“They’ve Got A Confidence Now That They Belong”

January 20th, 2021

It’s not just our treasured Buccaneers cruising on a six-game winning streak that has Tom Brady screaming less at his teammates.

Per Bucco Bruce Arians, it’s also because Brady’s teammates have matured and are building a championship-type confidence. And that’s a damn good thing to have when you’re playing the NFL version of the Final Four.

WFLA-TV sports chief Dan Lucas floated the notion to Arians this week that Brady is barking less on the sidelines than earlier in the season. Arians went along with it saying the masses are rising towards Brady’s level.

“They’ve got a confidence now that they belong,” Arians said, adding that the win against New Orleans was significant to the Bucs’ collective belief in themselves.

Throw in that the Bucs know they can beat the Packers — and crush the Packers — and there should a mountain of confidence pulsating through the roster.

Joe is not concerned about overconfidence on Sunday, though you never quite know.

28 Responses to ““They’ve Got A Confidence Now That They Belong””

  1. Mickman Says:

    Crush would be outstanding. I believe they will thump the pack . Weather means nothing and the defense of the packers is very average.

  2. Walter Says:

    We know we can beat any team in this league.

  3. bucfanforever Says:

    My guess is the Packers are the ones that should worry about “overconfidence.”

    They just keep hearing that they are:
    1. At home in the cold winter at Lambeau
    2. They have the best quarterback on the field
    3. They have only become better since October
    4. Jones and Adams weren’t 100% back in October
    5. The Buc’s secondary has been shredded since Thanksgiving

    … and on and on and on.

    But we see what happens when a couple things don’t go Rodger’s way.

  4. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Tom Brady has changed our Culture!

  5. JimmyJack Says:

    I wanna see the offense step up and play better. Their drives in the first half last week gave us only 6 measley points. Brady is missing Gronk running wide open. Our backs cant make clean recptions. Dont know whats wrong with Chris Godwin & Mike Evans cant just disappear like that.

    Im not totally down on the offense. They are able to pull it together during critical moments. Theres just a lot of plays being left on the field and too many mistakes. I could say they been a little lucky. Usually those miscues cone back to bite you.

  6. Ftmyersbuc Says:

    Joe wrote an article on it and i agree. The halftime score will determine the winner more than likely. And yes rogers plays like crap when he gets behind. Think last year at san fran twice. 2016 nfc championship at Atlanta. Kyle Shanahan the packers killer.

  7. TampaTown Says:

    I’m alittle worried about overconfidence and all the emotions that went into the Saints game

  8. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Let’s not be the Saints, stay humble stay hungry. Don’t forget Saints whipped Bucs butts, not once but twice. Brady’s mentoring is not done, he has to instill in the team that there is a reason they’re the underdogs, that means they’re not supposed to win Focus, Bucs have another 60 min of football left to play Sunday.

  9. ModHairKen Says:

    Peaking at the right time.

    Everyone was so worried when they lost back to back to the Rams and Chiefs. That was the fire that steeled them.

  10. PSL Bob Says:

    The Packers are a very, very good football team, and playing lights out right now. And, they’re playing at home. The Bucs are certainly capable of beating them, but they’ve got to be clicking on all cylinders – No breakdowns on special teams that allows the Packers to have excellent field position. Succup hits on all of his kicks, including extra points. TDs, not FGs, when inside the Red Zone (and why does Brady always refer to it as the Red Area?). Play penalty-free football. Win the turnover margin. Excellent pass protection, etc. etc. Everything has got to go well. It’s a tall order, but Brady & Co. can do it. Come on Bucs, punch us a SB ticket this Sunday.

  11. Jmarkbuc Says:


    Brady will keep that ish straight…

  12. 813bucboi Says:

    YES SIR!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!

  13. TampaTown Says:

    JMark: let’s hope so! I think BA is right though, the stadium looks amazing and for those of you who don’t live in the area, it’s literally across the street from One Buc Place, Bucs headquarters and practice facility. It’s gotta be a weird feeling for players to see the Lombardi trophy where their face used to be on the side of the stadium. They’re only human.

  14. Jmarkbuc Says:


    Just a few more days….

  15. mg Says:

    Watching the Bucs transform this year has been remarkable. And this site has the greatest coverage. Have to thank my son-in-law in St. Pete.

  16. SB : Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Some of you guys crack me up. The last 4 games before the Saints game our Offense has been LIGHTS OUT! averaging 499 yards of offense per game. And not less than 31 PPG
    All I heard was “I just want to see the Defense play better”
    “We are only winning because of our offense”
    One FLIPPIN game we only put up 30 points And won the game all I am hearing isl
    “I just want to see the Offense to play better”
    ONLY ONE TIME IN OUR HISTORY have we won 6 in a row.
    Is it Possible for you guys to just enjoy the moment????
    I mean you can’t expect 47 to 7 Every flippin’ game!

  17. Atrain99 Says:

    Just caught a bit of Ira on Mad Dog. He’s lost his fastball. He and Russo should stick to 1970’s baseball because neither have their pulse on the current Bucs situation.

  18. Will Says:

    I’m loving the way Tom Brady has brought a confidence to this team and how everyone is playing EXCEPT for ST our return game needs to improve. If Miller isn’t the starting WR then he should be returning punts at least.Mickens is pure garbage and doesn’t scare anyone back there. I’m happy with Succop and hope we can continue to count on him. Pinion is killing his kickoffs but really needs to punt away from the returner because our coverage is beyond TERRIBLE.

  19. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    I’m anticipating another nail biter, with or without Vea! I am expecting a win and a birth at home in the Big One! Every game in the playoffs is usually tougher than the previous one.

    Go Bucs!

  20. SB Says:

    Well said Will. Well said.

  21. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    TampaTown….Jmark is right on the money. Brady has been to the “Big Game,” 9 times. He will not let these guys get overconfident.

  22. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    Just don’t talk the talk but walk the walk and don’t walk up and down sidelines mean mugging people then put up a goose egg.

  23. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    The only thing I’m worried about is the OC and DC going back to the “old” ways. Hopefully they both call the games like the last time we played the Pack, they had no answers for anything we did.

  24. JimmyJack Says:

    SB….Dont have a conniption bro……First off im not been conplaining about the defense. The way I see it if they are getting turnovers Im happy.

    The offense I just hold to a higher standard. And Im certain its for good reason. We do got the GOAT at QB. We do got the GOAT at TE. We do got HOF caliber recievers. I think its beyond fair to wanna see the offense lead the way. Not the other way around.

    I stand by what i said. All them mistakes i mentioned can come back to bite you. I just want to see pur offense clicking on all cylinders. If that happens Im not sure we can be beaten. Dont see why its a big deal to say it.

  25. cmurda Says:

    Yeah JJ’s right. We left some points on the field in both playoff games. 31 points against Washington’s defense does show that this offense is still grinding. Nevertheless, I also anticipate more out of the offense especially in this game. The Pack have been playing better defense as of late but honestly their defense pales in comparison to the Aints defense. I do believe B.A. when he says the Bucs will be airing it out. We should be. The Pack’s pass rush is not intimidating and their secondary is very beatable. There is no question that we have what it takes. It’s all about attention to detail and execution now.

  26. SB : Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    My comment wasn’t aimed ‘directly’ at you JJ. It was at ALL who expect us to be COMPLETELY dominant on both sides of the ball Every Game.
    Doesn’t happen often.

  27. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    Over confidence is an issue!! It makes you run at things that aren’t really there, takes your guard down, makes you think you’re better than them … This is the NFL .. every team has a potential to make it to this point and they better realize that the cold WILL be a factor and the fact they beat them so badly last time WILL be a factor for the Pack…. Just DO YOUR JOB…. Don’t over play!!

  28. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    Look what happened to the jags D when they got full of themselves