Tampa Bay Buccaneers look to tackle new season


Julia Carvalho

Tampa Bay Buccaneers season opening game against the Cowboys resulting in a 31-29 win for the Bucs.

All eyes are on the reigning Super Bowl Champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, this season. Can the Buccaneers become back-to-back Super Bowl champs?

Tom Brady was the talk of last season after he announced he was signing with the Bucs. He signed the contract in March 2020 and in February, he and the team were holding the Lombardi Trophy in their hands.

This season, he signed an additional one-year extension with the Bucs. At 44-years-old, Brady is officially the oldest, active player on the field this season, and he shows no signs of slowing down. He has been a major addition to the team and fans are eager to see what he and the team can accomplish together this season.

After re-signing running back Leonard Fournette, the Bucs have returned all 22 starters from their Super Bowl winning team last season, making them the first to accomplish this since the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1979.

Mike Biehl, Director of College Scouting for the Bucs, is confident in the team they have assembled.

“We have made some key additions through the draft and free agency,” Biehl explained.

Tom Brady suited up in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers uniform. (Flickr )

The Buccaneers gained players like rookie linebacker Joe Tyron and due to some recent injuries, the Bucs have also added Richard Sherman to the roster.

Despite their Super Bowl win last season, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers still have room for improvement.

“I think we can improve in a lot of areas. We need to have a quick start and remain consistent throughout the season in all three phases, offense, defense, and special teams,” Biehl explained. “I like the way our players approached the off-season and worked hard to improve. We have to have the mindset that this is a new season and what we did last year is in the past.”

The Buccaneers are 6-1 so far this season and are shattering many NFL records. In week four against the Patriots, Brady surpassed Drew Brees for the all-time NFL passing yardage record with 80,569 yards and after game seven, Mike Evans is only two touchdowns shy of surpassing the Buccaneers franchise all-time touchdown record.

“Expectations for this season are to compete for a division title, make the playoffs and ultimately compete for another Super Bowl championship,” Biehl said.