The Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered another disappointing loss on “Monday Night Football”, losing 27-24 to the Los Angeles Rams. Tom Brady threw two interceptions in the defeat.
Despite the struggles, Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians said that his QB isn’t struggling with confidence in his new offense – rather, the issues lie in continuity after Brady spent 20 years with the New England Patriots.
“We have Tom calling a lot of his own [plays], or picking his own on the sidelines from the game plan,” Arians said, according to ESPN. “I don’t think it’s a confidence problem whatsoever. It’s not lack of trust — it’s lack of continuity within the offense, of the whole picture.”
Brady has looked atypically inconsistent over the past few weeks, particularly in his deep ball. According to ESPN, from Weeks 8-11, Brady completed just one of 19 attempts with 20 or more air yards, after completing those passes at a 43 percent clip in the weeks before that.
Brady is 43 years old, but Arians attributed his struggles to his grasp of the new offense instead of any diminishing ability.
“We’ve got the guys open. We’ve just missed ’em,” Arians said.
“I think he’s getting confused a few times with coverage that might be causing some inaccurate balls, but I don’t see it at all in practice. We’re not missing the deep ball in practice, that’s for sure, so it’s just a matter of, on Sundays, hitting ’em.”
The Buccaneers are still 7-4 and in solid position for a playoff spot ahead of Sunday’s showdown with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.