In 2019, with Jameis Winston at the quarterback position, Tampa Bay had a very explosive offense. They averaged 28.6 points per game, which was tied for third in the NFL that season. In addition, they averaged close to 400 yards of offense. They were explosive, but all was not well on the offensive side of the ball.
Tampa Bay committed 41 turnovers, including 30 interceptions from Winston. The 41 turnovers were the worst in the league, and Tampa Bay was -13 in turnover differential. After 2019, Tampa Bay knew they needed to upgrade the quarterback position, and the Buccaneers did when they signed the great Tom Brady.
The 43-year-old Brady has come in and changed things dramatically for Tampa Bay. In 2020, the Buccaneers committed only 17 turnovers and were +8 in turnover differential. Winston threw 33 touchdowns in 2019, while Brady threw 40 in 2020. Tampa Bay averaged 30.8 points per game this season, but the most significant difference is the interceptions. Brady threw only 12 this season.
Only Wednesday, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians discussed what Brady has brought to the offense.
“I think the biggest difference is obviously in the turnover ratio,” Arians said. “Eliminating turnovers, creating more turnovers, and protecting the football. We’re still a very explosive offense with Tom, but we have eliminated a lot of turnovers. Just his overall leadership…
“He(Brady) knows how to take care of himself, and he’s a great, great player. His preparation reminds me so much of Peyton Manning. Those two guys set the bar as far as preparation for the guys that I have coached. Ben [Roethlisberger] didn’t like that stuff. He just wanted to go play, and he knew what he was doing. You didn’t want to overload him. Andrew Luck was the same way – he was so smart. All of these guys have a grit about them that they can will themselves on other people and make them win.”
With what the Kansas City Chiefs can do on offense, Brady and the Buccaneers’ offense will need to be at their best for the team to get it done on Sunday, and based on what we’ve seen this season, expect Brady to be ready.