The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are gearing up for a title-defending run in 2021. And according to third-year offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, Tom Brady and the Bucs’ offense are well-equipped to accomplish that goal.
With all 11 starters returning from last year’s Super Bowl winning offense, Leftwich says Brady and his squad have an even “better understanding of each other now” than they did in 2020, per Bucs insider Carmen Vitali.
Leftwich said there’s a big difference going into this season – Tom Brady and the rest of the offense have a better understanding of each other now. So do the coaches.
— Carmen Vitali (@CarmieV) September 3, 2021
Through his first year in Tampa Bay this past season, Brady led the Buccaneers with the league’s second-best passing attack in terms of yards per game (289.1). The team’s total offense ranking came in at No. 7 with 384.1 total yards per game.
With an entire roster of fresh faces in 2020, the all-time great QB connected with his new receivers on 65.7 percent of pass attempts for 4,633 yards and 40 touchdowns through the regular season. He continued that success into the playoffs, throwing 1,061 yards and 10 touchdowns on 58.7 percent completion.
Leading receivers Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown and Brady’s longtime teammate Rob Gronkowski are all returning this coming season — furthering their already-strong connection in the passing game.
In addition to the 11 returning starters on the offensive side of the ball, Tampa Bay will also return every Super Bowl starter from the defensive unit.
With this fully-reloaded roster, Brady and the Bucs should be primed for another deep playoff run this coming season.
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