“Looks Like A Guy Running Someone Else’s Offense”

September 23rd, 2020

Bucs QB coach Clyde Christensen was talking about his top student today.

No, that’s not Ryan Griffin. It’s the most successful quarterback to every play the game, Tom Brady.

Christensen called the Bucs offense a “work in progress” and sometimes Brady “looks like a guy running someone else’s offense.”

Joe loved that latter description from the veteran coach. It doesn’t mean Brady isn’t well-prepared and well-schooled, but even Superman can’t avoid the pitfalls of being the new guy

Christensen acknowledged that Brady logged a bunch of offseason snaps with receivers, but there’s no substitute for the real thing. He said Brady’ improving within the offense, which is happening steadily, is just about adjustments and getting comfortable with them.

None of this surprises Joe, but Joe really likes the phrasing by Christensen.

On Sunday, Joe’s confident the Bucs offense, even not yet firing at full capacity, should be more than enough to beat down a broke and winless Broncos team.

33 Responses to ““Looks Like A Guy Running Someone Else’s Offense””

  1. ModHairKen Says:

    I think Brady looks like he totally gets it. Evans had 25 YAC. Never happened with Jameis. Some

  2. BillyBucFan Says:

    Outside of dropped passes, Brady would have had 400 and 3 or 4 TDs.
    It WILL come together soon.

    I wanna hear still a long ways to go AFTER we score 40, not as an excuse.

    Even Brees admitted their team isn’t firing on all cylinders yet.

  3. 813bucboi Says:

    we want this team to continue to build momentum throughout the season…we dont want to peak too soon….

    GO BUCS!!!!

  4. Architek Says:

    So why not give him “his” system; am I being too pragmatic???

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    It looked like some of our receivers were in someone else’s offence Sunday….

  6. SOEbuc Says:

    Christiansen for HC after BA

  7. TB12 In Da Bay Says:

    Arians isn’t smart enough to let Brady do his thing. His stubbornness will prevent this team from being great.

  8. Casual Observer Says:

    Nice commentary, Joe. The O will gradually improve for this reason. Bucs O will smooth out, imo. Watch out in a few weeks!

  9. Mitch Says:

    I want to believe this team is carving out a new identity. It will take until maybe November to fully develop. I see the nucleus is there already, but, barring injury, there is going to be a moment this season when the team just clicks! Maybe one like we haven’t ever seen, and when that happens we will see that difference all the way to the post season and beyond. The Bucs can be the first team to host a super bowl.

  10. EA Says:

    If by Superman you’re referring to Cameron Newton, he is playing much better with his new team than Brady the first 2 games. I know it’s not how you start but how you finish but Newton had even less time to bond with his offense so we shall see.
    I know Brady will get in a rhythm the next few weeks but not all the QBs that are playing with new teams are struggling it seems like.

  11. Ndog Says:

    ModHairKen Says:
    September 23rd, 2020 at 3:47 pm
    I think Brady looks like he totally gets it. Evans had 25 YAC. Never happened with Jameis. Some


    Simply not true Evans had 34 YAC just last year against the Rams. And BTW for good measure Godwin had 81 for good measure.

  12. Robertg Says:

    @EA yea running pass option every play seems to be easier than actually running a passing offense!

  13. SlyPirate541 Says:

    2 games. No preseason. That’s not really criticism. It’s how TB should look.

    Brady should have had 3-4 TDs last week, and I love that he put in a new play (the flee flicker). He’s making it his own.

    Good things will come.

  14. Bucsfan951 Says:

    When watching the games, you can tell the offense just isn’t running smoothly. I imagine (hope) this clears itself up as the season goes on.

    Brady is smart and will get it all worked out. I do love how he climbs the pocket and makes the throws. We haven’t seen that in years! It feels good to have a competent qb behind center for once.

  15. JimmyJack Says:

    I didnt see no problems with Brady running this offense. The little back shoulder to Evans looked like they been doing it for years.

    He zipps a perfect pass to Miller in the endzone.

    Nice touch and nice read to the endzone pass to McCoy.

    A reciever breaks open on the sideline Brady hits him right in stride. Directly in the face. Perfect throw.

    The one on the Miller PI was a very nice throw. Miller must get to those. Hes not gonna keep getting that call.

    We the game got to 21-14 and we really needed it Tom throws perfect strike to Gronk for a fist down….drop…….Later in that drive perfect strike to Watson for a 1st down….drop.

    Im not seeing any problems……Im seeing a recieving core that outright sucks.

    The INT is my lone complaint. Stupid throw off balance. Id like to see a clean game from Tom and show us some consistency……Something Bucs fans have been craving from the QB position for years.

  16. Bucamania Says:

    Brady and the offense will get exponentially better. We knew the D would have to carry this team until the offense got in sync. Not used to seeing Brady re-check the play on his wristband before the hike, Still, this offense is so talented and the run game is starting to work with Fournette. Good stuff.

  17. gotbbucs Says:

    So with an abbreviated off-season, maybe let the 20 year vet QB install some of what made him the most successful QB in NFL history instead of forcing a completely new offense down his throat.
    Arians is proving to be about as flexible on offense as Lovie Smith was on defense. Brady spent the last 10 years heavily using TE’s in his offense. This roster just happens to be rich in TE’s. Nope, coach doesn’t like to use TE’s.
    Arians is trying to coach his massive staff right out of a job by being a crotchety old fool.

  18. ModHairKen Says:

    Ndog. Yeah, you’re right. I said “never,” and that was not accurate. Hyperbole gets me every time. Let’s see career YAC average with these two. You’ll see my point.

    That said, I do think Brady is better than Winston. I think the six Super Bowl rings back that up. But, just carry on missing Jameis. Your loyalty, however misguided, is admirable.

  19. Oneilbucs Says:

    Tom Brady is a game manager that’s it nothing more or nothing less . The guy is 43 years old so yall need to stop expecting him to play like he’s 25 . If we don’t or can’t run the ball we are going to lose with Brady . All those Tight Ends and all these weapons he have yall thought he was going to come in and throw for 5,000 yards and have all these touchdown passes is not going to happen and that’s ok with me as long as we win . I told yall that Brady was not going to do all of that . The last 2 years showed me that he is old and that’s ok . Bruce Arians offense doesn’t have plays for Tight Ends and I told yall that but yall didn’t believe me . Bruce Arians is the wrong coach for these Tight Ends and Gronk is wash up . Play good defense and run the ball and use Brady for a game manager and we will win . Go bucs. .

  20. JimmyJack Says:

    Oniel disagreed. Im not seeing a game manager. Im seeing lotsof verticle routes and deep shots. I mentioned quite a few of them above.

    When Winfield got that stip on Sunday and we got the ball back we stuck it in the enzone from 30 yards away. We dodnt try to manage our way to the endzone.

  21. Oneilbucs Says:


  22. JimmyJack Says:

    Oniel thanks for keeping track. 5 seems to be enough. We scored over 30 and we left points on the field.

    I know you aren’t complaining that we were able to run that last one in instead of letting Brady throw it.

    You seem to be upset we showed more balance on Sunday and maybe wont need 5K from the QB. Im not seeing the issue.

  23. Buc4ever Says:

    Three more catches last week and Brady would have had 2 more or possibly 3 more TDs and over 400 yards. Nobody would calling him a 43 year old game manager or not being comfortable with the offense. Think the issue is dropped passes, not Brady.

  24. BigHog Says:

    ModHairKen: I knew that statement was “Fake News” when I read but I allowed those who are deep into research to debunk that lie …and I find it strange that NDog was the one who fact checked it for the truth…if you put out fake news as truth, you are a member of the YOU PEOPLE MOVEMENT …HENNY AND HOG get yo-self some!!

  25. Ndog Says:

    It’s funny JimmyJack last year when we ran the ball atom in the 2nd half people on the every boards said it’s cause they didn’t trust the QB. Yet this year when we do the exact saved thing it’s the right move and no one questions or faith in our QB.

    Again how can people not see the daily hypocrisy? It’s posted on this site on basically every article. This is why I argue on this site people are simply full of it and most of the time have no idea what they’re taking about and just spew nonsense.

  26. Bucsfan951 Says:

    Evans YAC/R was


    Obviously you can’t go off of this years numbers as we’re only 2 games into the season.

    As mod hair might not be correct on the yardage (haha I did like the dig tho) he wasn’t too far off. He’s improved by a whole yard per catch.

    These numbers were from pro football reference

  27. Ndog Says:

    951 go ahead and tell us what it was after week one?

    Yeah that’s what I though, don’t bring that weak game to the yard.

  28. Bucsfan951 Says:

    Lol ok pup except week 2 did happen and you have to take those numbers into consideration.

    Who says “look at the numbers only after week 1?”

    I told everyone you can’t go off of those numbers since it’s only 2 games into the season.

    Do you really want to go here, NPUPPY? I’ve schooled you enough already. You NEVER answer my questions or even debate me. You lost your chance with me… NEXT!!!


  29. JimmyJack Says:

    Ndog and I never saud that. And your talking about last years QB. I dont care anymore. Already argued that for 5 years and now his gone due to choking.

    Your news is too old dude.

    Bradys my QB and Im looking at a winning streak upcoming. Its gonna be fun for Bucs fans.

  30. Cobraboy Says:

    It took Brad Johnson 4-5 games to feel comfortable in Gruden’s offense with a ton of new starters before becoming very efficient. And look at how that season ended.

    I know it’s Tom Freakin’ Brady, the GOAT, but with no preseason and two games on a new team I don’t know why people are freaking out.

    Except for Casual Fans. I understand why *they* freak out.
    Npup: check yo’ sheets.

    Brady’s 2-game stats are far better than Jameis Christ’s…

  31. Cainishere Says:

    Did some of you not notice that the Buccaneers shortened up their game against the Panthers? I saw pretty TE and RB usage. Had the receivers captured those absolutely perfect passes we would be saying that Tom was SUPERMAN!
    He will straiten things out.

  32. TOM Says:

    Maybe, just maybe Brady would be more comfortable calling his own plays. After all he has probably forgotten more about calling plays, reading defenses than Leftwitch or Christensen will ever know.

  33. JameisAlmighty Says:

    Should’ve kept Famous Jameis. This is his team and it’s an atrocity that Licht chose not to retain the Almighty JameisnWinston’s services.