Bruce Arians: “We don’t miss the deep ball in practice, that’s for sure”

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No risk it, no biscuit.

The man who made that phrase famous in NFL circles has seen his offense risk it, but it’s still not get many biscuits via deep passes. So what’s wrong?

“We’ve had the guys open, we’ve just missed them,” Bucs coach Bruce Arians told reporters on Tuesday. “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 game plan . . . . 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 issue, per Arians, is a game-day problem.

“We don’t miss the deep ball in practice, that’s for sure,” Arians said.

Arians also was asked whether quarterback Tom Brady needs to be more involved in calling the plays.

“We have Tom calling a lot of his own, or picking his own on the sidelines from the game plan,” Arians said. “So I don’t think it’s a confidence problem whatsoever. It’s not lack of trust, it’s lack of continuity within the offense.”

It’s unclear whether Arians or Brady are pushing for the deep balls. On Monday night, Brady completed only one of nine passes with two interceptions on passes longer than 15 yards.

Regardless, Arians has made it clear, in not-so-subtle fashion, that it’s not a coaching issue and that the offense fits Brady’s skills.

“He can do anything, so it’s not like he can’t do it,” Arians said. “I see him do it all the time.”

The problem is that the rest of us continue to see him not do it, usually in big spots. The next chance to show that he can do it comes in five days, when Brady renews acquaintances with Patrick Mahomes.

31 responses to “Bruce Arians: “We don’t miss the deep ball in practice, that’s for sure”

  1. Sometimes, well a lot of times Bruce puts his own foot in his mouth. By saying this statement are your saying that your DB’s are trash?

  2. IMO the offense would do so much better if Brady were to pull a Peyton Manning & install himself as defacto O.C. & playcaller.

    Too many deep dropbacks & intermediate passes not near enough quick passing game, misdirection, screen game etc. The line isn’t good enough to protect him with what he’s being asked to do.

  3. I’ll bet there’s one thing Tom misses about playing for Bill Belichick – not getting thrown under the bus in post-game press conferences by his head coach.

  4. Brady looked at AB way too often last night. Seemed like he was forcing it to him. When he wasn’t open, he’d look at other’s and then missed throws that ended up in the Rams’ hands.

    Rams D last night was a wrecking crew, too. Bucs couldn’t run. Fournette couldn’t catch, either.

  5. My guess is in practice the pass rush is not in Brady’s lap. He’s shown in games this year (Chargers, Raiders) that when you protect him he can hit on those deep balls. Unfortunately against any team that has a decent pass rush they can’t protect well enough for him to hit them. So the adjustment needs to be made to slow down the pass rush through quick passes and misdirection runs. The coaching staff seems to not understand this.

  6. Wish he still had Winston !!! The 30/30 guy could always come plate the pass to somebody might not have been his team but somebody was gonna catch it

  7. Warnings were out.

    i was right again. 2 ints (one dropped)

    flaw? ronald jones only had 10 total carries after a tie at 17-14 halftime score.

    Brady’s trying to pad his td lead ovrler Brees, too. Bait offered, trap set.

    He’s been taking that kind of cheese since the 2007 postseason. Only when BB drafted JimmyG and slapped him silly afelter that KC game in 2014, did Brady wake up.

    But, the ego took over and when he realized BB was not going to widlly give him a contract until 45, he checked out. He did it to himself, as stated.

    He went from the best game manager ever to Peyton Manning, chasing stats.

  8. Warnings were out.

    i was right again. 2 ints (one dropped)

    flaw? ronald jones only had 10 total carries after a tie at 17-14 halftime score.

    Brady’s trying to pad his td lead ovrler Brees, too. Bait offered, trap set.

    He’s been taking that kind of cheese since the 2007 postseason. Only when BB drafted JimmyG and slapped him silly afelter that KC game in 2014, did Brady wake up.

    But, the ego took over and when he realized BB was not going to widlly give him a contract until 45, he checked out. He did it to himself, as stated.

    He went from the best game manager ever to Peyton Manning, chasing stats.
    —————-

    It is official – Brady has hurt you the most. Can you imagine being an adult and putting so much time into a professional football player? It is quite telling again.

  9. Jeez. This dudes obsession over one player is fascinating.
    ——————-

    Pick6 has not made a single Pats post since the game but is going all gangbusters on Brady today. Pretty much sums up his life.

  10. Pretty sure they’re not blitzing Brady in practice. Arians’ offense has some major issues. They don’t seem to have checkdown options so Brady has to hang in the pocket waiting for the routes to develop AND they run so seldom (and ineffectively) the pass rushers aren’t slowed down by the threat of a run.

  11. “We don’t miss the deep ball in practice, that’s for sure,” Arians said.”

    Gee. Do you think that’s because your defense doesn’t try to hit Brady during practice?

  12. On the money mogo. If you have a QB that’s not mobile, he needs time to throw deep. Brady has never been the most accurate deep thrower, but people questioning his arm strength know nothing about FB. Brady’s arm is still in the top half of the league. He’s still making bad reads too. No offseason and limited practice with a new offence is almost impossible. Ask Cam Newton.

  13. Think two things are at work. Bucs left guard has been out. And Brady was doing great with long passes in the first 7 games. Not sure what else is going on?

    Statistically, on passes over 20-yards, Brady was #1 in the entire league in the first 7 games. 14 passes completed, 2 Tds, no picks, passer rating 101.2

    Games 8-11, he’s been awful. Could be that Buccaneers Left Guard Ali Marpet has been out for the last 3 games. But that doesn’t explain the game against the Giants where his long passes started to falter although no picks.

  14. johnnyjagfan says:

    November 24, 2020 at 2:19 pm
    Brady looked at AB way too often last night. Seemed like he was forcing it to him. When he wasn’t open, he’d look at other’s and then missed throws that ended up in the Rams’ hands.

    Rams D last night was a wrecking crew, too. Bucs couldn’t run. Fournette couldn’t catch, either.


    Think Brady started looking to AB when Jalen Ramsey started covering Evans.

  15. Brady play is part of the problem, but not the main problem. The main issue I see is that TB does not seem to adjust their game plan based on how much pressure the other team is getting on the QB. You can play bombs away if your line is giving you time, but you need to adjust the plays if the OL is not holding up. Put in another TE and run two WR sets. Their should also always be a short route that can pick up 4-5 easy yards in the face of a pass rush. They have plenty of WR who can beat one on one coverage pretty quickly, so this should not be an issue. TB is also not very creative on offense. No misdirection, bunch formations and other ways to free up the WRs. It seems they just think that they’re more talented, so they should win the matchups. It will be any early playoff exit if they make the playoffs if they don’t change because they will be facing good defensive fronts at that time.

  16. “Brady has never been the most accurate deep thrower, but people questioning his arm strength know nothing about FB”

    Brady had a great deep ball in 2007, when he threw 23 touchdowns to Randy Moss.

  17. I was responding to the post that said that Brady “has never been the most accurate deep ball thrower”

  18. Last week: Brady is still a football God and the goat and can sling it.

    This week: Brady is washed out with a noodle arm and it’s his fault Tampa lost.

    Tired of all these Brady haters with bipolar disorder.

  19. Play calling = awful; Offensive line = awful; Def backs = awful’ Brady trying to do too much by himself = awful; B. Arians head coaching ability = awful. Go to short passing game & RUN the freaking ball once in a while…

  20. The downfall of this team will be Arians and his stubbornness. I was hoping they were on the right path but post-game comments after recent losses show that he takes no blame and is probably not going to adjust his system to his team’s strength because he doesn’t think it’s him at all. And why is Leftwich the offensive coordinator. It’s like giving a student driver the keys to a sportscar.

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