Tom Brady is hoping to elevate the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ entire organization during his time in Florida, however long that may be.
The former Patriots quarterback, who spent 20 years in New England, signed a two-year deal with the Bucs in free agency. However, Brady has said that he’d like to play until he was 45. If he does that, he’ll spend three seasons in Tampa Bay.
Brady obviously wants to win and getting a Super Bowl with the Bucs has to be the ultimate goal, but that’s not the main one as he goes to Florida.
The former Patriots quarterback wants to help the organization elevate itself to a new level. He wants “the standard” to be pushed.
When Brady finally talked to the Buc braintrust on Wednesday—Licht first, then Arians, in a call that lasted longer than an hour—the strongest impression he left with them had a Belichickian tone. However long he stays in Tampa Bay—two years, three years or more—Brady wants to help the organization push one common goal. “The standard,” he called it. Brady wants to help Arians reinforce his standard of excellence in Tampa. At times during the call, it almost felt like Brady was recruiting them, not the other way around.
If Brady can help the Bucs do that, the winning should come, too.
That’s how it worked in New England, anyway.
Brady leaves the Patriots after 20 seasons, six Super Bowl championships and more than 200 career wins. If he can achieve even a small, small fraction of that in Tampa Bay, it’ll be a huge success.