Buccaneers 'making the right moves' to give Tom Brady a shot at history


Tom Brady has the chance to make NFL history because the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are "making all the right moves" to support him, according to Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz.

Quarterback Brady left the New England Patriots for Tampa Bay in free agency after 20 seasons brought six Super Bowl titles and nine appearances in the showpiece game.

No team has ever won the Super Bowl at their home stadium, an opportunity the Bucs have in the 2020 season with their Raymond James Stadium scheduled to host.

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Munoz, who spent most of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals before retiring as a member of the Bucs, feels they have done well putting together the team around the 42-year-old.

As well as acquiring the returning tight end Rob Gronkowski, the Bucs traded up to draft Iowa offensive lineman Tristan Wirfs, seen as one of the class' top prospects, at number 13.

It came after a free agency period that saw a host of defensive stars like Shaquil Barrett, Jason Pierre-Paul and Ndamukong Suh brought back.

"I think they are making the right moves in order to be very, very competitive," Munoz said to Stats Perform. 

"It [Brady's move] surprises me [in some ways] because I thought there might be a couple of other teams where he was going to go.

"But it also makes sense with Bruce Arians and of course him bringing along his buddy now in Gronk. Tampa's got a really good defense and now they are adding pieces to that offense.

"And of course as a football fan who loves to see things that really never happen, there has never been a home team that has played in the Super Bowl - with the Super Bowl in Tampa, I would love to see that.

“It wouldn't surprise me if Brady goes there and all of a sudden in February the Buccaneers are playing in their home stadium in the Super Bowl. I'm rooting to see that because it has never happened.

"I don't know about [winning the] Super Bowl but they are in a position to be very, very competitive. 

"They draft an offensive tackle, is he going to come along and boom, light it on fire right away? There are a lot of things that come into play."

While drafting Wirfs may not be an instant ticket to the Super Bowl, Munoz likes what he has seen from the tackle.

"I know he comes from an excellent program," added Munoz. "Any time you get a lineman who comes from that program he is going to be very solid technically.

"I think the system you come from has a lot to do with it. If you are coming from a system where you are in a two-point stance, you are up all the time, kind of a hurry-up, no huddle, I think it's going to be a little tougher.

"But if you come from a program like Iowa, where it is more of a pro [system], hand in the dirt, you get to come off and run block and also pass block, I think that gives you an advantage coming into the NFL.

"From the little bit I have watched of him, the guy is amazing and I am impressed."

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