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#pounditMonday, January 30, 2023

Bucs burned by incredibly dumb play call against Seahawks

Tom Brady tripped a defender after an interception

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers looked better offensively on Sunday than they have throughout most of the season, but one of their drives came to an abrupt halt because of a terrible play call.

The Bucs had a 14-3 lead late in the third quarter and drove the ball deep into Seattle Seahawks’ territory. Tom Brady was in a great rhythm with his wide receivers when offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich decided to call a trick play. Brady lined up wide left as a receiver on 1st-and-10. Leonard Fournette took a direct snap in the wildcat formation and tried to float a pass to Brady. It was underthrown and led to an easy interception for cornerback Tariq Woolen.

You can see the play below:

To make matters worse, Brady was called for tripping on the play. That gave the Seahawks better field position.

Leftwich was eventually bailed out by Tampa Bay’s defense. The Seahawks drove into the red zone before Geno Smith fumbled and the Bucs recovered.

The Buccaneers have been terrible on offense for most of the season. Brady even raised some concerning questions about his teammates this week. That is probably why Leftwich came into the game trying to be more creative, but there was no need to call a trick play in that situation with the way the offense was humming.

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