The Buccaneers have an obvious path forward for Tom Brady and their offense.
The preseason wasn’t pretty for the Buccaneers. These games aren’t meant to be awe-inspiring; however, even the limited reps by Tom Brady and the Buccaneer offense in the final game showed a lot to be excited for in the regular season.
The Bucs are the defending champs and looking for a huge 2021 en route to winning another Super Bowl, and their showing in this first game proved they have the talent to be the best offensive unit ever to take an NFL field.
The Greatest Show on Turf may eventually wish they were able to look this good, but those offensive units should still serve as inspiration for the Buccaneers in 2021.
Those Rams teams were memorable for various reasons, but the biggest one was their ability to pass the ball better than everyone else while the rest of the league struggled to keep pace with a new form of offense. Passing the ball is already standard in the modern NFL, but the Bucs still have a chance to do it better than everyone else, much like the Rams did back then.
The second drive of the final preseason game showed just how efficient the Buccaneers are at throwing the football. Seven plays, seven passes, all completions for 91 yards and a touchdown. Yes, there have been drives that scored quicker, but this drive was still the best by Tampa during the Brady era. The number of plays, efficiency, and the fact that it ended so well make it very hard to ignore.
This offense is special for one reason; the pass. Mixing the GOAT with the best wide receiver room in the NFL and a trio of great tight ends gives the Buccaneer offense the highest ceiling of any NFL team ever. The only way opposing defenses can shut these receivers down is if the Bucs’ coaching staff lets them, and this beautiful drive shows the coaching staff knows what works.
There will still be opportunities to run the ball, but these should never be the focus of the offense. Tampa is a pass-first team, and that drive showed how effective that strategy is in practice. Hiccups can happen, but there isn’t a better way for the Buccaneer offense to run during such an important season.
Throw the ball. Don’t stop. Celebrate the touchdowns. Anything that deviates from this plan should be met with heavy criticism, as there isn’t an easier offense to coach in the league right now from a run vs. pass standpoint.
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