The Buccaneers have been in a funk after losing 3 of their last 5 games. They lost 38-3 to the Saints in week 9. They bounced back with a win against the Panthers but lost 2 straight games against the Rams and Chiefs narrowly. Then, off the bye, they beat the Vikings. However, the Bucs have had one of the best offenses on paper. They should be blowing people out of the water. Tom Brady hasn’t looked the same. In fact, on passes over 20 yards, he is one of the worst QBs in the NFL. Bruce Arians doesn’t blame Tom Brady or understands the criticizing of him. His quote via ProFootballTalk:
“I don’t know why anyone’s criticizing Tom,” Arians told reporters on Wednesday. “What he did at the end of the half and to start the second half [against] Minnesota — very, very few teams can score 17 points in a matter of five or six minutes. If we finished the half with 17 points, I don’t [care] how we start. He’s not getting enough credit for what he’s doing.”
It’s honorable that Bruce Arians is sticking up for his QB but criticisms are definitely warranted against him. They have Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, and Rob Gronkowski! How much help does Tom Brady need to succeed? The Bucs only being 8-5 is nothing short of a joke. Their offense should be one of the best in the league and it just isn’t. That is solely on Tom Brady. you can see the struggles when he throws deep. Of course, this is expected. Tom Brady is 43, no one has beaten father time.
As I said, it’s honorable that he is sticking up for his guy but, someone needs to be criticized here. What Bruce Arians fails to realize if Tom Brady is not to blame, then it is himself. This team should have a better record than it does considering the hype before the season. The Bucs were supposedly a Super Bowl contender. Tom Brady needs to fix it and utilize his offense better. This team should put 40 up on a team like the Vikings. Time will tell if this team can actually make noise in the playoffs.