I just don't think the Bucs are that much more talented than everyone else they played.
Even if one decides they are that much more talented, that just buttresses my main point that the key to Superbowl competitiveness is premised on having a complete team around the QB.
I don't know of a player, but (and I think you were the one that posted it) I can think of a coach who supposedly wants him. Wasn't there some buzz about Shanahan and the 49ers wanting Cousins? Enough of a buzz that Zimmer was asked about it and made a public statement to the effect that "Kirk is our guy"?
Cousins is a top 10 QB in the league. He gets paid like it and he plays like it. Is he the missing link for someone's Superbowl aspirations? Yeah, he could be. Now whether that translates into a crush of players swooning for the chance to play with him, I don't know, but I don't think he's persona-non-grata around the league either.
So you're saying that there is a crush of free agents and vets who want to go to Houston to play with Watson? If Watson stays with the Texans, and a vet FA has the choice between the Vikings and Houston, you honestly think Watson's presence in Houston versus Cousins' presence in Minnesota would sway that vet FA towards Houston?
I'm not trying to be facetious here. I'm just pointing out that there is a lot more to it than "that team has Tom Brady on it" or "that team has Aaron Rodgers on it" or whatever that determines where individual players want to play.
Most of them go where the money is best. Maybe a few vets near the end of their careers would take less to play for a likely winner, but I just don't see strong evidence for the claim that individual players who can decide where they want to play are going to go there solely for the chance to play with a given QB. If that is a factor, it's not a major one for most players in that position.
So let's step that back.J. Kapp 11 wrote: ↑Tue Feb 16, 2021 3:18 pmWhen you've got veterans — especially those classified as "ring chasers," who have played well but haven't been on a contender — wanting to sign with you, even willing to take less money than they could get elsewhere, that puts you at a tremendous competitive advantage.
You're Leonard Fournette. You're a free agent who can sign anywhere. You have the choice to sign with the Bucs, the Packers, the Chiefs, or the Saints. All of them want you. All of them have franchise QBs. All of the consistently make the playoffs and all of them could make or win the Superbowl.
Which one do you join and why?