The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to the Los Angeles Rams 27-24 on Monday.
Brady finished the day with 216 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions on 26-of-48 passing. His two picks put him at nine for the year – more than he recorded all of last season.
After the outing, Brady got very honest about his struggles.
“I think that’s a good word: disappointed,” he said.
“I have to do a better job, absolutely. Tonight was very inefficient, didn’t (do) a very good job during the second half. The defense played great, kept coming up with huge stops, getting us the ball back. Offensively, we just couldn’t make the plays that were necessary to be efficient, and we had plenty of chances. We’ve got to get them fixed.”
Brady also admitted that his second interception of the game, a particularly costly pick given the circumstances was the byproduct of a bad read.
“Just a bad read, bad throw, decision, everything,” he said of his final interception. “It can’t happen.”
The one final thing that Brady admitted he absolutely needed to work on was his increasingly ineffective deep ball.
“We’ll have to study it,” he acknowledged. “Again, we’ve had some chances, definitely. Receivers are doing a great job, and I got to get them the ball. So, I got to figure out how to do that.”
Over the past three weeks Brady is 0-19 with three picks on his deep passes.
For Bucs head coach Bruce Arians, the deep passing is of less concern than the interceptions in general.
“The first [interception] he got hit,” Arians said of Brady.
“It looked like he had Chris [Godwin] going right down the middle, stepped up and just didn’t get enough on it with the pressure. The last one was just a misread of the coverage.”
As far as Arians is concerned, it’s all about reading the coverage.
“I thought [offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich] called a good ballgame. We just have to execute better. When guys are open, we have to hit them and we can’t misread coverage.”
The Bucs have an important game against the Kansas City Chiefs this week. A win there – and all of Monday’s woes are forgotten. A loss? Suddenly Tampa Bay has a crisis on the horizon.
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