Low-To-High Versus High-To-Low

March 28th, 2020

Significant change coming for new Bucs QB Tom Brady

You can always count on former Bucs Pro Bowl quarterback Trent Dilfer for quality Xs and Os.

Dilfer, no longer with BSPN, currently is training and counseling stud QB prospect Tua Tagovailoa.

The Bucs’ first-round pick in 1994 (No. 6 overall) was asked yesterday for his take on the Tom Brady fit with his former team.

His answer was one part comedy and two parts major Brady adjustment.

“I actually texted [Brady] the night he signed and I was like, ‘Man, About time No. 12 gets worn properly [in Tampa]. Don’t embarrass the number, Tommy,'” Dilfer said.

“The conversation about the system and him not fitting … Bruce Arians’ system is very diverse. Now he’s a hyper-aggressive playcaller; there’s a difference between the system and playcaller.

“The system, Tom won’t learn any new plays; there’s no play Tom doesn’t know. It’s going to be that progression behind the teaching. So the simplest way to look at it is that a lot of what the Patriots did for a long time was low-to-high. So they read a lot of their stuff low to high. Bruce is a big high-to-low guy; every time he calls a play he’s trying to, you know. knife the defense. I think Tom’s going to like that. That’s going to be refreshing. It’s not like his arm can’t do it. Tom’s arm is still super lively.

“I think you’re going to see more chunk plays out of Tom Brady, more of a vertical aspect to his passing game. I think his skillset, because his downfield accuracy is elite, obviously, I think that’s going to be showcased a little bit more.”

“My only concern … is a lot of these [route] concepts are extended drops. They’re going to take a little bit longer.”

Dilfer went to say he’ll be watching how many more hits is he taking in Tampa versus in New England, and Dilfer said Week 12 would be a good measuring point for that.

Overall, he believes the Bucs will be “wildly successful” on offense with the combination of Brady and the pass-catching talent.

Great job by Dilfer simplifying the explanation of the low-to-high reads versus the high-to-low. The bummer is that the inevitably shortened offseason will shorten Brady’s real-life work with his receivers and in the offense.

Limited time for Brady to adjust early could cost the Bucs in September, especially if TV and NFL schedule executives load up the Bucs early with high-profile matchups.

29 Responses to “Low-To-High Versus High-To-Low”

  1. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Limited time for Brady to adjust early could cost the Bucs in September, especially if TV and NFL schedule executives load up the Bucs early with high-profile matchups.


    So basically you’re saying,

    “Watch out the schedule makers will probably stack the deck against us”

    No. They wouldn’t do that ..would they?

  2. ModHairKen Says:

    I still remember Dilfer rolling to the sidelines against Detroit, throwing the ball from out of bounds practically and getting picked off. Maybe Tua can teach him something.

  3. Defense Rules Says:

    The BIG question will be ‘Can the Bucs OLine protect Tom Brady?’ He’s not the most mobile QB in the league, but he does know how to use the pocket better than probably anyone. Not too concerned about the left side (Jensen, Marpet & Smith) being able to keep the beasts off of him, but the right side (Cappa & ?????) could end up being our Achilles Heel.

  4. 2020 Year of the GOAT Says:

    there gonna have to keep it simple til everyone is on the same page….. and have there timing down………

  5. Christopher Schiefen Says:

    ESPN shoulda kept Dilfer. I always thought he was the true MNF successor to Gruden.

  6. westernbuc Says:

    Our offensive line is way better than the Patriots. We can improve at right tackle and build depth, but Tommy Boy was playing behind a makeshift line last year.

  7. Robert Says:

    I don’t think low high, high low matters. What NE did best was exploit each teams weakness week in and week out. They made huge adjustments and I think you’ll see the same here. If the secondary is weak they will fiest, and if it’s the run game this week, well that’s what they will attack. Might not have been so noticeable recently because they were a horrible team with limited weapons…….but given the options and weapons he now has I think you’ll see more of what NE used to do best. Just roll over people and then do the unexpected as they’ll have the cushion to do so.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Our offense should be even better with Brady……I am confident that with Brady the RT position will be a priority…..as will RB….

  9. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Can the season start already?

  10. PSL Bob Says:

    What season? 2021. In all likelihood, there won’t be a training camp. There won’t be a preseason. There won’t be a season. Time to start getting real folks. I hate it as much as everyone else, but unless some pharmaceutical company can quickly create a safe, effective treatment (not a vaccine – that will take a year) for the Covid-19 virus, there’s no way tens of thousands of fans are going to jam into stadiums all across the country this fall.

  11. Aaron Says:

    This is going to be great – TB understands when to go High/ Low and when to go Low /High…he’ll check to run when necessary or to pass when necessary.

    TB understands that you can’t win a game in the 1st quarter but you can LOSE it. He’ll let the game come to him – throwing the ball away and punting are not bad..

    Everyone be well – GO BUCS!

  12. NCPirate Says:

    I would say Godwin has already represented #12 for the Bucs over 3 and out Trent Dilfer. That offense was hard to watch! Luckiest QB ever to go from Bucs D to Ravens D. 2 of the best ever! Would not have seen a 2nd contract.

  13. Robert Says:

    I say let Godwin keep his number!

  14. Todd Says:

    Football season will commence after Easter. After ‘The Storm’ is executed. There will be no internet from April 1 – 10…while the Deep State is taken out. So don’t worry when you can’t get daily updates from JBF.

    It’s necessary.

    For the football season.

    Because the Deep State are all baseball, basketball and hockey fans. Those sports can be sacrificed to protect the NFL.

    Let The Storm Begin.

    See you mid-April.


  15. TOM Says:

    Please lets not start with who’s going to wear #12. What difference does it make? The more important thing is numbers they put up when the bullets start to fly.

  16. Bird Says:

    The focus is 2 positions

    I know we need to develop a QB and other guys

    But hang on. Move up and move up

    Best right tackle
    Best running back

  17. Defense Rules Says:

    Todd … Back in the hole please. Folks don’t need this ‘Deep State’ conspiracy horsepuckey right now.

  18. SOEbuc Says:

    OMG!!!!!!!! GET OFF THE BRADY/ ARIANS SCHEME BS JOE!!!!!! You sound like all these national’s.

  19. SOEbuc Says:

    Chris Schinfen

    Agreed. Dilfer is (or was) a good national analyst.

  20. Todd Says:

    Defense Rules—

    If you can’t detect sarcasm, I give up.

    My entire post was a parody.

    One intended to spread a little good cheer.

    It’s so preposterous that one would have to be amazingly anal to take it literally.

  21. Pryda...Sec147 Says:

    They will absolutely not load the front of the season they will put them towards the end of the year ! No1 is baking in that September October sun for 1 o’clock games. We need those Sunday Flex times late games.

  22. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Trent Dilfer is pretty d@mn likeable. His self deprecating humor is awesome, and he is a lot of fun to watch / listen to.

  23. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Christopher Schiefen Says:
    “ESPN shoulda kept Dilfer. I always thought he was the true MNF successor to Gruden.”


    Excellent point.

  24. stpetebucsfan Says:


    I’m am biased since I consider D.R. a friend. But I gotta confess I fell for it as well.

    This is certainly not a slam at your attempt…upon rereading it I did get your humor. The sad thing is in the age of Trump parody no longer works because reality has grown so very strange. I’ve heard plenty of folks at Trump rallies say far weirder stuff than you just posted.

    So I would say..not your fault…nor D.R.’s fault but a fault of the times.

  25. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    SOEbuc Says:
    “OMG!!!!!!!! GET OFF THE BRADY/ ARIANS SCHEME BS JOE!!!!!! You sound like all these national’s.”


    No offense, SOE, but what exactly are we supposed to talk about right now, lol?

  26. Stanglassman Says:

    Todd- I was hoping it was sarcastic but these days it’s hard to tell the difference.

    Unfortunately I’ll do agree that this will be an abbreviated season at best. Of course it’s the year we have the Super Bowl in Tampa and 42 year old Tom Brady at Qb.

  27. bucsfaninoregon Says:

    I don’t know where PSL Bob lives, but it must not be in Florida. You guys are delusional! What 2020 season! Has anybody noticed the EVERY sporting event known to modern man is closed. Unless Trump’s fantasies about quick vaccines and/or sketchy drug treatment plan becomes real you can kiss it all goodbye until something major changes.
    If there is neither vaccine nor cure by October do you want to go with 60,000 other people seating shoulder to shoulder with you watching football. And, for those of you thinking that you could watch empty stands football on TV, what about the players and coaches? One of that 60 man crew gets it the whole squad is quarantined. How does the league handle that schedule conflict?
    Nobody on this is happier than me with Brady on board. Nobody is looking for the new season then me. But, get real- -it isn’t going to happen in 2020.

  28. bucsfaninoregon Says:

    Well, here is an example of how to get a post removed: speculate that there won’t be a 2020 FB season. Gone……
    Wow, This site is pretty sensitive. Me thinks trolling is confused with obvious facts of life.

  29. donuts Says:


    Dont be a panicker…power of positive thinking If anything the NFL drops 2-3 preseason games and starts a month late. All the other pro leagues suspended play not cancellation.