It’s All About Health… Or Is It?
October 2nd, 2022
In a roundtable discussion last week about the Chiefs-Bucs game, a man who has covered the NFL for years for the four-letter claims the Bucs are not about to hit the panic button.
The Bucs offense has disturbingly resembled the offense when Father Dungy was on the Bucs’ sidelines. This bothers Joe a great deal because the quarterback is the greatest to ever walk on an NFL field, Tom Brady.
The offense should not be Dilfer-like with Brady. Something is up.
Joe saw BSPN NFL reporter Dan Graziano at The Licht House last week for the Packers-Bucs game. And it seems Graziano buttonholed a Bucs higher-up to get intel.
Speaking on “First Dump” last week, Graziano claimed that despite the Bucs offense putting up less than 20 points in each game this season, no one at One Buc Palace is freaking out.
“They believe that once they get everybody healthy, they will be good,” Graziano said. “They don’t see any drop off in Brady’s performance and Brady’s abilities.”
Let’s be real here: The Bucs had Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Julio Jones all together healthy in the first half of the Cowboys game. The Bucs had only four field goals by halftime.
This offense is sputtering too much and Joe cannot put a finger on it. Is it really caused by so much upheaval on the offensive line? Is Playoff Lenny slipping before our very eyes?
Did Bucs coach Todd Bowles tinker too much with the offense? Does Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich miss Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians? Does Brady miss foot-rubbing Rob Gronkowski?
(For those who enjoy conspiracy theories and connecting dots that may or may not exist, consider that Gronk’s girlfriend, the model and television personality Camille Kostek, is doing promotional work for an NFL social media project targeting women. In the Kostek’s spots that are floating through Instagram, she is wearing a Gronk Bucs jersey.)
There is just something odd about this offense. And Joe isn’t fully sure it’s only clunky because Godwin and Julio have been hurt.