Did Tom Brady pick the right team? Titans vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Tampa Bay’s new high powered offense can’t beat the Tennessee Titans.

If you are one of the few people that think that still think that Tom Brady was ever in a position to choose between Tampa Bay and Tennessee, this is why he made the wrong choice.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had the biggest offseason of any team in the NFL, which usually happens when you go from a QB like Jameis Winston to Tom Brady.

After signing the future Hall of Famer and trading for Brady’s former teammate Rob Gronkowski, the Bucs have one of the most high powered offenses going into next season. If you ask Vegas, the Buccaneers have a good chance at making a Super Bowl run next season, but whether it is there or somewhere down the line, the Tennessee Titans are the perfect foil for them.

Just how much of an addition was Tom Brady to this Tampa Bay offense? Jameis Winston’s 30 interceptions performance last season (most in the NFL) was 9 interceptions more than second-most.

Meanwhile, Tom Brady threw only 9 interceptions and while the 21(!) interception differential would be improvement enough, it actually gets worse for Jameis. Of his 30 interceptions, 7 were pick-6s which means that in just one season Winston threw half as many pick-6s as Tom Brady has in his entire career.

Beyond the numbers, Tom Brady brings a veteran presence to the quarterback position the Bucs have been missing with Jameis Winston. A veteran presence is not all he brings though, longtime teammate Rob Gronkowski agreed to come out of retirement to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with his former QB.

Gronk has caught 78 touchdowns from Brady throughout his career, which is more than any other receiver, according to NBC Sport’s Justin Legre.

Brady and Gronkowski have chemistry that no other duo can match. Combine that with receivers like Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and O.J. Howard and you have an offense that only the Kansas City Chiefs can match.

With Tampa Bay’s new offense, they are very capable of making a run to the Super Bowl. The question is, if they make it there, who will be able to stop them?

In my opinion, the Tennessee Titans are the team to do just that. Sure, the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs are also contenders but don’t forget that the Tennessee did beat both of those teams last season.

The Titans are equipped with an exceptional pass coverage linebacker with Jayon Brown and pro bowl safety Kevin Byard. All things considered, Brown is a bit undersized to be guarding Gronk, but with a 4.70  40 yard dash time, he is plenty fast enough to keep up with the 6’6 tight end.

Between Byard and Brown, I believe the Titans have enough to manage Gronk. You definitely can’t count out wide-outs Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, though. Those two alone combined with the rest of the Bucs’ receivers can be tough to handle. Mike Vrabel will count on Adoree Jackson, Malcolm Butler, and newly acquired CB Kristian Fulton for that task.

Long story short, yes the Tennessee Titans secondary is capable of handling the Buccaneers passing attack if need be. Although, that is not how Vrabel and the Titans will count on defeating them.

According to NFL.com, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the 22nd ranked offensive line last season. This off-season they had five offensive linemen whose contracts have expired and have not been re-signed. While they did draft OT Tristan Wirfs out of Iowa 13th overall, Titans fans have seen how long it takes to build an offensive line, even if you have a stud OT.

The Titans pass rush was anything but impressive last season. With that being said, they have added Vic Beasley Jr and have a very good chance of snagging Jadeveon Clowney within the coming days.

Mike Vrabel will count on the new and improved pass rush of the Titans to put pressure on Tom Brady (who wasn’t looking particularly spritely at the end of his age 41 season) behind his lackluster offensive line.

Once the Buccaneers passing attack is destabilized they will find it hard to move the ball. The Bucs spent a 3rd round pick on running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn out of Vanderbilt, but Buccaneers’ running backs have found success few and far between in recent years.

Tennessee’s offense was electric at times last year with Ryan Tannehill behind center. I believe if a “Brady Bowl” ever occurs, the Titans will have enough firepower to overcome Tampa Bay’s defense.