January 1st, 2021

Bucs OC explains.

One reason the Bucs offense has started to click the past two weeks is that everyone seems to fully understand it.

Reading between the lines from what Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians has been saying, the offense, at midseason, was mostly vanilla in part due to Antonio Brown joining the team.

Now that he and his teammates are all on the same level, Arians has been expanding the playbook.

We are seeing the results.

Asked yesterday about Brown — it’s easy to forget he hadn’t played football since early in 2019, offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich said Brown brings passion to the Bucs.

“To me, he’s an energy guy,” Leftwich said. “He’s the same guy that I practiced with when we played together in Pittsburgh. I know him well enough. What he came in and did [after] being out of football as long as he’s been out [and] came in – the effort that he put in [on] every play is amazing.

“The effort, the way he goes about his business about the game of football – it’s another unique thing and it’s something that I saw when he first came into this league and it’s something that you see now. He warms up a little bit more [now]. I told him back in the day he never would warm up, he would just get in the huddle and go – now he warms up.”

And while Brown, known for tossing furniture off a balcony and throwing a bicycle at a security guard shack, brings energy and passion, Leftwich warned not to mistake him for being a wallflower.

“[He’s] the same to me,” Leftwich said of Brown who was drafted by the Steelers when Leftwhich backed up Ben Roethlisberger. “That would mean that he wasn’t humble back then.

“I just think he’s always been a good kid. I think he’s always been a good guy [who] always had a good energy about this game of football. [He] really loves this game and the work that he puts in for this game is an amazing thing for him. I’m just happy to see him doing well.”

So far, that passion has been backed up by common sense. Brown hasn’t tripped up and had an incident — to the public’s knowledge.

He’s been making plays of late. With his speed, the way he can stretch a defense (along with Scotty Miller). There are many reasons why the Bucs offense the past two weeks has been downright scary.

Joe thinks it is safe to say Brown is the best No. 3 receiver in the game.

16 Responses to ““Energy””

  1. Howard Cosell Says:

    Evans, Godwin and Brown


    But don’t let it go to your head Bucs lest you get humiliated by Matty Ice

  2. SOEbuc Says:

    Let’s get it AB! All the receivers are healthy and getting on the same page. Now it’s the play calling. If it ain’t right, it’s all you Tom.

  3. Casual Observer Says:

    Those three WRs have amazing hands. They catch anything close – even in heavy traffic. Terrific for Tom.

  4. I CARE NOW Says:

    I think we should put him in to return punts in the Playoffs.

  5. SOEbuc Says:

    Joe I think Godwin may not be the best WR, but has the stickiest hands in the NFL. That one handed TD is the definition of Godwin.

  6. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    I agree, AB should be returning punts. Barner pretty much stinks.

  7. JustBucNwin Says:

    I’ve wondered for weeks why we don’t use AB in punt returns! Hopefully that changes in the playoffs!!

  8. B.D Says:

    I said when they got him, Leftwich had to have something to do with it. he wae with him as a player….. only makes sense

  9. B.D Says:

    he knows him!!

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  11. B.D Says:

    go Bucs!!!!!

  12. PSL Bob Says:

    What we’re seeing now, is what we expected as the season began – Evans, Godwin, Gronk, OJ, Brate and Miller, with ROJO and Fournette out of the backfield. The argument was, you can’t double cover them all. Well, OJ was injured and in to take his place was AB. Now that the group has completely jelled, again you have to ask how are you going to cover all of these weapons. Hopefully, what we’ve seen over the last couple of games isn’t a mirage. No reason this team can’t drive deep into the playoffs and make it to the Sb.

  13. Cobraboy Says:

    I just read White and Barrett are out Sunday from that gotdamn covid protocol bullcrap.

  14. Mitch Says:

    Hope it’s just a close contact issue and that they will be back for playoff…

  15. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Brown was the best in the game, to have him as a third receiver is unheard of. Brown is a #1 on probably 20 teams in the league. Anyway I hope the Barrett, White thing is just a rumor.

  16. Iamabuc Says:

    Don’t forget….these barrage of weapons is still missing O.J.Howard……OMG!…. I keep saying it…regardless of this season’s outcome; the rest of the league have being very lucky in regard to the Buccaneers. No Vita Vea!!!!!!!!!!!!!…. that’s huge no matter how you slice it. No OJ Howard #80. ME13 have being hurt, still killing them softly. Godwin have being hurt, still unbelievable but can you imaging those two fully healthy. I don’t put too much credibility on the outside noise. We all have eyes, we watch the games, we see what’s going on. The Bucs are ready to play January football and I believe in the them, period.