The Buccaneers are very lucky to have a coach like Bruce Arians at the helm, but his comments on a key play from the Washington game beg some questions about his decisions in the recent loss.
Bruce Arians and the Buccaneers have built themselves upon risks. Like a poker player going all in, both of these parties won it all last season after taking chances both in their team-building process and in their play on the field. Risks work in football, and not taking them stifles this offense with Tom Brady at the helm.
We all saw this on painful display yesterday against the inept Washington Football Team. Well, how inept can they be if they beat the Buccaneers?
Yesterday’s loss was one to forget. Losing to the WFT hurts, especially when the top seed in the conference was so close, and a huge part of the struggles boils down to not taking enough chances.
Tom Brady looked like the quarterback that all his haters think he is. Gone was the gun-slinging deep thrower that lit the league on fire over the better part of the start to the season, and the boring check-down game began.
Leonard Fournette should never be your leading receiver in targets. Eight receptions looks great on the stat sheet for the best running back on the roster, but it shows just how much the Buccaneers struggled to push the ball down the field.
Short of Mike Evans and Jaelon Darden, who had three huge plays, there wasn’t another receiver on the roster that averaged more than ten yards per reception. The offense died when the ball stopped going down the field, and this unit can’t get going when players like Brady and his receiving corps are tied down with safe routes.
Bruce Arians commented on the conservative approach in a quote Tweeted out by Rick Stroud.
Arians should absolutely get the benefit of the doubt in most things, but this quote does come as a major surprise. Pivoting away from a game plan that is proven to work against one of the worst secondaries in the NFL after one drive is the exact opposite of the mantra that built this franchise into what it is today.
Brady didn’t look great in that first quarter, but shifting to the offense that we saw would never put this team in a position to win.
Conservative play calling is not what built this team, nor is it what this team thrives on. The Buccaneers are great because of the chances they take and their ability for volume to work in their favor.
Even if Brady struggles in the first quarter of the next game, giving him time to play his game is a better decision than pulling back into your shell.
Bruce Arians is a Super Bowl champion and future Hall of Famer. If you don’t have faith that this unit will turn the corner, you haven’t been watching. They just have to risk it. If so, the biscuit won’t be too far off.
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