Podcast: Life after Tom begins
Down in Tampa you'll find a team in transition, but there are still players here who fully intend to make the playoffs in 2023. I catch up with Chris Mathis, the producer of The Ronnie & TKras Show.
TAMPA, Fla. — On the side of Raymond James Stadium, you’ll still see a massive image of Tom Brady. The greatest quarterback of all-time is right there, for all to see, with those magic words: “Super Bowl Champions.”
This experiment worked out.
Brady delivered a Super Bowl in 2020, nearly another in 2021, and then finally showed his age in 2022.
The Buccaneers now enter a whole new world, and that’s OK.
This defense is still stocked with talent. The offensive scheme is undergoing a complete rehaul. And here comes Baker Mayfield, a quarterback who seems to enjoy being backed into a corner. This is his fourth team since July. Again, expect features to follow over the coming weeks at Go Long. I sat down with one of those edgy leaders on defense for an hour and a half yesterday — a man who’d kindly doesn’t give a damn about any “power rankings” this time of year. In the meantime, here’s my conversation with Chris Mathis, the excellent executive producer of “The Ronnie & TKras Show” on 95.3 WDAE in Tampa.
We discussed the big change at QB, Devin White’s hairy situation, how the team is revamping its NFL-worst rushing attack — Rachaad White, featured a year ago, will be the focal point — and a defense that’s better than people think.
You can follow Mathis on Twitter @thechrismathis, and he also hosts The Chris Mathis Podcast.
All links and embeds are below. We recorded at Cigar City Brewery, home of the best IPA in the business: Jai Alai.
And, ICYMI, here’s my chat with Jim Monos earlier this week on the Buffalo Bills’ offensive evolution. The Bills are a team taking a series of smart steps this offseason because, you never know, it just may snow again in Western New York.
Thanks for listening, everyone.
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