The uncertainty surrounding the Buccaneers coaching future.
Bruce Arians will be turning 70 years old this year. Not exactly a spring chicken. There is also uncertainly surrounding the future of Bucco Bruce, especially with Brady’s retirement. As such, the future of Buccaneers coaching is a little murky. They could hire from the outside, or promote within by handing the keys to Byron Leftwich or Bruce Arians.
That being the case, whoever the new coach is will want to do things their way. Leftwich has already shown an affinity for running the ball more than Arians, so a gunslinger may not be needed if there isn’t a “no risk it, no biscuit approach”. This is a positive since this approach to offense is essentially the old “run and shoot” (or “chuck and duck” depending on who you ask) but that has never been a successful system for winning long term, or at all. The only reason it worked recently was that the Bucs had the greatest player of all time playing quarterback, and the system was toned down to fit him anyway.
That aside, new head coaches always prefer to choose their quarterback, so with that said, a stop-gap or bridge quarterback should be the way to go until the future of the coaching staff has more clarity. This brings us to this…