Bruce Arians: Sacks Were On Tom Brady

November 4th, 2020

Just how great is the Buccaneers’ offensive line pass blocking?

Prior to the Bucs’ victory over the Giants on Monday, Tom Brady hadn’t eaten a sack since that troublesome night in Chicago on Oct. 8. The O-line was doing tremendous work keeping the legend clean.

And per Bucco Bruce Arians, the two sacks Brady ate against the Giants shouldn’t have happened — because they were on the quarterback.

“That O-line was fine. We just, they were coverage sacks. We got to throw the ball away or git rid of it,” Arians said. “Both those times [Brady] had plenty of time to throw. We had to get open faster.”

Yes, that’s how well the Bucs are pass blocking. Brady’s 10 sacks this season represent the lowest total for a QB that’s thrown for more than 2,000 yards this season.

Keeping Brady clean and healthy was the No. 1 key to the season, and halfway through the guys around Brady get an “A” grade.

25 Responses to “Bruce Arians: Sacks Were On Tom Brady”

  1. D-Rome Says:

    Coach isn’t wrong on this one in my opinion. I have argued for years that the reason why Jameis Winston was sacked so much was not because of the offensive line, it was because of Jameis Winston. The offensive line has been an average to above average unit over the past few years.

  2. Anonymous Says:


  3. 813bucboi Says:



    GO BUCS!!!!!

  4. Brandon Says:

    3% sacked percentage by Bucs is lowest in NFL.

  5. Cannon Says:

    I predict far less “coverage sacks” when we field Evans, Godwin, and AB on the field at the same time.

  6. 40TDs Says:

    Yes! He had enough time to throw 40 TDs.

    Check the sheet!!!!!

  7. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Only 10 sacks allowed in the first 8 games, that’s great…The one sack that Leonard Williams had on Monday night, it looked to me like Donovan Smith should’ve/could’ve blocked him, but for some reason chose not to. Did anyone else see it that way, or am I wrong?

  8. Evolvingbucsfan Says:

    Would love to see what side is predominantly giving up those sacks?

    I might have a good guess, lol, that said they have been playing well in pass protection but the thing that chaps my @rse is that Arians said they didn’t block well on run plays. Wrong they know you run on first down, we all KNOW, especially when they put the receiver in motion more often than not.

    Can we please get more creative run plays or disguise’s, sheesh!!!!

  9. eric Says:

    get rid of d smith lol smdh!

  10. adam from ny Says:

    this season has been uber enjoyable so far…

    it’s incredible to watch the game with the tom brady lens…

    we’ve just spent the past 5 or so years under the lens of jameis, and looking back it was pretty bad…

    your lens is your quarterback – brady is incredible…

    we’re spoiled now…tom brings the gravy


  11. Hawk Says:

    I agree, Joe in Michigan. Smith whiffed on that block. He will sometimes play maitre,D. “Quarterback for one? Right this way.”.

  12. Architek Says:

    Kudos to the OL but it’s really difficult watching Donovan Smith.

  13. TSmitty3000 Says:

    I’d still tell Donovan Smith to take a paycut or bounce

  14. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I think many of us, certainly at least one of the Joes thought the OL wasn’t that bad last year.

    We needed the right draft pick. BOOM THERE IT IS. Pick Tristan Wirfs and this OL went from “not that bad” to pretty good and with Brady fuel behind it they are really good.

  15. Youngbucs Says:

    Poor Tom BA is backstabbing again trolls where y’all at😂

  16. Jason Says:

    My big concern is that after Brady got sacked he seemed to start seeing ghosts. I saw him flinch and duck unnecessarily a couple of times, especially in the Chicago game.

  17. Joe in Michigan Says:

    I’m not a Donnie Smith hater by any stretch, I think he’s serviceable. That play, in particular, was terrible. The O-Line as a whole has been better than I expected them to be, for sure.

  18. crazyBucs_CL Says:

    this fool, this grumpy angry old man, is going to comment on everything…he blame the most important reason why we are 6-2, TB12. even if is the case, you dumb a$$, keep your mouth shut….
    BA = LS 2.0

  19. Cobraboy Says:

    I thought Brady had time to dump the ball on those sacks.

  20. Dano407 Says:

    We shall see this Sunday against the Saints’s D. It’s going to help having Brown and Godwin (hopefully).

  21. PuertoRicanBucFan Says:

    Im just Wondering where’s Ndogg and TmaxiPad with all of their negativity 🤣🤣

  22. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Cobraboy: I agree with that. Brady probably thought D. Smith would ATTEMPT to block Leonard Williams, though.

  23. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I agree with Cobra and Joe in Mich that Brady probably could’ve avoided a couple sacks with a quicker dump of the ball.

    While that’s not good OTOH it does mean Brady has a reasonable level of confidence and belief in the OL if he feels free to hang on to it that long.

  24. Jaymiss Pick6 Again Says:

    Tristian Wirfs!! Hell yea Jason Licht!

  25. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    Cobraboy Says:
    “I thought Brady had time to dump the ball on those sacks.”
    Especially the second one. He sacked himself holding the ball.