“We Just Had To Raise Our Standards A Little Bit More”

May 17th, 2021

Fresh insight into The Brady Effect never gets old at JoeBucsFan.com world headquarters.

Joe is mesmerized how one man changed a franchise — and ownership on down readily admits it.

The CBS interview with Lavonte David was done just prior to the draft, but Joe is referencing it today after stashing it in what Joe calls ”the ecstasy file,” aka takes on Tom Brady fixing the bumbling Bucs.

David reflected on The Lost Decade of Tampa Bay football.

”We had people. We had players in place. But we never had that winning pedigree,” David began.

The Bucs’ superstar linebacker said Bucco Bruce Arians brought what felt like a healthy, winning attitude and approach, but it didn’t work. And then, to quote David, ”a remarkable thing happened.”

Yes, that near-miracle occurrence was Brady relocating to Tampa.

”Just him bringing that winning pedigree to the locker room, a locker room full of guys who we know that are really good football players,” David said. ”For us, we just had to raise our standards a little bit more. To go out there and compete week in and week out, and [Brady] was able to bring home for us.”

Raised standards. They’re a beautiful thing.

Joe’s always had high standards for the Bucs, or any team for which Joe cheers like a madman. Nobody wins with a low bar for excellence.

39 Responses to ““We Just Had To Raise Our Standards A Little Bit More””

  1. Robert Says:

    raise em a little?

    Like from dumpster diving to Berns?

  2. SmoothBayRider Says:

    It didn’t work before Brady because a defense can’t even be halfway decent when they are constantly on the field . (And especially when it is a short field)

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I must admit….following the Bucs for 45 years….I’ve never seen a player or coach have more impact on the team as much as park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring, down-forgetting, handshake-stiffing, jet-ski-losing, biscuit-baking, tequila-shooting, smartphone-phobic, waffle-grilling, trophy-throwing, roller-coaster-scared, numbers-rules-peeved, Bucs-Super-Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady.

  4. 6throundpick Says:

    Standards in everything…from preps through practise, and every down. Ultimately, the team proved it to themselves. It works! This year’s lessons will be on consistency, staying inspired, the importance of a playoff bye, and staying healthy and peaking for the tournament. Lots to do. Cheers!

  5. Cobraboy Says:

    And not one “W” was eaten in the process…

  6. Cobraboy Says:

    If you dive deeper, David admits to lack of overall team leadership of himself & teammates.

    He indicts himself.

  7. Shecky Says:

    Winning a SB in his first NFC season (with all that was going on) was almost unfathomable. Quite frankly, it shouldn’t have happened. No wonder all these veteran QB’s have gone crazy with impatience this offseason. Whatever level of “winner” Brady was prior to last season has been tripled now.

  8. All lives matter Says:

    I also remember how Joe was down on the Brady equation in the beginning, crying in his milk, about some kind of Winston mistreatment while many fans, including myself, knew all along it was our misaligned QB that was holding this team back. The only reason why there was this Fitz Magic support was because people seen a spark of what this team could look like with a management type QB.

  9. SlyPirate Says:

    Winston became a running joke. Can you imagine being a teammate of the circus sideshow?

    Onboarding Brady was such a blessing because he immediately washed away the negative miasma that plagued One Buc.

  10. Oneilbuc Says:

    I guess it was Jamies fault when they were up 21 to 3 and the defense gave up that game. It was Jamies fault in the Gaints game when the bucs were up and he threw 3 touchdowns in the first half and the defense gave up a touchdown on the first play of the second half . And Jamies came back in put the team in position to win and the kicker missed the kick . I guess it was Jamies fault that they gave up 40 points but bucs still won . And it’s a bunch of games that this defense gave up at the end of the game . They couldn’t make the stops to close out games in the past 4 years. But Jamies was the scapegoat of all of this teams failures. In 2015 they were ranked 32 in every stat on defense. From 2015 to 2019 the defense was trash and the offense was top 5 every year and that’s without a running game in the last 4 years. Lol 😆🤣😂

  11. Oneilbuc Says:

    In the Seahawks game up 21 to 3.

  12. Craig Says:

    After a 7-9 season that had TD records and a QB that gave games away, Brady came in.

    Then it came down to nobody wanting to be the first to let down our new QB. It was an awesome turn around for the whole team.

  13. Mike C Says:

    Oneilbuc, Shut up, smh. Go be an ain’ts fan with N pup.

  14. Youngbucs Says:

    Nothing like Brady love to bring out oneilbucs whts up brother.

  15. SB Says:

    I see what you did there TBBF!

  16. SB Says:

    And behold folks………..It is Cherry picking Oniel!!!!
    Picking a few games to defend his boo.
    Give it a rest pal. HE BE GONE. CHECK YO ROSTER!

  17. SmoothBayRider Says:

    Oneilbucsfan “ain’t” a Bucs fan . He’s an FSU fan that decided to root for the Bucs when they drafted his favorite fool of a QB .

  18. Panthers suck! Says:

    Last person to do something like this was Hardy Nickerson.

  19. Cobraboy Says:

    See, in the alternate universe of W-eating sycophants, Winston didn’ t let the Bucs down, the Bucs let Winston down.

    Let me do an Oneill and cherry-pick incompetence: Winston may be the only QB in NFL history to begin and end his tenure with an NFL team with pick-6s.

    Has any QB in NFL history thrown more % of pick-6’s than James Christ?

  20. Buckaroo Boozie Says:

    @One ILL Buc…. seak professional help and get well soon🙏

  21. Hawk Says:

    I usually enjoy TBBF’s posts, but today I could only read the first sentence and a half. lol

  22. geno711 Says:

    Interesting to hear Marpet talk about the difference between Brady and Winston in his UK interview. It was clear that he said that Brady made it so much easier on the whole offensive line because he just will not hold the ball that long.

    2.3 seconds.

    Jameis is not the scapegoat of all the Buc’s losses when he was here.
    Just glad we got Brady – he was directly responsible in many ways for making the team better.

  23. Slugglife Says:

    Brady comes to town, wins a SB in his first season, and Bucs “fans” are still crying about Winston. The guy that wanted 30 million plus, settled for about a tenth of that, then showed up during a Brees interview after the 38-3 thrashing and ate a W just to spit in our faces.

    Yeah, that’s the guy we should all wish was still our QB. Dude still hasn’t grown up yet. Solid proof that a percentage of Bucs “fans” are losers to the core. They’d rather not have just won the SB, but rather have an idiot with a childlike mentality to cheer for.

    Wow. Way to go O’Neill.

  24. Slugglife Says:


    I remember a few folks who run this site mocking the Devin White pick because they wanted some edge rusher- can’t even remember who the guys were now.

    Defensive savior Devin White, I believe was the term used. Turns out the guy is probably one of the best LB in the game after 2 years. If not the best.

    Crow goes good with a side of stuffing.

  25. Dyno-White ! # 45 Says:

    LVD = most underrated player in Bucs history. Paul Gruber would be, but all Left OT were back then. Without LVD and Evans, there is no Super Bowl river, because there would be no Brady in Pewter.

    If he still plays a few more years at this same level, he should have his number retired and BTW his explosive protege is getting the visibility LVD never had and may get a gold jacket one day. IMHO

  26. Slugglife Says:

    LVD and DW will both be in the ring. They may need another stadium with an additional ring. Because there’s gonna be a few more who may need a spot.

  27. Oneilbuc Says:

    I never went to FSU in my life plus I have been a bucs fan longer than a lot of you been alive. I just don’t are will never make one guy bigger than the team. So I guess when Brady leaves than most of yall on here will leave with him . I give credit to the hold team not just 1 player. So hate me all you want I’ve been a bucs fan before Jamies and Brady . And I will be a bucs fan when Brady leaves . And the last I heard Kyle Trask went to UF and I’m glad we got him . He has the potential to be a buc for a long time if they develop him the right way .

  28. Oneilbuc Says:

    Slugglife . I’m happy we won the superbowl but don’t start with that kind of talk about his mind set if you ain’t going to say the same thing about a white quarterback. When it’s black quarterbacks yall love to attack their intelligence. So stop with that kind talk . Because I can go all day on sorry white quarterbacks that keep getting chances and excuses. But they are never called dumb . So don’t go their with me .

  29. Youngbucs Says:

    Race card alert Slugglife you said nothing wrong. When oneilbucs is backed in a corner this is what he does!

  30. Eddie Marz Says:

    What’s cool about all this is that as a team, they responded. It was in them all along. Brady just helped them to be the best they can be.GO BUCS!

  31. Oneilbuc Says:

    Youngbucs you just a little kid who don’t know nothing but what the media tell you. You don’t know nothing about the history of this league because you are to young. If any of you was born in the mid to late 90s on up . You really don’t know or seen how Brady started in the NFL .

  32. Youngbucs Says:

    Oneibucs why is you claim to be so full of knowledge but constantly wrong? Why is you talk to us like we’re your children? And I’ve been watching football before Brady was in the league just be quiet you know nothing. By the way I’m 38 ok dad🙄

  33. Oneilbuc Says:

    My football knowledge is different from the national media narratives.

  34. Oneilbuc Says:

    I look at the game from a team point of view. And yall see it from a media point of view. So that’s why I will probably for the most part disagree with yall. I saw a balance team last year the last 8 games and that’s why the bucs won last year. That has been the bucs problem for years. And with Kyle Trask if the bucs don’t have a balance offense it will be the same results from Jamies, Freeman, and other quarterbacks that this team couldn’t develop. And Trask will be the new scapegoat.

  35. Youngbucs Says:

    Jameis ain’t no scapegoat get over it !!!! You gonna be blaming the saints next right. You have no football knowledge you think run and defense make a QB great you’re a fool. Yeah that stuff is gravy but it’s levels to playing QB something you refuse to or can’t comprehend.

  36. Slugglife Says:

    This guy is seriously pissed off that we won the frickin SB without JwInt.

    And what does having a childlike mentality have to do with black or white QBs? That’s just dumb. Ole Big Hog Haynes called Brady the great white hype- then he took us to the SB and won. NDog cried for weeks about how our best chance to get another ring was with Jameis. I really don’t remember any of the ramblings of O’Neill because his posts are littered with unintelligible words and phrases, but my guess is he was heartbroken too.

    7 rings my man. What else is there to say? Looking for our third next year. And there isn’t one player on this team that wishes JW was their QB. Guess they all don’t like black QBs either. Better take that up with Evans, D White, and LVD.

    Or maybe they just want to win.

  37. Slugglife Says:

    This guy is another NDog. Gotta tell everybody what they think and how wrong they are. Take a break bro. We are the champions. No time for loser talk.

    Go eat a W or something.

  38. Oneilbuc Says:

    I’m never heart broken over no body yall worship Brady and I don’t and never will. I speak facts about what I see just like I said Brady was given a running game and the defense got better because it was the second year in the system. When Brady leaves I hope yall leave with him. And watch this defense will still be good after he’s gone . Yall just mad because I don’t worship him like yall do . Lol lol 😆🤣😂

  39. Oneilbuc Says:

    Slugglife have you ever said that about a white quarterback probably not . And yes love all my black quarterbacks and will forever hope the best for them. I know it makes a lot of yall racist white folks mad . I seen and heard the same talk about Moon and other black quarterbacks. Just like Justin Feilds drop in the draft and he dominated Clemson. Facts !!!!