Buccaneers made the right decision with OT Tristan Wirfs

Leonard Fournette, Tristan Wirfs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Leonard Fournette, Tristan Wirfs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

The Buccaneers correctly pulled Tristan Wirfs out of the game.

Injuries have been the name of the game for the Buccaneers this season, and it is more than fitting that they have shown up in a huge way in the first half of Tampa’s playoff game against the Eagles.

Tristan Wirfs was the first Buccaneer to leave the game with an injury, and Ryan Jensen followed shortly after.

The loss of two Pro Bowl linemen hurt this offense and Tom Brady in a huge way, and the GOAT faced more pressure in the last half than he has in a long time this season. Both Jensen and Wirfs were able to return to the game, but having an injured Wirfs in the game helps no one.

There was more than one play where Wirfs was uncharacteristically pushed back into Brady, and this isn’t helping anyone, even if Josh Wells is struggling in his own right.

If Ryan Kerrigan is able to dominate and push someone like Wirfs into the backfield, you can tell that he is clearly dealing with a major injury.

This may not be an easy decision to make, but the Buccaneers made the right choice in pulling their All-Pro tackle out for the rest of the game. The benefits simply aren’t outweighing the potential negatives, and the worst-case scenario is that Tom Brady’s chances of an injury go up.

Brady having to face increased pressure for the next half isn’t a great option for Tampa, but that is going to be the case either way.

The risk of further injury to Wirfs is also a focal point, and bringing him back too soon could take any chances of making it back on the field during the playoffs non-existent.

Hopefully the Bucs can find another way to keep Tom Brady’s jersey clean for the rest of the game without one of his best protectors.

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