Tom Brady’s first blocking was for Tampa Bay teammate Mike Evans. When Brady rips it, he throws Marshon Lattimore, who plays for New Orleans. Brady thought Evans should go deeper. Evans, correctly it turned out, thought that the Saints called him to shut up. So he did.
“Mike read it right,” Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said.
The second was an outlet that Brady wired so hard that Saints Generis Jenkins jammed the route, intercepted the ball and carried it 36 yards for a touchdown.
“Bad decision,” Arion said.
It was mostly bad for Brady and the Bucaners on Sunday. Tampa did not lose 34–23 to their much-awaited season opener, but the Bucs did so repeatedly by making silly mistakes.
On paper, the Brady-led Tampa Bay offense looked powerful. In practice, well, it requires practice.
“It doesn’t matter how much talent you have if you throw interceptions for a touchdown,” said Brady, who finished 23 of 36 for 239 yards, two passing touchdowns and a quarterback-snick TD, three sacks. And with those two bags.
No one should write Brady Era Books yet. Please be fair There are still a lot of weapons. It was their first game together. The lack of a president did not help. New Orleans is a cause of the NFC South.
Also, this is Brady. He always returns.
Turnovers, Mistakes Doom Buccaneers
However, improvement is needed to do so, not just by the quarterback. It was a team loss if ever there was one. Bad execution Turnover. Dumb penalty. A blocked field target. Terrible field situation.
At one point, the two Bucs were trying to get a kickoff, leading to a significant fumble that the Saints expose the game. Another time, fourth-and-2, Saints QB Drew Breeze easily took him to the jumping offside to extend the series, leading to a field goal.
“You never go backwards for a football,” Arion said of the kickoff fumble. “You learn [expletive] in high school …”
“For the offades,” Arians said, “we do fourth and short exercises, and we don’t jump a million times. “People are telling each other not to jump. And we leap. It is unclear to me. “
“Three turnovers,” Brady said, making it brief. “They had no one. We had punishments, they did not have many. “
Anyone hot that considers Brady too old and ineffective or using the Buccaneers to fail is ridiculous and nothing but ridiculous. However, Brady has an unanswered question.
Does Tom Brady need Bill Bellich’s bubble to succeed?
He has been fantastic for two decades. He also benefitted from playing inside the infrastructure of Bill Belicht and the bubble of smart football.
It is not that New England has never experienced self-harm in the last two decades. Did it Many.
But it is not fair to say that no one in the NFL minimized mistakes in that period such as the Patriots. In particular, when he did, he often corrected errors and won the following week. New England always seemed to find a way (“all three stages,” Belichick often said). They rarely caused their defeat.
Arian said, “The Saints did not do some of the work we did with them.”
So now what? In New England, there were plenty of nights when Brady didn’t have to “win” the game as much as it was part of winning the game. Sometimes it was a rescue. Sometimes it was the run game. Sometimes it was special teams. Sometimes he was ballistic. Very often, actually.
At Foxborough on Sunday, the Patriots won 21–11 thanks in part, committing only three penalties and zero turnovers (Miami forcing three from the Miami Dolphins).
Cam Newton needed to throw for 155 yards (a skilled 15 in 19 attempts) and ran for 75 and two touchdowns to lead the Patriots to a relatively easy win. It was far from perfect, but it was a very efficient, efficient New England victory. And, yes, Miami stinks and New Orleans is great, but still…
Brady may be surrounded by too much skill at the Tampa. He may need it all. Neither he nor this wife of arms is sufficient to overcome self-inflicted mistakes.
This will only work if Tampa plays better. It is not as easy as New England looks like.
“We’re just going back to work,” Brady said. “Today was not a good day. I just wanna think what to do [because] What I did was not very good. … It’s going to be about our mental fortitude, our urgency, how hard we work in practice. “
There is a long season to go. But the challenge is obvious for Tampa; Books can be really, really good, but they won’t get there if they don’t get too clever and too loud.
“It’s a good place not to turn the ball over,” Brady said.
Tampa hosts Carolina next week. He can tell us a lot.
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