What the Buccaneers can do
This seems bleak because the situation with the Buccaneers offense is bleak. Injuries aren’t going to magically stop being an issue one day. The Bucs have to figure out how to press forward with injuries trying to weigh them down, and the fix is rather simple:
Use Tom Brady.
Yes, an MVP candidate at the most important position can help a struggling offense. What a concept.
It makes sense that Brady can’t air the ball out with the injuries on the line, but a pass-first attack to open up the run is still viable.
Quick passes will offset the weaker offensive line and less sure hands with the receivers. Getting the ball out near the numbers on first and second down is going to keep the defense on its toes while also gaining more yards per touch than we have seen from Fournette in recent weeks.
These passes don’t need to be anything crazy, just like what the Packers used to carve the Bucs up last week.
Passes like this will serve as an extension of the run game, causing defenses to open up in their formation and opening themselves up for a run on second or third and short.
The pieces are there. This would be a departure from what Arians used in the past, but it would be a perfect modern mix of what Bowles wants and what actually works in the world of numbers and data to help support decision making.
The Buccaneer offense doesn’t have to be bad. We just can’t expect it to improve if it keeps doing the same things that we have seen already this year. Changes are needed.
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