Bruce Arians won’t be taking over offensive playcalling

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Coaches coach, players play, and Bucs coach Bruce Arians sees more issues with the latter than the former in Tampa Bay.

Asked whether he’d consider taking over playcalling duties after Monday night’s 27-24 loss to the Rams, Arians said that offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich will continue to handle those responsibilities.

“I thought [Leftwich] called a good ballgame,” Arians told reporters. “We just have to execute better. When guys are open, we have to hit them and we can’t misread coverage. We have to protect a little bit better when we do have guys deep and let [Tom Brady] hit that guy instead of having that pressure that cost us an interception. As a collective, everybody has got to play better.”

Arians attributed the first of Brady’s two interceptions on the night to Brady getting hit and failing to get enough on the ball. “The last one was just a misread of the coverage,” Arians said.

The end result for the 7-4 Bucs, with the Chiefs looming before a Week 13 bye, is that the road to the playoffs is getting rockier.

“Very slim,” Arians said regarding the team’s margin for error. “This was a big one and the next one’s even bigger, so I think each and every one is going to be huge the whole rest of the way.”

The good news is that, barring a flex, the Bucs (now 1-3 at night) won’t play again in prime time. The bad news is that they may have to run to table after their bye, if they lose on Sunday to the Chiefs.

28 responses to “Bruce Arians won’t be taking over offensive playcalling

  1. wonder if TB is getting sick of being called out by Arians? BB would do it in film sessions but not in public like this. Pretty sure brady is regretting choosing this clown as his coach

  2. I’m a big Tom Brady fan, but there is a pattern in “prime time” games — they’re not just prime time, they’re NIGHT games and it’s becoming obvious Brady’s night vision has slipped. Pretty dramatically. I would highly recommend getting that checked out, Bruce. Happens to all of us eventually but the issue may be almost entirely physical.

  3. Or how about the punt returner running out the last 10 seconds of the clock instead of a fair catch or getting out of bounds and a chance of a hail mary…

  4. “When guys are open, we have to hit them and we can’t misread coverage.”

    he has no problem blaming tom. i love his consistency

  5. I learned this watching Mike Tyson and Michael Jordan growing up. When you see an elite athlete lose their “fast ball” in real time, it is really tough to watch. I can’t see any scenario where Brady plays next year.

  6. Here let me pretend to be Byron Leftwich:

    First down: Run up middle for zero to two yards.
    Second down: Screen or quick out
    Third down (obvious passing situation): Four verticals

    Just so predictable, putting them in bad situations time after time. Any team with a decent pass rush knows just stop the run on first and now pin your ears back and go after Brady because they for some reason want him to hold the ball despite not being able to protect.

    Brady played badly, and looked his age for once. His arm looked average at best last night, much worse than it did just a few weeks ago. While execution certainly left a lot to be desired, coaching and game planning was awful. Arians needs to look in the mirror. Against the Rams excellent defense (led by their front 7 and an elite corner), game-plan should’ve been get the ball out quick and throw on early downs to set up short yardage runs and play action. They ran it 18 times and averaged just over two yards a carry. Their longest run was 6 yards. A lot of that was because they ran stubbornly on early downs against stacked fronts. They need to move their play calling into the 21st century before it’s too late.

  7. Watching this game I do think something should be done about offensive play calling. Almost none of the receivers were open as compared to the rams who would have no bucs defender within 10 yards of them throughout the game. Also they do not appear to be given Tom any outlet receivers.

  8. I’ve watched literally every throw he made with Patriots and starting last year and into this year, he cant throw deep flag anymore and cant hit the far hash 15 back to 12 yd out route
    so he lives by the inside the hash routes or 10 yd dump offs

  9. Pats and Brady fan here. When Brady was younger, say the early to late middle of his career he had the ability to make his team better. Tough, smart, probably can read a defense better than ant QB ever. I do not think he has that ability on a consistent basis anymore. His play has diminished, father time does look like he is catching up with him. I still think he is better than a lot of QB’s out there but for his sake I hope he hangs it up after this year.

  10. Love seeing the over rated Buc’s lose. National media always being wrong! Booger was the only one calling the Rams last night.

  11. “What the H happened to the Buccaneers defense?”

    I think they’ve been spending too much time rowing their boat…

  12. bajer says:
    Wonder if TB is getting sick of being called out by Arians?
    ==

    Who cares whether he is or isn’t?
    I don’t care how Bill Belichick handled affairs in New England. Tom Brady knew who Bruce Arians was before he signed in Tampa. Everyone did. But Tom hand-picked the team he thought had the talent to win, and did his best to get the Buccaneers to acquire other players he wanted, including but not limited to Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Brown.
    Tom made his bed and now he can lay in it. If he can’t take criticism at this point in his career then maybe it’s time to call it a day.

  13. “With booger being the only one picking the rams.”

    And booger being on a Bucs team far more likeable with Dunn, alstott, Simeon rice, Derrick Brooks, etc etc. You know, guys that showed up in prime time games

  14. The play calling was OFFENSIVE coach, maybe you shoulnt go run up the middle on first down EVERY time.

  15. The problem isn’t their playcalling, the problem is their scheme doesn’t have any built in checkdowns to help the QB get out of trouble when there’s pressure coming and everything downfield is covered.

    That’s not a playcalling problem. That’s a Bruce Arians problem. It’s the same offense he’s carted around with him all over the league and it was obsolete 10 years ago, if not 15.

  16. Ron Wolf once said “it’s better to let a guy go a yr early than a yr to late” BB always plays his cards right.

  17. Arians’ quarterbacks historically have always thrown lots of interceptions and Brady is on pace to throw the most of his career. No surprise there. But their biggest issue is they aren’t even trying to establish the run game. (And I’d bet 80% of the times they do run it’s on 1st down.) The defense can rush the passer without any concern it’ll be a run. And this is how they’re calling plays KNOWING that pass protection is one of their weaknesses. That’s just bad coaching.

  18. thevoice0freason says:
    November 24, 2020 at 9:06 am
    Here let me pretend to be Byron Leftwich:

    First down: Run up middle for zero to two yards.
    Second down: Screen or quick out
    Third down (obvious passing situation): Four verticals

    Just so predictable, putting them in bad situations time after time.
    __________________________________________________________________

    Totally agree. Very predictable in the ground game. No creativity whatsoever. Pounding the middle of the line blindly, even against great run defense like the Rams. This approach could only work if you had a premier back like Chubb or Zeeke.
    If you add the fact that Jones and Fournette are not reliable in catching the ball, you have to conclude that Brady is far from having the ground game support he had in NE.
    This being said, in the passing game, Brady should concentrate on shallow zones (10 to 25 yards), in the center or the perimeters. He still has full surgical throwing ability in such a scheme, and one of the best receiving corp you could imagine, to move the chains all day.

  19. Wasn’t it just last month when Brady was named POTM and looking like an mvp? Now he’s washed out and can’t win big games again. Unbelievable. People should note that the Bucs have had one of the toughest schedules so far this season – and they haven’t even gotten their bye yet. In fact they won’t get their bye until after the Chiefs game next week. After the bye it’s “easy” games they should win. The Bucs are doing the best they can with a very difficult schedule. Rams barely won that game. Saints barely edged them out in that first game. The only games which they really blew it were the Bears game and second Saints game. Other then that they’ve had a pretty good record.

  20. The offense did put 24 on the board so even though they looked bad they scored enough if the defense had done its job.

  21. Career high interceptions for last 4 QBs coached by Arians:

    BRADY – 9 picks w/3 games to go.
    (previous 19 years averaged fewer than 10 picks/year)

    JAMEIS WINSTON: 30 picks- 2019 – Arians
    (14.5 picks average 2015-18 – coach: Not Arians)

    CARSON PALMER: 24 picks – 2013 – coach Arians

    ANDREW LUCK: 18 picks – 2012 – Arians interim head coach replacing Pagano, out with cancer

  22. patsfan112 says:
    November 24, 2020 at 11:55 am
    Wasn’t it just last month when Brady was named POTM and looking like an mvp? Now he’s washed out and can’t win big games again. Unbelievable. People should note that the Bucs have had one of the toughest schedules so far this season –

    Actually they don’t have one of the toughest schedules this season. Their schedule is ranked 16th in difficulty. The Patriots have the second most difficult strength of schedule.

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