Bruce Arians identifies Tom Brady's biggest issue this season


Tom Brady has been called out publicly by his head coach more this year than he did in 20 seasons with the Patriots.

Brady struggled in the Bucs' 27-24 loss to the Rams Monday night, including throwing two interceptions. He's struggled throwing the deep ball as he's completed just one of his last 19 throws traveling 20 yards or more down the field.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, head coach Bruce Arians said his issues are not confidence related.

"We have Tom calling a lot of his own [plays], or picking his own on the sidelines from the game plan," he said. "I don't think it's a confidence problem whatsoever. It's not lack of trust -- it's lack of continuity within the offense, of the whole picture."

Arians believes the wide receivers have been open.

"We've got the guys open. We've just missed 'em," Arians said. "There are times when coverage dictates you go to that guy. I think we can do a better job of utilizing the deep ball in our game plan. ... But when they're there, we need to hit 'em. We can't have 'em going off our fingertips and we can't overthrow 'em.

"Other than the deep ball, I think he's getting confused a few times with coverage that might be causing some inaccurate balls, but I don't see it at all in practice. We're not missing the deep ball in practice, that's for sure, so it's just a matter of, on Sundays, hitting 'em."

Arians also pointed to the lack of true offseason and training camp also being an issue.

"You don't have a spring at all or a real training camp, it's hard on the quarterback, especially when you've done something for 20 years and then throw all these guys at him," he said. "I think the lack of practice time and everything, and learning of everything, from spring through camp is still showing up."

Tampa Bay will take on Kansas City this week.