The major adjustment that will save the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
By Rob Leeds
It’s difficult to be too hard on Arians after all that he has done during his tenure to set the team up for their current trajectory, but an honest evaluation has never harmed a team. Arians has the best-constructed offense in the NFL, yet he has openly refused to use his personnel effectively.
The game with Denver was the first time that the Bucs really used their tight ends in the passing game, and they contributed just shy of a third of all receiving yards, but Arians has been extremely clear in his desire to keep them out of the passing game as much as possible.
This quote from Jenna Laine came out before the week three win, but how can it possibly make sense that Arians is going to coach a team that has so much money invested in pass-catching tight ends if he has no intention of using them?
If Arians really wanted to use tight ends as blockers, he should have traded Cameron Brate, promoted Antony Auclair to start, and he should have never traded for Gronk. This graphic and quote show that Arians is not efficiently building his team, which indicates a significant mistake on his part for not bringing in tight ends that fit his system, or it shows he is too set in his ways to use the generational talent that would require a slight change in coaching philosophy.
Great coaches create a system to fit their players instead of forcing their players to conform to an identity (see Jon Harbaugh and the dominant Baltimore Ravens with Lamar Jackson).
If Arians cannot use the talent on this roster to its highest potential, how could he be the best coach to lead the Bucs on a Super Bowl run?