The NFL postseason is going to have six intense and exciting matchups for wild-card weekend. One of those includes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traveling to Landover, Maryland to face the Washington Football team. Both teams are entering this game with some momentum, as they won their final games of the season.
It didn’t take long for some trash talk to arise in this matchup. Rookie defensive end Chase Young called out Bucs quarterback Tom Brady soon after Washington defeated the Philadelphia Eagles. Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians responded to Young’s comments, sending a warning shot to the No. 2 overall pick.
Chase Young isn’t afraid of Tom Brady
Chase Young has been a monster for the Washington Football Team. He has shown leadership, dedication, and dominance this season, being the favorite to win the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award. Having the defensive captain title, Young played like one. He has 47 total tackles, 7.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles in his rookie season with Washington per ESPN.
The rookie pass rusher has played with confidence all season, becoming a quarterback’s worst nightmare. After he and his team clinched the NFC East title and a date with Tampa Bay in the wild-card round, Young made sure to name drop one specific Buccaneer player he was coming after. That was none other than Tom Brady.
Running off of the field after their victory against Philly, Young said, “Tom Brady. Tom Brady, I’m coming. I want Tom.”
Given how shaky the Bucs’ offensive line has been all season, Young should be looking forward to getting to Brady. Pressuring Brady has been the key to derailing Tampa Bay’s offense this season. Washington gets after the quarterback, as their 47 sacks this season is sixth-most in the NFL per covers.com.
Young has shown that he has no fear of Tom Brady, calling him out before the two share the field. Bruce Arians offered a retort to the rookie’s name drop of Brady, warning him that he should watch what he wishes for come playoff time.
Bruce Arians sends Chase Young a warning about Tom Brady
Bruce Arians isn’t afraid of saying what is on his mind. That trait of his is what makes him one of the better personalities in the NFL. When asked about Chase Young’s comments toward his quarterback heading into their wild-card matchup, Arians gave Young some advice in the form of a warning.
“We’ll have our hands full, but it’s one of those games where you better watch what you wish for,” Arians said per NBC Sports.
Despite the subtle shot, Arians did talk about how Washington’s defensive front is the real deal with Young, Jonathan Allen, Montez Sweat, and veteran Ryan Kerrigan. “They’re legit. The two kids from Alabama inside and then those two guys – plus Ryan Kerrigan – that’s as good of a five as you’re going to see anywhere. They’re all young, very active, and very athletic. It’s a heck of a building block for Ron [Rivera] right there,” said Arians.
Arians does have a point. Young should be wary of wanting Tom Brady when it’s the postseason, especially with Brady’s momentum coming in. The Bucs offense has scored 40.2 points over their last three games, most in the NFL during that span. Brady has thrown 12 touchdowns and one interception in his last four games. Brady and the Bucs are coming into the playoffs hot, and this comment by Young could add more fuel to their fire.
The Buc’s offensive line is key for Bruce Arians and Tom Brady
It seems fitting that a defensive lineman is talking trash coming into a matchup that will be decided in the trenches. The Buccaneers offensive line will be the deciding factor in this wild-card game. They have been inconsistent for most of the year but have picked things ups coming down the stretch.
With Tom Brady at quarterback, protection is essential. The difference in Brady’s performance when he isn’t pressured to when he’s pressured is. No quarterback has a more significant drop-off in quarterback rating (QBR) when pressured than Brady this season. The simple eye test shows that when the offensive line allows pressure on Brady, he isn’t the same. Washington needs to bring the pressure, and they have the horses up front to do so. critical
The pass rush for Washington has been one of the NFL’s best. Their 50% pass rush win rate is the second-highest in the league, only trailing the Pittsburgh Steelers per ESPN. Young has a 22% pass rush win rate, seventh-best among defensive ends and outside linebackers. A good way for the Bucs to keep Washington’s front honest is incorporating the run. Washington’s mediocre run defense can be exploited by Tampa Bay with Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette in the backfield.
Bruce Arians let Chase Young know he might not want Tom Brady in the postseason. Brady has a 30-11 record in the playoffs and is coming in on fire. Young is ready for his battle with TB12, and Arians is ready for Brady to enter playoff mode.
All stats courtesy of ESPN