By HCR Staff | November 3, 2020
The Bucs got out of the Monday Night Football trap game against the Giants, and they look like a real contender for the NFC Championship. As they pursue it, they’ll have one hurdle to deal with that’s on their own sideline, however.
Head coach Bruce Arians’ judgment.
Arians nearly cost the Bucs last night’s victory with a poor decision in the 3rd quarter.
At 6:05 in the 3rd quarter, the Bucs had just overcome a 14-9 deficit and scored a touchdown, to make the score 15-14, pending the extra point.
With nearly a quarter and a half left in regulation, and perhaps 3-5 more offensive possessions left in the game for the Bucs, Arians chose to go for the lower percentage 2 point extra point try to make the score 17-14.
He didn’t get it.
The more sensible decision would have been to kick the point and take a 16-14 lead. Given that the Bucs were facing an inferior squad and the Bucs have QB Tom Brady and another 3-5 possessions in the game circumstances were favorable for the another Bucs touchdown and an eventual 9 point, 2 possession lead and firm control of the game.
That’s exactly how it played out, but due to the failed 2 point try, the Bucs never got the 9 point lead. Instead, they were forced to protect an 8 point lead, all the way down to the end.
The Bucs’ narrow – and lucky – victory didn’t have to be narrow or lucky, but Arians’ lack of judgment in the 3rd quarter made it so.
“BA” isn’t an elite head coach – he’s only slightly above average in our view because of decisions like this. The Bucs have the players to go far this season, but they’ve got to deal with one big hurdle.
Their own head coach.