Buccaneers Coach Bruce Arians Wary of Falcons Blitzkrieg Ahead of Week 17 Showdown

Published 01/02/2021, 7:11 AM EST
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


Tom Brady turned back the clock over the last few weeks with some eye-catching displays in the league. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback was influential against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 15 and built on that in Week 16 while playing the Detroit Lions. As the Bucs gear up for their final game of the regular season, Brady will be in the limelight once again. But head coach Bruce Arians knows that his team need to improve on the offensive if they want to break the Falcons’ defense on Sunday. Here’s what he said at a pre-game press meet held earlier during the week.

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The morale will be high in the Buccaneers locker room after last weekend’s win over the Detroit Lions. With Tom Brady in epic form, the Bucs will back themselves to end their regular season on high by beating the Falcons. But coach Arians knows that his team will have to dig deep for a win.

While referencing their performance against the Falcons in Week 15, Arians said “Well, we missed two blitzes on third down that we picked up all season, that’s more of a technical error than it was an assignment. We fixed that in the second quarter, then we were having trouble with it again.”

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“But they have a great blitz package and when they bring it, they bring a lot of speed. Dion Jones, when he’s coming…so they’ve got really good pass rushers and we did not handle the blitz really well on a couple of plays,” Arians told the press earlier this week.

Nov 29, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians speaks with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Buccaneers are currently on a 10-5 record heading into Week 17. They can lock the fifth seed spot with a win against the Falcons. In doing so, Tom Brady and Co. will ensure that they play the winner in the NFC East. Nevertheless, make sure you tune in to watch this high-paced encounter.

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