Make “Any Sunday” a week? Shame on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for losing to Kenny Pickett and Mitchell Trubisky.
Do “Any Given Sunday” two weeks in a row? Shame on us for not acknowledging a bigger systemic problem with this Bucs team.
This is now the second consecutive egregious loss for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their second straight time on the losing side of the “Any Given Sunday” column. Last week, I pointed out that Tom Brady was not at fault, citing a long list of metrics to prove a 45-year-old quarterback should in fact throw After. This week, Brady has to at least partially take the blame. Father Time hasn’t quite caught Brady, but he finally manages to land some punches. There are still throws Brady has made in this game that only he could make, passes that don’t look open but are thrown into windows smaller than a shoebox. In plays where the ball cannot move downfield, these passes are avoided for the easier ones that should have connected but were unsuccessful.
Where Brady’s age shows the most is on short-to-medium fast passing, the aspects of the game that Brady’s offenses were so often centered on in New England and Tampa Bay. There’s not the same zip on the ball in those narrow windowed areas, and when those passes are short, low, or off-time, the errors start to pile up.