“Who Were Those Expectations Put On?”

April 8th, 2020

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Let’s get real here. Let’s get down and dirty.

New uniforms are nice, but those fresh duds you’re wearing won’t help you cover Michael Thomas this fall. Tom Brady’s chat with Howard Stern is an entertaining diversion, but it won’t mean a thing when Cameron Jordan collapses the pocket and Malcolm Jenkins lurks in the passing lane.

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To that end, I spoke to Anthony McFarland this week regarding his favorite football team. Booger still lives in the Bay area and he plays golf with Derrick Brooks when he’s not watching tape of draft prospects.

So many former Bucs, including Brooks, Warren Sapp, Ronde Barber, Trent Dilfer, Keyshawn Johnson, John Lynch, Shaun King and Chris Simms, found a second career in broadcasting. In my view, McFarland has few peers when it comes to offering candid and informative insights on the state of this franchise.

Booger McFarland talks Bucs with Ira Kaufman

Intense Scrutiny & Draft Strategy

While joining the 2006 Colts and earning a second Super Bowl ring, McFarland saw first hand what a Hall of Fame quarterback like Peyton Manning can mean to an organization.

What about the Brady effect on the 2020 Bucs?

“Football has always been a show-me game,” McFarland says. “We all like to talk about what we do. When you look at Brady, he’s got the pelts on the wall. He’s got all the skins and his reputation precedes him.

“More importantly, Brady has the ability to show everyone what it’s like to be a consummate professional. Everybody’s going to be watching — all the young guys and coaches who have heard about him so much. Now we get to see the interior workings. What he eats for breakfast and lunch. How he ties his shoes, what he wears to practice.

“Now he has an opportunity to show everyone what it’s like. Even though he’s done it for 20 years in New England, he’s got to ramp it up to another level in Tampa because everyone’s watching. What time does he get in the building? How long does he spend in the weight room? How long does he spend doing all the little things we hate doing? That’s what a guy like Tom Brady brings.”

If McFarland was placed in charge of Tampa Bay’s draft strategy, the Bucs would walk away with an offensive tackle, a running back with soft hands and a safety with their first three picks.

“Running backs come a dime a dozen,” he says. “To me, it’s about a certain type of back, a guy who can catch and play in space, a guy you can split out and create a mismatch. I think the Bucs take a tackle at No. 14, then figure out the rest.”

Brady’s presence has raised expectations significantly for the 2020 Bucs, but we’ve seen this scenario before. Tampa Bay closed 2016 with a rush to finish 9-7, only to be followed by three consecutive losing seasons.

“In 2016, who were those expectations put on?” McFarland says. “Now, expectations are put on a top 3 receiving duo, a Top 10 tight end duo, an offensive line that’s above average and arguably the greatest quarterback of all time playing point guard.

“On top of that, you have a young defense where the arrow was pointing up at the end of last season and a coordinator who’s going to be aggressive. This is a young team that’s going to do more for the quarterback than people expect. Every now and then, you get the best of both worlds — a young team with veteran pieces in the right positions. As a result, the team not only plays harder, it plays smarter because you tend to take on the persona of those key vets.”

March Champions & Jameis

McFarland expects Jameis Winston to sign somewhere as a backup and succeed as a starter in 2021.

“Look at what happened with Ryan Tannehill,” he says. “And Jameis is a much better quarterback than Tannehill … much better.”

According to Booger, Buc ownership has already claimed victory before the gates open for Week 1.

“From a business standpoint, the Glazers have already won,” he says. “If the Bucs go deep into the playoffs, that’s icing on the cake. For the next few years, Raymond James Stadium will be sold out and the Bucs will be on prime-time TV. If they go 8-8 this year, if they are competitive but still miss the playoffs, the stadium will be rocking. Nationally, people may say it’s a failure, but you know what the Glazers are going to say? ‘Hey, let’s do it again next year.’ ”

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7 Responses to ““Who Were Those Expectations Put On?””

  1. Jeebs the Honey Bear Says:

    Winston is not a better QB than Tannehill. He’s a better athlete with higher ceiling… but a high ceiling isn’t worth anything when 5 years into your career you still make poor decisions and give the other team the ball over and over again. There’s a reason Tannehill just made bank to be the starter for a playoff team and Winston at best will be a backup this season.

  2. Youngbucs Says:

    Well said jeebs they don’t get it

  3. fernando diaz Says:

    Ira needs to stop
    BA & Gm are going all in that’s the issue.

  4. BucAllNight Says:


    The reason is Derrick Henry and one of the best underrated defenses in football. Tannehill was a game manager. Remember Marriott made the playoffs with Titans too.

    Stick to video games son. I’ll take the analysis of a TWO TIME SB Champ over folk like you who make ignorant post any day.

    Go Bucs!!!

  5. Mike Johnson Says:

    My Bucs are desperate. This gamble either works or it does not. Arians and Licht are rollin the dice.If this does not work for them, Its safe to say they will be joining ole Lovie and Schiano down at the Losers fishing hole over in Clear water.
    Folks forget, people are like flowers..Some bloom early, some late, some never at all. Jameis will be fine as a late bloomer. Bucs could not wait on him and our stadium attendance was starting to look like..The walking corona virus!Everybody is elated and talking SB for us right now. I hope we are not disappointed. If we are, It will be a..BucLife as usual.

  6. Jeebs the Honey Bear Says:

    BucAllNight… I will give you Henry and the running game. But let’s look at the rest shall we?

    Compare the targets… Winston throwing to 2 Pro Bowlers. Tannehill throwing to a rookie and a first round bust.
    Compare the defenses… Bucs finished 5th in DVOA. Titans finished 16th. Bucs forced 28 TOs. Titans only forced 23.

    Now compare their efficiency…
    Completion %: Tannehill 71, Winston 61
    TD %: Tannehill 7.7, Winston 5.3
    Int %: Tannehill 2.1, Winston 4.8
    QB rating: Tannehill 117.5, Winston 84.3
    DVOA: Tannehill 28% (5th in league), Winston -9% (24th in league)

    So… I guess what I’m trying to say to you BucAllNight, is that clearly one of us is ignorant, but I do my research, so it’s not me 😉

  7. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Dying to know where Giselle will be shopping in Tampa Bay?