With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it’s all about the present.
Ever since they got Tom Brady, it doesn’t seem like they’ve put any thoughts into their future at quarterback.
The reason this is even a story comes from Brady one day retiring, and never coming back.
When that day comes, the Buccaneers will be without a star QB to take his spot.
That means trouble for the future of the team, whose offense has benefited from having an elite quarterback.
So why wouldn’t they make plans for the day Brady will no longer play for the team?
Brady Could Be Preventing The Team From Getting His Replacement
Anyone that remembers the Jimmy Garoppolo trade to San Francisco should know about the rumors that followed behind it.
Those rumors were of Brady forcing the trade, so that Bill Belichick couldn’t replace him.
Tom Brady forced the Patriots to trade Jimmy Garoppolo then he decided to dip out on his teammates, coaches, organization and Robert Kraft. pic.twitter.com/PT5auoIei5
— Tim Doyle (@TimDoyle00) March 17, 2020
In the end, Brady would leave and come to Tampa Bay.
However, if that old rumor about the seven-time Super Bowl quarterback is true, then maybe he has a hand in keeping away his replacement.
As crazy as the idea is, it’s always a possibility, as some rumors about the star quarterback have proven to be true.
But why would any quarterback object to the team finding a replacement, especially when they are near retiring?
A look at Green Bay and the Packers tells a story of two quarterbacks who’ve caused issues with quarterbacks set to replace them.
So what are the Bucs working with now with a Brady departure coming soon?
Bucs Depth Chart Has No Promising Quarterbacks
The current QB depth chart of the Bucs doesn’t show them having anyone that is ready to take over after Brady leaves.
Blaine Gabbert is the next oldest quarterback on the team and hasn’t been a starter for years.
When Brady first told people about his retirement, fans weren’t ready to have him as their starting QB for 2022.
Blaine Gabbert starting for the Bucs is the definition of cowardice. It’s literally saying “we’re cool not winning a Super Bowl in 2022.” Not sure how you can justify that watching the Rams. Even if you can’t find someone else, Gabbert doesn’t push the franchise forward one iota.
— The Pewter Plank (@ThePewterPlank) February 22, 2022
He’s only played as a backup in his last two seasons with the Bucs and didn’t take a snap during the 2019 season.
He’s mostly been a guy that gets in as a starter when the wheels fall off with the team.
His time in San Francisco is a significant case and point with this theory.
With the dysfunction of things out there during 2015 and 2016, he got the starting role.
The same could have happened here had the MVP quarterback not made a return.
Behind him is Kyle Trask, a young quarterback going into his second season in the NFL.
While his final year with Florida University was good for him, he’s yet to take a snap in an NFL regular season game.
However, this preseason might see more of him, as he’s the only possible bright spot for Tampa Bay at QB.
Getting him as many snaps this preseason is key for Tampa Bay if they want to show they have some plan at quarterback.
If they don’t give him that chance, then clearly Tampa Bay is failing to prepare for their future beyond the G.O.A.T. of NFL quarterbacks.