Excitement, Not Pressure

June 1st, 2020

Outlook on season.

There is a lot of chatter about the Bucs being a playoff team and making a run to the Super Bowl. Expectations are high.

So do the Bucs feel the heat? The team’s starting center, who will at least feel the hands of park-violating, home-invading Bucs quarterback Tom Brady each and every play, suggests he’s not feeling pressure.

Instead, Ryan Jensen believes what he is experiencing is excitement with the high goals that come with signing Brady.

In a recent edition of the “Out Of Nowhere” podcast co-hosted by two former NFLers, Danny Woodhead and Matt Slauson, Jensen detailed what it will be like to block for a six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback.

“For me? I don’t see any extra pressure, for me,” Jensen said. “I’ve been in the league long enough. Obviously, it’s Tom frickin’ Brady. Like, the expectations from the media and everybody are going to be so, so high.

“But as offensive linemen, we are always getting berated whether we play good or play bad. It’s always the o-line’s fault. For me, I don’t feel any added extra pressure when it comes to protecting Tom.”

One reason Jensen says he’s not stressing about blocking for Brady, despite his immobility, is that Brady makes an offensive line look better.

“We know how he is going to play and when he is going to get the ball out,” Jensen said. “For me, I am just more excited than [pressured].

“Yeah, is there going to be an adjustment period? Yeah, of course. That’s just the way it is when there is a new quarterback back there. I feel like it will be good.”

For Joe, Jensen’s remarks about knowing how Brady will play and when the ball will come out suggests the previous quarterback wasn’t exactly sure of when to pull the trigger and perhaps that led to too much freelancing?

Or could it be that Jensen and his fellow Bucs offensive linemen know Brady’s about as likely to take off running as Joe is to drink a warm beer on a hot afternoon?

16 Responses to “Excitement, Not Pressure”

  1. Bojim Says:

    Great attitude.

  2. Sport Says:

    The line will generate more than one for pro bowl discussions this year.

    The frustration with our QB was evident. (See Dotson throw his hands in the air, or ME frustration, or all the offseason comments about reducing turnovers).

    JW wore out his welcome.

    Brady has never been mobile. That aspect is so overplayed. Quick…name a great running QB that’s lasted 20 years and has 6 superbowls!

    Didn’t think so.

    In BA I Trust!

  3. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    Jensen says a lot about America’s Groper, without saying a word about America’s Groper.

  4. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Now that the original hurt is subsiding the JW lovers will see this is much better for him.

    These expectations are certainly increased dramatically because of Brady and certainly if it wasn’t for Brady people wouldn’t know the Buc’s exist nationally.

    Buc fans however were ready for this team to improve before Brady was even thought about. Buc fan dreams rested on winning those last two at home and going into this season with a winning record, some momentum and an improving defense.

    As it is though if JW had come back the fans would have had him on an incredibly short leash with no margin for error. Each and every pick would be magnified.

    JW truly needed a fresh start to have any chance of resurrecting his career.

  5. mark2001 Says:

    Why should he feel any special pressure? These guys are under pressure every minute of every game. This is just the pressure of expectations. Now the last play of the last game, to win or lose a championship or make the playoffs? That is where the pressure might come up…not when a bunch of writers and fans see us as a contender.

  6. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Yeah I’m guessing we won’t see as many longly held balls that result in an inaccurate dump off jump pass cross body for an INT, or a sack/strip/fumble in the red zone

  7. mark2001 Says:

    LC… I think that is part of that. A good play, the right adjustment, the right open man, an accurate pass, a receiver playing at the highest level of accountability…smells like victory.

  8. BigHog Says:

    Brady was protected by the scheme of play, good play calling and above average offensive lines and yes he was the leagues golden boy (protected) “I CAN’T BREATHE”

  9. mark2001 Says:

    Hoggy…. The scheme will be predicated upon Brady’s consultation and agreement, he will be able to opt out or adjust the play or audible whenever he sees an opportunity. The quality of his line is a questionmark, I’ll grant you. And yes, he is still the leagues golden boy.

  10. SOEbuc Says:

    Pumped not pressured. They were under pressure every year they were with #30. Now it’s a good returning team that wasn’t terrible last byear minus JW and Nassib for plus Brady, Gronk, and Wirfs.

  11. BigHog Says:

    mark2001::BigHog is the name…I’m sure I’ve seen Mr.5,000 call audibles on numerous occasions during the season and was successful at it! I just think that another year under BA’s system would have made Mr. 5,000 a better QB …better tha NE12 …we will never know. “I CAN’T BREATH”

  12. Jean Lafitte Says:

    I’ve been saying it for a long time. Winston was like having a schoolyard QB where it sometimes felt that plays were made up on the fly.

    You run over here, you run over there, and ya’ll go long.

  13. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    Terrific, consistent QB play will help the entire team as a whole when you aren’t trying to dig yourself out of a whole or blowing leads and opportunities at bad times because of turnovers.

  14. D1 Says:

    Brady is really going to struggle to beat these records.

    Jameis Mr. 5000 Winston’s

    2019 interceptions:

    25 with a clean pocket (most in the NFL)

    23 within one possession (most in the NFL)

    22 targeting WRs (most in the NFL)

    19 when trailing (most in the NFL)

    17 against zone defenses (most in the NFL)

    13 against man defenses (most in the NFL)

    13 against a blitz (most in the NFL)

    11 on third down (most in the NFL)

    10 in the fourth quarter (most in the NFL)

    Yes , another year in Arian’s system is something we all wanted to see……..

  15. D1 Says:

    ‘You need people like me so you can point your f*@kin’ fingers and say, ‘That’s the bad guy.’

    Jameis Winston .

  16. Defense Rules Says:

    Interesting perspective about Jameis needing a fresh start elsewhere StPete, and IMO you’re spot on. Jameis has talent; relatively few ever really questioned that. I think that his biggest problem focused on decision-making, in more ways than one. Working with Sean Payton & Drew Brees may be just what he needs to resurrect his career. Only time will tell.