“We Just Showed Our Identity”- Arians’ Take on Offense as Buccaneers Shift in Strategy Suits Tom Brady

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December 15, 2020 12:43 am

Tom Brady finally found his mojo again to help the Tampa Bay Buccaneers register a much-needed win against the Minnesota Vikings to keep their playoff hopes alive.

The Bucs, who were on a 2-game losing streak, were reeling on offense due to a misfiring Brady. However, things turned around for the former Patriot in the game against the Vikings, as Brady threw 2 touchdowns for no interceptions.

What made the difference? Coach Arians’ decision to shift to a more run-oriented game.

Focus on running the ball

When asked whether running the ball was the key focus for the Bucs offense, Arians’ via the team’s official transcript, stated that often games dictate how a team evolves its strategies and that the decision to run the ball was based on how the game unfolded.  

“I think yes and no… I think games dictate how much you run it. What’s the score at the end of the third quarter? We were leading, so it leads to more runs and RoJo ran really, really well, especially on that last drive,” said Head Coach Arians.

“We wanted to set up some play-action [but we] didn’t hit as many as we had hoped. When asked early this week about our identity, I think we just showed our identity. We can do any damn thing we want to do.”

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Brady addressing his slump

Heading into Sunday, the Buccaneers were the 6th seed for a playoff spot from the NFC with a 7-5 record. In the defeats to the Kansas City Chiefs and the LA Rams, Brady threw a combined total of 4 interceptions. Tampa’s shot-caller was clearly going through a slump. 

Brady’s role in the offense against the Vikings was no less important than it was in the earlier games. Though his pass attempts in the game were cut down to almost half as compared to previous outings this season, Brady was clinical.

Dec 13, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones (27) high five against the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Brady completed 15 of his 23 attempts and got nearly 200 passing yards under his belt. But most importantly for Brady and the Bucs, there were no interceptions.

Heading into Week 15, the Buccaneers will hope that this newly found balance will help their ambitions of landing a spot in the Playoffs. 

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Shivayan Roy

Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer for EssenstiallySports. The movie ‘Rudy’ piqued his interest in gridiron football and he has been an avid follower of the sport since. Shivayan has worked with multiple other entities in the past such as The New Indian Express, Goal.com, and Zee News to name a few.

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