The Buccaneers have the best quarterback in the NFL and an easy path towards staying the best team in the NFL. That path doesn’t involved a rushing attack.
There is a shocking number of Buccaneers fans that apparently wish the team was stuck in the early 2000s. Great defense, power run game, and using the run to open up the pass is what the fans call for, yet none of this is required to be a dominant team in the modern NFL.
Do these things help? Absolutely. The Bucs have shown each at various points. But they aren’t requirements like they once were.
The only thing that truly matters for the Buccaneers and their success is Tom Brady and the passing attack. If you really want to know if the Bucs will stay on the of the best teams in the league in 2022, you need only ask one question;
Will the Buccaneers commit to throwing the football above all else in 2022?
If the answer is no, you can easily expect a drop-off in offensive efficiency, and we all know that can’t happen for a successful Buccaneers team.
Brady threw the ball a career-high 719 times last season. This directly correlates to the Bucs winning their most games in a single regular season.
On those 719 passing attempts, of which Brady never looked fatigued or slowed down by such a high volume, the GOAT averaged 7.4 yards per attempt. The Bucs were averaging a first down with every two throws from Brady; two first downs with every three attempts. The did the same thing on the ground with every three rushing attempts for a single first down.
Tampa’s top rusher only averaged 4.5 yards per carry, nearly three yards less than Brady averaged with the misses mixed in.
The Bucs just get the ball down the field faster and more efficiently with a past-first, pass-often offense, and taking those reps away from Brady in favor of a running back is a huge mistake when looking at this roster and the history with the run game.
Teams need to score fast and often. Ball control matters far less in the modern game if you can score at will.
Fans claim that the run-pass split was what hurt the Bucs last season, yet this is also what led to the 13 regular season wins. You do the math.
The Buccaneers don’t need to change anything with their offense unless they want want to find a way to throw the ball more. Otherwise, don’t change what isn’t broken.
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