Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis claims the Bucs will surprise many in 2023 and "wreck" this upcoming season. After the 2022 season ended, Tom Brady announced his retirement from the NFL, which left the Buccaneers without having one of the greatest ever at the starting quarterback spot.
The Buccaneers also lost some other players and the general expectation is that the Buccaneers won't have much success in 2023, with some believing the Buccaneers will be one of the worst teams in the league. But Davis doesn't agree with any of that.
Davis: We lost Brady but we are going for the Super Bowl
"We're about to do it to 'em. Anybody who feels we've lost Tom -- and lost something -- is going to be in for a rude awakening. A rude awakening. Tom was a great addition for us, but obviously it's a team sport.
Obviously, you need components to be successful. We still have those components. And I'm only getting better," Davis told Go Long. In 2023, Baker Mayfield or Kyle Trask will be the Buccaneers' starting quarterback. Mayfield hasn't lived up to his potential as a former first-overall pick, while Trask spent two years learning under Brady.
But Davis insists the Buccaneers will "wreck" in 2023. Also, Davis took a shot at Buccaneers' division rivals - the New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons. "And our division is worse than what it was before.
So, we run through the division. Get to the playoffs. Run through the playoffs and it's the Super Bowl," Davis said. Last year, the Buccaneers entered the season as Super Bowl contenders but then finished with an 8-9 record and only made the playoffs because other teams from the division finished with a 7-10 record.
In the playoffs, the Buccaneers were ousted by the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card round. It remains to be seen if Davis and company can indeed shock many and lead the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl win this upcoming season.