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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Bruce Arians hire makes sense for Tampa Bay because he’s an x and os mastermind and the team is loaded with offensive players. Mike Evans is an elite receiver who’s gone over 1,000 receiving yards in each of his five seasons. O.J Howard is a 6’6’” 240 pound red zone target and his sidekick Cameron Brate is also a solid player. Then there’s emerging wide out Chris Godwin and it’s obvious they have a good nucleus in West Florida.
All of these tools will help Arians execute his game plan which will be facilitated by quarterback Jameis Winston. Being able to put those guys in a position to succeed is why offensive coordinators are so valuable in today’s game. The defenses in the NFL are so good that it takes a creative mind to strategize and create opportunities when it comes to designing plays. Jameis Winston will benefit so much from Arians scheming players open and everything should be much more crisp. Winston will have to stand tall in the pocket and make all of the throws and the Buccaneers are going to attack whatever formations their opponents throw out at them. So you can expect O.J Howard to run in between to the safeties on a cover 2 and Winston testing the corners when he has one on one coverage against a cover 3. It’s those little tactical advantages that should get the most out of Tampa Bay’s roster and because of that this offense will score plenty of points. Arians couldn’t have arrived at a better time for Jameis Winston but all of his struggles are in the past now. It’s about putting it all together moving forward and making a run at an NFC South title. Obviously that’s step one and then from there’s it’s about going on a deep playoff run. Of course a good start to all of this would be a win in week one over the Atlanta Falcons and Winston has to be the difference maker.
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Jameis Winston could have his best year yet with Bruce Arians calling the offensive plays.