Colin Cowherd Believes Bucs Are A Good Fit For Tom Brady

January 29th, 2023

National TV host reacts.

A man who used to work in the Tampa Bay area thinks the locals could easily welcome back an international celebrity.

And that celebrity also has seven rings. His name is Tom Brady.

In trying to determine what teams were good fits for Brady, FS1 host Colin Cowherd seemed confident Brady will be back in a Bucs uniform this fall.

Cowherd noted the Bucs’ offensive line — despite how much people holler about it — might be good enough. Just as important, Cowherd believes the love the Bucs will display for Brady will woo him back to One Buc Palace.

Joe’s good friend Jason McIntyre of FS1, who is Cowherd’s co-host of sorts, asked Cowherd if the Bucs were still a good fit for Brady.

“They actually are,” Cowherd said. “Do you know their offensive line allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL? He will get a new coordinator. He will hand-pick him. They have no established quarterback under contract, so they want him.

“I think that’s why they got rid of coaches. Quickly. Right after the season to send a message to Tom. So, I think that’s a fit. Coming back.”

The coordinator element is interesting to Joe. It does seem to be a stretch to think the Bucs have been calling up or texting Brady every other day asking, “Hey Tom, you want Jim Bob Cooter? What do you think of Todd Monken? Are you kosher with Shea Tierney?”

If Brady had that much influence over the offensive coordinator position, Joe has a hunch Bill O’Brien already would be here.

54 Responses to “Colin Cowherd Believes Bucs Are A Good Fit For Tom Brady”

  1. SB Says:

    Sorry Joe. I can’t read this article.

  2. Goatfarmer Says:

    Better chance than anyone.

    Mikey and Chris.

    Gage is tough and if healthy and without washed Julio, a great 3rd, especially with an offense embracing the concepts of scheming for mismatches.

    And….Gronky. For one more ride. Healthy Jensen and Stinnie, plus a FA pickup and a draft choice.

    Oh, I forgot. The Toadster.


  3. former pats fan Says:

    cowherd thinks brady will go to miami. i notice today, tua is still in protocol from his concussion over a month ago.

    cowherd did say he thinks the bucs are shooting for brady with these moves.

    i still think brady’s first preference is sf
    and miami is his second preference
    same as last year, until sf said no and miami got busted for tampering.

    brady is free now.
    and even kyle shanahan has been interviewed saying he didn’t know brady would still have IT.

    if purdy shows his limitations in his last game, anything is possible.

    i think the bucs ship sailed when they didn’t hire payton

  4. Jeff’s grandpa Says:

    Don’t worry fellas Brady d rider will tell us all what wrong with the Bucs right bandwagon boy

  5. Mike C Says:

    SB, I am sure Joe’s are all busted up about that smdh lol

  6. Rod Munch Says:

    Problem is that Todd Bowles is still here. That’s pretty much a non-starter for Brady.

    As for the offensive, there are reasons to think it might be OK. You get back Jensen, then lets say you move Hainsey to guard. Then, and this is a bit risky, but lets say you cut Donovan, move Wirfs to LT… then put Luke in at RT where he was solid in limited snaps. Wirfs at LT is a huge upgrade, but obviously the question is if Luke can be trusted as RT. You could also add someone in the draft, and Licht has a very very good track record with offensive lineman, which is part of the reason you assume he can draft someone, or that Luke will work out somewhere, even if it’s not guard.

    Otton showed promise as a rookie, he should be just fine at TE.

    Problem, however, are WRs. Julio is gone, Miller has never done much outside of one catch, and while Tompkins I like as a returner, he’s only 4′ 2″ and weights 84 pounds, you can’t play him at WR. Oh, and you don’t really have any money under the cap to sign anyone of note, unless they take a huge Brady discount. But you could use that 1st on a WR, you need 3 quality WRs in the NFL now, and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to get whoever the next QB is going to be a young top prospect WR.

    Then, at RB, the Bucs are in great shape in that I fully expect White to be a star. Fournette may or may not be back, but if he is, then you’re set. Vaughn can continue his role for one more season as well before he’s a FA. So you’re set there and don’t need to waste any picks.

    So, overall, on the offense, with that loser idiot Leftwich gone, there’s only one way to go if Brady is back, and that is up. So if you want to try to sell yourself that Brady comes back, that’s the sales pitch.

    Meanwhile, he isn’t coming back, because Bowles is the headcoach, and he’s by far the worst headcoach that Brady has ever had to deal with. Getting Jim Bob Cooter as OC isn’t going to help that.

  7. Steve R Says:

    Bucs biggest problem start with the HC. Agreed, some changes needed to be made but it should have started with Bowles. Sorry, I have to believe there were other reasons for handing him the HC job when considering his dreadful record with the NYJ. He isn’t animated at all and just seems way too low key to be a HC. I never see him arguing a bad call with an official and doesn’t appear to have any emotions other than an occasional smirk or pained facial expression when things are going poorly. This doesn’t play well considering emotion is a bit part of the game – at least on some level. Basically, there seems to be little to no interaction with the players. contrast that with any of the successful coaches – just look at the Steelers Mike Tomlin, for example. Or Bruce Ariens. I guess he can be effective running the defense but he is completely out of his league as a HC — Hard to believe the Bucs braintrust can’t see this?

    I started following the Bucs when they got Brady so I’m no insider or claim to be a Bucs expert but I believe there are really good, innovative coaches out there that would make a great hire and start turning it around. It seems the team is somewhat emotionally demoralized with Bowles and there doesn’t seem to be much confidence in his leadership. Maybe with some new coaches and some good moves, they can be competitive with the Brady and the great [players they have but I don’t see them ever reaching their potential with Bowels.

  8. steele Says:

    Cowherd is an idiot mediot. Spewing tired old narratives from way outside.

    -“Fewest sacks”. This infamous stat hides the fact that Brady was pressured, changed and disrupted his timing to get rid of the ball to avoid getting hit, rushed, and still sacked when it mattered most. The line also failed to establish a ground game. So no, Cowherd, the OL is not “good” or “good enough”. With Jensen back and no injuries to Wirfs, somewhat better, but major question marks remain with D Smith and LG. Hainsey is not all-world, and Shaq is so-so.

    -“He (Brady) will hand-pick” the OC? WHO SAYS? How about closer to the truth: BOWLES WILL HAND PICK EVERYONE. Because he MUST establish “HIS OWN” staff. Him. NOT BRADY.

    -“So they want him”. Do they? They didn’t give him an all-in this past season, when they had some ability to do it. A tired, unimpressive roster, no replacements for key departures is not showing love for Brady’s final season, but retreating to cost cutting and extended time frames.

    If Brady comes back, it will be because he doesn’t get any offers that work for him. And he’s severely humbled with low expectations, just wants a job, is willing to go back to the same guys he knows, and the worst HC in the NFL, a known evil.

  9. Defense Rules Says:

    Cowherd … ‘He will get a new coordinator. He will hand-pick him. I think that’s why they got rid of coaches. Quickly. Right after the season to send a message to Tom.’

    His coordinator element isn’t interesting Joe; it’s embarrassing. This whole saga (ie, ‘Tampa Bay held hostage by 46-year-old statue’) is embarrassing. I totally respect Tom Brady for what he’s accomplished over a magnificent career, but danged, that ship has sailed, at least as far as the Bucs are concerned. The media (and far too many fans) are acting like a bunch of teenage girls all professing ‘real love’ for their school’s handsome, starting QB.

    The worst thing that could happen to the Bucs is to re-sign Tom Brady for 2023. We desperately NEED TO REBUILD, and right now is the perfect time to set that foundation. We’ve got TONS of major personnel decisions to make that’ll probably dictate the direction of our TEAM for years to come. How about we do what’s best for the TEAM going forward instead of what’s best for Tom Brady or for the Bucs ‘media relevance’ for 1 more year. The two are very different decision models.

  10. AbucAway Says:

    It doesn’t matter what CC believes. I believe Tampa is not a good fit for Tom next year because he won’t be able to repeatedly say ‘I love you’ to ol Lefty (I’m still perplexed by that). Oh, and he wanted to be gone last year but was made to stay so therefore he purposefully sucked to give the Glazers the big eff you. Im sure he farted on his way out of 1BP also.

  11. Mike Johnson Says:

    Big mistake. At 46 everything has to be perfect for Brady not to whine.Man cannot run 5 yards if his life depended on it. Time to move on.

  12. Defense Rules Says:

    Rod … I agree with 99% of your picture on offense (that other 1% being DEPTH or lack of it to compensate for injuries). If 2022 taught us anything, it should be that our DEPTH stinks, and when injuries happen we fold like a cheap suit. DEPTH also represents your future. Quality teams don’t have to start 3 or 4 rookies every year to get by; they can afford to give them a year or so to develop (Goedeke had no business starting as we all saw?).

    What you left out though was the 2023 defense, and that’ll most likely be our Achilles Heel this year. BA’s team did well in 2020 & 2021 not just because our offense did well, but just as importantly because our defense did well. VERY WELL.

    Looking back to 2014 when defensive HC Lovie Smith arrived, our defense ranked #25 that year. We ranked #26 in 2015, then #15 in 2016 (Mike Smith’s 1st year as DC), then #22 in 2017 and #31 in 2018. Good enough to get both Mike Smith & Dirk Koetter fired.

    When BA came in 2019 & Todd Bowles took over as DC, we had a major defensive rebuilding to do. Ranked #29 that year, but our young defense got a LOT of much-needed experience. So much so that we ranked #8 in 2020, and the defense was a critical factor in the playoff wins & in winning the Super Bowl. Actually improved in ranking a little in 2021 (to #5) but then obviously slid this past season (ranked #13 but losing several key players combined with a lack of DEPTH to compensate for injuries was a major factor there IMO).

    Now in 2023 those youngsters who we drafted in 2019 (starting with White as our 1st Rnd pick but who’s on his 5th year option) are all FAs (Dean, SMB, Edwards, Nelson), plus many more because of the 1-year contracts we’ve been using to chase another SB (Hicks, Ryan, Neal, Nassib, etc). Because of salary CAP limitations, we’re not in the best position to be re-signing our top performers or to sign even better replacements. Time for another rebuild on defense.

    I fully get that fans don’t like Bowles as HC, and there’s a very good chance IMO he won’t be in 2024. But Todd Bowles the DC did a masterful job of building the defense in 1 year (2019) that got us a Super Bowl in 2020. Media gives Licht the credit for those 2019 defensive picks, but they have Bowles fingerprints all over them (they fit his defensive philosophy perfectly). So did Suh (who came to us when Bowles signed as our DC). So does Winfield BTW (both Winfield & White are FAs next year). My HOPE is that Bowles can accomplish the same rebuilding in 2023. If not, we’ll be screwed for years to come I’m afraid.

  13. SB~LV Says:

    Slow your roll boyz and girlz
    Tom will announce his retirement after watching these 4 quarterbacks play today!

  14. adam from ny Says:

    hee gonzo

  15. James Patrick Reilly Says:

    Right now we should be getting Bowles help. If we are not going to fire him then obviously he cannot do the head coach and defensive jobs at the same time. Another adult like Wilks from carolina would help grow a culture and make our team better.

  16. Davenport Says:

    Love Tom but look at the distraction he has become. Bringing him back does nothing but prolong the inevitable rebuild and continue the media circus

    Glazers, please end this now.

  17. Darin Says:

    If it hadn’t happened already, bowles lost Brady in Cleveland. That’s why we wanted bowles fired. Thanks for the memories Tommy! Good luck in Miami

  18. TampaBayBucsFanSince1976 Says:

    It is about the money when it comes to whether Bucs keep Brady from a two pronged cash basis 1. If you keep Brady you save many many millions on the cap. 2. If you keep Brady and put a line in front of him , you win the division and play a home playoff game-Huge money for the Glazers. 3. Brady is your best alternative at QB.
    I have no confidence in Lichts’ ability to procure Oline players after his obtuse refusal to sign JC Tretter last season after Jensens’ injury. So maybe Licht is smart enough to sign 31 year old Kelvin Beachum who started all 17 last season and could be had for bout 4 mill and boot Dsmith saving bout 9 million.

  19. DungyDance Says:

    Unless Brady takes a huge discount to return for 1 more year, I agree that it’s time to move on. Having him back is not going to change anything in the end game for us next year.

    On a related note (I think), notice Joe’s most recent poll? Didn’t ask about Brady directly, instead asked about confidence in Licht. Essentially the message (I think) is to trust Licht to make the right call with Brady, whatever that may be. Eh. Licht landed Brady in the first place, so props for that. But then again…Aguayo and Gay.

  20. TampaBayBucsFanSince1976 Says:

    Maybe Licht will take another swing at a kicker with jake Moody the Groza winner out of michigan 60+ yard range and accuracy , draft that guy Licht.

  21. Sinking Ship Says:

    I don’t eat leftovers Joe. This is two days old and it is 2023. Not sure if you know how this whole media thing works.

    Also, you constantly cite Cowherd as a mush and not knowing anything (along with Skippy).

    Pick a side. And then publish it timely so it isn’t two day old sheeeeyat.

  22. Joe Swanson Says:

    Agree with Mike Johnson, plus the offense didn’t allow Dallas to score over 30 points.

  23. Hodad Says:

    Just look at the four teams left. Cinncy, K.C., and the 49ers B slapped us this year, and I’m sure Philly would’ve done the same. Even if Brady were to come back, we’d have no chance of beating those teams next year either. We need a new direction. We need to begin building, while hopefully those teams begin to decline. As long as Brady remains the question will always be when’s he done. I’m tired of him, and it. Hope we move on.

  24. NEfan Says:

    Can someone please tell me how many OC’s Brsdy has picked in his career? I know 0! So now out of the blue he decides to be a GM? I call BS. I hope he doesn’t return, this organization blows and will hurt his legacy more than it already has. I love the haters that claim everything has to be perfect for Brady, yet throughout his career he has had one HOF wr and a future HOF TE and no HOF Rb’s. All he needs is a couple above average receivers and somewhat of a running game and a oline that will give him at least 2.5 seconds to throw the ball, same as the 3 QB’s playing this weekend. Purdy showed last week he’s not there yet. Many teams have motivating quotes hung leading into their locker rooms, with this teams history and reading the fan comments (DR) the Bucs sign should just say REBUILD!!! Losers

  25. MadMax Says:

    No…. His quick release is why he wasnt sacked much….did they even watch the last 3 games? Jeeze!!!!

  26. MadMax Says:

    Grab LT Duncan with the first, a CB with the 2nd and a LB in the 3rd…then we have a poor season but high draft picks next year to get a QB with our 1st, maybe even trade up into a top 3 spot.

  27. Gofortheface30 Says:

    Why would one assume Bill O’Brien be here if Brady simply wanted him. That’s…mind boggling. What exactly, is attractive about coming down here for a year of a 46yr old Brady. lol a rebuild is coming. It is inevitable, whether it’s this yr or next. The Bucs are in ZERO position to go after FA’s of note and they have zero pass rush. Is Devin White worthy of a 100 mil extension like Rosina smith. Here’s the short answer: NO. Lavonte will be gone. Will vita ever play more than 50% of snaps, who will play next to him. SMB will be drop kicked, need an adequate slot corner. The Bucs need more (a lot more) speed on defense, more pass rush and need A LOT more speed on offense. And oh btw kinda needing to eventually find a franchise quarterback. The depth of this team sucks, way over the cap, improvements needed in many areas – I don’t even like the very construct of this team. Id want zero part of this

  28. SB~LV Says:

    His quick release is why he left opportunity still working in the play
    He’ll retire after watching the 4 QB’s play today.
    The era of the pocket passer is OVER !

  29. SB~LV Says:

    The only rebuild coming for Brady is his knees

  30. ModHairKen Says:

    The door has not closed on Payton.

  31. Razor Ramone Says:

    Many years ago Cowherd did a morning radio show with Hubert Mizell.

  32. Gofortheface30 Says:

    NEFan – I agree with some of you statement on a fundamental level but then you meander off about the “haters” and what they’re saying such as everything needing to be perfect as if that is somehow wrong when you’re forgetting that this isn’t 2007 and watched this year with rose tinted glasses. To deny the fact that his throwaways against Dallas weren’t embarrassing is the equivalent of a kid putting his fingers in his ears and going lalalalalala. It’s pure denial. You’re referencing moments when he was dominant with less than average talent. Ya, that was a long time ago. It is pure delusion to think he’s that guy now. That guy THEN, made the plays that were there by waiting an extra half second to step in to a throw. By the way, been asking this for months – and it conveniently gets ignored continually. Where’s that culture change?

  33. mark2001 Says:

    I still like Brady and think he is likely better than anything else we might get next year. But don’t know that he will be enough of a difference to overcome the other organizational shortcomings. And if Brady thinks they are too great to be successful, why should he return? And that assumes there are no better alternatives. It isn’t like he can’t make a living doing something else football related.

  34. Roc Says:

    Tom has maybe one more season in him. Tom won’t waste it with Bowles .

    Next year Bucs fans will be looking to the draft by game 4 . Bowles is HORRIBLE..
    Glazers like him for some reason.. 🤔

  35. Bucsfan13 Says:

    ESPN just reported that Miami won’t pursue Brady. Thank God!! Now I wish fans and other media personalities will stop linking him to the Dolphins. It was never gonna happen this year.

    Folks, it’s time to use your common sense. Brady is retiring and he’s already informed the Glazers and Licht, no matter what Brady says in public. He has a great relationship with the Glazers and Licht and he’s not gonna leave them hanging.

    Brady was only going to be in Tampa for two years. He signed his initial two year contract, but extended it in order to make room for other players. He had this foolish idea about running it back. It didn’t work, so he fulfilled his commitment of his last year of his contract.

    Brady put his Tampa home up for sale this summer. He has since permanently located to Miami to be closer to his kids. He has a billionaire bunker in Miami that’s been under construction. Think: If Brady no longer has a home in Tampa, what makes you think he’s coming back to the Bucs. Where would he live? If he was staying, he would’ve kept his home in Tampa.

    He’s also not going to Vegas. He’s already made it clear he wants to stay close to his kids in Florida and Miami. He’s retiring, folks. 49ers are also off the table.

  36. NEfan Says:

    Gofortheface@ you mean like 2020, 2021 where he played two of his best seasons in his career? It would be delusional to think ANY of the four QB’s would be playing this weekend without a running game. Have you ever watched Allen & Dak play? They throw up more shat any all qb’s in the league. Why are they not playing this weekend? Their running game went south.

    Yes Burrow has had success with a injury riddled line but unlike the Bucs the back ups are veterans not rookies. Huge difference. That is where Licht failed. We all saw in 2020 what happened to Mahomes when his line was decimated. I have never claimed Brady had a good season but c’mon many of you talk of bad passes when NO QB throws perfect passes in a game. He has the freaking same completion % as the best QB in the league and has thrown over 100 more passes. That’s a fact.

  37. SB~LV Says:

    Brady will announce his retirement soon
    After watching the 4 quarterbacks play today he will understand that he has had a GREAT run , but it’s over, just like every great athlete that has come before him.
    Selling his house means nothing, it was always a temporary thing just like whatever he owned in New England over the years, moving on from the memories associated with Gisele in the home to a lesser degree.

    I don’t know if the TV talking head is his thing either even with the temptation of 300million or whatever the 10 YEAR ankle bracelet is.
    Thanks for the Super Bowl!
    Tom Brady
    Enjoy the rest of your life!

  38. WillieG Says:

    “If Brady had that much influence over the offensive coordinator position, Joe has a hunch Bill O’Brien already would be here.”

    Maybe O’Brien is the guaranteed head coach in waiting, which he wouldn’t be here? Here, he would only be the head coach if Bowles was fired. In NE he could be the HC in waiting AND still be able to consider the Bucs job once Bowles get himself run out of town.

  39. Bucsfan13 Says:

    @SB. He also sold his house in Boston before leaving. Yes, it means everything that he’s sold his house in Tampa and has moved to Miami. Have you heard anything about him purchasing another home in Tampa?
    Brady didn’t own his properties in Tampa. –Joe

  40. Cobraboy Says:

    Multiple reports from credible sources say Brady is not in Miami’s plans. Smoke screen?

  41. NEfan Says:

    Wille@ Belichick was bullet proof up until his choice of offensive play callers this season. He insited on his boy Patricia and Judge, neither ever being a OC. Their woes were in the play calling and passing game (similar to the Bucs) only they had a great rushing tandem. Kraft has stepped in and neutered BB a bit, that is why O’Brien was hired to straighten out the O and I to believe he is inline to be the next HC.

  42. D-Rok Says:

    Cowherd said. “Do you know their offensive line allowed the fewest sacks in the NFL?”

    BWAHAHAHAHA! Obviously, Cowherd didn’t actually watch any of our games this year. Lack of sacks does NOT mean an OL is good! Did he also watch our run game?

  43. SB~LV Says:

    Brady’s jet commute from Miami to TPA is shorter than most ham an eggers 5 days a week across the bay.
    Just saying… as part owner and pseudo GM with the Bucs
    A partial ownership could make the TV talking head gig look like chump change
    I don’t see Brady fitting in with the superficial talking head gig

  44. geno711 Says:

    If it comes down to Brady picking Tampa or New England, it will be Tampa.

    That New England franchise now is more a wreck than anything in Tampa.

    Adam Schefter pretty much clear this week that Brady is not going to Miami.

  45. SB~LV Says:

    Boyz ‘n gurlz
    The future of NFL QB’n going delight your football antennae this afternoon
    I am SO looking forward to watching quality football
    Hitting will return to the game today.
    The silly arm tacking and bumping and running out of bounds is over this time of year.
    The players play to survive during the regular gawd awful money pocket stuffing 17 game season.
    It was a 12 game season not that many years ago.

  46. TampaBayBucsFanSince1976 Says:

    Hey SB-LV

    It was a 12 game season for the last time in 1960-that was 63 years ago-if that was not a long time does that mean you are 100 years old?

  47. NEfan Says:

    SB~LV, look for a lot of misdirection, play action passes, pick and crossing routes, wr separation and in Cincy, SF & Philly’s case great defensive schemes and db’s that challenge wr’s not sit back 15yds in a soft zone.
    You may even see a few dozen bad passes of balls thrown away to protect a sack. Oh wait that is not acceptable by Bucs fans. In that case look for 4 completion % of 100 and perfect passer ratings across the board. Don’t expect any turnovers these 4 are perfect. Should be fun to watch.

  48. Bucsfan13 Says:

    He didn’t own the property. He was renting in Tampa. The point still remains is that he’s relocated to Miami and doesn’t have a home in Tampa.

  49. Gofortheface30 Says:

    NEFan – there are throwaways and there is self preservation mode and not making the plays THAT ARE THERE. Know the difference, learn the difference. Live it, love it. You will see the difference between careless, wreckless, dumb throwaways while Joe Burrow will take the contact and STEP In to those throws. You’re under the assumption that the Bucs line is bad? Well why don’t you get a load of Cincinnati’s 30th ranked line with 3 starters out on top of that. Additionally 2020 and 2021 is completely immaterial to right now, and you need to take a moment to get real and objective with yourself about the makeup of this entire team in general. The Bucs are nowhere close to the construct of the 49ers and eagles. Both of which are young, powerful, tough, fast and will knock you in to next week. “Our” guy John Lynch has built a textbook FOOTBALL roster

  50. Buccos Says:

    We need the next Aaron Donald. Hicks could be a back up and ave’s a part time player like he is now. If there is a dominant tackle or OLB that can get after the QB in a serious way then we should draft him. We could trade some picks and move up to get a guy like #11 for Dallas

  51. Browsing from DC Says:

    If the Bucs want to stay relevant and win, axe Bowles and pay Jim Harbaugh whatever he wants. Do it now before all of our good FAs abandon this sinking ship. If not, Carolina wins the division next season and a very long and messy rebuild begins. Much better opportunity here than Denver (he passed on them but there’s still talk) and he can coach his boy Brady for a season and groom his replacement.

  52. Lakeland Steve Says:

    Brady isn’t coming back as long as Bowles is here.

  53. Jeff’s grandpa Says:

    But still here daily spewing your nonsense go back to underpass you came from loser grown ass man in love with a person who doesn’t know you exist

  54. Alex P Says:

    What part of NO MORE BRADY does this guy not understand?????