Bucs coach Bruce Arians went for it on fourth down at his own 20 and had his 43-year-old QB sneak it
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians always hits 16 against a dealer's 10 in blackjack. He could hit 17 and 18 too.
The NFL will change its stance when it goes down to fourth. For most of the NFL's first 100 years, trying in almost any situation other than end-game desperation was taboo. Then the coaches began to find out that possession is pretty nice and shouldn't be given up easily.
We have seen more and more coaches close to midfield in recent years. But in the first half on your own 20? Arians certainly love to play.
The Buccaneers were a few inches behind the first with their own 20 at the start of the second quarter. Even with the New Age beliefs that it is going down in fourth place, this is a boat for almost anyone. But Arians left his offense in the field.
And in fourth place out of his own 20, he let 43-year-old quarterback Tom Brady sneak up.
Brady got it, which saves Arians some explanation. It's not a bad call. Quarterback sneak is almost automatic regardless of the age of the QB, and ball possession is paramount in the NFL. Coaches still sting too often even though they keep getting better.
The world belongs to the brave. The Buccaneers held the ball after Brady's sneak, drove deep into Bear territory and kicked a field goal to take a 13-0 lead. That's better than poking around.
Whatever the record for the lowest a team has attempted before the final minutes of a game on their own territory, Arians may have broken it Thursday night.
Buc's trainer Bruce Arians of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers told Tom Brady to sneak it deep into his own territory in fourth place. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images)
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