Bonus: Can Tom Brady Still Run The Table in 2020?

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In this special bonus episode we look at what's going on with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in real time. Does The GOAT have one more magical run in him at the age of 43? The first 12 games of the 2020 NFL season have brought us an odd couple in Bruce Arians and Tom Brady. The Bucs come down the 2020 season with a 7-5 record and slightly damaged but still realistic Super Bowl hopes. To get back home to play the Super Bowl in Tampa, the Bucs will have to play three playoff games on the road. First, they must finish off the season strong and make it to the postseason. That depends on improved chemistry between Brady, who likes to control games with a short passing game, and Arians, who believes in the high-wire act of throwing down the field. Do they need marriage counseling? We take a real-time look, including commentaty from guests and Hall of Fame coaches, Jimmy Johnson and Bill Cowher.

FROM THE EPISODE:

I'm not gonna wait to give you my opinion in the "Who Gets the Blame Game". I put it directly on Bruce Arians. And although Brady has at times made uncharacteristically bad decisions and bad throws, The Bucs' coach has not put him in the best position to succeed.

When you sign The GOAT, especially in an old GOAT, you structure the offense to focus on what he does best. Keep the throws within 25 yards and between the numbers with an occasional deep ball. Develop and establish a strong running game. Lots of play action to freeze the linebackers and motion to catch the defense in a mismatch. Adjust the scheme to match the personnel. Don't force the personnel to fit the scheme.

Brady has won Super Bowls with offensive talent not even close to what's been assembled in Tampa, but he had the benefit of Bill Belichick. The Bucs however, just line up with one back, three wide receivers, and a tight end and rarely create deception. That's Arians offense. Brady simply lines up in the shotgun or under center, reads the defense, takes his three, five, or seven stop drop, and then so many times it appears he's just chucking the ball down the field inside and outside the numbers, rather than looking at it underneath the receivers.

Wait, what?! How does that make any sense?! That's Arians' "No Risk It, No Biscuit" offens; a high risk, high reward approach. Yet Brady this season has thrown some of the worst and most inexplicable interceptions of his career.

If Ariens is indeed "The Quarterback Whisperer", as he bragged in the title of his book, let me ask this loud and clear: What the heck is he doing? Is he that stubborn? Has he not watched what Brady has done best over the last two decades? He has a strong arm, but he doesn't throw it like Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and that's not going to change.

And as much as he's defied age and NFL history, Tom Brady still is 43 years old.

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