With the Buccaneers led by Tom Brady sitting at 3-4, some began to question whether or not Tampa Bay should shoot attack coordinator Byron Liftwich.
In what many believe to be Tom Brady’s last season in the NFL, his victory lap wasn’t a win-win—at least not by Brady’s usual standards.
After dominating the strength rankings early in the season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now 3-4 after a devastating 21-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers. This, along with some other close losses, has made the Bucs a topic of discussion for all the wrong reasons.
With these discussions comes the usual search for a scapegoat – is it the goat itself, or is the blame on someone else? Obviously, the injuries to the offense, especially to the wide receiver’s core and offensive line, had an impact on the team’s disappointing attacking performance.
But the reaction will not only come to Brady and his teammates, such as coach Todd Bowles and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. being interrogated After the slow start.
Could these two be separated mid-season the way Matt Rolle was recently expelled from Charlotte? The answer is categorical rejection for several main reasons.
Byron Liftwich isn’t going to lose his job anytime soon despite Boss’ struggles
NFL fans tend to have short memories and limited patience: Lest we forget, this team, coached by Byron Liftwich in attack and Todd Bulls in defense, just won the Super Bowl. During that season, the Bucs faced countless struggles in another slow start as Brady worked on his chemistry and fiddled with the rules of the game. The Week 13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs was the turning point — yes, late in the season — and the Wild Card Bucs went on the road and went on a rip. The following season, they won the NFC South title before losing to eventual Super Bowl champion, the Los Angeles Rams.
Despite being 3-4, the Bucs still won the NFC South. It would be inconceivable for the team to fire Leftwich, whose directives have already brought tangible success at the highest level, because the team now has a losing track record.
Also, the dismissal of Leftwich, who has forged a rapport with the midfielder and attacker over the past few seasons, would cause more turmoil than would possibly bring success. The Bucs weren’t at the point where they had to take such drastic action—the Panthers were, but not their rival in the band.
It’s easy to ask for someone’s job when things go wrong, but firing Leftwich can cause more problems than finding solutions. The extent of the offensive line injuries that have hurt this team cannot be overstated, not to forget Mike Evans’ suspension in front of the Packers and the Bucks playing games with Evans, Julio Jones and Chris Goodwin.
Critics have described the Bucs as being predictable in their early downs, but the truth is that they didn’t leave them with many options. The exhausted offensive line leaves little time to develop plays, which limits the rules of the game and also adds pressure on Leonard Fortnite to make the run happen with a limited ban.
And hardly anyone talks about how much the absence of Rob Gronkowski has affected this team. Gronk was a passing choice like no other until he hung up his cleats, and his fender paved the way for the Patriots Super Bowl in 2018.
Nobody dreams of Tom Brady’s seat, and blaming Brady for offensive crashes misses the truth of the problem: The Bucs are having trouble with “executions,” Brady said recently. There are certainly training decisions to criticize, but Bucs are a force with everyone else. This is something they have proven time and time again over the past two years.
Do the Bowles and Leftwich have their own adjustments to make, especially before it’s too late in the game? definitely. But shooting both of them now is a surefire way to destroy any hopes of No. 8 for Brady.