The Buccaneers just lost one of their most embarrassing games of the Tom Brady era.
The Buccaneers just lost the game to clinch the NFC South for the first time in over a decade against a team that didn’t have a starting quarterback, head coach, wide receiver, or tackles.
The Bucs experienced plenty of hardships from an injury standpoint, but we are still left with one major question with the display we just saw:
What the hell happened to the offense?
The Buccaneers were shut out at home with an offense that had Tom Brady. Sure, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Leonard Fournette left the game with injuries, but this offensive performance was still a new level of terrible.
Without the benefit of a second watch, it didn’t feel like a single position group on that side of the ball played well.
The wide receivers dropped the ball constantly, the offensive line had one of its most porous games in years, the tight ends couldn’t get on the same page as Brady, the running backs had a terrible scheme that worsened their opportunities, and Brady just wasn’t Brady.
Even the kicker and punter couldn’t do anything to help the Bucs, and Byron Leftwich did little to help with the play-calling.
Moving the ball at home was impossible against a great Saints defense, and now there are some legitimate concerns regarding this unit going forward. This was supposed to be Tampa’s biggest strength. Now, we have to wonder if this group can only score against bottom feeders.
Tom Brady was supposed to make it so that everything didn’t have to be perfect. Players could go down, but one of the best quarterbacks in the league is supposed to help fix this. Instead, it now looks like Tampa would be insane to cut Antonio Brown after seeing the holes in this unit.
Zero points hurts. How that happened will haunt many Bucs fans for days to come, but Byron Leftwich and his offense have to be better if the Buccaneers are going to compete for anything outside of the regular season this year.
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