Bruce Arians wants less work from Antonio Brown

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Buccaneers receiver Antonio Brown debuted with 39 snaps. That was too many for the liking of coach Bruce Arians.

“His pitch count was a little higher than we anticipated,” Arians during a Tuesday appearance on, via “But we tried to go two-minute early in the ballgame just to get some life, so his pitch count was up a little bit. But he handled it really, really well. . . . He did everything he needed to do to play well in that ballgame. The guys embraced him. They all helped him. And nobody works any harder than him on the practice field, so that was easy.”

Arians added that he hopes Brown’s pitch count drops in Week 10 against the Panthers, because Arians hopes “we’re not throwing the ball that much this week.”

The Buccaneers set an all-time NFL single-game record in Week Nine with only five rushing attempts against the Saints.

The use of three- and four-receiver sets to accommodate Brown complicates the situation. With one or zero tight ends on the field, it becomes harder to run the ball. Which makes it harder to pass the ball.

It’s entirely possible that Arians, who said in March that he doesn’t want Brown on the team, continues to engage in a push-and-pull with Tom Brady over Brown and, more specifically, Brown’s playing time.

Brady surely wants Brown on the field. Arians clearly doesn’t want Brown on the field as much as he was on Sunday night.

18 responses to “Bruce Arians wants less work from Antonio Brown

  1. If only there was somebody in charge of the team who could control how much playing time guys got. Like some sort of coach-type of position who would oversee such things.

  2. Yeah I’m sure Brady’s gonna put his rep on the line to force more playing time for Brown. He might like Brown just fine but he likes winning more.

  3. I wonder if TB12 is wondering what he got himself into. Bruce Arian – should take responsibility for his game plan in the Saints game and for adding Brown to the team and giving him all those snaps over the WRs that were already with the team all season.

  4. Arians doesn’t seem to have a great grasp of football. They threw the ball a large percentage of their plays but they only ran 46 plays total because they couldn’t block anyone. He looks at it like it’s fantasy football, number of attempts, how many times a guy was targeted, how many snaps a guy played. You have to understand the context and make a decision based on the situation that puts your team in the best possible position to succeed. Brady threw the ball 35 times against the Panthers in their first matchup, and was successful. He threw the ball 38 times last week against the Saints, and was unsuccessful. The number of attempts isn’t relevant, it’s the efficiency and quality of those attempts.

  5. “His pitch count was a little higher than we anticipated”.

    That pitch count has always had a mind of its own.

  6. The Bucs signed AB and immediately imploded. Only 5 rushes last week? What happened to Offensive balance?

  7. Arians wasn’t saying he wants Brown off the field, he was saying he wants to play a game that doesn’t require Brown to be on the field so much; i.e., more running, less passing. It’s disingenuous to try to make it sound like Arians’s comment had anything to do with Brown personally.

  8. Man all those weapons and had to kick last minute field goal down 38-0 to break up the shut out hahahahahahaha!!

  9. The fact that he was on the field alot should have made it a little easier for the rest of the receivers.

  10. Wow, the Bucs look like the best team in the league before Brown joined them. Ironically, Pittsburgh (without Brown) is the only undefeated team.

  11. Tampa Bay has a lot of skill weapons but everyone knew their offensive line was suspect. I was really surprised to see Tom Brady go to Tampa Bay given the teams lack of performance on the offensive line.

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