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Attends offensive meetings.

More intrigue to what and how Bucs offensive gameplans are constructed, and who the hell is really calling those shots.

Joe is more confused right now than when Joe first opened his eyes this morning from “sleeping in” after arriving from Germany last night, waking at 2:30 a.m. (8:30 a.m. Munich time.)

Who is running the offense? Joe isn’t fully sure after reading a fantastic interview from one of the best NFL writers out there, Dan Pompei of The Athletic. He had a sitdown with former Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians at a cigar bar in Tampa.

Yes, Byron Leftwich is the Bucs offensive coordinator. But it sure seems as if Arians still has the ability to pull out his famous red pen.

Nursing a Crown Royal on the rocks (nice — Joe’s go-to drink, too!) Arians described to Pompei his daily routine at One Buc Palace as a high-level advisor to Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht.

Arians hasn’t fully stepped away from coaching. Arians explained to Pompei he is involved in offensive meetings with the team. Daily.

In his new role, Arians shows up to work between 9 and 9:30 and is usually out by late afternoon. He meets with Licht to discuss the roster, then watches practice, sometimes throwing in coaching pointers. He attends the offensive meeting afterward and watches tape. He might have a game plan suggestion for Leftwich. In training camp, Arians contributed to the red zone and third-down packages.

He has the leeway to do pretty much whatever he wants, but he tries not to inhibit the people who have earned their titles, especially Bowles.

It’s hard to believe if Arians is that involved that the Bucs offense has nose-dived as it has. Joe just cannot buy that. Unless you are telling Joe that Leftwich is ignoring Arians, which is quite possible. It also makes Joe wonder about the timing of Arians’ October heart illness and the Bucs’ offense imploding.

This current Bucs offense looks nothing like Arians’ no-risk-it; no-biscuit. For example, even after the Bucs converted an insane 66 percent of third downs against Seattle, the Bucs rank No. 20 in the NFL in third down conversations at 39 percent.

The worst third-down conversion percentage the Bucs had with Arians was in 2019 when the Bucs finished No. 13 at 41 percent.

That was when the Bucs had no weapons out of the backfield to throw to (that is, unless you think otherwise and also own a game-worn Dare Ogunbowale jersey).

Until Sunday’s Seattle game, the Bucs were on pace to have the worst rushing attack in over a half-century. The Bucs were a top-five scoring per-game offense in each of Arians’ three seasons yet this year the Bucs are No. 27, despite having the greatest quarterback in NFL history.

If Arians is wielding his famous red pen in these meetings, Leftwich has to be erasing the red whiteboard markings with the elbow of his long-sleeved T-shirt the moment Arians leaves the room.

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