Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich embraced the Bruce Arians phrase “no risk it, no biscuit” and applied it to his weekly game planning sessions with quarterback Tom Brady.
“It’s really just — attack,” Leftwich said Monday, articulating the Arians mantra. “Score points. This isn’t the same league where you ran the ball and got two yards on first down. The slogan is perfect for the way this team is playing right now. We just happen to have players at skill positions that can get at people … short, medium, long. No matter what, empty it. Make sure you have nothing left. Attack, attack, attack and try to win the football game.”
Leftwich and Brady have been in attack mode since their first sitdown prior to training camp. It took time to jell, but Leftwich said he enters Sunday with a full understanding of how Brady will respond to what he’s seeing on the field each play.
“I’m not really shocked we’re here in this game to be honest with you,” Leftwich said. “I remember at the end of last season, telling myself, ‘If I’m a free agent quarterback, I’m coming to Tampa.’”
Brady did come to Tampa and is starting a 10th Super Bowl on Sunday. The Buccaneers knocked off the top two seeds in the NFC playoffs to earn the right to play at Raymond James Stadium against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Leftwich, who went to the Super Bowl as a backup quarterback with the Steelers, said he’s pleased to be in the final game of the season again. But he would have loved for his players to have the full Super Bowl experience.
“I wish that our guys could have the real experience of what it really is,” Leftwich said. “The experience is a little different this year. Obviously we’re doing it through video. I would love for them to have been in a different year, different circumstance, to experience it the way I experienced it. This is the time to enjoy it.”