The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been the true definition of inconsistency this NFL season. They’ve been either a dominant defensive unit with an explosive offense or a team that’s been burnt on both sides of the ball.
And, contrary to what people could think, most of the team’s struggles have been related to Tom Brady, as the 42-year old star has been far from stellar in primetime games and you never know what version of him you’ll get week in and week out.
That’s why, once again, Buccaneers’ coach Bruce Arians didn’t hesitate to throw Brady under the bus and put the blame on him for his team’s tough loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football.
Bruce Arians Throws Tom Brady Under The Bus Again
“Other than the deep ball, I think he’s getting confused a few times with the coverage. That might be the cause for some inaccurate balls but I don’t see it at all in practice. We’re not missing the deep ball in practice, that’s for sure. It’s just a matter on Sundays hitting them,” Arians said when talking about Brady’s second interception.
“We’ve got guys open, we’ve just missed them. And there are times when coverage dictates you go to that guy. I think we can do a better job of utilizing the deep ball in our gameplan more of or less of. Each and every week is a little different. But when they’re there, we need to hit them. We can’t have them going off our fingertips, and we can’t overthrow them,” the coach added.
“I don’t think it’s a confidence problem whatsoever. It’s not a lack of trust. It’s just a lack of continuity within the offense. The whole picture. (…) It’s just a matter of each and every week if the quarterback plays well or not,” Arians concluded when he was asked about the true reason behind the Bucs’ inconsistency through the season.
It’s fair to state that Brady was subpar during that game and that he’s been exposed a couple of times throughout the season. Then again, perhaps repeatedly calling your star out in public is not the way to solve the team’s issues going forward.