After winning the Super Bowl in his first year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tom Brady is now aiming to successfully defend the title this upcoming season.
In the offseason, the Buccaneers managed to keep all 22 starters from their Super Bowl run last season. They became the first team in the salary cap era to accomplish this feat.
Even as Brady will have all of his top offensive threats back for the upcoming campaign, he well recognizes it will not be a cakewalk to mirror the success from last season.
In speaking to the Tampa Bay Times, Brady touched on just what he expects to see out of the Buccaneers this year, which include notable improvements over on the offensive side of the ball.
“You can’t think that, ‘Oh, it’s just going to go the way it went (last) year’,” Brady said. “So we already know what to expect, so let’s just play with the same level of effort. My only point is we know what to expect.
“But it’s not like we won 20 games last year. We won 15. We were 15-5. It’s not like we were undefeated and we were blowing teams out.
“There’s a lot of room for improvement, at least I feel from our offense.”
It was revealed in the offseason that Brady played the entire campaign last year with a torn MCL. The three-time NFL MVP winner underwent surgery in February after the team’s Super Bowl 55 win to repair the knee.
The Buccaneers quarterback noted he now feels that he can “move around freely,” which is a positive note ahead of the season.
Brady and the Buccaneers will kick off their Super Bowl defense with a showdown against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1, where they will also see the notable unveiling of their second championship banner in franchise history.