The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hit another tough stretch in the 2020 season. The shortcomings have led to doubts and additional concerning dialogue surfacing again around the franchise. Much of which has shifted toward Tom Brady that has seen a potential internal hurdle emerge in Tampa Bay.
The Buccaneers hit another snag in 2020
Throughout much of the 2020 season, the Buccaneers have shifted their way toward one of the NFC’s best records.
However, Tampa Bay has had its fair share of shortcomings that have caused some sense of concern. The team is full of talent across the board but have dropped two out of their last three games.
The losses have pushed them more out of the picture for the NFC South division title while creating outside doubt around their Super Bowl chances. Brady has been at the forefront of those struggles as he has had some notable issues throwing the ball deep.
Much could be equated to the lack of true chemistry with his teammates this season, but he has had nearly no success in those situations. According to Next Gen Stats, Brady is 0-for-19 in the last four games on deep passes and missed his previous 22 attempts, which is the longest stretch for any quarterback since 2017.
He struggled especially in the 27-24 loss to the LA Rams as he was 0-for-6 with two interceptions on those such pass attempts. The issues go far beyond that as another problem is hampering the franchise this season.
Tom Brady has underlying issues with Bruce Arians
Tom Brady’s arrival to the Buccaneers has been a significant adjustment for everyone involved with the franchise.
The list includes head coach Bruce Arians, who has had to alter his coaching style to a degree with Brady in the fold. However, Arians hasn’t held his tongue with his public bashing of the future Hall of Fame quarterback following losses.
ESPN NFL insider Dan Graziano recently voiced during an appearance on ESPN’s “Get Up” that there is some “real tension” brewing between Brady and Arians. (H/T New York Post)
“There’s a lot of theories, obviously it was supposed to work better than this, but one of them is that there is real tension,” Graziano said. “Bruce Arians and Tom Brady just met, right, it’s almost like Arians was watching some sort of movie star action-hero, and then met him in person and said, ‘I thought you’d be bigger.’”
Brady has continued to shoot down any concerns with his relationship with Arians, but the persistent public criticisms are not helping the matter. The 68-year-old has a brash personality that has led him to be brutally honest through the media.
With the Buccaneers struggling as of late, these conversations have become much more prominent. Ultimately, it’s something to watch closely moving forward.
Focus remains on the bigger picture
The Buccaneers have hit another rough spot in the 2020 season, but the team is still in strong playoff position.
Tampa Bay has shifted a bit out of the NFC South race, with the Saints holding a two-game lead in the division. Despite that, they are well-positioned to secure one of the three wild-card positions.
There remain some tough challenges ahead in their last five regular-season games, starting with the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 12 action. The final stretch of the year can provide critical chemistry building and experience for Brady and his teammates.
In other words, Tampa Bay holds their playoff fate in their hands over the remainder of the campaign.