Bucs head coach Bruce Arians drew positives from Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks despite the game ultimately ending in a 40-34 overtime loss that dragged the team’s losing streak to four games. Arians said that he’s proud of the growth and effot that he’s seen from the team but remains pissed off because it was the second consecutive game that he feels was a winnable affair.

Below is the complete transcript from Arians’ press conference on Monday:

(Opening statement)
“Not a lot more to add from what I saw last night. Again, I love the effort. We can communicate better defensively, especially some of those younger guys that came in. Offensively I think it was one of our better ballgames. We did have a communication on one sack that we didn’t get done but I thought we ran the ball well, I thought we protected well. I thought our special teams, especially T.J. Logan in the return game, but I think our special teams have been better and better. I knew that 50-yard field goal was going to be huge at the end of the game and it was. But I’m happy that the guys who stepped in stepped up but again, those injuries, when you start to have those pulled muscles in games and pregame the travel finally caught up with us a little bit so Shaq [Barrett’s] numbers and [Jason Pierre-Paul’s] numbers went way up in the game and it hindered their ability to stay fresh in the pass rush.”

(On Ronald Jones getting the start)
“I thought he handled it really well. He’s been consistent, he’s been more explosive. It’s not that Peyton [Barber] did anything wrong but I think RoJo’s earned the right to play a little bit more and start the game and then in nickel it’s always going to be either T.J. or Dare [Ogunbowale.] All those guys, I thought, had a really solid ballgame.”

(On his message to the rookies who struggled)
“I think Sean Murphy-Bunting played really, really well, maybe the best of anyone in the secondary. Mike Edwards needs to tackle a little bit better, he missed a tackle. Devin [White], I think, is back to full speed since the knee injury, he had a really solid game. Jamel [Dean] got thrown in there. He won some, he lost some, just some technique stuff in the red zone and he had a tough matchup. I think he’s a guy that’s got enough confidence, he’ll bounce right back. He’s got a hell of a career ahead of him and losing Carlton [Davis] pregame hurt but he jumped out there and held his own for a while.”

(On if playing Ryan Smith was a possibility)
“When he came back from suspension it was more special teams stuff, he’s like the fourth or fifth guy, but he is working a lot at nickel now so we’ll see if that’s a viable option in the future.”

(On if the young guys can only learn through tough experience)
“I think Todd [Bowles] had a really, really simple game plan and we still didn’t execute it like we should because we’re a young at times but that’s really not an excuse. We’ve got to be able to play the last five minutes of ballgames better because we’re there to win ballgames. I told them today, there’s no one left on our schedule that we can’t beat and there’s no one there that can beat us if we finish ballgames.”

(On if they were limited with an injured O.J. Howard and Cam Brate)
“No, not at all. We used a tackle at times, Josh Wells went out and did some good things in the run game. Antony Auclair, I thought, played a heck of a ballgame. We’ll see, he’s got a bad turf toe so we’ll see where that’s at but Cam sucked it up and gave us some snaps. Tanner [Hudson] had a chance for another touchdown, I’ve seen him catch that ball every time in practice, and he didn’t pull it down. O.J. should be ready to roll this week and we should get him back.”

(On losing two of your four active outside linebackers)
“It had a big [impact on how often we blitzed.] We had to get pressure. When you get up into the 70’s as a pass rusher, that’s a lot of snaps. We try to create some pressure in other ways but it hurts. We aren’t going to dress more than four normally anyway, but when guys go down at the same position like tight end or outside backer, it’s tough.”

(On if any of the injuries suffered Sunday will last through next week)
“It’s too early to see. You get off the flight, with the swelling and everything, we’ll see what the MRI’s say today.”

(On the time between home games)
“It’s been a long, long time and it’ll be fun to get home this week and like I said, once we start winning I think we’re going to get on a roll and obviously having these home games is going to help a bunch.”

(On if his mindset moves to preparing for the future at 2-6)
“No, never. It’s all about winning this week. Everything that we do is about winning this week. We can’t play any more younger players because they’re all playing now.”

 

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28 COMMENTS

  1. “Everything We Do Is About Winning”….but we keep losing!

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  2. To be fair his exact quote was “everything we do is about winning this week”.

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  3. A good question is does he really believe what he says if he does believe what he says then why are they losing.
    I personally believe there are several moves made on this team that are non-football related that hurt them they’re done to appease glaziers.This week will be interesting because every player on the bucs no they are eliminated from the playoffs are the players with big guarantees going to put their bodies on the line to try to win a game and losing season I guess we’ll find out

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  4. What’s killing me is coach wants us to feel sorry for him for playing these rookies while over looking the fact that other coaches rookies QB’s are beating our veterans…
    My gut tells me that rookie Kyler Murray walks into Ray Jay and torches this rookie secondary and next Monday’s press conference will be the same song.

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  5. He keeps playing the we’re young card, but was OK starting the season with that young secondary declaring it’s fixed! You would think an experienced coach would know better then counting on all those rookies back there. Why didn’t a reporter ask him why he didn’t sign a vet or two instead of counting on the Deans, and Buntings? Funny, he said you draft O linemen for the next coach because they’re not ready, yet relied on a bunch of rooks to cover the best receivers on the planet. He’s either full of shit, out of touch with reality, or all of the above. As far as great to be home, lucky you’re playing AZ this week instead of a more popular team. This way the stadium will only be half empty instead of fans cheering for the other team. Better come out, and ball or the boos will make you think you are still on the road.

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    • And look at the teams that did go out and get a Jalen Ramsey, etc. INSTANT impact on those teams. If we had a Jalen or one of the other DB’s available at least we would have one side of the field covered and we could then compensate for the other. Does this mean we draft 6 more DB next year and continue to ignore every other position?

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      • The Bucs failed to get a LEADER for the secondary. Ramsey would have been an Outstanding addition for us. But..Its not in our DNA for some reason to capitalize on the season. Our name is not New England for sure!

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    • The Bucs had little cap room to purchase vets in the secondary.

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    • Bucs could’ve easily afforded Pat Peterson. Inept Jason Licht doesn’t know how to pick up the phone and negotiate.

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  6. I remember when they announced Bruce Arians is the new head coach pewter talked about the YouTube video Fredster was excited planning on playoffs. I did a quick Google search to see what the Phoenix area sports writers were saying about him and there were huge red flags when I brought that up I was called every name in the book now here we are BS in on the podium.

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  7. What is most concerning is that we have more coaches than any other team in the league and WE STILL constantly have defensive communication problems. Why? I understand that they are young, but what are these coaches doing to coach them up? I thought with all these coaches we would have more one-on-one with the players to get them up to speed faster. Very disappointing.

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    • Several games were very close.The Bucs are not in Miami’s situation. Three or four quality additions could right the ship We have several very good players.DBs usually require seasoning to reach their potential.

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  8. I understand the frustration of the last 12 years. But really, what do you want him to say. In my mind, there is a difference between an excuse and an explanation. He has to try his best to keep his players motivated. What do you want him to say? I assume it is true that Dean was not anticipating playing. It is also true that this was not Morris’s “youngry bunch” that gave up on the season. The effort is there. The difference in the game was largely one player, Wilson, and sveral missed tackles, Suh. The Bucs did not stink. They went toe-to-toe. They just aren’t good enough. They are not a playoff team. But they aren’t the Bengals, Redskins, or Jets either. Four of the six losses are to the following: 49ers (undefeated); Panthers 5-3 (who they also beat); Seahawks (2 losses); Saints (1 loss). Our two wins are both against teams with winning records. Who ever heard of having to play five straight games away from home including three that require 6 or more hours of travel. Let’s be realistic. We were screwed from the get go. The offensive line actually has played a lot better than it did last year and the defensive line is worlds better. But the secondary is awful. Will they improve? I don’t know. I’m old enough to remember the 1996 team, Dungy’s first year as coach. The team started 0-5 and after a win, lost three more standing at 1-8, then won 5 of the last 7 to finish 6-10. The nest year, they started 5-0. It does matter how you finish.
    I believe in Arians. Sure, he overestimated what he has. But I don’t think the roof is caving in. If you think, you had an emotional breakdown after yesterday’s loss, just imagine what the players felt like on that 7 hour trip home.

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  9. Would PR please ban DumbAssBob. He is a troll.

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    • I don’t think BAB is a true Troll. He probably gets a libation like several of us to watch this team lose. Quite frankly, We been losin do long, its like Xmas when we do win a game. Thus, I think the team is the same way. Arians came in here and said, We are gonna win with what we have here. 8 games in, he’s now seeing for himself its gonna take some in-depth surgery to rid this team of its losing mentality. We virtually have no team leaders. Name them? You can’t. The closest thing to a leader is gone to Carolina. This team must learn how to win. I’m confident we will get there under Arians. But its gonna take another season.

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  10. DRDn does not agree with my assessment of the current situation at One Buc Place, He feels that my negative opinion of the job Jason Licht, Bruce Arians, Jameis Winston and Game Face Todd Bowles is wrong.
    He wants my voice silenced as it is 180 from his opinion, I can read his posts and disagree but I do not want him banned because Bucs can not afford to lose any more fans.
    Pewter understands if they ban everyone that disagrees how this 2-6 team is being run they would lose most of the posters.

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    • Keep Hittin’em with it BAB!!!

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  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1p4RpaCtqA

    8:53 no one touched that ball he flipped it backwards

    I guess if you tell a lie enough times people will believe it, the film does not lie

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    • I usually don’t reply to this type of thing but if you can’t see Donovan Smith’s hand hit his elbow.. you just aren’t looking. Look at 8:52, Smith clearly hits Winston’s right elbow with his left hand.. You see what you want but as you say, the film just doesn’t lie. Thank you for posting the video tho, it made it easy to find the truth.

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  12. Coach appreciate the words of encouragement, but it’s time for you to reap some action as to improvements over all of this team . Presently your win record says something else.

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  13. I respect everyone’s opinion about Jameis Winston or any other subject as long as it remains unbiased. They lose all credibility with me when in a game in which Jameis Winston played very well, they are still intent on seeking out any little tidbit to cast a shadow on it. It’s the “yeah but” retort rather than giving credit where it is due. After the 5 turnover game, even the most ardent Jameis Winston fan didn’t point out the TD to offset the horrific plays.

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    • I thought Winston played a good game.
      I saw improvements on both sides .
      I thought I had made it clear in some other articles our two biggest problems right now are defensive backs and offensive line. I still need more of them.

      I hope I am really wrong about Winston. I’m done supporting him now because he always seems to go back to his old ways.
      Now if he plays like he did in the last game for the rest of the games this season, I’ll be saying something else that I was all wrong.

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      • That’s why you have credibility with me my friend.

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  14. In the 8 remaining games Jameis will look like a superstar in 2 of them, in 2 of them there will be big turnovers and the other 4 will be somewhere in between. That is the problem you can never know who will show.

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  15. Everybody needs to stop the “it’s ok because our guys are so young” excuses. Sure, every player makes a mistake now and then, but what we’re seeing is unprofessional play.

    1) these are grown men, grown enough to accept millions of dollars to do their job, a job they have been (meaningfully) training to do for 3 or 4 years before being asked to step on the stage and perform.

    2) they aren’t all rookies. Dean is, Bunting is, Edwards is. VHIII is a veteran. Davis is halfway through his second season. Same for Whitehead. Adams is a veteran. Ryan Smith is a veteran. They are not all rookies.

    3) other teams don’t seem to have this same problem. I recall a rookie safety for the Chargers that looked pretty good last year. I see several young DBs that look good on other teams this year…including the guy we passed over to take Bunting.

    4) they are now half way through this year – at what point is being “young” no longer going to be an excuse.

    Bottom line: They are professionals and it’s time they start performing like it.

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  16. “Everything We Do Is About Winning”

    While true, it is resulting in losses. Why?
    1) Because Winston has a hard time playing a clean game (three games so far this year with multiple INTs)
    2) Because the defense is unable to prevent anything – and if not blitzing successfully, is getting mowed down.
    3) Because of snafus like the kick returner cut two weeks ago after multiple fumbles – but that is now fixed.
    4) Because the field goal kicker (better than any other in Licht’s tenure) missed a key kick against the Giants.

    This team is still finding new and interesting ways to lose nearly every week. Until those four things all execute in the same game, they will continue to lose. It is really not that complicated. Even having a reliable every week Winston and a defense that can stop anything would allow them to win – but they don’t have either so the odds are, they will continue to lose unless that changes.

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    • Everything you’ve just mentioned points back to Coaching:
      1) Winston’s turnovers If you take all of them over his Time here the majority are because receivers running wrong routes, offensive line caught in the wrong protection or Winston playing Superman because the team around him stinks.
      2) The Defense – We’ve hired Lovie, Smitty, and now Bowles all defensive gurus and not one has fixed the defense.
      3&4) Are basically the same so I’ll address those as one. Special Teams since Winston was drafted has seen a new Kicker every year enough said. As far as all the undisciplined mistakes on all three phases, that is all because the coaches have not prepared these players for winning football. All the false starts, fumbles, Pass Interference, Personal Fouls are correctable with the right coach. So far BA is not him.

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      • On #1 agree to some degree. Only this past game did Winston finally start throwing the ball away. The announcers pointed out he faced the same situation a couple of times he did in London. In the two cases he this time threw it away instead of throwing two INTs. That is obviously coaching sinking in to correct actions. His fumble this past game was caused by Smith’s arm from his o-line being pushed into his throwing arm as he was going to throw, so that was on the o-line and not Winston. However there is that first game of the season that was all Winston – no one else – to blame on those interceptions he threw.
        Regarding #2 – There is no evidence yet they have good players in the backfield. Four years ago Vernon Hargraves III was drafted. His last three games he has one pass defensed – ONE! For a high draft pick that is pretty pathetic. Last year’s #2 pick, MJ Stewart, is so bad – he is third string. I cannot blame the coaching for Hargraves and Stewart – that is Jason Licht and Dirk Koetter – 100%. I am not sure how you blame their coaching for that.

        To blame all the errors on the coaching staff is false. To blame some is true, but not all of them, particularly when players being drafted in past years either cannot start or play well. Winston has worked with three coaches now. Sooner or later it is the player, not the coach. Winston has made some progress in small steps. If he can go through the rest of the year throwing the ball away and taking sacks without fumbling it then some progress will have been made. I just have doubts that it is going to happen. The defense unless Hargraves plays better and the rookies play better, they are not going to improve anytime soon if ever.

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