Bucs’ Arians: ‘Tom(Brady) is the most successful quarterback in the history of our league’

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed free-agent quarterback Tom Brady to a multi-year contract, the team announced today. 

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it’s a two-year deal.

The 42-year-old Brady comes to Tampa Bay after spending 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, securing 249 overall victories, 14 Pro Bowl selections, six Super Bowl titles, four Super Bowl Most Valuable Player honors, three league MVP awards, three first-team All-Pro selections and two Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year accolades.

Brady’s 219 regular-season victories and 30 playoff wins are each the most by a quarterback in league history, and he remains the only player to have won six Super Bowl titles. Winning 219-of-283 career starts, Brady’s 77.4 career winning percentage ranks first in the Super Bowl era among quarterbacks with at least 50 starts. Also, he has led his team to 12 or more wins in a season 12 times, which are the most such seasons by a quarterback in NFL history.

Brady has appeared in nine Super Bowls and 13 AFC Championship Games, tacking on 17 division titles in his 18 seasons as the primary starting quarterback, including 16 consecutive with him in that role. His four Super Bowl MVP honors (2001, 2003, 2014, 2016) are the most by any player in league history. He has also been selected as NFL MVP three times in 2007, 2010, and 2017 and earned Comeback Player of the Year honors in 2009. Additionally, he holds the NFL record with 30 Player of the Week honors and 10 Player of the Month awards throughout his career.

“Tom is the most successful quarterback in the history of our league, but what makes him so special is his ability to make those around him better,” said Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians. “I have had the privilege to work with some of the best passers in our game, and the characteristics they all possessed were the ability to lead and get the best out of their teammates. Tom is no different. He is a proven winner who will provide the leadership, accountability, and work ethic necessary to lead us to our goal of winning another championship.” 

Including the postseason, Brady is the NFL’s all-time leader in total yards (87,197), passing yards (85,959), total touchdowns (642), passing touchdowns (614) and completions (7,402). Solidifying his place in NFL annals, Brady was selected to the 2000s All-Decade Team and was recently honored as part of the NFL 100 All-Time Team, recognizing the best 100 players of the league’s first century of play.

After enduring 30 interceptions from Jameis Winston in 2019, Brady will be a welcomed sight for Buccaneers fans because of his ability to take care of the football. Brady has a 1.79 interception percentage, standing as the second-best ever behind only Aaron Rodgers(among players with at least 2,500 career pass attempts). He has an NFL-record 58 games with three touchdown passes and no interceptions.

With Brady and the weapons that they have on offense, Tampa Bay has a chance to get to the playoffs. However, Brady will be 43 by the time the season starts, so as great as he has been, we all have to consider his age. However, Brady did a lot with very little weapons in New England last season.

Tampa will have to continue to upgrade their defense. They were 29th in points allowed, and 30th against the pass. But, with Brady’s ability to take care of the football, maybe the defense won’t be put in a lot of adverse situations.

It’s a happy time in Tampa Bay, and if Brady can continue to be Brady, it will be even happier times in 2020!

HOF Willie Roaf believes Malcolm Butler could have made a difference in SB52(Audio)

Over the past week, there has been so much speculation about what happened with Patriots CB Malcolm Butler. Was he late to meetings? Did he break curfew? Was he hanging out late at a Rick Ross concert? Who knows, but one thing for sure is Butler did not play a meaningful role in Super Bowl 52.

Butler, who was a Pro-Bowl corner in 2016, played one snap in Super Bowl 52 on special teams.

Here is what Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said on Monday about Butler:

“I respect Malcolm’s competitiveness. I’m sure that he felt like he could’ve helped. I’m sure other players felt the same way. In the end, we have to make decisions that are best for the football team.”

Hall of Famer Willie Roaf was very perplexed by the whole situation:

“Don’t understand the whole situation with Malcolm Butler,” Roaf told the Go4it podcast. “If the kid did something before the game, I would have thought you would have sat him and not even played him. It’s sad to see that kid, who played 98% of the snaps, and he dresses. Now, going into a contract year and they don’t want to pay him. What kind of nerve do you have to sit your starting corner, who has been All-Pro(2nd team All-Pro in 2016) and made the Pro Bowl, and you sit him. And he finds out about it right during the National Anthem.

“That takes a lot of guts. I don’t understand a coach that could sit a Pro-Bowl corner that’s been starting for you all year in a Super Bowl, so I really don’t understand that.”

Patriots CB Eric Rowe took Butler’s place in the lineup, and Roaf believes that move could have cost the Patriots:

I think it would have made a difference. The first touchdown they threw was on him,” Roaf said.  ‘You can’t tell that kid(Rowe) that’s putting him in a bad situation. You’re basically telling him you’re going to play the whole game unless they told him prior(to the game).

“I would think they would have told him prior. They didn’t tell Malcolm,  but they told him (Rowe), so he would be mentally prepared to play the whole game, but you would put that kid in a tough spot when you bench a Pro-Bowl cornerback.”

Rowe said after the game that he found out he was starting shortly before kickoff.

The Eagles had no problem moving the ball up and down the field on the Patriots. Philly had 538 total yards of offense in Super Bowl 52.

Throughout the season, the Patriots have given up a bunch of yards(366 per game), but they kept teams out of the end zone(18.5 points allowed per game). That did not happen in Super Bowl 52 as the Eagles scored 41 points.

Would Malcolm Butler have made a difference? Maybe, but one will never know!

Listen below at 46:21 as Roaf talks Malcolm Butler: