An alarming stat for Tom Brady, Bruce Arians when it comes to Tampa Bay passing game


Despite all the weapons Tom Brady has at his disposal, things haven't gone so well of late in Tampa Bay.

The Bucs are 7-4 on the year and have lost two of their last three games. The losses have come against the Saints and Rams -- two of the best teams in the NFC -- in primetime.

One thing that's been alarming of late is Brady's issues with throwing the deep ball, which is a staple of Bruce Arians' offense. While Byron Leftwich is calling the plays, Arians still has his hands all over the offense.

Brady has now completed just one of his last 19 passes that have traveled at least 20 yards down the field. Both of Brady's interceptions Monday came on those throws.

“The first (interception) he got hit. It looked like he had Chris [Godwin] going right down the middle and he stepped up and just didn’t get enough on it with the pressure,’' Arians said to reporters afterwards. “The last one was just a misread of the coverage.’'

Overall, Brady finished 26-for-48 passing with 216 yards, two touchdowns and the two interceptions in the 27-24 loss.

“I have to do a better job, absolutely," the QB told reporters. “Tonight was very inefficient, didn’t [do] a very good job during the second half. The defense played great, kept coming up with huge stops, getting us the ball back. Offensively, we just couldn’t make the plays that were necessary to be efficient, and we had plenty of chances. We’ve got to get them fixed.”

If the Bucs are going to turn things around and make a playoff run, it certainly feels like Brady is going to need to correct his issues with throwing the deep ball.