You’ve got to love the passion of Tampa Bay Bucs head coach Bruce Arians. It’s that passion that has not only made him a big fan favorite in Tampa Bay, but also helped fuel the Bucs’ Super Bowl run a year ago.
That passion got the best of Arians at halftime of Tampa Bay’s 48-25 win over Atlanta on Sunday. Arians was livid over the Falcons scoring a last-second field goal to cut the Bucs’ lead to 21-10. Tampa Bay committed three penalties on Atlanta’s scoring drive, which helped the Falcons drive 47 yards for a field goal in four plays with just 43 seconds left before halftime.
Two of the penalties, an unnecessary roughness penalty on cornerback Carlton Davis III and an offside penalty on outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett looked very questionable upon replay, likely adding to Arians’ ire as he spoke with Buccaneers Radio Network’s sideline reporter T.J. Rives.
“Coach, I know they got the three right at the end of the half – what are you happiest with, especially on offense?” Rives asked Arians as he came off the field at halftime.
“Not a damn thing!” Arians responded. “I’m not happy about a damn thing. We turned the ball over. This should be a 35-point game by half right now! We’re not happy about shit!”
“Defensively, what are you going to build on in the second half?” Rives asked.
“The same thing,” Arians said. “Nothing! Nothing. Too many damn penalties! Same thing right there. Too many damn penalties!”
One can only imagine what Arians told his team at halftime in the locker room moments after his interview with Rives. Whatever Arians said, it worked as the Bucs scored a third quarter touchdown to increase the team’s lead to 28-10 before the Falcons rallied.
It took a while, but the Bucs got to the 35 points Arians wanted – and past it – in the second half, as Tampa Bay moved to 2-0 on the season. The Bucs outscored the Falcons in the second half, 27-15, including 21-0 in the fourth quarter.
Here is the audio clip of Arians’ halftime rant with Rives, courtesy of the Buccaneers Radio Network.
Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: email@example.com
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