Brown Was Critical Down The Stretch

April 28th, 2021


No, when people rightfully crowed about how Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht brought back all 22 starters, that didn’t include furniture-tossing, bicycle-throwing receiver Antonio Brown.

Yet Brown’s production was right up there with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Yes, really.

Over at CBS HQ, the good folks there noted Brown was arguably the team’s best receiver in the Bucs final six games including the Super Bowl run.

So don’t let this move fly under the radar. Brown very much was a critical piece in the Bucs’ making confetti angels in the turf of The Licht House.

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28 Responses to “Brown Was Critical Down The Stretch”

  1. PA Bucs fan Says:

    I’ll say it again , if we had Antonio Brown on our team the entire season there is no way we lose to the bears..huge difference maker who didn’t have a single drop last season. I love Evans and Godwin but bein real AB looks like the best wideout on the team..HUGE resigning

  2. Thisisouryear!!! Says:

    I can’t believe Licht brought everyone back. I think they love playing with Brady. The stories keep going on and on!! It’s so refreshing. Go Bucs!!!

  3. Casual Observer Says:

    AB should have another great season. He was outstanding. Caught everything close to him. Lots of depth at WR.

  4. Mike Says:

    Really a perfect alignment of the stars to get this Avengers like team back together for another run. Great job by J. Licht and the money/contract guys in the Front Office!

  5. 6throundpick Says:

    AB and Gronk were not that good (per their standards), for those first few games. But being the talents that they are, they got it back. Just needed to get back in GAME shape, after a long layover.

  6. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Glad he is back!
    The addition of Giovanni Bernard will be awesome this year, because of his ability to catch balls out of the backfield.
    This will open things up for Brown, and our other wide receivers.
    I think we repeat this season!

  7. DingleBerry Says:

    Thank the lord that Licht didn’t listen to the bellyaching weenies last year.

    I couldn’t believe the amount of backlash surrounding a move that clearly put us in position to reach the mountain top.

    I said it several times to numerous people, if you are really so dead-set against the AB signing, don’t celebrate when we win the Super Bowl!

    Of course, they continued to moan and whine and carry-on like the Bucs had just signed OJ Simpson out of retirement, and sure enough, they still celebrated when we win the Super Bowl.

    Bunch of hypocrites.

  8. SB Says:

    The timing of this move is Perfect. I takes away any inclination of drafting a WR early AND it helps soothe AB’s very Large ego.

  9. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    He’ll likely be suspended the first half of the season, now that he has settled the rape case. So this was a waste of money.

  10. Joe Says:

    He’ll likely be suspended the first half of the season, now that he has settled the rape case. So this was a waste of money.

    Bullsh!t. He was suspended last year too. Did he (and his production) look like a waste of money to you?

  11. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    DingleBerry Says
    “I said it several times to numerous people, if you are really so dead-set against the AB signing, don’t celebrate when we win the Super Bowl!”

    Look closer at those stats. They include the post season games. Why is that important?

    Because he failed to produce until the last 2 games of the season! Injuries were why he got the ball so much in those games. He DID NOT help the Bucs reach the playoffs at all.

    It amazes me how a couple good plays will make some people suddenly thing a player is the best.

    The man is going to be suspended! Settling the civil rape case is an admission of guilt, according to the people here who hated Jameis…who got suspended after he settled as well.

    So expect the hammer to come down on Brown…not that he would have produced during those games he’ll miss.

  12. Ash Says:

    Yup bull$hit not a waste of money bucs offense will be elite this season for sure

  13. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Joe Says
    “He was suspended last year too. Did he (and his production) look like a waste of money to you?”

    Yes. Yes he did. Those stats are mostly post season stats…when he got more opportunities because of injuries. During the regular season, he was hardly productive at all. The other players did the work to get there, then he stood on their backs to take the glory.

  14. Casual Observer Says:

    It makes Brady’s job tougher now. What to do when all 3(all-pro) receivers are open?

  15. Rayjay1122 Says:

    I still can’t believe as a lifelong Bucs fan, the special times we are enjoying. Wow.

  16. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Why have an axe to grind about AB? The team is better with him than not. AB is going to have a solid year. GO BUCS!!!

  17. DingleBerry Says:

    Bonzai… Are you joking my guy?

    One, what injuries are you talking about? The only WR that was injured in the postseason was AB himself as I recall. Yeah Godwin was playing with a brace but had been doing so for weeks and was still on the field, and Evans tweaked his knee after breaking the record but didn’t miss a game in the postseason.

    Two, did you really just say “most of those were postseason stats” as if producing in postseason playoff games that we won is akin to garbage time in a meaningless game? Like what? To deny AB was productive and crucial down the stretch is to deny the sky is blue.

    And three, remember when you were strongly against hiring Bruce Arians and instead wanted us to hire bumbling Mike McCarthy? How’s that working out? In my many years of commenting on this website, the only thing I can remember you ever being right about was Vita Vea being a stud.

    After all, aren’t you the guy who claimed that Derel Walker was going to be a stud? Go sit in the corner and think about what you did.

  18. Ben green Says:

    DingleBerry is right. Brown is the perfect receiver for Brady. He gets open incredibly quick, and made some key plays that helped you win it all. He’ll be much more of the offense than y’all think. Brady was always taught to take what they give you. Brown gets open so quickly that brady instinctively feeds him. His contribution to the title can’t be denied. If you want to repeat, brown could be the key. Remember he hasn’t had a training camp in years. One things for sure, Tommy is going to put up stupid numbers

  19. Steven007 Says:

    Bonzai, Don’t let your judgment of AB as a man cloud your judgment of AB as a player. By any metric he was successful for us, particularly down the stretch. Don’t forget, he came to us with plenty of rust mid-season. You’re barking up the wrong tree.

  20. Panthers suck! Says:

    Every other team in the NFC South should be drafting cornerbacks on the first two days.

  21. Brad Says:

    The guy missed a year and a half. Started looking somewhat like himself towards the end of the year. Its not hard for me to imagine him fully regaining his old form this season. Which was the beat WR in football. Maybe some drop off from that, but still a top 10 guy

  22. Buc50 Says:

    To think that there were people here that think Scotty is better than AB. It’s like people don’t watch football. Glad he’s back.

  23. Eddie Marz Says:

    Whew! We got Antonio Brown back. Wasn’t sure it was going to happen. He’ll make a difference even as a third wideout. Only makes Bucs stronger. GO BUCS!

  24. Buc1987 Says:

    Year 2 in the system and he should be pretty sick.

    No matter what Bonzai says…ha ha.

  25. Brandon Jeff Says:

    Everyone was leery of the AB signing due to his many off the field issues. He was given a second chance at football based on Tom Brady‘s recommendation.

    His immense talent as a wide receiver is undeniable and he was a great asset during our Super Bowl run. As it turned out, he proved to be a model citizen and an asset to our football team.
    It is unfair to view AB’s position with and contributions to this team through the lens of the circumstances that surrounded Jameis Winston.

    Btw, Jameis is another player whose physical abilities are undeniable. However, until he matures, he will not reach his potential. The only thing stopping Jameis from being great is himself.

  26. Cainishere Says:

    I could be wrong but settling a civil case does not mean you are guilty.

  27. Fraxzimos54 Says:

    Bonsai…. You’re an impostor Bucs fan, idiot…..

  28. Steve M.] Says:

    Resigning AB is great news for the Bus. Did you see some of the moves he made on defenders ! By the Super Bowl he didn’t even reach his peak yet. If all goes well, he will in 2021.