Bruce Arians has been known for his vertical passing game as NFL head coach and offensive coordinator. With a soon-to-be-43-year-old quarterback, he's not about to shy away from the deep ball and scoffs at the notion that Tom Brady has lost something when it comes to airing the ball out.
"I thought his deep ball was outstanding last year. Through their play-action game, they hit a lot of deep balls. And our quarterback -- I thought he put it as good as anybody -- throw it to the guy who's open."
Brady had the seventh-highest completion rate in the NFL last season on passes traveling 20 or more yards in the air at 43 percent. The league average was 38 percent. Brady also threw seven touchdown passes that went 20 or more yards in the air, his most in 13 years. Not bad for an offense that lacked a legitimate deep-threat receiver.
Arians appeared to be referring to his former starter Jameis Winston, who last season became the first NFL QB to have 30 interceptions and 30 TDs, when the coach talked about QBs he's had that who looked deep too often. (Winston also led the league with 102 passes that traveled 20 yards or more.)
"We do have reads that start deep and come in short, but I've had a couple of quarterbacks that just keep looking deep -- they won't throw the checkdown," Arians said. "[Offensive consultant] Tom Moore [the former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator with Peyton Manning] has the best saying in the world: 'You don't go broke putting money in the bank. Take the damn checkdown.'
"We don't have to teach Tom that."