Motion = Humming Offense?

March 2nd, 2021

Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians.

Was a former Bucs backup quarterback onto something? Or was/is this just a coincidence?

Joe remembers in midseason of 2020, former Bucs backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky threw a hissy fit on national TV about Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians. Orlovsky claimed Arians (or Byron Leftwich?) was committing coaching malpractice because the Bucs didn’t put many guys in motion.

Arians shot back that it is a personal preference of his quarterbacks. Some like that; some don’t. Besides, Arians said, the Bucs were scoring points, which is the objective of offensive football (for coaches not named “Lovie”).

So if the Bucs were scoring points, why was it so bad to not have motion?

Joe sided with Arians. How could the offense be broken if it was scoring points? Though in the minority among media, Joe thought this was a lot of hollering for no good reason. Barking to be barking to fill airtime.

Well, as we all know, the Bucs were a different team after the bye week. The Bucs offense absolutely hummed and averaged a fraction under 31 points a game in the postseason.

NextGen stats seems to think the reason why the offense was rolling in December and January and February was that the Bucs were putting receivers in motion much more than before the bye.

Joe thought back when Orlovsky was hollering at Arians, and thinks now, it was much to do about little. Joe only gave a damn about the end result: points. The rest is window dressing.

If park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring, down-forgetting, handshake-stiffing, jet-ski-losing, biscuit-baking, tequila-shooting, trophy-throwing Bucs Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady thought receivers in motion helped him, then use it. If the Bucs were scoring points without it, then what is all the fuss about?

Did Scotty Miller need to be in motion to burn Kevin King?

To be fair, while using motion, the Bucs offense seemed much more consistent.

11 Responses to “Motion = Humming Offense?”

  1. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Tommy told Byron to wake the eff up and stop being so predictable.

    Yes sir Tom, yes sir.

  2. August 1976 Buc Says:

    One thing motion does is it gives the QB “tells” to what the Defense is doing to attack the offense. Why not have window dressing. We have the GOAT, all the more mess with the other teams heads and let the defense show what they are doing to try and stop you. Just help make it easier for Brady to slice and dice up a defense. I believe the offense is going to score 32-35 a game in 2021. Brady had 50 TD’s and over 5000 yards when you include the post season. Not bad for a 43 year old GOAT QB. Will Brady put up 50 TDs next year in the regular season? We will see. GO BUCS!!!!!

  3. August 1976 Buc Says:

    I will repeat…….and let this sink in……Brady had 50 TD’s and over 5000 yards when you include the postseason. Not bad for a 43 year old GOAT QB. Glad you choose Tampa Bay Tom. GO BUCS!!!!!

  4. Cobraboy Says:

    Brady wants motion to key defenses.

    Brady got what he wanted.


    So if you stand still your easier to defend? Not brain surgery.

  6. TOM Says:

    Everyone seems to be pushing for Lefty to be a HC especially BA. I think he barely qualifies as OC & HC is out of the question. Bowles would be a better HC. IMHO

  7. Mitch Says:

    Motion helps QB’s identify the defense faster. It’s a big part of Brady’s game that allows him to dissect the defense and helps him make fast decisions/throws.

    What’s interesting to me is that Brady and Peyton are opposites in their approach. Peyton wanted to play his offense with almost zero motion.

  8. alton green Says:

    here’s some common sense from a 60 yr fan (and career Brady). Country boys like myself don’t like change (if it’s working) You know WINNING THE SUPERBOWL!!!!!!! if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

  9. An Erection for Sacks Says:

    March 2nd, 2021 at 10:11 am
    So if you stand still your easier to defend? Not brain surgery”



    Your is the second person possessive adjective, used to describe something as belonging to you. Your is always followed by a noun or gerund.

    You’re is the contraction of “you are” and is often followed by the present participle (verb form ending in -ing).

    There is one rule that will help you make the right choice:

    If you can replace the word with “you are,” you should select “you’re”. Otherwise, you should only choose “your”.

    Examples of how to use YOUR:
    What is your friend’s name?
    Is this your book?
    Your pen is on the desk.
    Here is your bag.
    What happened to your hair?!

    Examples of how to use YOU’RE:
    You’re going to be late for English class!
    Is that what you’re wearing to the office party?!
    I think you’re lying about going home early last night.
    If you’re ready, we can go into town.
    I can’t believe you’re a footballer when you play like that!


  10. Ericb Says:

    Motion works and is good for reading opponents defense…also kyle van noy was released and if they can get a decent price he would be a great addition to the bucs plus he has great expirience also played with long as he diesnt break the bank i say grab him to add depth..the D woukd be upgraded

  11. Rod Munch Says:

    It’s not the player being in motion that made a difference, it’s the plays where the player is in motion were just called in a better order, at better times. The team was a lot less predictable down the strech and in the playoffs.

    The issue with the Bucs offense is that as good as they are, they still seem to underachieve and leave points on the field. It’s hard to say that without seeming greedy, but just look at the SB, they should have easily got another TD, and they way they were moving, if Jensen doesn’t snap the ball over Brady’s head they might have had another 7 instead of 3.

    In any case, something I called for, for years, is just use more playaction. Dirk used to run it up the middle on every 1st down in the first half (pretty much like BL does), then in the 2nd half, instead of using all those 1st down runs to help him setup plays, he’d go to shotgun – completely eliminating the playaction pass. Leftwich was doing the same garbage for much of the season, but he did finally seem to mix it up at the end of the year.