Bruce Arians didn’t mince words when he spoke at One Buc Place on Wednesday, emphasizing that the margin of error is zero now with the Bucs facing such uphill odds to make the playoffs. Not only will Tampa Bay need to win the remainder of their games this season, they will also need some help from other teams around the league.

Read the full transcript below.

(Opening statement)
“Not participating today was Alex Cappa, Demar Dotson, Scotty Miller, Anthony Nelson, [Rakeem Nunez-Roches] and [Jason Pierre-Paul]. [Nunez-Roches] was an excused absence and two of those guys just have veteran days off. Good start to the week, kind of lowered the tempo as far as the running part of practice. We got our full-speed, seven-on-seven blitz and then kind of scaled it back as far as the running. This time of the year we don’t need it, it’s just a matter of assignments and being physically ready to go on Sunday against a team that’s in the same situation as us. It’s a one-game season.”

(On if he’s discussed the need to win every game from here on out)
“Yeah, we talked about it this morning. I said, if you want to feel what the playoffs are like, you’re in it right now. They’re one-game seasons and if you lose you’re done. Then you play for fun. I’ve been in it where we needed to win four, we won all four, we were the sixth seed and we won the Super Bowl. JPP’s been in the same situation so it’s happened, it’s been done, just take care of your own business and you can’t worry about everybody else.”

(On Ron Rivera bouncing back from being fired)
“He’s a hell of a coach. He’s a better man than he is a coach and he’s a hell of a coach.”

Panthers coach Ron Rivera and Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Getty Images

(On the role his family has played on his success as a coach)
“Everything. To be able to share it with them, my son was a ball boy, he went to Wisconsin with the Chiefs and worked the sidelines back when we used to have cords. It was a great bonding experience for us and our kids were always at the facility and at practice as long as I can remember. Some teams don’t allow it but…”

(On Lavonte David)
“He’s the ultimate pro. First off, he’s dependable. He’s a great player but what he does with the young players is amazing.”

(On what the team has to do to win at home)
“Learn to win at home. There’s a little extra when the noise is on the other side and the communication on defense, one missed call could be a touchdown. We have to be really sharp with our communication. Hopefully there won’t be a bunch of the other team’s fans in the end zone and we snap the ball early like we did against New Orleans. Sometimes for teams it’s easier on the road than at home but it shouldn’t be.

(On how to improve the run game)
“I don’t think it’s… as long as the numbers are there. We’ve had some called back. That was a good physical front, we could have run the ball differently against Jacksonville instead of right at Calais [Campbell] all the time with a tight end. I don’t have any concerns in the run game right now and [Ronald Jones] is still our starter and we’ll get him going.”

(On how he learns how to coach each guy different)
“It’s called honesty. I don’t sugarcoat it so if you can’t handle the truth it’s a problem sometimes and some young guys can’t so you have to call them in, talk to them individually and pat them on the back.”

Bucs HC Bruce Arians – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs HC Bruce Arians – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

(On how Ronald Jones has responded to being benched)
“Great. I just reaffirmed to him that he’s my guy and that hey, we’re in the playoffs now and we can’t have that. You have that and you’ll be standing next to me.”

(On if there’s a similar impact between the Colts’ Darius Leonard and Devin White)
“Yeah, Devin’s injury set him back I think from some awards that I think he would have been in the hunt for but Darius, coming from a small school, is a little bit different than coming from LSU but you look at the height, weight, speed and you go work him out it’s, wow. You never know about the competition but he’s in the perfect system for him and the Colts do a great job of drafting people that fit their system.”

(On what winning three straight games will mean for the Bucs)
“Just that we did it and that we have a chance to win four and stay in it. That’s it, that’s what it’s all about right now, one game at a time.”

(On the Colts offensive line)
“This might be the best offensive line [we’ve faced], and we’ve seen some good offensive lines but this one… Quenton Nelson kind of sets the tone for them and Todd [Bowles] did a good job of showing the tape and that you don’t want to be embarrassed on it. They’re running game and Frank [Reich] does a great job, he’s very unique with some of the stuff that he does so they’ll be a good challenge for us to maintain where we’ve been stopping the run.”

(On Quenton Nelson vs. the Bucs’ interior defensive line)
“It should be fun, especially with Vita [Vea] and [Ndamukong] Suh, if we can keep those two on him I like our matchup.”

Ndamukong Suh – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

(On if Suh gets enough credit)
“No, he doesn’t. He’s been playing lights out, especially this past month, but he’s been playing very well this whole year.”

(On the My Cause My Cleats campaign)
“It’s huge, I really like that the league allowed the players to do this and I wish they’d let them do more of it because they’re such positive influences for all of their causes and what this league does. We get criticized for a lot of other things but there’s a lot of good that’s done off the field by everybody and for me, a voice for children, that’s very important.”

(On how much he’s seen from this group of Bucs)
“There’s growth every week. Last week it was Breshad [Perriman] and O.J. [Howard] popping into the picture. You’ve always got Mike [Evans] and Chris [Godwin] but I like where the backs have been in the passing game and finding each piece, developing matchups each week for them and watching them grow.”

(On how much the My Cause My Cleats campaign allows him to learn about his players)
“Yeah, it’s fun. A lot of them wore them out there today breaking them in and you ask about them. It might be an aunt, it might be a grandmother, it might be someone in their family that had some disease and there’s some other things that are very important. Each guy has foundations and what they do off the field like Jameis and Chris and all of those guys.”

(On how those causes and passions lead to the best conversations with players)
“Yeah, that’s the development of relationships that last a long time. I’ve got so many guys that I’ve coached that I’m still really close to and some of them are turning 60 and that’s scary but that’s why you’re in this business.”

(On what his evaluation would be of Jameis Winston if he had to give one today)
“I’m going to pass on that one and I’m going to wait until the end of December. There’s been really, really, really good and some really, really bad and it’s called pass until it’s over and then we’ll make a decision.”

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AlbJack65

Winston will be the starting QB for the Bucs next year barring a disastrous 4 game meltdown to finish the season.

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Pit of misery

Thank God for no comment…

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plopes808

Interesting read:
https://bucswire.usatoday.com/2019/12/04/why-the-case-for-keeping-jameis-winston-beyond-2019-involves-carson-palmer/

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BUC-ASS-BOB

Playoff picture Vikings lose 4 in a row to Lions, chargers, bears and green bay
and 4 wins in a row for Bucs we are in as long as Rams lose 3 of next 4 and bears do not win 2 more games this year.
I do not think bears will win any more games this year so we have that going for Bucs
I will reserve my seat today!

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jongruden

“Playoffs”?- Jim Mora

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surferdudes

At this stage of his career he’s not a 30 million a yr QB. He still could become one, or not. Giving him a big contract would be a big gamble. Maybe a three yr deal could be worked out that could satisfy both sides, but as of now, I wouldn’t give him a huge deal.

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Dman

Let’s worry about there offseason in January.

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fredster

Winston will be here next year and deserves to be if he keeps playing well like last few weeks. I would think it’s franchise tag at bare minimum or 3 year deal. 5 years isn’t out of question either for 25 year old that has been very durable if he plays well these last 4 games. You can break this season down a million ways but here is the bottom line and indisputable: This team would absolutely be in wildcard hunt and winning record right now if the secondary had played average. Not If Winston Didn’t throw too many int.… Read more »

magoobee

Winston deserves to be the QB next year? Let’s rewind back to the start of last year. I do remember Fitzpatrick putting up numbers comparable to what Winston is doing now. Actually, Fitzpatrick is much better than Winston at throwing the deep ball. I can count on 1 hand the number of fly patterns Winston has connected on. But I do not have that many fingers or toes to count the number overthrown. He has 2 of the best WRs in the game. 1 very reliable TE in Brate. Another TE (Howard), that unfortunately does not fit an Arians scheme.… Read more »

CrackerBall

Turnovers kill the chances of a team to win – if you win that battle, you win 78% of the time. With Jameis Winston as QB, we will not win that battle often.

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jongruden

I know Arians very well from his time in AZ as I live 20 min from Cardinals Stadium and I know he is extremely loyal to his players to loyal in fact but I also know he hates turnovers with a passion from qb play I honestly don’t think Winston will be back unless he balls out these last 4 games but if he has another 3 int game or fumbles he will not be back next yr.

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magoobee

Kyler Murray, a rookie with less weapons than Winston. 6 INT, 0 Fumbles Lost. Winston 20 INT, 5 Fumbles Lost.
I think that says it all.

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jongruden

K Murray doesn’t have Mike Evans and Chris Godwin either haha

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scubog

Who won that game JonnyG? Oh, and doesn’t Murray have some Fitzgerald guy?

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jongruden

Cards defense is atrocious ha and Fitzgerald the guy who has played 18 seasons?

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fredster

Yes, Winston should to be here next year. He has more talent than all guys you mentioned. How he plays last few games especially with defense not sucking will be determining factor. K Murray has hell of lot better D than Winston has. Better o line too. Can do this all day about who has what, but if you guys are going to talk about weapons for Winston How about talking about the lack of run game and how he runs for his life. You think weapons matter when your leagues worst defense and garbage o line? Will see how… Read more »