Bruce Arians Reveals His Plan For Tom Brady, Buccaneers Offense
Bruce Arians revealed his plan for Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense this past week.
It will involve a lot of utilizing his new quarterback’s unique skill set. And contrary to popular belief, Arians believes Brady still has as much zip as ever on his long passes.
“I think the perception is just wrong,” Arians said.
“I thought his deep ball was outstanding last year. Through their play-action game, they hit a lot of deep balls. And our quarterback — I thought he put it as good as anybody — throw it to the guy who’s open.”
Moreover, Arians was quick to point out that throwing the ball long is not everything.
Tom Brady and Jameis Winston had the exact same number of completions and attempts on deep passes thrown into tight windows last year. They were tied for the best completion rate in the entire league, per NFL Next Gen Stats. pic.twitter.com/3JfCkX0P1X
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 19, 2020
“We do have reads that start deep and come in short, but I’ve had a couple quarterbacks that just keep looking deep — they won’t throw the checkdown,” he added.
“[Offensive consultant] Tom Moore has the best saying in the world: ‘You don’t go broke putting money in the bank. Take the damn checkdown.’
“We don’t have to teach Tom that. But I think the freedom of looking downfield on certain routes and in certain situations, when the matchup’s perfect — take it, don’t be afraid to take it — some quarterbacks are afraid to take it. I’m not looking for a ‘checkdown Charlie’ quarterback.”
If Brady really does end up clicking in Tampa Bay’s offensive scheme, that would be bad news for defenses around the league.