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York High grad Bruce Arians says Tom Brady is to blame for many of Bucs’ woes

RICK STROUD
Tampa Bay Times (TNS)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) is seen here in a file photo talking with head coach Bruce Arians.

TAMPA — Quarterback Tom Brady was an easy target in the pocket Monday night, and he also took some hits from his head coach following the Bucs’ 27-24 loss to the Rams.

Brady threw a pair interceptions, including one that sealed the game with 1:49 remaining.

On Tuesday, coach Bruce Arians put a lot of the Bucs’ offensive struggles at the feet — and arm — of the six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback. The York High graduate didn't pull any punches.

On why Brady has been off the mark against the better defenses in the NFL like the Saints and Rams (seven of his nine interceptions have come against those teams):

“Other than the deep ball, I think he’s getting confused a few times with the coverage. That might be the cause for 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. It’s just a matter on Sundays hitting them.”

On whether they should be attempting so many vertical passes:

“Yes and no. We’ve got guys open, we’ve just missed them. And there are times when coverage dictates you go to that guy. I think we can do a better job of utilizing the deep ball in our gameplan more of or less of. Each and every week is a little different. But when they’re there, we need to hit them. We can’t have them going of our fingertips, and we can’t overthrow them.”

On whether Brady should call his own plays instead of offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich:

“Yeah, we have Tom calling a lot of his own (plays), picking his own from the sidelines from the game.”

On whether Brady has a lack of confidence in the offense:

“I don’t think it’s a confidence problem whatsoever. It’s not lack of trust, it’s just a lack of continuity within the offense. The whole picture.”

On if the four drops by running backs were their fault or Brady’s:

“The one to RoJo ( Ronald Jones) was no. I mean, that screen hadn’t even developed yet. We turned a guy loose on the right side with a mental error and threw the screen way too fast.

“Leonard (Fournette) probably should’ve caught — he can catch — two out of those three. Tom can throw a better ball, too, so it’s a combination of both.”