almost vomited as Gannon really struggled to answer the question.

In the end, Gannon chose Brady, citing Arians’ smarts, Brady likely being very thorough with his free-agency decision, and an overall feeling that Brady has plenty left in the tank.

“I could see [the Bucs] winning 9 or 10 games,” Gannon said, noting that he saw a Vegas line of 8 1/2 that made him shake his head.

Esiason quickly barked back that he believes the Bucs are now a 10-win club, in part because Brady has “a huge chip on his shoulder. And Esiason likes the weapons around Brady. What quarterback wouldn’t?

Interestingly, Gannon offered advice for unemployed America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston. He said he’d advise Jameis not to take a backup gig too quickly for an established QB.

Gannon said Jameis should stay patient and wait for a landing spot where he can compete.

Despite Jacksonville obviously trying to tank in 2020, Gannon speculated the Jags are a good fit for Jameis.

54 Responses to “Rich Gannon & Boomer Esiason Predict The Bucs’ Win Total”

  1. TheBradyBunch Says:

    If they had a kicker that could make one chip shot and doesn’t miss three field goals in one game the Bucs really were a 9-7 team. Sometimes you simply aren’t what your record says you are. My prediction is 11 wins. They brought all the important pieces back (hell they only had JPP for half the season), brought in the GOAT, and one has to improve they will address important areas of need in the draft. Anything less than 11 wins should be considered a disappointment because that is just two more wins.

  2. Chris Cotten Says:

    If they can stay relatively healthy, either 11-5 or 12-4

  3. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Look it up. We were 7-9 last year. You can’t revise it.

  4. Rayjay1122 Says:

    Joe says
    “Despite Jacksonville obviously trying to tank in 2020, Gannon speculated the Jags are a good fit for Jameis.”

    First glance I thought this read, Jacksonville is a good fit for Winston because they are trying to tank in 2020. Lol

  5. El Buco Realisto Says:

    “If” the kicker made more kicks?????? How about “if the Bucs did not play those three terrible backup QB’s that barely got them to the 7 wins in the losing season!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  6. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    GBoyz talking about bringing Gruden back ?

  7. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    14-0 and a Superbowl, baby!

  8. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    That’s not my official prediction. lol

  9. Craig Says:

    Since we no longer have a QB to give games away, we are already at 10 wins. Brady will add a couple more just to prove his point. The Bucs should be at 11, maybe even 12, wins this season.

    Jacksonville will tank if they hire Jameis. Minshew pulled out a couple last season that Jameis would have given away.

  10. Gofortheface30 Says:

    I think 11-5 is about right too. As long as Dean/Davis/Bunting continue to build on their improvement the second half of year. The DBs continuing to show improvement is every bit as important as cutting the turnovers in half. I still say a veteran, proven presence back there would make me feel a lot better. Getting Justin Evans back fully healthy would be nice

  11. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Yannick Ngakoue cut! 37.5 sacks in 4 years!!!!

  12. SOEbuc Says:

    I hear this 9-10 BS all the time. JW30/30 (7-9) turns to TB (9-7) with all our weapons??? Not to mention a great sophomore coaching staff. Not to mention how many games we lost by less than seven points in 2019. No major health issues and we could be 12-4, maybe even 13-3.

    If we’re a 9 or 10 win team, we better win the Super Bowl from the wild card spot.

  13. Kobe Faker Says:

    “There they are huddled up together

    The Glazer boyband

    The move to acquire Tom Brady is reminiscent of Malcolm acquiring Jon Gruden…

    So it Begins”

    Kobe Faker

  14. El Buco Realisto Says:

    @Buc Bonzai
    What are you talking about?????? This is even worse than all your wrong numbers of the lack of cap space!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Usually you are just wrong in your football evaluations, but this offseason you have been wrong in every aspect!!!!!!!!

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

  15. 813bucboi Says:


    GO BUCS!!!!!

  16. JimmyJack Says:

    I just want a playoff victory. Whatever it takes!!

  17. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Our team isn’t even done yet. Right now it’s 0-0. Don’t give me no GD predictions 3 days before the draft, how dumb is this.

  18. TheBradyBunch Says:

    Joe in MI, outside of a soccer player that couldn’t do his job that actual football players did enough to win 9 games. You ever play poker? I play a lot and we have a saying not to be results oriented. If I have pocket aces, we get it all in preflop and I lose to kings, did I play the hand well enough to win and just got unlucky. This football team, warts and all played well enough to win 9 games. A soccer play cost us two easy wins. I am not even counting the one that the refs took from us in TN. If they had a kicker that could do his one job they were a 9 team win last season. Jameis and all 30 of his picks still did enough to get 9 wins. Now if Gay is going to blow another two games next season than I will be ok with 7. If he doesn’t lose the games though 11 minimum should be the goal.

  19. Dapostman Says:

    Final 4 or bust.

    No playoffs then coaching staff and GM should get the axe!

    Playoffs and early exit will be a huge let down but virtually everyone will return in 2021.

  20. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    El Buco Realisto Says
    “What are you talking about?”

    Dude…are you talking to someone else and named me by accident? Because I have no idea what you are even talking about.

    Not that it matters. Everything you said was a lie.

  21. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    The problem with Trolls is they get their targets confused, lol.

  22. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Brady Bunch: You can make any excuse you want, we were 7-9. You may be able to convince yourself of something else, but it won’t make it the truth. I’m not trolling you, just stating facts.

  23. Joe in Michigan Says:

    I’ve moved on from last year, it’s over now. No idea what our record will be this year, HOPING for a good season.

  24. BuucccNASTY Says:

    Joe in Michigan, he didn’t watch OT in the final game after the coin toss lol or maybe he mentally has blocked that FINAL pick six from his memory

  25. JimmyJack Says:

    BradyBunch……Hey if turning losses into wins is your thang then you need to be fair and do it both ways. So you better turn the Colts win I to a loss since they missed a 4th quarter FG in a close game.

    Actually it was a three point game so maybe we can call it a tie? Or how about this. I’ll give you a free FG in the Atlanta game and you give the Colts one in that game…….And since a FG in the Falcons game means they go for a TD on the last play of the game and might win outright well be fair and call it a wash. Record stand 7-9.

    Don’t think I got one to match the Giants game. maybe best case scenario is 8-8.

    And I won’t research it. We’ll just call it 8-8. But Im sure if you look at some of our losses other teams fans blamed the refs too just like we did vs Tennessee.

    So how bout we settle on 8-8 and call that fair? OK?

    Point is you can’t just look at it as a Bucs fan. It goes both ways.

  26. Defense Rules Says:

    How well we do this year depends on a myriad of things that are far beyond our control. For starters, how well the OTHER teams do (they’re working hard to improve also). The draft for another (who we select largely depends on who others take in front of us). The coronavirus pandemic for still another (how much practice time together will this year’s team REALLY get?).

    But hey, HOPE isn’t about things beyond our control. Super Bowl here we come.

  27. Rod Munch Says:

    The Bucs were 9-7 last year if Gay doesn’t lose them two games. Not to mention if they don’t lose Evans and Godwin down the strech, it’s there a good chance they win another. Not to mention the complete BS game in Tennessee that the refs lost.

    If the Bucs are only a 9-7 team under Brady then that’s a huge failure as this team should have gone around 11-5 under Winston.

    I think the Bucs get off to a slow start with Brady, so 11-5 is where I’m picking them under Brady, but closing the year strong. If they don’t do that then this was a complete disaster.

    Also since I know the triggered idiots will just say I’m a Winston homer who is trying to bash Brady – that would be part true. I am a Winston homer, but I was also for signing Brady anyways, you can’t just ignore the idea that you have the best QB ever available, that will get you a ton of attention and bring the market to life. But Brady has to actually perform better than Winston on the field — and that’s where I’m not sure we will see results. Sure, turnovers will decrease (I had Winston for 17 INTs this upcoming year, I suspect Brady will be around 12), but scoring is also going to decrease. That tradeoff is going to be the difference in the playoffs, which is the place where Brady gets the nod, in my mind.

  28. Howard Cosell Says:

    Gannon’s math is sound:
    Using a 0 to 10 scale
    Brady = 10
    Glazers = 1
    Average = (10+1)/2 = 5.5
    Which correlates to a 55% win rate

  29. gotbbucs Says:

    I dont care if they go 8-8 or 9-7, just get in the playoffs. Pre-season win total predictions mean absolutely nothing to me.

  30. Buczilla Says:

    12-4 is doable if the defense continues it’s rise, but I’d feel a lot better if we nabbed two legit running backs and a new right tackle that can run block.

  31. Defense Rules Says:

    @Rod … “scoring is also going to decrease.” I thought that at first also Rod, but I’ve changed my mind. I think we’ve gor a good chance to score more than last year, but I also think we’ll ‘control’ the games better. Turnovers are drive killers, and so are penalties (we SHOULD do better in BOTH categories this year).

    Last season BA’s offense scored 458 points, based on 33 TDs passing, 15 TDs rushing, 27 FGs, and 6 TDs by the defense. Not too shabby IMO. And it happens to be the MOST points any Bucs team has ever scored.

    The Patriots, with Tom Brady as their QB, AVERAGED 472 points per season (2010-2019). So their AVERAGE was a full 14 points HIGHER than our highest ever. And that was with a lot of different WRs, TEs & RBs for him to work with over the years. To be honest though, that AVERAGE is misleading. From 2010-2012 the Pats averaged 523 points scored per season, but from 2013-2019 they ONLY averaged 447 points per season. Still, I’ll take it (Pats went to the playoffs every season in those 10 years, played in the Super Bowl 5 times, and won 3 of those).

    IF we can establish a decent running game this year, and IF our defense can come close to picking up where it left off, and IF our starters can stay healthy, THEN we should have a decent TEAM. One that SHOULD in fact put points on the board, and allow us to make the playoffs this year. And once in, anything can happen.

  32. TheBradyBunch Says:

    JimmyJack – I am blaming Gay for the Falcons loss because he didn’t miss just one FG. One field goal missed happens fairly often. However, he missed all 3 that day!!!! When your soccer player costs you 9 points you are almost always going to lose in the NFL as most games are decided by less than that. If he had just missed on 45 yard field goal I would say he was part of the teams failure. You miss all three though and that loss is on him! If that chump had made just one of three they win. I am not cherry picking dude. Missing a kick occasionally is an aspect of the game. However, professional kickers cannot miss 30 yard chips shots at the end of regulation or miss all three of their 40-48 yard attempts in a single game.

  33. BucEmUp Says:

    They were a ten win team WITH Jameis but now that Brady is here they will get him the protection and run game he took them.4 1/2 weasons just to give him a defense!

  34. CPN Says:

    If only Gannon was asked if the Buccaneers would make the playoffs.

  35. BigHog Says:

    Mr. 5,000 single-handedly dragged this ill-equipped team to seven wins last season in the first year of a new offensive scheme that dictated that the ball be thrown down field! We will see a more methodical approach to that game this season because I don’t think TB12 will be able to get it down field as much ….because that is just not his game … Now how many times will TB12 rely on a 46yrd field goal to secure the win….just know that a 12-4 record would be nice but beware if you add those four loses to teams that were just better on that given day to the three games we lose because of missed last play field goal and your record is 9-7…was it all worth it would be the question?? Ummmm No!! “THE GOAT”. “THE GREAT WHITE HOPE”. ” BLACK-BALLED”

  36. JimmyJack Says:

    Hey BradyBunch that’s fine if you wanna blame the kicker for a loss. All’s I’m saying is I’m gonna blame a kicker for a win. So you add a win I’ll add a loss. Even Stevens baby!!

    But so long as you blaming kickers I’d like to remind you of a little thing I call the Seahawks game…….Where their kicker missed a buncha kicks all day and we still couldn’t beat them in regulation. They got the ball in OT and beat us……..Very eerily similar to the Falcons game except they didn’t have to blame anybody cause they still won the thing………I say with our new QB we now expect to win that last game & it don’t matter who our placekicker is.

  37. Pryda...sec147 Says:

    Can’t wait for Jameis to Land on a squad. Go Bucs

  38. SteveK Says:


    The defense was fifth in takeaways last year. The difference was the overwhelming amount of turnovers committed by our offense, namely Jameis.

    I don’t understand how Jameis “dragged” is to wins. Based on his TD:Turnover Ratio, he was slightly more bad than good.

  39. Ndog Says:

    Let’s all just remember the ONLY ACCEPTABLE OUTCOME is a Superbowl Championship. Anything less will not be acceptable period end of story, nothing else matters, not the past, not the future. This season is Superbowl trophy or bust.

  40. Youngbucs Says:

    I can’t wait either so y’all can go make excuses for him somewhere else.
    Because best believe wherever he goes the excuses will follow. Goodbye 👋🏽

  41. Youngbucs Says:

    Bunch of grown men crying over another grown man.
    Who is an average nfl player.

  42. Jordyn Daniels Says:

    If I remember correctly didn’t we whoop on this dude in the super bowl making him look like a joke? Oh yeah I thought so lol.

  43. JimmyJack Says:

    You are right NDog. And the only acceptable expectation is to compete for a SuperBowl. Sadly we haven’t reasonly expected anything close to a SB in about 20 freaking years.

    The fact that so many Bucs fans are now expecting title runs is a testemant to great off-season moves so far.

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  44. Ndog Says:

    I mean we have been told all off season that we replaced the worst QB in the league (who also was soley responsible for all our losses over the past five years) with the greatest QB of all time we really shouldn’t lose to anyone in reality.

  45. Mike Johnson Says:

    Not one game played yet. Still we are superbowl bound. God bless..The hype.

  46. Bird Says:

    The crying continues ^^^^
    Lil baby dog

  47. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    Yes Ndog, Winston willed this team to every win it had

    If Winston is that good why hasn’t he been picked up?

  48. JimmyJack Says:

    Wow NDog………Jameis Winston really took a toll on you. You are really twisted bro. I think you spent way too much time listening to the words of the haters.

    Worst QB in the league? Solely responsible for everything? I don’t know maybe you spend a lot of time on Twitter or something.

  49. SteveK Says:

    Newsflash Ndog,

    It’s super bowl or bust for 32 teams every year.

    How about we make the playoffs, bc our turnover margin is leaps and bounds better? Is that not a better result than the last five years with Jameis?

  50. Bucsfan951 Says:


    YOU ARE SO RIGHT!!! It’s as if people forget it’s super bowl or bust every single year! I mean, who’s happy with second place?

    But some people are ok with keeping the “future qb” who averaged 6 wins a year… 🤷🏻‍♂️

  51. adam from ny Says:

    11 wins this year…

    13 wins and a superbowl victory next year (2021 season)…

    this year playoffs, maybe a post season win or two…but no superbowl…

  52. adam from ny Says:

    it will all come together for the 2021 season…

    takes a little time to gel

  53. TheBradyBunch Says:

    JimmyJack, Jameis played well in the Seattle game. That was when our defense still played like garbage. He put up enough points to keep the Bucs in that game. They got the kickoff in OT and it was over. Probably the easiest TD they gave up the whole season.

    Lastly, I will reiterate one more time that Gay missed three makeable kicks in the Falcons game. Like I said, if he misses one of them I don’t claim that the Bucs definitely should have won. You miss three though and yeah I blame the kicker and no, one missed kick in another game by our opponent does not mitigate this.

  54. DBS Says:

    And the crying continues.