4 moves to help the Buccaneers reach their top potential
By Rob Leeds
Build the offense around the players, not the other way around
Head coach Bruce Arians is about as stubborn as they come. He has a history of rarely using tight ends in the passing game, and it makes sense given some of his previous personnel groupings, but the Tampa Bay options are entirely different.
The Buccaneers have the deepest tight end room in the entire NFL, yet Arians was more than content to use them as blockers all of last season and at the start of this one. Week 3 may have been a fluke, and the Bucs could revert back to avoiding Rob Gronkowski and O.J. Howard in the passing game again very soon.
This issue falls on Arians and Arians alone, and a change is needed if there is any hope of improving the offense. NFL coaches need to change their strategies based on their available players, and not force players to fit a system.
Arians has said several times that he plans to continue with his prior strategy of using the tight ends as blockers, but it was clear that the Buccaneer offense played better when Gronk was involved last Sunday.
If the Bucs have any hopes of competing with the best talent in the NFL, they will need Bruce Arians to evolve his coaching style to better fit the players on his roster.