The Bucs have struggled in three prime-time match-ups so far this season, falling to the Bears in Week 5 and the Saints in Week 9, while narrowly escaping with a victory over the Giants in Week 8.

Head coach Bruce Arians announced on Monday that the team will be making adjustments to their practice schedule this week in an attempt to remedy the situation before Tampa Bay takes on the Rams next Monday night.

“We’re going to try practicing at that game time on Friday and Saturday night,” Arians said. “Do some more stuff actually Monday morning than we’ve been doing. We’ve got to do something and luckily we’ve got an indoor facility and we can work at night so we’re going to do that and hopefully get a better result to start a ball game at night.”

When asked why Arians thought the Bucs have struggled so much in their prime time games this year, he said that the team has practiced at a high level ahead of each game, so the schedule changes are just another way of trying to figure out where the problems are coming from.

“That’s one of the reasons we’re trying to (change practice up) because the week of practices were great,” Arians said. “What we’re trying to do now is to practice at night so we know when to rev it up and do a little more Monday morning stuff to hopefully get ready before the ball game and focus on getting to a better start. We haven’t started well in any of those ball games.”

Arians also added that he hasn’t seen anything specific in the team’s execution that would lead to their poor performances, just that they aren’t playing well under the lights.

“No, it’s just bad football,” Arians said. “Bad football, not ready to play.”

Tampa Bay’s Week 11 game against the Rams will be yet another chance to prove themselves on a national stage, the Bucs’ fourth of five total prime-time games in 2020.

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eaustinyoung
7 months ago

They didn’t really get 5 primetime games since Bucs/Raiders was changed. In retrospect, I think that helped Tampa secure one of their strongest Ws.

PatrioticChief
7 months ago

I don’t have a clue if this will actually help but I like the aggression. That was something BB was always good at. He would just stay aggressive fixing problems. It didn’t always work but he never failed to try.

eaustinyoung
Reply to  PatrioticChief
7 months ago

I appreciate the effort as well. Look for ANYTHING to fix the primetime woes. At this point, whatever might help.

BrooklynBucsFan
Reply to  eaustinyoung
7 months ago

Even if it just makes the team think that it will help, it’s probably useful. If they believe this will make a difference, it just might. Totally a sensible thing to try.

eaustinyoung
7 months ago

Brees out with a punctured lung. NFC South is wide open again.

bucballer
Reply to  eaustinyoung
7 months ago

And five broken ribs…3 of which were courtesy of the Bucs!

eaustinyoung
Reply to  bucballer
7 months ago

I wish Brees the best. He’s the only Saint that isn’t a massive bag of shit.

76Buc
Reply to  eaustinyoung
7 months ago

They’re all bags of shit.

76bucsfan46
7 months ago

Let’s hope something works

Spitfire
7 months ago

Glad to see they are actively trying to figure things out and adjusting to the situation. Hopefully it works. They need to do the same thing with letting Brady Influence the play calls or at least letting him team up to infuse more comfortable options for him in there.

surferdudes
7 months ago

I’m going to have to adjust my schedule for all these prime time games, they’re wearing me out. I’m old, 930 seems like a good bed time. Whatever it takes to beat the prime time blues I’m all for. Hope it works. Only thing worse then staying up late, is staying up late, and the Bucs lose.

drdneast
7 months ago

The problems came with the game plan the coaches devised for the Saints game, it wasn’t with the players.
Always trying to hit the long ball and running deep routes on the offensive side of the ball and going into a prevent zone with very little blitzing on the defensive side and then not adjusting when they saw they weren’t working were the true culprits.
I like both BA and Bowles but when you get your ass kicked like that with the type of talent the Bucs have the problem goes higher than the players

drdneast
7 months ago

The media, as always. is blowing this up out or proportion as usual. The Bucs laid an egg due to their coaching staff against the Saints. Period. They played pretty much as well as could be expected with one of their starting WRs out and the other two playing hobbled. The Giants, although they have a bad record, haven’t been blown out by anyone this years and most of their losses have been by 7 points or less. If you add last years prime time game to the sample thee Bucs are 2-2 in prime time. Horrendous. Stop the presses.… Read more »