The Bucs gained Tremendous Bowl LV one 12 months in the past at the moment on February 7, 2021. Tampa Bay dethroned defending Tremendous Bowl champion Kansas Metropolis, 31-9, at Raymond James Stadium in a historic recreation for the Bucs franchise.
Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds appears again at that recreation with 10 recollections from Tampa Bay’s second Tremendous Bowl championship in franchise historical past – and the way that recreation impacts the Bucs heading into the 2022 season.
The Surreal-ness Of The Bucs Enjoying In The Tremendous Bowl – At Dwelling
After protecting each Bucs recreation at Raymond James Stadium because it opened in 1998, it was actually surreal seeing Tampa Bay within the Tremendous Bowl of their house stadium. On one hand it felt just like the Tremendous Bowl with the improved safety, signage and pomp that went with the NFL’s championship recreation. Alternatively, it felt like one other Bucs house recreation sitting in the identical previous, acquainted press field.
Seeing the confetti fall because the Bucs grew to become the primary crew to host – and win – a Tremendous Bowl of their house stadium was simply wild. As unimaginable as Tampa Bay’s first Tremendous Bowl win in 2002 was, this one was simply as outstanding, particularly because of the location.
Bucs Newcomers Rating Each Level
Tampa Bay had a Professional Bowl nucleus of stars in its first Tremendous Bowl championship in 2002, together with the likes of future Corridor of Famers Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks and John Lynch and Tremendous Bowl stars like Dexter Jackson and Dwight Smith. But it surely was free agent signings like Brad Johnson (two TD passes), Keenan McCardell (two TD catches), Michael Pittman (124 yards dashing), Simeon Rice (two sacks, compelled fumble) and Greg Spires (sack) that helped the Bucs get to – and win – Tremendous Bowl XXXVII.
Each single level the Bucs scored in Tremendous Bowl LV got here from a newcomer. Tom Brady threw three landing passes – two to tight finish Rob Gronkowski and one to Antonio Brown. Leonard Fournette rushed for a landing and kicker Ryan Succop added a discipline objective and the additional factors. Only one 12 months later, Brady and Brown are gone. Gronkowski and Fournette are free brokers and could possibly be leaving Tampa Bay, too.
Evans And Godwin’s Gentle Field Rating Impression
It’s outstanding to suppose that the Bucs may put up 31 factors of offense with out vital statistical contributions from star large receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. However that’s precisely what occurred in Tremendous Bowl LV. Evans had only one catch for 31 yards and Godwin had two receptions for simply 9 yards. Godwin was focused 4 instances and Evans simply as soon as. However Evans was focused a number of different instances that didn’t find yourself on the stat sheet. That’s as a result of every play ended with a penalty on the protection – 4 flags for 52 yards. The Bucs could not win, not less than not as convincingly, with out these performs.
Gronkowski led the way in which with six catches for 67 yards and two touchdowns for the Bucs. Brown had 5 catches, however for less than 22 yards and a landing. Backup tight finish Cameron Brate almost out-produced the mixture of Evans and Godwin with three catches for 26 yards.
Barrett Proved He Was Bucs’ Franchise Participant
The Bucs had used their 2020 franchise tag on outdoors linebacker Shaquil Barrett after his 19.5-sack season in his first 12 months in Tampa Bay. Barrett had a considerably disappointing follow-up with simply eight sacks within the 2020 common season. However he turned up the cross rush manufacturing within the postseason, recording three sacks within the NFC Championship Recreation and one other sack in Tremendous Bowl LV.
Barrett additionally had 10 pressures on Mahomes and will have simply been the Tremendous Bowl MVP with one other sack. He used that exclamation level to his 2020 season to get a four-year contract extension value a mean of $17 million per season. Barrett would reward the Bucs for his or her loyalty with one other Professional Bowl season, main Tampa Bay with 10 sacks and three compelled fumbles in 2021.
White Appeared To Be On The Cusp Of Greatness
The Tremendous Bowl gave the impression to be a launching level for Tampa Bay inside linebacker Devin White in 2021. The second-year defender capped off a unbelievable postseason stuffed with splash performs with a tremendous efficiency in Tremendous Bowl LV. He led the crew with 12 tackles, two tackles for loss and an finish zone interception of Patrick Mahomes.
White didn’t have the consistency and the splash performs in 2021 that he did in 2020. But he made the Professional Bowl as an alternate this 12 months. Maybe that recognition will likely be motivation for White to grow to be extra a constant linebacker in 2022.
Bowles’ Masterful Recreation Plan
Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Todd Bowles resisted his personal nature as a blitzer to play extra Cowl 2 in Tremendous Bowl LV than in every other Bucs recreation in 2020. Bowles solely blitzed 5 instances and but the Bucs nonetheless pressured Mahomes on almost each dropback and recorded three sacks. The fixed strain by Tampa Bay’s entrance 4 and entrance 5 additionally led to 2 interceptions by the Grave Diggers protection. And a memorable two-finger taunt from security Antoine Winfield, Jr.
Bowles was rewarded with a pay elevate after the sport, because the Bucs made him the league’s highest-paid defensive coordinator. As good as that recreation plan was, Bowles was criticized for an ill-timed blitz in opposition to Matthew Stafford in a house playoff loss to the Rams simply weeks in the past. He’ll be taught from that mistake going ahead. Bowles continues to be one of many league’s greatest defensive coordinators, and Tremendous Bowl LV is proof of that.
Tampa Bay’s Teaching Workers Is Nonetheless Intact
It appeared just like the Bucs have been destined to lose not less than one coordinator to a head teaching job after the Tremendous Bowl. However there was little or no curiosity in both Bowles or offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich till after the 2021 common season. Bowles acquired extra interviews for head teaching jobs, together with Jacksonville, Minnesota, Chicago and Las Vegas. Leftwich interviewed with Jacksonville and almost acquired the job earlier than insisting on bringing his personal normal supervisor with him, which turned off the Jaguars.
Amazingly, the Bucs’ teaching employees continues to be intact, because it seems Bowles and Leftwich will keep on by the 2022 season. That’s an enormous win for Tampa Bay. Solely New Orleans and Houston at the moment have head coach vacancies. Consistency guidelines within the NFL, and the Bucs can have that on either side of the ball but once more this season.
Brady’s Brilliance Wouldn’t Final Lengthy
Brady’s two-year run in Tampa Bay was over in a flash. One 12 months in the past he led the Bucs to the crew’s second Tremendous Bowl championship in simply his first season in crimson and pewter. Little did we understand that he could be gone lower than a 12 months later – choosing retirement after the 2021 marketing campaign on the age of 44.
Brady went out on high, making his NFL-record fifteenth Professional Bowl proper after profitable his third Tremendous Bowl MVP. He grew to become the league’s all-time main passer with 84,520 yards, which is likely one of the dozens of NFL information he holds. His 5,316 yards and 43 landing passes have been probably the most within the NFL in 2021 and set new Tampa Bay single-season franchise information.
Brady Lastly Has A Tremendous Bowl Blowout
Not solely did Brady win his NFL-record seventh Tremendous Bowl ring in his first season in Tampa Bay, he additionally had his first and solely Tremendous Bowl blowout. All 9 Tremendous Bowls that Brady was in because the Patriots quarterback got here right down to the wire. He gained six with New England with the biggest margin of victory coming in a 13-3 win over Los Angeles in 2018.
The Bucs opened up a 21-6 halftime lead over the Chiefs in Tremendous Bowl LV because of Brady’s three first half touchdowns. His TD strike to Brown with simply six seconds left within the second quarter gave Tampa Bay a giant cushion and a few momentum at halftime. The Bucs would by no means look again, outscoring the Chiefs 10-3 within the second half and profitable in blowout vogue, 31-9.
Prepare dinner’s Remaining Bucs Recreation
Pewter Report was given 4 credentials to cowl Tremendous Bowl LV. One was a photograph credential for Pewter Report’s chief of pictures Cliff Welch. The opposite credentials have been two within the press field and one within the stands within the auxiliary media space. I’d be within the press field, however as somebody who labored for a decade at Pewter Report, I let our long-time beat author and former editor-in-chief Mark Prepare dinner determine the place he needed to look at the sport.
Prepare dinner, who grew up a lifelong Bucs fan as a Tampa-area native, selected properly. He sat within the stands whereas Jon Ledyard joined me within the press field. Prepare dinner soaked in all the pageantry and ambiance of the house crew’s victory. He was within the stands when the fireworks went off and the confetti fell. None of us knew that this might be Prepare dinner’s closing Bucs recreation. The legendary Pewter Reporter handed away too quickly on August 12, 2021 on the age of fifty. Prepare dinner’s closing Bucs recreation was maybe the most effective in franchise historical past. Relaxation in peace, Cookie.