Buccaneers Coach Bruce Arians: Playcalling Not The Issue

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Coach Bruce Arians may not always be thrilled with the results, but he isn’t planning to make any sweeping changes to the way the Tampa Bay Buccaneers conduct their business.

Following Monday’s 27-24 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, Arians said offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich will continue to call the plays.

“I thought [Leftwich] called a good ballgame,” Arians told reporters. “We just have to execute better. When guys are open, we have to hit them, and we can’t misread coverage. We have to protect a little bit better when we do have guys deep and let [Tom Brady] hit that guy instead of having that pressure that cost us an interception. As a collective, everybody has got to play better.”

The Buccaneers are 7-4 and still very much in the thick of things. While Brady threw an interception at crunch time — which is usually Brady Time — there is still a lot of football to be played.

Brady is usually at his best when the season means the most, and the Buccaneers are still a mostly-new outfit on offense. They’re still getting to know each other. Writing off Brady at any time has proven foolhardy in the past.

That said, a date with the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs is on the docket. For the Buccaneers, there is very little margin for error.

“Very slim,” Arians confirmed. “This was a big game, and the next one’s even bigger. So I think each and every one is going to be huge the whole rest of the way.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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