Tom Brady has seven interceptions this season, and to call more than three of them his fault would be tough. His first two interceptions of the season were not turnover-worthy throws, and he’s gotten unlucky on a few other tosses this season too. In Week 8, Brady’s first interception of the game came on an egregious hold that went uncalled. On Bucs Total Access later in the week, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians identified the missed call.

There was some similar unluckiness for Brady in the Bucs 29-19 loss too. On his first interception of game, Brady threw underneath to Jaelon Darden. The rookie caught the ball clean, then turned to get upfield and had it knocked out of his arms. The ball flew up in the air and was caught by a Washington defender. It was an egregious drop-turned-interception by Darden, and it left many wondering why it wasn’t ruled a fumble.

Yet, after the game, Arians curiously had this to say about Brady’s interceptions.

“It has nothing to do with his receivers,” Arians said when asked about the picks. “It is on him.”

Huh? Yes, Brady’s second interception wasn’t a great throw. It looked like he overthrew Mike Evans on a crossing pattern, resulting in a turnover.

“He just overthrew Mike [Evans],” Arians said.

Ok. We get that one. But how is this turnover on Brady?

After the game, Evans’ assessment of Brady differed strongly from Arians’ words. The Bucs captain and star receiver claimed that both interceptions were the fault of the receivers.

“No, he looked like himself,” Evans said. “We definitely had penalties and we had the turnovers that weren’t even on him. That was on me and J.D. (Jaelon Darden).”

Evans is probably being a great teammate and absorbing blame for Brady’s second interception. He probably also doesn’t want to hang Darden out to dry about his rookie mistake. But it’s still hard to comprehend what Arians was talking about when he put the negative plays on Brady.

The Bucs star quarterback endured at least five drops today, in a game where he had only 11 total incompletions. Brady didn’t misfire much, but plays down the field were few and far in-between. Perhaps the All-22 tape will reveal where the blame lies on those plays. But suddenly a Bucs offense that was thriving in the intermediate part of the field seems to be running out of answers. That’s a concern moving forward, but less on Brady than on the Tampa Bay coaching staff. Perhaps Arians should start there with his postgame assessment.

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drdneast
drdneast
7 months ago

Maybe Brady should catch the ball for Darden as Giselle once alluded too. Either that or BA needs to cut down on the Scotch’s after the game.

drdneast
drdneast
7 months ago

The reason the offense is stalling is because Godwin is playing gimpy, Tyler Johson is as slow as pouring concrete and Jaleon Darden is afraid to get hit in the NFL.
It also doesn’t help that we call four or five bubble screens a game and when we run the ball we slam it right up the gut. How original.
That idiot OC better learn how to call plays against a Cover 2 zone or it’s going to get worse, not better.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  drdneast
7 months ago

The idiot commenters cannot differentiate between 5 of 11 incompletions being dropped balls and play calling.

Really, what OC calls for his receivers to drop balls? Or to commit penalties.

You couch sitters are amazingly idiotic.

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  Naplesfan
7 months ago

When you call four or five bubble screens a game and don’t differentiate your running plays, the OC has more than earned his idiot tag. Also, I’m not sure what his run/pass selection was early in the game but I bet it was heavily slanted in the run category.

The Wall
The Wall
7 months ago

Just a stupid comment by Arians. Might be a good idea to watch a little film first Coach!

Knightrider79
Knightrider79
7 months ago

So I don’t say this lightly, but I believe it’s time for Arians and this staff to go. Yes we have had injuries on defense. But to not play Joe Tryon-Shoyenka over JPP is mind boggling. Our offense and Byron Leftwich doesn’t know how to make adjustments at all. Arians seems to get out coached more times than naught. Arians gets credit for being a quarterback guru, yet he coached Manning, Big Ben, and Carson Palmer. Those guys know how to play the game. Yet when Arians was in Arizona and he didn’t have Palmer he struggled with Skelton at… Read more »

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Knightrider79
7 months ago

O jesus h christ – go away!

Knightrider79
Knightrider79
Reply to  Naplesfan
7 months ago

How bout you make me. It’s not just you who’s allowed to have an opinion. Now debate me on the merits or YOU go away

Spruce
Spruce
7 months ago

The TEAM loses in an embarrassing fashion and you’re knit picking Brady’s interceptions to say what’s not his fault. Like the same thing doesn’t happen to other QB’s. If the player of the year is your goal then fine, continue the excuse making. Meanwhile the team and Brady struggled against a lowly Patriots team at the time and now this debacle against the WFT. That was a total team loss yesterday including a very mediocre Brady. Here’s what you don’t want. Brady slinging the ball for 25 yard chunk plays as the team plays from behind, racking up big yards… Read more »

Dude
Dude
Reply to  Spruce
7 months ago

?

RW
RW
Reply to  Spruce
7 months ago

Not quite sure what you mean by your second paragraph but regardless Brady had one bad throw and it got picked off. He was not mediocre but took what the WFT gave him. Evans was being doubled most of the game and he threw to who was open. If his D was able to get off the field in the 4th quarter I am sure the Bucs would have scored again.

Spruce
Spruce
Reply to  RW
7 months ago

Bucs fans have no shame. Heinicke ended up with more yards and a higher QB racing by far and you’re saying what might have happened but didn’t. Point being it should have happened before the end of the game. Brady is racking up a lot of success stat wise as the recipient of an easy schedule populated by mediocre teams and even fails to excel on them sometime like against the Pats. The pass defense is surely an issue. However if they would run effectively, dink and dunk and keep the defense off the field as much as possible they… Read more »

compewterpirate
compewterpirate
7 months ago

Absurd comment from BA. Manifestly the Darden pick was on the receiver, it was a perfectly thrown ball. The second pick appeared to be on TB12, although Evans, as you stated, later contradicted that perception by taking responsibility for it himself. Either way TB12 was plagued by receiver drops and rather than calling out Brady, BA would do rather better to point the finger at himself and his OC, as the Bucs sucked offensively in the first half and were clearly lacking in focus, ‘coming out of the gate’ apparently under-prepared and unready to play. That’s on the coaching staff,… Read more »

fredster
fredster
7 months ago

Arians is going senile or something. Continuing to play an aging injured JPP instead of Tryon is idiotic. Saying first int. On Brady and not their wasted draft pick fumble fingers Darden? This team is a mess. He doesn’t even make sense half time. Like laughing about a serious question is OBJ an option. Bet he’s not laughing now. Yeah our backups are awesome. Outside of Evans and Goodwin rest all mediocre guys you can’t count on. The biggest issue imo with the offense had yesterday was Brady had no time for any throws past 5 yards. I’ll watch game… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by fredster
Horse
Horse
7 months ago

I’m on the plane and stilling wondering, how did this happen after a Bye Week. Maybe they need to have harder practices?

surferdudes
surferdudes
Reply to  Horse
7 months ago

JPP doesn’t even practice all week yet they trot the wounded warrior out there every game. It used to be you don’t practice, you don’t play. A lot of veteran’s day offs too. When you have an older team that doesn’t practice hard, or at all it’s hard to put it all together on game day. When you have an old team it can happen quick that their level of play falls.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
7 months ago

The first INT was not an INT it was a fumble, and in any case not on the passer but on the receiver. Don’t know why Arians would say otherwise, it doesn’t make sense. But then the way the entire team played yesterday, coming off a bye when they should have been their sharpest and they were their dullest of the season by far. When you can’t pass against the leagues’ worst pass defense, that’s just inexplicable. Arians is right that the Bucs have to get their heads on straight, as players, because their is no excuse for the excessive… Read more »

Dude
Dude
7 months ago

I blame it on terrible play calling. Just terrible! It seemed to me that the OC kept calling the same plays, or similar plays, over and over. Nothing to keep the defense off balance. At some point you have to realize what your doing isn’t working and make the proper changes. Something Byron doesn’t seem to do too much. One more thing, I will never figure out why the Bucs continue to take the ball first instead of deferring. Since it seems we always start the game, and the second half, slow, why not switch that up? I think it’s… Read more »

The Wall
The Wall
7 months ago

Coaches- put down the magnifying glass and pick up the mirror!

Captain Sly
Captain Sly
7 months ago

Arians hanging Brady out to dry when he “risk it” but that’s the rub/friction between these two. Cover 2 is the kryptonite to this style offense and when you fail to recognize the coverage who’s to blame?

surferdudes
surferdudes
Reply to  Captain Sly
7 months ago

Everybody.

BigSombrero
BigSombrero
7 months ago

Interceptions are a stat that falls on the QB.

Wrong WR route, bobbled ball, tipped pass, errant throw, or bad reads all come back to the guy who decided where to throw it. I remember another guy at QB who had a similar problem in this offense with the exact same players at TE/WR.

Good news: AB and Gronk will be back eventually.

RW
RW
Reply to  BigSombrero
7 months ago

Well there are objective stats that track those issues for a QB.
For example Tom Brady PFF this year 91.3 and last year 92.4
Jameis Winston : 2021 it is 74.2 and and in 2019 it was 68.4
See the cream always rises to the top.

lambeau
lambeau
7 months ago

Troubling that BA is so eager to blame Tom. Contrast with Harbaugh on his equally embarassing loss to Dophins: “Outcoached us, outplayed us…that falls squarely on me…we were not prepared…our schemes weren’t up to snuff…they just weren’t ready…that’s on me.”

Dave
Dave
7 months ago

One thing I’ll say. Because of the practice rules, I’ve noticed this season, that teams more than ever before, have come off their bye week starting off slow, and playing sloppy football. I blame the NFL rules for that. Another thing. BA did this last year with Brady. He chewed him out, when he probably shouldn’t have. And in the end, it made for a pissed off Brady in the 2nd half. I personally believe this was a motivating antic by BA. Brady is always the motivated type. He thrives off of criticism or doubt. I guarantee you, he’ll come… Read more »