AriansLeftwich On The Griddle

November 24th, 2020

Puzzled by Bucco Bruce Arians.

Joe refers to the playcalling of the Bucs as “AriansLeftwich.” Why? Because it is not clear who calls each play, who has veto power and who has the final say.

Right now, AriansLeftwich is right in the middle of the flattop grill. And for good reason.

If anyone watched the full game last night, the gameplan/playcalling (and Joe is not one to harp on playcalling unless it is really bad) must have been crafted by someone playing a practical joke, or blinded by arrogance, or their financial portfolio is dominated by Walmart stock.

A drunk in a bar, a slob on his couch, a dude walking around with a white cane can see park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring, down-forgetting, jet ski-losing Bucs quarterback Tom Brady is going through a period where he has totally lost all semblance of accuracy throwing a deep ball.

Yet AriansLeftwich seem impervious to this and instead of helping Brady by calling for plays he is adept and smooth at executing, they have decided to bite hard, stomp on the gas pedal and barrel straight ahead. To hell with the consequences.

Meanwhile, smoke is beginning to rise from the pile of Bucs playoff hopes.

One guy who thinks AriansLeftwich should be taken to the public woodshed is no less of a sports figure than screamin’ Stephen A. Smith. And he is pointing straight at Arians.

This morning on BSPN, host of “Stay in Bed” Mike Greenberg wondered why Arians is escaping blame.

(Someone tip Greenberg off about It’s not like others from the four-letter don’t read this here site.)

This is all SAS needed to hear as he scolded Arians for misusing Brady last night in the frustrating giveaway by the Bucs. You can see the clip below courtesy of BSPN.

48 Responses to “AriansLeftwich On The Griddle”

  1. All lives matter Says:

    Something I’ve picked up on with Brady in early game time. If Brady is feeling the rush and the pressure gets to him early his accuracy takes a nosedive. Like Joe said, he’s either releasing the ball to soon and not letting the routes develop or he’s trying to throw receivers open but their lack of repetition and familiarity with Brady keeps them from being on the same page. Also, when the pass rush and pressure is forcing Brady to get rid of the ball sooner, like Joe mentioned, why don’t they use shorter route plays. I think by losing Marpet it has really stifled our offense against good rushing defenses, and it’s affecting the rhythm of the long passing game, and not to mention hurts the run game as well. Our RB were met at the line of scrimmage a lot last night

  2. james west Says:

    geraldini93 he was giving the damn ball away, with regularity man, no comparison

  3. Buc1987 Says:

    S-t-f-u Gerald McCoy. Like you have a say in anything Bucs.

    That’s all I got to say. Stephen A says enough.

    10-6 or 11-5 is still doable. Playoffs here we come.

  4. 407buc Says:

    Every QB that has played for Arians has thrown his career high in pics in his offense.If we are gonna go all in with Brady we need to bring in Josh McDaniels next year.Our window ends next year

  5. Buddy Says:

    Hey Joe how did your Pro Bowl candidate running back Rojo do last night?? Asking for a friend??

  6. zzbuc Says:

    What a stupid, out of line, comment…….MC coy and JW seem happy…..So miserable….

  7. Joe Says:

    we need to bring in Josh McDaniels next year

    Oh no. 🙁

    Would rather bring back Raheem.

  8. Joe Says:

    Hey Joe how did your Pro Bowl candidate running back Rojo do last night?? Asking for a friend??

    LOL Joe gets killed for saying a guy stunk when he really stunk and Joe gets killed for giving a guy props when he’s having a good season.

    Can’t f’ing win with some people. smh

  9. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    GMC….you will not be in the bucs ring of honor; did he not notice all of those dumb INTs that JW threw? Oha nd JW is still not a starting nfl qb

  10. Christopher Schiefen Says:

    Why is this a question, Joe: since Arians came back he admitted not only does Leftwich call the plays (off of Arians’ offense), he also draws up the game plan. So Bruce is 40-60% retired since coming back, while half our team is run by a guy who the Cardinals ran out of town. Arians even said last year once he stepped in and suggested a play, it didn’t go well, so he said never again.

    As for BSPN, now that Berman has supposedly revived “Radio Raheem” for Rah (Do The Right Thing), can you admit Trey Wingo wasn’t referencing the Cuba Gooding character? That was legitimately a goofy as hell take, no offense.

  11. Fan from Above Says:

    Lefty has proven he’s outmatched against most good defensive coordinators. Time for BA to step up and man up, his boy lefty ain’t cutting it when you have Brady.

  12. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Let’s have fun!

    STFU Softy.
    You suck.

  13. Joe Says:

    As for BSPN, now that Berman has supposedly revived “Radio Raheem” for Rah (Do The Right Thing), can you admit Trey Wingo wasn’t referencing the Cuba Gooding character? That was legitimately a goofy as hell take, no offense.

    F’ no and thank you for pointing out that slob is also a racist. As for Wingo, he has a rich history of being a liar and a [email protected]

  14. Miller5252 Says:

    Coming from the guy who thinks he should have his number retired and in the ring…. give me a break. 4 games lost 9 picks and 25 td’s and the third team Scrub gets talked about. What day of the week could the guy who’s never had a winning season be as good as brady. Brady’s 43 and still better then Jameis in what matters most….. WINS!

  15. LongSeason Says:

    No matter who calls the plays, Brady’s arm is tired. He is proving a 43 year old QB has a limited number of throws per week and if he goes over too much then his arm will wear out. This is what I believe is happening to Brady. Not only have his deep throws been off, they haven’t even been in the same interplanetary system. Keep the throws intermediate and short. If we get a commanding lead (which we will not get against the Chiefs), then Gabbert needs to come in. If we are too far down to really comeback (which may well happen against the Chiefs) then Brady needs to be spelled in that situation, too. We have winnable games with Minnesota, Atlanta x 2 and Detroit. With the buh-bye week in there maybe brady gets some arm endurance back. We went from possible division crown to fighting for playoffs lives and 6th seed.
    Since Ali Marpet has been out with concusssion we’ve had how many bad games and good games from Brady? Ali may be the most important player on our team to get back.
    Let me give a shout out to Evans, Godwin and Brown. Cheers to Evans for his efforts especially on the TD catch. That was monster good. Brown has been consistent and helping make the tough short catches. Still don’t like him, but his play isn’t my problem. I hope he can rectify his off field issues and keep getting his life together. Godwin is toughing out a painful injury for a WR and he’s still another monster we have on this team. He must have a bunch of Ice trucks following him throughout the week. Mad props, Chris.
    Point I make is that Brady just needs to get the ball into the hands of his receivers and tight ends.
    Leonard 4Net needs to learn to catch.

  16. unbelievable Says:

    GMC nailed it.

    Haters are bitter than the golden boy is showing his age (like all of us with brains said would happen).

    Good thing our HC and OC are setting him up for success by only rushing 18 times and throwing 49.

    BTW, guess what our record is when RoJo has 20 rushes or more? He had 10 last night…

  17. Oxycondoms Says:

    I was hoping arians would go for it after Brady completed that second foward pass attempt . It was 4th and short after rams declined the penalty

  18. Christopher Schiefen Says:

    Wow, Joe, you still a decade later think an incredibly obscure movie is responsible for a nickname instead of an actual character name in one of the greatest movies of all time. This is seriously an inane analysis and it calls into question almost every bit of logic you glom onto.

  19. gp Says:

    LongSeason Says:

    *******Leonard 4Net needs to learn to catch.*******

    Leonard Fournette needs to learn to hitchhike back to JAX

  20. Christopher Schiefen Says:

    All I can think is you’re saying Wingo was doing a wink calling Rah the mentally challenged character under the auspices of the Spike Lee reference. It’s the only thing that makes sense in your take.
    And honest question…did Tom Jackson think Berman was a racist? Some mighty fraught accusations yet again, I must say.

  21. Joe Says:

    And honest question…did Tom Jackson think Berman was a racist?

    No idea but from personal experience (more than once) Berman is a total jackass so for Joe it wouldn’t be a stretch whatsoever.

  22. orlbucfan Says:

    I was Raheem Morris fan when the inbreds forced him into the HC position. If not, he was history. He is doing his best In Atlanta and they won’t be cupcakes when ups play them. My problem is Tom Methuselah Brady and Bruce Methuselah Arians. When are these 2 gonna get their brains screwed on right? Arians does right by his injured players. How about calling plays so his healthy ones can win?

  23. BradentuckeyBuc Says:

    Shut your hole Gerry, JW cant even beat out a glorified TE for a start!

  24. orlbucfan Says:

    I hate IPads. They always edit whether I want them to or not. Plus, their auto edit is a imbecile.

  25. Christopher Schiefen Says:

    It’s just a little touchy I must say, that now that you’re in such prominence, even taking over the Times in terms of Bucs coverage, to equate “jackass” with “is also a racist”. I know we’re just trolling in the comments here, but to me that was beyond the pale (no pun) as a scrappy upstart 10 years ago. To publicly disparage two major ESPN personalities like that with the Scarlet R just seems a one-way ticket to disrespect 🤷‍♂️.
    Jiminy Christmas! Yes, we’re flaming comments here, and of course Joe thinks your sticking on that ancient story is fun and odd at the same time. The broader context of that story that you seem to be missing/forgetting is the familiarity of the broader audience to the nickname and how it was interpreted across multiple demographics, as well as the racist-leaning chatter that was going on against Raheem locally in Tampa using that nickname, and the responsibility of media using it to put in a little background effort to know how it represented to a chunk of the audience. … And btw, Joe is always touchy, has nothing to do with prominence. –Joe

  26. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Off topic ….. but did anyone else see when the camera went to BA after one of Gay’s kicks?
    It really looked like he was trashing him pretty good.
    I don’t have access to watch the game again but if one of you does see if you can read his lips.

  27. Joe Says:

    I hate IPads. They always edit whether I want them to or not.

    That’s not iPads, that’s Apple in general.

  28. Joe Says:

    Who the hell are Berman and Wingo? Are they some Gods? Or, they work(ed) for Disney so they are above critique from the unwashed masses? BS.

    You GD right Joe will call them out if they should be called out. If you think these guys are some sort of second coming of the Virgin Mary, knock yourself out.

    If you want to slurp these a-holes, that’s your call.

  29. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Damn Joe!
    Get em son!

  30. Buddy Says:

    @joe so where does Rojo rank minus 1- 98 yard run??? Still in the pro bowl??

  31. StatGuy Says:

    Gerald….lol…. Didn’t see anyone dancing on the sidelines any of these loses. And oh look best record we’ve had

  32. Joe Says:

    @joe so where does Rojo rank minus 1- 98 yard run??? Still in the pro bowl??

    RoJo is having a damn good season. Ugly game last night.

  33. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    Agree we need to tailor the scheme to fit the players. Bring in a real offensive coordinator, someone intelligent and creative and flexible and innovative. The Bucs are ruining this time with superb player talent by running them into the ground with a stupid and archaic offense, run by stupidly stubborn coaches. I hope the owners force this. Arians is too old and stubborn to change on his own.

  34. bojim Says:

    Hey Buddy. If BA/BL wouldn’t sit him on a whim he would probably get some yards. Can’t make none if you’re on the bench. Coach.

  35. Buddy Says:

    @joe so you think a “good” season- your words deserves a Pro Bowl. Ok got it.

  36. Mike Johnson Says:

    Arians is and was a coaching mistake just like bringing in father time Brady who is 100 and all washed up. I said before the season started, If Arians does not deliver us at least past the 1st rd of the playoffs, Buc fans will be calling for client Eastwoods, Hang’em high. After next weeks lost, all of yas gonna be wanting to tie that nose around Arians and Bradys neck. because ultimately, that’s where the responsibility lies.

  37. JimmyJack Says:

    I say Brady needs to make them throws. We ard built to win on offense what good is it if you cant run your playbook? It is far though to question the number of shots we are taking.

    But I dont care what you say. Brady was horrible last night. Horrible. Go back to when they went ahead 24-7. Brady had no answer. We gave him the ball back 5 times there at 24-17 and Brady could barely move the ball………..The 1st post here nailed it pretty good. Pressure gets to Brady and he folds. Happened last night. Happened against the Saints and Bears.

    Brady was awful last night and it had little to do with playcalling. He couldnt hot the short ones either last time I checked.

    But I do agree with the premise the playcalling could have adjusted. Maybe lean on Jones running more? I dont know. But I do know were arent beating good passrush teams if Brady cant stand in the pocket and still give us a good game.

  38. Christopher Schiefen Says:

    Joe…when did I say they’re above reproach? I said calling them racists or even implying it is a bit much, but your response showed you’re *into* a bit much, it seems.

  39. BucEmUp Says:

    Jameis was and still is a good qb.Never approached 30 tds until leftwich came here and now Brady is having the same struggles???


  40. Elita Vita Says:

    You got the talent+++. So it isn’t the players per se. Nor is it Jason Light. What’s left….seems to me its the coaching. Imagine how this team might hum with Sean McVay at the helm!

  41. Oneilbuc Says:

    GMC ain’t lieing yall push Jamies out and blamed him for everything that went wrong with the team . Now we have Brady yall trying to blame everything but him . I thought Bruce Arians was the quarterback whisper??? I told yall that he’s a out dated coach . So now we know Jamies was not the problem last year. Brady actually got a running game that Jamies hasn’t had the last 4 years but yall said I was making excuses for Jamies . But now it seems like yall making excuses for Brady now and he was the one who lost the game .

  42. Christopher Schiefen Says:

    Finally, Joe? The reason I bring up the “Radio Raheem” element is Berman is using it again in a mainstream, MNF context…and he’s using it as a positive. Also frankly, it’s the first time your sense of logic really failed in my eyes, as I guess I was excited for the concept of “Joe Bucs Fan” back then, and this whole argument was a shocker. I appreciate you defending Raheem’s honor as it were, but “touchy” was the corrective adjective up above, but it a different context: finding controversy where there was none (& ginning it up to begin with) did no one any favors. However, I do see it as a pattern, of finding a borderline salacious angle to get the click, which in 2020 is just gross to me (however, I’ve never built a website from scratch, so I do salute you overall). But still insisting everyone *including* the two main ESPN NFL anchors are referencing a movie that was obscure the minute it was released (Radio) instead of an all-time classic (Do the Right Thing) is just such a comically bad take, it forever painted my view of your thought process.

  43. Rick Says:

    Sad to see that Bruce would rather see (and force the issue) ” HIS OR BYRON’S” offense be the ONLY thing to try and get us to a Super Bowl. Instead of letting what Tom knows and can do well perfectly to get us there.

  44. gotbbucs Says:

    Brady, and any QB for that matter, needs a respectable running game. These idiots believe the running game is extinct. Leftwich calls plays like he’s playing Madden on rookie level.

  45. Dan Williamson Says:

    Gerald mccoy. They killed Jameis because we werent 7-4 and because Jameis threw 30 interceptions. Not because of any other reason. That and his lack of maturity and general poor decision making. The same reason Taysom Hill started over him at New Orleans.

  46. This Guy Says:

    GMC is a clown, JW is unable to beat out a TE to start at QB.

  47. ben green Says:

    all the talent in the world can’t make up for a below average line. the pats didn’t have the best o line in football year in and out. what they had was superior coaching every year. brady only “shows his age” when consistently pressured. that was true in new england also. every qb sans mahomo, gets rattled when pressured. his pocket mobility isn’t what it was. get the fuc&#[email protected] ball out of his hands and into the playmakers hands. by the looks of arians he ain’t gonna be alive much longer, forget coaching

  48. ben green Says:

    btw berman is a fat bald first class nuclear a hole prick of the tenth magnitude. my nephew was a camera man for the mothership. he said the guy regularly belittled producers, interns, copy runners basically anyone who didn’t stroke him. douchebag