Arrival of Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski not enough to spell success for Bucs, claims Bruce Arians
Prior to the 2020 NFL season, a handful of tenured veterans previously came over to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with hopes of helping to revive the team from mediocrity. The Bucs have successfully done so through Week 12 of their campaign, albeit against weaker teams. The team has yet to find its groove when faced with tough opposition especially when matching up against potential playoff contenders.
Head coach Bruce Arians knows that success is not merely brought to the table by way of a star-studded roster. More so, winning in the league also demands patience and chemistry to develop within the team in order to make things work.
“Everybody tried to hand us the Lombardi Trophy in August. You don’t just throw guys out there with names. You’ve got to practice and learn to get in sync with each other and that takes time,” he said via Pewter Report.
The Buccaneers narrowly lost against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 11 via a tightly-contested competition which ended on a 27-24 decision. A week later, the Florida-based squad found themselves on the same island as they suffered a 27-24 loss at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Their veteran quarterback in Tom Brady was fairly inefficient from the field as he only completed 27-of-41 of his passes along with two interceptions and a sack. Tight end Rob Gronkowski balled out with 106 yards on six receptions while wideout Chris Godwin generated 97 yards on eight catches but both players failed to score on the endzone.
The Buccaneers’ defense also needed to improve if they want to make a deep playoff run in the postseason. They simply had no answers for Chiefs gunslinger Patrick Mahomes along with wide receiver Tyreek Hill who broke out for 269 yards and three touchdowns.
With a 7-5 record through Week 12, the Buccaneers are still in the mix to secure a seat in the playoffs. Although they will have to do better and step up their game for the rest of the way, starting with a matchup against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 14 after the team’s bye week.