Blueprint To Stifle Bucs Offense Revealed Last Week?

October 7th, 2021

Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians

The Dolphins have been a running joke since dumbbell meathead coach Dave Wannstedt ran the show in South Beach.

The Dolphins are starting to remind Joe of the Bucs not too long ago: a team that couldn’t avoid tripping over itself.

Don’t be fooled, Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians said yesterday. Brian Flores is a fine defensive coach from the Bill Belichick tree. And Flores knows Tom Brady as well as just about anyone not named “Belicheat.”

“It’s very similar,” Arians said of the Dolphins’ use of their defense in relation to the Patriots. “I think this secondary is a lot better than the one we just played. They spent a lot of money in the secondary.

“I think Coach [Brian] Flores has done a heck of job with that defense and it’s a very similar defense. We have to play a hell of a lot better inside the 30-yard line than we did last week, and then we’ll be fine.”

A couple of things Joe will watch for: Belicheat absolutely took Chris Godwin out of the game last week. That may have been the only time since Arians knighted Godwin a starter in 2019 that Godwin has vanished like that. He did, however, emerge big time when the Bucs went to a hurry-up offense late in the first half last week (ahem).

Will Flores be able to copy Belicheat in that regard?

It’s obvious Brady is a bit off with foot-rubbing, car-littering tight end Rob Gronkowski out of the lineup. Can Brady find a way to be more comfortable throwing to Cam Brate and the rest of the superior Bucs receivers?

31 Responses to “Blueprint To Stifle Bucs Offense Revealed Last Week?”

  1. Medicated Pete Says:

    Unless there are Biblical Times type of rain again, the offense will still avg 31 points a game

  2. jimm Says:

    it’s not just the plan, it’s the players.

  3. SB~LV Says:

    Running game is gonna have to build on last week

  4. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I really thought that OJ Howard would step up, with Gronk out.
    My Son had OJ Howard and Chris Godwin on his Fantasy team last week, and lost his Azz.
    Belichick took Godwin out of the game, and OJ Howard was used as a blocker.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Why can’t we do to teams what they do to us…..pound them with short to mid range passes……unlike teams against us, we can run.
    We were terrible on deep passes vs NE…..some of it Tom, some of it receivers.

    Actually, let’s just stay the course…..I would like to see more use of OJ & Brate.

  6. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    This is why there is a debate between Evans or Godwin and who is better. Most of the time. the top opposing CB will be facing against Evans

  7. Robert Says:

    at least we can see the game in S. FL 🙂

  8. Youngbucs Says:

    So the blueprint is to hope Bucs receivers drop passes. Because that it what happened last week.

  9. Steven007 Says:

    This whole blueprint stuff is garbage and always has been. Teams will not dismantle their entire defensive philosophy to follow a plan that worked well while still allowing for us to win. How is that a successful blueprint? Anyways, useful fodder for the blog. I get it.

  10. Pewter Power Says:

    It’s obvious Brady is a bit off with foot-rubbing, car-littering tight end Rob Gronkowski out of the lineup.

    One game is not enough to exaggerate a lazy narrative he’s having trouble playing without gronk

    Gronk came back from retirement so yea Brady has been without him longer than one game

  11. PassingThru Says:

    Taking out Godwin and minimizing Evans was the product of the excellent defensive backfield of New England, and Belichick’s game plan to take out the opposing team’s best player, Tom Brady. Belichick is a brilliant defensive coach. Flores will definitely use Belichick’s blueprint, though the execution part may not fly.

    Miami has a decent defensive secondary, not close to New England’s level but decent. Their LB corp seems a bit uneven, I doubt they have the versatility to pull off the array of blitzes and dropbacks that New England accomplished Sunday.

  12. Sandman Says:

    The bizarre thing was that the patriots generate pressure with just 3 guys. Donovan Smith needs to improve

  13. Medicated Pete Says:

    @YoungBucs 100% correct

  14. Tackleblockwin Says:

    Every week is different. We need to run the ball effectively and play action pass of it this week. Also, one thing I noticed last week against the Patriots was that we covered up the ball better with two hands on the rock. Bucs were not going to fumble. We need more of that basic ball security every week.

  15. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … “The Dolphins have been a running joke since dumbbell meathead coach Dave Wannstedt ran the show in South Beach.”

    Dumbbell meathead coach? Wow, I knew a guy years ago who pissed in another guy’s boot … while he was wearing them & standing at the bar… who didn’t get called out THAT bad. I would’ve thought that Wannstedt might’ve had a little more on the ball to survive over 30 years coaching in the NFL & college, but apparently not.

    Agree with Steven007 BTW that the whole blueprint thing is BS. Every player has different talents & skillsets that all have to be taken into account in any defensive game plan. Plus the weather conditions that night sucked and Tom Brady had a bad night anyways (it happens). If Miami tries to duplicate the Pats’ defense the Bucs’ response is easy: run the ball down their throats, control the clock, and make them adapt.

  16. Jerry Says:

    The Chiefs basically took Godwin and Evans out of the Super Bowl. We relied on Gronk, AB, and the running game for a lot of the big plays.

    Its not a blueprint. It’s a pick your poison situation. If a team wants to take Godwin out of equation, that can be accomplished. But it will open up AB or the TEs. Or if you back your secondary up, you limit our passing and open up the run. Teams have those options. It’s up to the Bucs and Brady to adjust to what that defense is doing and attack a different way than perhaps the initial game plan.

  17. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Yeah the blue print to pray for rain, Brady throwing a wet ball high many times, recievers dropping eady passes.

    Yep sounds like a brilliant strategy.

    Sorry, to much credit being given for things that have nothing to do with Billy B or any coach for that matter.

    Again this game like the first 3 was another that was sloppy at times by the offense and overall just not a clean game by the offense. Yeah Billy B threw the kitchen sink at Brady, but the offense led by Brady was just off. Brady missing throws that he usually makes like clock work. Not giving meaningless credit to Bill for the elements and a Bucs beat up defense.

    GO BUCS!!!!!!!!

  18. SlyPirate Says:

    The life of a Super Bowl Champion.

    Dallas figured out the defense. Patriots figured out the offense.

    Evolve or die.

  19. Craig Says:

    I don’t think the offense can be blueprinted. It will morph into something else, hopefully balancing the run and the pass.

    Run Lenny a few times and the safeties will drop down, then toss a few over their heads , rinse and repeat.

    No big deal, the Dolphins are going to look bad.

  20. Bob Says:

    Please give the name calling a rest. It does not add to the stories and make you appear petty and stupid. Joe is not concerned with appearances. Would hate to live life that way. –Joe

  21. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Hello Bob,
    To many fans of other teams not named the Patriots ,see things a little different. There has been a lot of things over the years with Billy B and the Pats org that is somewhat sketchy.
    I do not know what actually happened, but the appearance of something is there, at least to many fans.
    So if Joe is using a name/adjective concerning Billy B, Bill has earned it, at least in many NFL fans eyes.

    So like it or not Bob and any other person coming on a Blog for Bucs fans. Enjoy the JBF Blog or not that is up to each of us.
    But you must understand how the other teams in the league see Billy B and the Pats org. True or not, I do not know, but that is just how it is.

    GO BUCS!!!!!!!

  22. Steven007 Says:

    Bob, I have to agree with August here. And that’s coming from someone who absolutely detests the silly and sophomoric names and monikers. Enjoy JBF for what it is, not what it is not. I roll my eyes plenty of times as I’m guessing you do. But I’ve not seen a better team blog around. Lots of updates and new articles and content. That’s what keeps me coming back. Holding my nose on occasion is an annoyance, but a petty one.

  23. Joe Says:

    Thank you Steven.

  24. Ed Jean-Pierre Says:

    Tom threw the ball high and behind the receiver a few times. But why throw the ball in the end zone twice instead of getting the first down and then score a touchdown?

  25. JJ Says:

    Expect Brate to have a big game

  26. gbobucsfan Says:

    Tom was too jacked up and wanted to score 20 points on every drive. We will be just fine this week.

  27. Timbucs2 Says:

    As long as the WR corps cuts out doing their best Jacquez “Hot Potato” Green and Reidel “Stone Hands” Anthony impressions, I think we’ll be okay.

  28. Hodad Says:

    What stifled the Bucs offense last week was bad weather, to many dropped passes, and horrible calls like Evans PI, where he was trying to get off a DB that was obviously holding him. Let’s not forget the hand to the face he took that somehow went unnoticed. If we don’t stop ourselves, and the refs don’t help the other side we’ll be fine.

  29. cover deuce Says:

    He won a SB with Brate taking some big reps down the stretch. I think if anyone has the smarts to get up to speed quick with Tom, it’s 84.

  30. MarkRIf Says:

    The offense will adapt accordingly because that’s what Brady does – IF the defense can hold the opposition to under 30 points.

  31. Reuben Young Says:

    Our offensive coordinator B.Leftwich & Co has the footage now to look back at the tape to figure out a game plan against that type of defensive scheme N.E ran against us, so we should still win the game no matter what they do.. Go Bucs