NFC Notes: Buccaneers, Eagles, Redskins


When QB Tom Brady signed with the Buccaneers, the question immediately became how one of the most famed dink and dunk passers in history would fit with HC Bruce Arians‘ bombs-away style of offense. But it won’t entirely be Arians’ offense in 2020, it’ll be OC Byron Leftwich calling the plays for Brady and working to integrate him into Tampa Bay’s scheme. Leftwich says it’s his job to find out what Brady does well and call plays to that strength. 

“My philosophy — and which I believe B.A.’s philosophy is also — is that every quarterback I’ve ever been around has a role in the offense. I don’t just call plays; I don’t just come up with plays — I come with plays always with the quarterback in mind,” Leftwich said via ESPN’s Jenna Laine. “So there’ll be some things that’s different here and there; obviously we want to know everything that Tom knows. Any time you’ve got a guy like this leading your team at the quarterback position, you want to know and put him in the best position possible all the time.”

“There’s not a play that he hasn’t heard of; there’s not a play that he hasn’t ran,” Leftwich added. “Now we just gotta figure out what he does well, and make sure we run a lot more of those plays on Sunday than not.”


  • Per Adam Caplan, a personnel source called Eagles RB Boston Scott “just okay as a runner” but added that Scott brings “juice” in the passing game out of the backfield. 
  • The Eagles were also considering S Jeremy Chinn and RB J.K. Dobbins with the second-round pick they ultimately used on QB Jalen Hurts. (John McMullen)


Redskins Senior VP of Player Development and former Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams has good things to say about the arm of QB Dwayne Haskins.

“I don’t care who came out this year, last year, there’s not a quarterback that’s come out in the last two years that has the ability — from an arm strength standpoint and arm talent — that Dwayne Haskins has,” Williams said on 106.7 The Fan, via NBC Washington. “Dwayne can throw with the best of them. Now mentally, he has to control the other part, and I think he has aligned himself and realized that’s what he has to do, and I think that’s what he’s doing. I think at the end of the day, give him the opportunity to do what everybody is doing, and that is to improve upon his game.”

The team has challenged Haskins to take on a bigger leadership role and so far HC Ron Rivera has been encouraged by how Haskins has embraced that, including on social media.

“It’s been very encouraging, just watching and listening. I do watch what’s going on on Twitter, just to see, and a lot of guys post stuff,” Rivera said via Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer. “And he’s one of those guys that puts some good stuff out there, and you can see he’s trying to take a leadership role with some of the young guys, so that’s been good to see.” 

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