Tom Brady is now officially a current player and radio analyst on hold, so Kyle Trask’s time should be right around the corner, right?
If only it were that easy.
Buccaneers head coach Clyde Christensen has thrown cold water on the possibility of Trask playing a bigger role with Tampa Bay in 2022. Instead of fighting to be Brady’s replacement, he’s back on the bench and books for QB’s sophomore year.
“I don’t see him competing with (Blaine) Jabber (for a reserve position) this year,” Christensen told reporters Tuesday via the Tampa Bay Times. “He can do it, just all odds are stacked against you. You can’t answer everyone, it’s hard to get enough reps for Gibbert. So we’ll prepare Gabert to be No. 2”.
Brady’s short retirement forced the Buccaneers to confront the reality that they must send in reserve veteran Gabert as their apprentice and prepare Trask to play – or have them vie for the #1 job in training camp. That, of course, is the scenario if they can’t find a way to stop the quarterback via the trade (for Jimmy Garoppolo or Baker Mayfield, perhaps).
Then Brady finished off 40 days in the off-square desert by returning eagerly for more, surprising many, comforting Bocas and reassuring Christensen what he already knew: Trask would get the year he needed to continue developing.
“I see Gabbert as a fallback and Kyle as a developmental guy, and we’re going to bring them back that way,” Christensen said, adding that if Trask suddenly beat Brady by a notable margin, they would reconsider their style, despite the “percentage chance.” It’s not very good for that to happen, and frankly we can’t work that way.”
That was the topic with Trask, a 2021 second-round pick from Florida, dating back to his high school days. He’s a progressive developer who got to this point by trusting the process and enjoying the results – eventually.
“And sometimes I don’t feel like it might be necessary at the time, but I think it will tell you it needs another year,” Christensen said. “He has kind of a methodological development to him that I think follows the same pattern that he did in high school and college.”
The main obstacle is not necessarily Trask’s performance, but the lack of opportunities to run out. Christensen said Tuesday that the rest of the quarterbacks are already well-experienced, as he’ll be receiving a slew of reps for spring training and organized team activities — but not when it’s time to play the important games.
“I’m glad we didn’t have to figure out the opening day this year,” Christensen said. “It gives us another year to keep developing and see, this is off season, that’s one of the priorities.”