There is a lot of buzz around the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the team signing Tom Brady, and many of the fans are dreaming big about what the next couple of seasons can be. Tom Brady is a winning quarterback and more than individual stats, people will probably be looking at team stats to decide if his time with the Bucs is successful.
Let’s look at three lofty expectations for Brady with the Buccaneers in 2020.
4,500 yards passing
Last season Jameis Winston threw for 5,109 yards for the Buccaneers, but that number is probably a little too high for Brady. Winston was willing to take a lot of chances, which led to more yards as well as a ton of interceptions.
Brady isn’t a guy to take as many chances, which will keep his yards a little lower, but he should still be able to throw a ton of yards. Last season with the Patriots, Brady threw for 4,057 yards, 24 touchdowns, and eight interceptions.
There was a lot of talk about his lack of weapons with the 2019 Patriots, but coming to the Buccaneers that isn’t a problem. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are both standouts, and there are no excuses about him not having anyone to throw to. The expectations for Brady in 2020 should include at least 4,500 yards passing.
9 or fewer interceptions
Buccaneers fans are used to their quarterback turning the ball over a lot, but with Brady, that shouldn’t be as big of an issue. During the 2018 season, Brady threw 11 interceptions and in 2019 he only threw eight.
He is probably going to throw the ball more this year so there will be more chances for an interception, but it would be disappointing if he threw more than nine.
9 regular-season wins, NFC Championship Game
The NFC South is loaded with good offenses and with all the teams beating up on each other, nine wins could be enough to win the NFC South.
The Buccaneers didn’t bring in Brady for regular season success though, and it’s all going to come down to what he does in the playoffs.
The hope is that Brady can lead the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl championship, but we will go a little less lofty than that. Anything less than the Buccaneers in the NFC Championship game is a disappointment.
Brady raises his level during the playoffs, and getting bounced in one of the first couple games would be a major disappointment.