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Buccaneers seek answers after loss to Washington - 'We're a very dumb football team'

By Sports Desk November 14, 2021

Expectations have changed around Tampa Bay in the wake of last season's Super Bowl title, and the Buccaneers wasted no words after a stunning loss to the Washington Football Team on Sunday. 

Washington intercepted Tom Brady on successive possessions in the opening quarter and the Bucs never got on track as they slumped to a 29-19 defeat against a team that entered the game with a 2-6 record. 

Brady was in no mood to dissect the reasons behind Tampa Bay's loss, as he took only three questions from the media following the game before starting to walk out of the press conference, then hanging on to provide clipped answers to a few more queries after reporters asked him to stay. 

"We just never really played on our terms, played from behind the whole game and they played a good game. They had a good plan," Brady said. 

"Not a great day of football for us. It doesn't matter who you play. If we have a bunch of self-inflicted errors, too, we've got to eliminate those and see if we can go out and execute the plays that are there."

Asked what happened on the two interceptions early in the game, Brady responded only: "We started with the ball. They came away with it."

Brady entered the game averaging 331.3 passing yards per game but finished with just 220 against a Washington team that entered Sunday allowing an NFL-worst 286.8 yards per game through the air. 

Asked how he was feeling, Brady said quietly, "I like to win." 

The Buccaneers (6-3) were particularly frustrated with their performance given they were coming off a bye week following a loss to the New Orleans Saints. 

Head coach Bruce Arians' hopes of the team refocusing after the break were dashed immediately, as the Bucs were flagged for a false start on the first play of the game. 

"The stupidity has to go away if we're going to go anywhere," Arians said. "It has nothing to do with ability. It's all about execution and being a smart football team. We're a very dumb football team, and that's a reflection on coaches.

"It's very disappointing. It's very alarming to watch the energy we practice with, and show the lack of execution and energy that it takes to win in this league on Sunday. We've got a lot of soul-searching to do."

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