The Tampa Bay Buccaneers might’ve walked away with the Lombardi Trophy last February but through the first 12 games of the regular season, it didn’t looked like the team was one of the best in the league, much less one that was capable of winning a championship. The Bucs went 7-5 before their bye week and at one point were in danger of missing out on the playoffs all together.
Of course, the Buccaneers didn’t lose another game after their week off as they rifled through the last four regular season games and the postseason on their way to a title. Everyone wanted to know what Tampa Bay had changed to make themselves a championship-caliber team.
Most of those questions concerned what Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich had done to change the trajectory of the team’s offense. However, the Tampa Bay OC maintained that he didn’t make any dramatic alterations to the game plan.
This week, Leftwich doubled down on that sentiment, saying that the Buccaneers clear improvements came from the players and coaches growing more familiar with one another. He said that he has just one major philosophy on how the to run an offense: build around the quarterback.
“We’re doing the same stuff… the offense is based on the quarterback. That’s what I believe,” Leftwich said during media availability on Tuesday, per Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times. “It’s always been that way… We put our quarterback in the best position to have success all the time.
“We’re doing the same stuff…the offense is based on the quarterback.” Bucs OC Byron Leftwich on evolving the offense to fit Tom Brady. pic.twitter.com/15YuOwCzvC
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) August 17, 2021
Of course the Buccaneers are pretty well set up at quarterback with 44-year-old Tom Brady still under center. The seven-time Super Bowl champion put up gaudy numbers last season and proved why experience matters when the playoffs roll around.
During the regular season, Brady completed 65.7 percent of his passes for 4,633 yards, 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. In the playoffs, his completion percentage dropped off, but he still threw 10 touchdowns with only three interceptions in the Buccaneers four games.
If Brady and Leftwich are on the same page again in 2021, Tampa Bay should be well set-up for another deep postseason run.
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