The Tampa Bay Buccaneers came in as heavy favorites in their Sunday contest against the Washington Football Team. They shocked everybody by losing 29-19.
After the loss, coach Bruce Arians ripped his team.
“It has nothing to do with ability. It’s about execution and being a smart football team. We’re a very dumb football team. And that’s a reflection on the coaches,” Arians said, via ESPN’s Jenna Laine.
“Energy and passion are very fixable,” Arians said. “The penalties — they’ve gotta get corrected sooner or later. The first play of the game — they’re shifting, and we jump offsides. They don’t even run a play, and we jump offsides. The stupidity has to go away if we’re gonna go anywhere.”
The Bucs could only muster up six points and a new season-low with just 136 total yards in the first half. Brady threw two interceptions in the first quarter. The defense got put through the ringer when it couldn’t get off the field in the fourth quarter, allowing Washington to march for a 19-play TD drive that milked 10:26 off the clock to ice the game late.
The Bucs have lost two consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 11-12, 2020, which is also the last time Brady had two-plus INTs in consecutive games.
After the game, Brady was clearly upset as he spent little time talking to reporters before heading out the door.
“We just never really played on our terms. We played behind the whole game. They played a good game. They had a good plan,” Brady said in a very brief media session following the loss. “It doesn’t matter who you play if you have a bunch of self-inflicted errors too. We’ve gotta go out and execute the plays that were there.”