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NFL Notebook: Tom Brady’s not deteriorating, but his confidence in what’s around him in Tampa is

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Much has been made about Tom Brady's performances over the Bucs' last four games, which included two losses in three games heading into todays big showdown against the Chiefs.

And, of course, the outspoken comments by coach Bruce Arians was just red meat to everyone.

“I think he’s getting confused a few times with the coverage,” Arians said Tuesday. “That might be the cause for some inaccurate balls, but I don’t see it at all in practice. We’re not missing the deep ball in practice, that’s for sure. It’s just a matter on Sundays hitting them."

Technically, Arians is not incorrect. Brady did misread a couple of coverages in key spots — including on the ill-fated final interception — but Arians' comments were also a bit disingenuous and, of course when it comes to Arians, a bit self-serving.

Arians could have — and should have — tipped his cap to the Rams because there were a couple of really nice disguises in big spots (Those guys get paid too, but an offensive genius like Arians would never get beaten by a defensive coordinator, right?). And there were NOT multiple misreads. There were a few. Nothing out of the ordinary.

But the bigger issues with the Bucs don't lay with Brady. They deal with the fit with Brady, and setting him up for success.

How has Brady really played to date? Let's catch up, and then get into the truth about the Bucs' problems.

WEEK 6: BUCS 38, PACKERS 10