What We Learnt from Tampa Bay’s Blowout Loss to the Tennessee Titans

Published 08/22/2021, 10:43 AM EDT
Aug 14, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians talks with an official during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers managed to retain their core squad from 2020. GM Jason Licht deserves credit for holding on to his star names, despite working on a tight budget. Immediately after winning the Super Bowl LV title earlier this year, Brady made it clear that he is hungry for more titles.

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TAMPA, FL – FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady (12) of the Buccaneers throws a pass during the Super Bowl LV game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on February 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Bucs started the 2020 NFL preseason with a disappointing loss to Cincinnati Bengals. Rookie quarterback Kyle Trask endured an embarrassing debut while Brady barely featured. But the Bucs hoped to improve on that display when they went up against Tennesse Titans on the weekend.

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However, things did not go as per plan for coach Bruce Arians and his band of speedsters.

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Defending champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered a humbling 34-3 loss at the hands of Mike Vrabel-coached Tennessee Titans. Tom Brady did not play a single minute in the game as backup QBs Blaine Gibbert, Robert Griffin and Trask all got a few minutes in front of home fans at the Raymond James Stadium.

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The majority of the Buccaneers’ first-team regulars also did not get too many minutes on the football field as Tampa Bay prepare for their title defence in 221. But despite the loss, coach Arians is adamant that the players on his roster will be ready to go in time for their season-opening game next month.

“They’re a playoff team. They’re a good football team…We’ve got so long before we play them. We can’t go against Dallas and all of sudden play game speed. We’ve got to have some game speed under our belt before we show up against the Cowboys,” Arians said via Associated Press.

TAMPA, FL – FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady (12) of the Buccaneers throws a pass during the Super Bowl LV game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on February 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Bucs go up against NFC East old boys, Dallas Cowboys, on home soil on September 9, 2021. But before that, they’ll travel to take on Houston Texans in their final preseason game of the year. Fans will hope to see more of TB12.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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