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Renner: The playcalling is holding back Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Nov 29, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians speaks with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

There are a lot of franchises around the NFL that would kill to have the seventh-highest scoring offense in the league right now. This Tampa Bay Buccaneers team is decidedly not one of them.

No team has consistently failed to live up to the sum of its parts more than the 7-5 Bucs this season. With a Hall of Fame quarterback and three receivers with 1,300-plus-yard seasons on their resume, the Bucs shouldn’t be making scoring points look as difficult as they consistently have been. Something has been emphatically off ever since Week 1.

After most swept their issues under the rug as “growing pains,” it’s worth asking if they’ll ever figure it out now that they're 12 games in.

Let’s go back in time to when Bruce Arians' offense was at its peak, with Carson Palmer at the helm of the 2015 Arizona Cardinals, to pinpoint where the 2020 version is struggling and see what can be fixed.

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