Bucs will be fine without Antonio Brown

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Would the Buccaneers be better off with Antonio Brown on Sunday at Green Bay? Sure.  But they won’t be worse off without him.

Brown, who has been ruled out for the NFC Championship with a knee injury, joined the team primarily as insurance against an injury to receivers Mike Evans or Chris Godwin. Both are healthy entering this game. Brown, therefore, isn’t as necessary as he would have been.

And his snaps behind the starters will easily be replaced with Scotty Miller and/or Tyler Johnson. Quarterback Tom Brady clearly trusts both players. Indeed, he threw to each of them on third-down plays in the drive that gave Tampa Bay a 23-20 lead over the Saints on Sunday, and they both delivered.

Brady will trust them when he needs to on Sunday, and they’ll likely deliver, again.

That said, if Evans or Godwin get injured on Sunday, Brown won’t be there to step up. In that event, Miller or Johnson will have to get it done. There’s no reason to think they can’t.

23 responses to “Bucs will be fine without Antonio Brown

  1. “Would the Buccaneers be better off with Antonio Brown on Sunday at Green Bay? Sure. But they won’t be worse off without him.”

    That doesn’t make sense. If they’d be better off with him, they would have to be worse off without him. That’s like saying “Is three more than two? Sure. But two isn’t less than three.”

  2. Did you see how concerned Brady was last week when AB started limping around? You don’t see Tom show concern like that for his other players.

  3. If Brady gets comfortable and in a rhythm early, it will be a long night for Green Bay. Plenty of weapons to spread it around to. AB or no AB.

  4. Packers fans sound just as confident, arrogant, and disrespectful as the Saints fans did before last weekend and we see how that worked out for them. They’ve all become bitter Packer fans this week since their team got bounced… and next week they’ll be bitter Kansas City or Buffalo fans.

  5. Some fans do sound confident, and I get GB has been playing pretty well, but the best team they played recently was Tenneesee, what I do feel is a lot of people say AB not playing this game doesn’t matter, and I agree…. Tampa AB after being out of the league does not have a big of an impact as he would have if he played like he did in Pitt.

    Both teams are playing better since the first match up, turnovers are going to be huge.. and GB needs to get into the endzone and not settle for FGs.

  6. Scotty miller is about to nuts this weekend. I still don’t think my bucs will win but the young talented guys will gain some much needed experience.

  7. There will be one guy on the field Sunday with a legendary history of winning these games who will be cool under the pressure. He expects to win.

    The other guy is trying to win. He feels a different kind of pressure.

    Guess which one is which.

  8. TB was forcing the ball to AB. He has been more of a distraction than an asset. He’s been a good team mate but this won’t hurt the Bucs

  9. But they won’t be worse off without him.
    Brown won’t be there to step up. In that event, Miller or Johnson will have to get it done. There’s no reason to think they can’t.
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    Jeez! Yea Brady is the GOAT but come on; he needs all thehelp he can possibly get to take a south florida team into green bay in jan. against a good qb in his prime and a superior head coach. hate it but packers should win by more than the spread.

  10. My spider sense is telling me the Bucs are overconfident. They haven’t seen California Cool at his best, and they’re about to.

  11. I’m actually a little worried that AB isn’t playing. Remember before he was picked up, Tampa was cruising. Then TB started trying to force AB the ball and they lost a few games before getting the kinks worked back out. Now with AB out again Tom isn’t going to feel the need to find him or force it to him and will just look for the open man, which may be trouble for us.

  12. Packers fans sound just as confident, arrogant, and disrespectful as the Saints fans did before last weekend and we see how that worked out for them.

    I’m confident the Packers will play well. Could Tampa play better? Sure. But all things considered, I’m glad the championship game is in Green Bay for a change.

  13. First game, the best left tackle in football left with injury , replaced with an inexperienced left tackle, Allan Lazard the number 2 receiver out, Robert Tonyon one of the best tight ends out, Kevin King number 2 corner out, Devante Adams just back from injury , Kenny Clark playing with injury . this is a different team now.

  14. I just realized one huge reason the deep passing plays help Brady, even if they are unsuccessful – interception rate.

    When Brady’s coaches confined him to short passes, especially to the outside, the lack of deep routs meant the corners and db’s could cover the receivers a lot more closely, making it a lot easier for them to jump the routes for interceptions.

  15. The first paragraph basically says taht the team is no better, and likely worse off with Brown playing.

  16. Throwing the deep ball has many advantages. If the receiver is good and is 1 on 1with a defender, there are 4 possibilities….

    The receiver catches the ball – good
    The receiver drops the ball – neutral
    The defender intercepts the ball – bad
    There is defensive pass interference called – good

    The QB has a 50% chance of a good outcome and a 25% chance of a bad outcome. Of course, this all depends on having good wide receivers.

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