TAMPA — The Bucs have a short window of opportunity to win a Super Bowl with Tom Brady, who signed a two-year, $25 million contract.
Pressure? What pressure?
The win-now mentality lines up perfectly with that of 67-year-old head coach Bruce Arians, according to general manager Jason Licht.
“I don’t have a lot of concerns on that right now,” Licht said during an interview on SportsCenter With Scott Van Pelt Thursday night. "We have a head coach (Bruce Arians) that, to be quite frank, isn’t going to be here for the next 15, 20 years coaching the Buccaneers.
“So, I think it was actually a perfect marriage: You’ve got two guys that have got something to prove. They want to win. They want to win now. They’ve got the same mindset.”
In fact, Licht credits the arrival of Arians — who has three years remaining on the contract he signed in 2019, plus a club option for another year — for attracting Brady when he went looking for a new home after 20 seasons in New England. The Bucs haven’t appeared in the playoffs in 12 seasons.
"Getting Tom here, quite frankly, started with hiring Bruce last year," Licht said. "I don't know if we would be in this situation right now without Bruce Arians as our head coach. And they're kind of living parallel lives right now; they've got something to prove, and they want to do it now."
Both Brady, 42, and Arians have impressive resumes. The Bucs quarterback won six Super Bowls and appeared in nine during 20 seasons with Patriots. Arians is a two-time Coach of the Year, with the Colts (2012) and Cardinals (2014). He won two Super Bowl rings as an assistant with the Steelers.
Licht says despite Brady’s accomplishments, he’s demonstrated humility since arriving in Tampa Bay.
“He didn’t want to come in here and be the almighty,” Licht said. “He just wants to make sure that his teammates respect him. And he’s got something to prove.”