Blame Game Continues at Tampa Bay Buccaneers as OC Points Out Tom Brady

Published 11/27/2020, 12:15 PM EST
Oct 25, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (left) celebrates after tight end Rob Gronkowski (center) scored a touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers put in a poor display against the Los Angeles Rams, losing a close game. The post-game headlines focussed on Bruce Arians’ comments and criticism about Tom Brady.

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The criticism sparked several controversies surrounding the relationship between the two.  While there is no cause for panic, given that the Buccs are 7-4 this season, fans around the NFL are ringing the alarm bells. Many analysts are concerned about the strained relationship between the two.

Oct 25, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians (left) celebrates with quarterback Tom Brady (12) after a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. The Buccaneers defeated the Raiders 45-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers‘ offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich spoke about the situation after the game against the Rams. Leftwich tried to quell the tensions and spoke down any rumors of conflict.

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Leftwich suggested that the offense runs through the quarterback, and situations like the previous games can happen. “The quarterback is the offense.

“I say that all the time. Remember, I understand that it’s still a version of entertainment, so something has to be said.” 

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Leftwich said that failed strategies are part of the game and the criticism comes with the territory. “And when plays don’t work and when things don’t work, that’s what comes with losing in this league. We all accept that, we understand that.” 

For Leftwich, he suggested that the Buccaneers must move on from their loss and try to gather their bearings ahead of their next game.

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He said, “All we can do is hopefully get the next opportunity where we can be in position to do the right thing so we can have the opportunity to win the football game. It’s hard to win week in and week out, we understand that.”

Nov 23, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass against Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald (99) during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Leftwich said that while expectations for Tampa Bay are high, they are only focussed on taking it one game at a time. They cannot afford to get ahead of themselves.

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Leftwich said, “Everyone expects us to win every game. We get that. But our job is to go out and prepare ourselves and get in position to try to win every football game also. So we understand those responsibilities.”

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. It will be a fascinating game, especially to see the old veteran Tom Brady take on the new quarterback sensation, Patrick Mahomes.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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