Todd Bowles has the right plan in place to make the most of the final preseason game for the Buccaneers and their starters.
This might be the first time that Todd Bowles has been a head coach in a few years, but it sure looks like he is handling his time as the leading man for the Buccaneers with the perfect level of confidence.
Some coaches would play it safe in the final preseason game after seeing so many injuries. Bowles is no such coach.
Rather than leaving the starters on the bench and taking reps away from these guys that desperately need time together before the season actually begins, Bowles has made it clear that they are going to use everyone that is healthy during the final preseason game.
Thank goodness. The Buccaneers need these reps.
Individually, most of the guys suiting up look like they should be good. The chemistry is where the question marks start to pop up.
No one worries about Tom Brady, Russell Gage, Robert Hainsey, or Rachaad White individually, but how will they play together?
Do the new guys really get all of Brady’s quirks after just a few weeks? Is Brady ready to take live reps behind a very new offensive line?
The answer to all of these questions is maybe. Anyone who says otherwise is lying. It is conjecture at this point as to whether or not all of these pieces can work together as designed, and a handful of plays against a team like the Colts is how the Buccaneers prove this for sure.
Brady and the starters don’t need to play for long, but Bowles deciding to let the healthy starters play is going to be the best way for this team to get ready for the Cowboys in Week one.
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