Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady admitted he didn't think the Bucs were "much good at anything" during their Sunday Night Football loss to the New Orleans Saints. The Saints entered the game as the underdogs but their defense delivered a stunning performance as they shut out Brady and the Buccaneers for a 9-0 win.
Brady was sacked four times, turned the ball twice and shut out for the first time since 2006. "I don't think we were much good at anything tonight," said Brady, per ESPN. Brady acknowledged many things didn't work against the Saints and he is hoping the Buccaneers will bounce back against the Carolina Panthers this week.
"I wish it was just one thing. It was a lot of things," Brady said. "We've gotta do better in every facet of offensive football to score points. We're not gonna win scoring no points."
Brady's receivers dropped too many bals
Buccaneers lost Leonard Fournette, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin to injuries in the first half and it impacted them in the rest of the game.
"It was big," coach Bruce Arians said of the injuries. "The young guys, I was hoping they'd step up a little bit more -- the receivers. Overall, we just dropped too many balls." Running back Aaron Jones acknowledged losing three stars was a big blow for the Buccaneers.
"Those guys play a huge role on our team, so we have to uplift them and do a better job," said running back Ronald Jones II. "Just guys going down and fighting adversity. We didn't fight through today."
Arians was hurt by the loss but more concerned about losing several players to injuries. "It hurts more losing all the players we lost," Arians said. "We lost about seven starters in this game, so I'm more concerned about that right now."
Meanwhile, Saints defensive coordinator, Dennis Allen, who was calling plays in the absence of head Sean Payton, had a clear game plan of how to stop Brady and his guys went out and executed. "I don't want to talk about all the things [we do to be successful against Brady], because then we're giving him a leg up.
But, look, we've just gotta go out and execute our job," said Allen, who acknowledged that it helped when Tampa Bay lost receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin and running back Leonard Fournette to injuries during the game.
"This wasn't about scheme. This was about our guys going out and executing and playing really hard against a really good football team."