Sean Murphy-Bunting Reflects On The Tom Brady Effect

May 18th, 2023

Memories of 2020 are a beautiful thing, minus the heinous pandemic and all the ugliness and stupidy it brought.

Former Bucs cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting shared a few this week.

SMB is now a proud member of the Tennessee Titans. He seems super happy about his fresh start, but he did answer a question about Super Bowl-season reflections.

Murphy-Bunting talked about how the Bucs were 7-5 at their bye week after getting spanked by the Chiefs. He said the team came back with a pure team mindset and approach.

“More of a want-to thing not a have-to thing. I think guys wanted to be the best,” Murphy-Bunting said. “We wanted to win. We wanted to go far. We played with Tom, so we wanted to have the legacy on our backs, as well.”

Joe liked the nuance there from Murphy-Bunting, the “want to” versus “have to.”

Ironically, it’s a core philosophy of Bucs offensive coordinator Dave Canales. Joe has seen Canales preach on Twitter that great things happen when you look at the things you must do in life as things you “get to” do versus “have to” do.

Murphy-Bunting also went on to talk about how close-knit the Bucs’ secondary was. That reminded Joe that with SMB departing this offseason with Mike Edwards. The tightnes of the Bucs’ secondary — The Gravediggers core — won’t be the same.

8 Responses to “Sean Murphy-Bunting Reflects On The Tom Brady Effect”

  1. unbelievable Says:

    Only 2 #gravediggers left!

    Mindset is a powerful thing. Can genuinely change the way you go through life- for better or worse.

    Also, think you meant to write *there* not the their 😉

  2. westernbuc Says:

    Adam Carolla has made this point often and he has a crystal brain.

  3. My Momma Says:

    Hey Joe! Did you say recently that SMB walked for about the same money as what the Bucs could have offered?

  4. Show Me the TDs Says:

    No longer a Buc. Get over it. Also, what is this, about the 97th “Brady Effect” article?

  5. DJB Says:

    Did not see much “want to” on the Bucs last season.

  6. Allen Lofton Says:

    It still comes down to want to – let’s see the real impact of Brady without BRADY being there in 2023

  7. Bojim Says:

    I just couldn’t see that nickname.

  8. Mosey Says:

    Never understand until it is gone. Super Bowl Champion no matter wat Three picks three weeks in a row and contributed to twenty one points. Only talk about Scotty Miller after SMB pick.