While a lot of people seem to want to make excuses for the Buccaneers coaching staff, the majority of evidence is showing that they actually hurt the team.
The arguments regarding this Buccaneers team, Tom Brady, and the coaching staff are going down in history as some of the strangest, angry, and dramatic in the history of the franchise. The best comparison might be the Jameis Winston saga at the end of his career, but even that feels like it was based more in the realm of logic than these.
In an effort to find where the blame lies for such a terrible season for Tampa, a major divide has formed around the coaching staff as the main reason for the losses.
Some argue that this is the truth while others counter than the team has simply lost too many players from the Super Bowl and playoff runs to expect the same level of success.
The first group is right; the Buccaneers have one of the worst coaching staffs in the NFL and it isn’t particularly close.
Todd Bowles is a great defensive coordinator and has done wonderful things in that regard for this franchise, but he has an impact on the offense as the head coach, and this pairing between Bowles and Byron Leftwich is killing the Tampa offense.
Take all of the injuries and departures. The Bucs play the start of their games and show that they miss faces like Rob Gronkowski, Ali Marpet, and Ryan Jensen. The script just looks lost and confused. This much backs up the notion that the coaches are dealing with a weaker team.
However, the end of the games are a different story. It’s almost as if the Bucs are only able to play on offense once they get down in the fourth quarter. Everyone who watches this team knows this is the only part of the games where the offense looks like it actually knows how to play football.
The Bucs might have fewer wins, but Brady is still on place to tie or exceed his season-high mark for game-winning drives with five if the next two games go as the past ones have. The Bucs dig themselves in a hole early, get down big, then unleash Brady and the passing attack to take control as time expires.
The Bucs coaches hate throwing the ball until they absolutely have to, and this mentality just doesn’t work in the modern NFL.
We’ve seen it over and over again this year.
The Bucs are bad, and any bit of logic applied to the situation tells you they are bad because of an inept coaching staff.
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