Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians thinks six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady is struggling with continuity and not with confidence as some suggested after he threw two interceptions in a 27-24 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football.
Brady, who spent 20 seasons with the New England Patriots and enjoyed lots of success at Foxborough, made all the headlines this offseason when he signed with the Buccaneers. "We have Tom calling a lot of his own [plays], or picking his own on the sidelines from the game plan," Arians said, as quoted on ESPN.
"I don't think it's a confidence problem whatsoever. It's not lack of trust -- it's lack of continuity within the offense, of the whole picture." In recent weeks, Brady has particularly struggled with deep balls.
"We've got the guys open. We've just missed 'em," Arians said. "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 game plan. ...
But when they're there, we need to hit 'em. We can't have 'em going off our fingertips and we can't overthrow 'em. "Other than the deep ball, I think he's getting confused a few times with coverage that might be causing 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, so it's just a matter of, on Sundays, hitting 'em."
Brady not holding back on his final play against the Rams
With just under two minutes left and with the Buccaneers trailing by a field goal to the Rams, Brady tried to get the ball to Cameron Brate but he ball didn't come nowhere near the Buccaneers tight end and the Rams had an easy job of intercepting it.
"Just a bad read," Brady said. "Cam was running up a seam, and at the last second I saw the safety coming over and just popped it over Cam's head. Just a bad read, a bad throw, decision -- everything. Can't happen."
When asked if his system doesn't work for Brady, Buccaneers coach Arians said: "He can do anything. So it's not like he can't do it. I see him do it all the time. He was doing it in September, so it hasn't changed.
"You don't have a spring at all or a real training camp, it's hard on the quarterback, especially when you've done something for 20 years and then throw all these guys at him. I think the lack of practice time and everything, and learning of everything, from spring through camp is still showing up."