The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are Super Bowl Champions.
Just a friendly reminder that the Bucs are Super Bowl champs.
Have a nice day. pic.twitter.com/KNrqcdmKRv
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) February 13, 2021
As with every newly minted Super Bowl Champion, barely five minutes passes from the victory before the question becomes can they repeat?
Will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers go back-to-back and win Super Bowl 56 at SoFi Stadium near Los Angeles?
The Bucs will not repeat as Super Bowl Champions in 2022.
Here are three reasons why they will not.
1. A Practically Impossible Feat
The 2020 Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs learned how tough it is to repeat.
Even making the Super Bowl the year after is difficult, but the Chiefs managed that.
The odds are stacked against the defending Super Bowl Champion.
Their game schedule is designed to be very difficult, and their draft picks (barring a trade or deal) are usually not high.
Then there is the free agency conundrum.
— Ryan Cormack (@ryancormack1) February 9, 2021
The same team will not take the field in 2021; it is inevitable in the age of salary cap and free agency.
Only seven franchises have accomplished it in NFL history.
- Green Bay Packers (1967-68)
- Miami Dolphins (1973-74)
- Pittsburgh Steelers did it two times. (1975-1976, 1979-1980)
- San Francisco 49ers (1989-90)
- Dallas Cowboys (1993-1994)
- Denver Broncos (1998-1999)
- New England Patriots (2004-2005)
2. NFC Will Be Competitive
Even though the NFC East tanked in 2020, the rest of the NFC was very competitive.
Many consider the Los Angeles Rams a leading contender by virtue of the Matthew Stafford trade.
Ironically, the Super Bowl is in the Rams (and Chargers) home stadium so could it be another year where a Super Bowl team (or in this case teams) could play the Super Bowl in their home stadium as happened this year with the Bucs?
Perennial powerhouses like the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers should never be counted out either.
3. Tom Brady Will Be 44.
I know what you are thinking.
TB12 looked ageless this year and was 43.
He had the help of a lot of offensive weapons and superstars as well as an excellent defense.
It was certainly a team effort, but there is no doubt that his leadership and will to win gave the Bucs an added boost.
Starting with our QB1, thank you Tom Brady. He showed leadership and relentless passion that truly took this roster over the top in winning a super bowl pic.twitter.com/mAmqvnDn9x
— The Pewter Pirates (@GoBuccaneersGo) February 15, 2021
Yes, it’s been said for years, but I will say it again.
Sooner or later, Tom Brady is going to look or play like his age.
This is not a knock on Brady who has been spectacular over his 20 year career.
However, age always goes undefeated.
Whether it is an injury, or his passes lose zip or velocity, it is bound to happen.
It is already pretty well documented that he doesn’t scramble well (and did not really in his younger days) so the area of decline will most likely be in his ability to throw long, deep, and accurately.
Also, the NFL is moving to a 17 game regular season for the first time ever, instead of 16 games.
How will that affect Brady?
Anything is possible, but going into 2021, there are 32 teams contending for the coveted Super Bowl Championship so the odds are not great.
That is one of the things that makes football fun to watch and follow each year.
“Any Given Sunday” or any given season anybody can win.