The Bucs’ Biggest Post-Draft Challenge

April 29th, 2020

The draft is over. The Tampa Bay roster core is set.

One of Tom Brady’s good friends is weighing in.

In a segment on SiriusXM NFL Radio focused on post-draft needs and questions of all NFL teams, the conversation swung to the Buccaneers.

Weighing in was co-host and former Patriots, Jets and Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, the man who tutored Brady as a young player and pulled Pro Bowl seasons from Vinny Testaverde (Jets) and Matt Cassel (Chiefs).

Weis seemed to think the Bucs roster has all it needs to win big on paper, but the mentality of the team is unknown.

Going from perennial losers to the ultimate spotlight is a job for the Bucs’ new Superman, Weis said.

“I think that expectations, managing expectations, will be the biggest question,” Weis said. “Because now you go from an also-ran no one was expecting anything of to a team that everyone’s expecting to be a contender. You know, will there be enough maturity in there? Now you know Tommy will be a big difference. Because he walks into the locker room, it isn’t just the offensive guys that he’s the captain of. He’ll be a captain of the team and that’s the way he looks at it. He spends as much time in the locker room talking to defensive guys. If they all buy in to what he’s sellin’, you better look out for this team now.”

How much can Brady influence a 53-man roster without spring practices and in a training camp that will test his comfort level with the offense and be very much about him building elite chemistry with his pass catchers?

Joe thinks that’s an awful lot to put on Brady. Joe’s more interested in seeing Todd Bowles coach up his defensive backs and find the right looks and blitzes to keep the Bucs pass rush unpredictable and effective.

TAMPA TWO serves up a can’t-miss, post-draft episode with Bucs legend Derrick Brooks and columnist Ira Kaufman delivering all kinds of takes out of the 2020 NFL Draft, presented by The Identity Tampa Bay. Enjoy!

28 Responses to “The Bucs’ Biggest Post-Draft Challenge”

  1. Ocala Says:

    OJ Howard fifth year option has been picked up by the Bucs

  2. Says:

    Wonder if they are locking him up so they have more trade leverage.

  3. 813bucboi Says:

    imo, the players want this…they want the expectations….players like LVD, SUH, ME13, CG12 want to become winners…..players like BRADY, JPP, GRONK want to prove to people they still are winners….same goes for the coaching staff and front office….

    we in good hands folks…lol….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  4. Kansas95Buc Says:

    People always calling us ‘Paper Champions’ then when the season get here we don’t live up to the hype. As a long time fan in my short life, I’ll believe when we produce results

  5. Defense Rules Says:

    Ocala … Good catch. Just found it & it’ll cost us $6.0 mil for 2021. That’s a big chunk of change if all the Bucs expect him to do is be the extra blocker. Got a hunch our offensive attack is in for some BIG changes this Fall.

    Also, since Dare is our #3 RB, wouldn’t be at all surprised to see us sign a veteran RB who’s more of a complement to both RoJo & Vaughn. And oh ya, plus a veteran Safety AND another backup QB. I think we could get all 3 for $10 mil, and we could break that much free before the season starts with a little creativity.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The challenge will be to stay healthy……hopefully these guys are in shape….many don’t have their regular gyms or workout facilities….I’m not worried about the mental with a limited amount of time….worried about the physical.

  7. Allbuccedup Says:

    O J s option is picked up Brates 4.25 mil he is good as gone if they can find a taker they have plenty of time to make a deal. Who knows when the season will start.

  8. Youngbucs Says:

    I honestly don’t know why some are complaining. The Bucs are doing their best to put the best 53 on the field it’s that simple. Anybody is replaceable if there’s an upgrade put emotions to the side. All 10-15 years from now save that bull crap gibberish. If you don’t compete people pay the price with their jobs who want to keep hitching their horse to the same wagon.

  9. Ndog Says:

    He better bring leadership because he ain’t bringing anything else with that weak a$$ arm.

  10. geno711 Says:

    Some people on this site more worried about arm strength than accuracy and winning ability.

  11. geno711 Says:

    I follow snap counts more than others.

    For instance I love JPP and Suh because year in and year out they play some of the highest amount of snaps of anyone along the defensive line. That is important because you are not going to a lesser player when you take them out.

    Interesting on OJ Howard last year is that he played in 14 games last year. If you look just at those 14 games, he played 80 percent of the snaps for this team.

  12. BillyBucFan Says:

    Weak a$$ arm LMFAO

    He just threw the ball 60mph 2 months ago.

    Go root for the Saints.

    Damn, you are annoying.

  13. Afo Says:

    People care about arm strength? Trubisky have better arm strength than Mahommes and Lamar Jackson does that makes him a better quarter ? It’s all about winning and accuracy.

  14. 813bucboi Says:


    JW IS A BUST!!!!!!!

    he’s just like christain ponder & ej manuel….both who were back ups for a few years in the league after being a 1st round pick….

    saints fans sure aint as happy as you…lol….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  15. JP09 Says:

    At least we know he won’t throw 30 INTs with that “weak ass arm”

    Another Fact, Brady will be a starter week 1 Winston not so much

  16. SOEbuc Says:

    Every player on this team is SUPER PUMPED!!! All the talent we have is switching from a Jameis locker room to a Brady locker room. Not to mention we had the most passing yards in 2019. If Tom can stay strong and healthy, I have no clue what could possibly happen but I don’t think it will be bad.

  17. JP09 Says:

    Brady will throw for 5k, 50TDs, and under 13 INTs this season. Not to mention take us to the playoffs

  18. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    They better be doing ALOT of ZOOMing

  19. 2002WasALongTimeAgo Says:

    Whenever I see NDog, I think of domestic violence victims. It started out a love relationship with red flags, followed by promises to change. They can’t give up, because of the possibility. Then, the guy leaves and is begged to come back (for more). I pity him.

  20. Mike28277 Says:

    NDog: like you and your weak a$$, repetitive, no substance, crystal ball comments.

  21. JimmyJack Says:

    NDog that is just a foolish statement. He will bring a improvement in decision making. He will bring improved ability to read defenses.

    Those are just two examples and two of the big ones. Feel free to chat back if ya wanna go tit for tat pro vs cons……you’re certain to lose that argument so understood if you don’t bother replying.

  22. Issac haggins Says:

    Are the Bucs paying Gabbert more than Winston !! Oh Geez , Licht that is going to be your last mistake , when Winston outplays Gabbert this year ,Licht has finally dodged his last bullet !! What a Baffoon !!
    You can win a Super Bowl with Winston as a backup, you aren’t winning sht with Gabbert and you have a 43 yr old starter !!
    Same old foolish gambles by Licht year in and year out , he’s always going to show/ prove something every year with position groups ,every year ! can’t do that in the NFL. This is going to get comical even with the best d, rec,rb and o line in 6 years . Watch how much Peyton raves about Winston at the first Bucs hiccup just to stir the pot !! I sure hope I am wrong and they are flashing rings in Jan / Feb .

  23. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    If our young DB’s continue to improve then we are set. No offseason hurts them more than the offense imo. I think we have tons of talent back there. They just need time together to improve

  24. Hodad Says:

    Slackers, like VH3, and softies like McCoy are gone. No nonsense Suh, and JPP who has a ring are also veteran leaders in the locker room. Tom isn’t alone coming to teach a bunch of kids how to be winners. This team has now been made over in BA’s image. Let’s have some fun kicking ass, and winning games, then meet at the 19th hole.

  25. destinjohnny Says:

    am i crazy to think we still need a back>???

  26. LM Says:

    Ndog thinks Brady’s arm is weak. Brady actually has a top tier arm. He may not have a Brett Favre arm but America’s Joke Pro Groper Brainless Winston has a super strong arm & where did that get him? On the bench checking Bree’s sheet!

    Brady can make every throw, even at his age. & Knows when to make the throw. Jameis forces throws into triple coverage again & again like Ground Hogday. He threw 4 or 5 on the 1st play of the game. It happened so much it became a Joke, Jameis is a joke. America’s Joke.

    Hey Ndog the only coverge the Bucs got was Sports shows making fun of Jameis. Tony Gonzalez called yo boy Jameis the Gomer Pile of QB’s LMAO.

    Brady has a weak arm? You don’t know what weak is NDog. You probably think your arms strong. Always tugging your slug to yo boy America’s Joke Jameis Winston.

    This is TOMPA BAY now baby!!! Get used to it.

  27. orlbucfan Says:

    Wonder how long it will take for Brady to be carted off with season-ending injuries. Well, that will make him retire. I hope BA has drafted another young QB. He will be needed.

  28. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    Well that kind of expectation is why Brady carries the weight he does!! He’s expected to do all those things for this team and he knows it and that’s why he’s the greatest to ever do it!! He’s always been under way more pressure from himself than anyone else