Did Shaq Barrett Compare Kyle Trask To Trevor Siemian?

May 25th, 2022

Bucs backup QB Kyle Trask.

Bucs sacks king Shaq Barrett personally knows the pain of handing off a Super Bowl team to a nothing-special quarterback from a living legend QB.

Shaq earned his first Super Bowl ring with the 2015 Denver Broncos. It was a defense-first team quarterbacked by Peyton Manning.

Manning retired after the season and the 2015 Broncos third-string quarterback, Trevor Siemian, won the starting job after beating out veteran Matt Sanchez and Paxton Lynch.

A similar scenario might have played out in Tampa if Tom Brady hadn’t unretired. Kyle Trask, who like Siemian didn’t throw a pass as a rookie, could have won the 2022 starting gig in Tampa.

That concept seemed to depress Shaq greatly, so he explained today at One Buc Palace.

“I knew it was a possibility [that Brady would unretire], or I thought it was a possibility, I didn’t know,” Shaq said. “So when I got [the Brady news] I was just excited. I know we’ve got good quarterbacks [not named Brady] on the team. But I’ve been in situations where we had a main guy and then when he’s gone and we’re trying to fill the void, and we still had a winning season, a 9-7 season. But I feel like, I just wasn’t ready for life without Tom yet.”

The “situation” Shaq referred to was the handoff from Manning to Siemian with the 2016 Broncos.

Joe’s with you, Shaq! Joe wasn’t ready for life without Brady, either, certainly not with Blaine Gabbert or Kyle Trask. Too big of a shock to the system.

26 Responses to “Did Shaq Barrett Compare Kyle Trask To Trevor Siemian?”

  1. #8 Says:

    Any NU QB is a good QB.

  2. Craig Says:

    Same situation, different back-up QB.

    I think Trask will do much better at holding the team together than Siemian did. That might be the key for him getting an 11-5 season when he gets there. That is if the Bucs defense gets better before that.

  3. PassingThru Says:

    Was a Siemian the missing link between Payton Manning and the modern day Bronco QBs?

  4. BUCman Says:

    Really?? Let’s compare Trevor Siemian’s college stats to Kyle Trask. Career completion percentage: Siemian 59 percent, Trask 68 percent; Career TD’s: Siemian 27, Trask 69; Career INT’s: Siemian 24, Trask 15; Career QB rating: Siemian 116.6, Trask 169.5, most passing yards/season: Siemian 2214, Trask 4283. And Trask did his work in the SEC! Clearly Trask was far superior to Siemian in college and clearly is a much better prospect in the NFL. Ridiculous comparison!!!!!!!

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I think he was comparing the situation….not the players. And, correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t Trevor Siemian beat us?

  6. Fansince76 Says:

    This talk is for next year!
    get Gronk!
    get Suh! (hope Sapp is wrong!)

  7. mark2001 Says:

    Saw the interview Joe. Don’t think he was comparing him to Siemian. I think he was saying that going from Brady to the next guy would make a world of difference and probably a half dozen wins. And you could say something like that about a third of the starting QB’s in the league. And likely almost any QB replacing Brady would cost between 2 and half a dozen wins this year.

  8. Goatfarmer Says:

    The Bucs will be fortunate if Trask ever turns out to be as good as Siemian was that year.

  9. mark2001 Says:

    I don’t get all the hate for Trask. Sure, he wasn’t among the best QB’s in that years draft, particularly if you want a mobile QB that can create on the move. But if Tom Moore, Bruce, Clyde, etc. thought the guy had a head on his shoulders and could be developed over two or three years to be a good QB to lead this team, who am I to say that isn’t possible? Those guys have been around and involved in developing some of the best QB’s in the modern era.

  10. Cobraboy Says:

    I am totally fine with not rushing Trask into the fire.

  11. David Says:

    No wonder they called you Joe, the ” Trask Hater”. Another useless article on Trask comparing Trask to much inferior qb. No comparison. You expect a young qb to perform same as 7 super bowl champion.

  12. OBVIOUS Says:

    The way I see it is if Trask wasn’t good enough to keep around well we would have traded him before or at the draft.

    I get that, that’s a basic notion but I believe they think we have a QB worth keeping. After all, he was said to be superior to all the QB’s in the draft and would have been taken #1 by a long shot in this years draft. Surely if we didn’t think he is the one for the future we would have traded him for draft picks. No?

    GO BUCS!

  13. Aceofaerospace Says:

    I have complete faith in Trask’s future.

  14. steele Says:

    Those who trash Siemian forget that he played extremely well in 2016 and into 2017. Many huge games, offensive player of the week, etc. He hurt his shoulder in 2017 and was yanked for Osweiler and Pax Lynch, then finished the season but got hurt again. With Vikings, Jets, Titans, he never was healthy and then suffered serious injuries before crawling back to play for the Saints.

    If Trask turns out like pre-injuries Siemian, you’ll have a perfectly decent starting NFL QB.

  15. Goatfarmer Says:

    Exactly, steele. And those calling Trask “vastly superior” haven’t seen the boy play in the NFL. Siemian does suck, but did have a streak of competence. Trask will also suck and likely won’t have the streak.

    And I’m a Gator fan. I watched the games but unlike the blind homers, I actually recognized when his stair down routine resulted in picks – or should have.

  16. sasquatch Says:

    That statement is a far cry from comparing Trask and Siemian. But way to milk a few clicks out of a nothingburger!

  17. Tbbucs3 Says:


    Your Trask obsession is unhealthy. Find some new material

  18. Maniac Buc Says:

    Trask is Horrendous, Terrible, Atrocious, Horrific, Dreadful, intolerable, inadequate, unsatisfactory, abysmal and overall, just very very bad!!!

  19. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Maniac Buc Says:
    May 26th, 2022 at 12:28 am
    Trask is Horrendous, Terrible, Atrocious, Horrific, Dreadful, intolerable, inadequate, unsatisfactory, abysmal and overall, just very very bad!!!
    What proof do you have of this?

  20. Anonymous Says:

    @BUCman, who cares about college stats except Gator fans? EVERY QB to come out of the University of Florida Heisman trophy winner or not has been an absolute JOKE!! Every single one!!!

  21. Bbro Says:

    Reading this blog jogged my memory of dreams I had last night lol and Trask was put in under what circumstances the dream didn’t reveal but right off Trask threw three lengthy receptions then a right side long route for a Td. Wth I never have dreams like this it must be a reassuring reminder of what Trask has done in the past waiting in the shadows? I wonder if joe was bashing Trask then as well to increase his blog comments?

  22. BucBoy Says:

    Shaq Barrett is a moron.

    Don “Majic Man” Majkowski went down with injury and in came 2nd-year 2nd-rounder Brett Favre.

    Brett Favre retired and in came 3-year-bench-warmer Aaron Rodgers.

    Drew Bledsoe got injured and in came 2nd-year 6th-rounder Tom Brady.

    Joe will throw up any crap if he thinks it might stick to Trask. Shameful.

  23. BucBoy Says:

    Bbro Says: “I wonder if joe was bashing Trask to increase his blog comments?”


  24. BucBoy Says:

    Anonymous Says:
    “EVERY QB to come out of the University of Florida Heisman trophy winner or not has been an absolute JOKE!!”

    Rex Grossman

    Stay anonymous, moron.

  25. SlyPirate Says:


    TB12 has been a ton of fun. I respect the guy so much. He’s been a huge win for the organization.

    As much as I try, he’s just not Tampa’s QB. We’re his rebound relationship. I’m in for one for year but then I’d like to see Trask as a starter.

  26. Buccanstopit Says:

    Brate believes that the former Florida Gators passer is taking the right approach to his role in Tampa Bay, and has both the mental and physical tools to be successful whenever his opportunity does come.

    “I think the future is really bright for Kyle,” Brate said. “I think he has got a really good mindset and demeanor about him to play the quarterback position in the NFL, and obviously the arm talent is there, as well. He’s just got to keep improving and keep stacking these good practices.”