The Bucs went toe-to-toe with the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in a shootout of a game that ended in overtime. Both offenses caught fire with big games from Mike Evans and Tyler Lockett respectively, with the Seahawks coming out on top 40-34.

Tampa Bay had Carlton Davis, Anthony Nelson, and Carl Nassib all leave the game with injury, forcing the Bucs to have six rookies playing on defense at one point. But despite a fourth straight loss, Bruce Arians was rather upbeat after the game, stating how proud he was of his team’s effort against a tough opponent, particularly from the rookies.

Here is a full transcript of Arians’ press conference after the Bucs game.

Opening Statement
“Tough one, I’m not used to losing here. Really, really proud of our guys. At one time we had six rookies on defense and we were fighting our asses off. This was an NFL game for some of them, they got broken in pretty good. Offensively, I don’t think we could have played much better, couple of third downs, maybe. I thought our kicking game was solid, that field goal before the half, I knew it was going to be huge. In these games up here they always are, every point counts, so those three points, I thought it was a hell of a drive with 40 seconds to get to field goal range and I was counting on Matt to make that one. Really, really proud of our guys.”

On how important it was when Mike Evans chased down the defender on the turnover
“I think everybody gave some great effort. I thought Devin White’s play on Carson was unbelievable, we just don’t get that fumble. That’s what these young guys are all about, each and every guy had a handle today.”

On if thought about going for two when they scored late
“No, just because of history here. The kicker just missed one, so no.”

On if Jameis Winston showed maturity by throwing the ball away on screens
“Yeah, no doubt. He had two or three screens today that he handled extremely well. K.J. Wright is a tough guy to get a screen pass on, he read him, but Jameis played probably as good as he’s played all year.”

On how important it is to get the ball first in overtime
“That’s the thing. Everytime in overtime you want that ball, and I’ve had some doozies with these guys before and I thought we had them stopped and they made a really good third down conversion.”

On what has to happen for them to close outs games in the fourth quarter
“We just got to grow up. I mean we’re really, really, young. Over there we had three rookies back on the back end playing and Devin and Nelson got hurt, so just keep growing. But I love the way they competed.”

On Russell Wilson making some big throws against them
“That’s Russell, I’ve been watching that for a long, long, time. When Russell gets out of the pocket, that’s when he’s most dangerous. We let him up the middle and that’s a no-no.”

Bucs HC Bruce Arians
Bucs HC Bruce Arians – Photo By: Mary Holt/PR

On the discipline it takes to stop a quarterback like Wilson
“The pass rush, the coverage, Sean jumped up in front and the guy whirly birds out and he gets a holding penalty. Things like that that you practice them, but it is not the same as in the game.”

On getting animated on the sideline at the end, if there was something he thought the ref missed
“I thought they were holding the s*** out of us.”

On what he thought of Jamel Dean’s game
“He made some good plays, he made some bad plays. It was a big learning experience, it was the most he played, just physically being tired. I thought Sean Murphy-Bunting, he’s been growing and growing. I thought this was a good for Jamel. Mike Edwards got out there and got some snaps. The growth is good.”

On if Carlton Davis hurt himself on the opening kickoff
“No, he hurt himself in warmups.”

On if Dean didn’t know going in that he was playing as much as he did
“No, not until we came in from warmups.”

On when they scored from the two yard line with little time left, if he thought about letting the clock run more so Seattle wouldn’t have time
“No, just get the touchdown.”

On if he got a lot of positives out of this game
“I don’t think there’s any doubt. I’m really really proud of this group. Carlton’s injury throws a young guy out there, and like I said, when you’re playing with six rookies on defense, there were snaps out there and they held their own. It’s a bright future, yeah we’re pissed off about a losing a game that went to overtime that we thought we should win like last week, but I see the growth, I see us getting better.”

On how nice it will be to play at home next week
“I don’t know what that’s like.”

On Devin White’s ability to strip the ball away twice in the game
“Just catch him. That was a huge, big time play. The only time I saw something like that, I saw Tyrann Mathieu do that his rookie year and catch Jared Cook, I just wish we would have got the damn ball. It was a great play by him but we don’t get the ball, the ball bounced out of bounds.”

On Jameis Winston’s turnover, that it looked like his arm got hit
“Yeah it just went back and hit one of the guys on the back. That was huge, but I think that was the one where we held them to three.”

On what it says when Winston can match Russell Wilson in a shootout
“Like I said, I can’t be more prouder of our guys. To have the injuries that we had at the last second and then to go out there and take this time to overtime, and that’s a hell of a football team, I think that speaks volumes about our guys. A play or two, we’re just a play or two and than we win last week, we win this week. We had six rookies on defense a couple snaps and its like, they’re holding their own.”

On if he thinks the locker room will take something from this game
“No, they’re pissed. They’re really pissed because it’s like two weeks in a row and they worked hard in practice this week and it showed in this game. I can’t ask anymore of these guys, can’t be more prouder of them.”

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twspin
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twspin

Next Up? Your old team there Brucie..Them AZ Cardinals with the quick footed and accurate throwing rookie QB. They believe they can whip us. So its either 2-7 or 3-6 after next week. Turn the Page…QUICK.

bucballer
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bucballer

“ I can’t ask anymore of these guys!” Are u kidding me BA?! How about a more disciplined mistake free game. Penalties cost us 2 TDS today! How about everybody just doing their job. No excuse for some of these bonehead mental errors! So, yeah BA, there ARE at least a couple of things u could ask from the guys! I’m just saying…

Devasher
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Devasher

It should have read “I can’t be more prouder of my check cashing every week. Thanks Glazers!”

The Glazer Babies seem like the most easily conned people out there. If I was a Nigerian Prince I’d probably have Joel and Brian’s number on speed dial.

Ron Potter
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Ron Potter

Good responses from BA once again. We’re just a play or two away from wins this year. I see improvements from past year and past with Koetter. Tough tough loss. This sux… cuz I see the improvements…and I see the heart and hustle out there… so these losses definitely hurt more. Definitely a tough environment to grow a young secondary and the awfully high expectations for the offense to carry the defense. Ugh.

Naplesfan
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Naplesfan

The Bucs are ALWAYS players away from success .. and they’re always about next year midway through any given season.

Sorry, the excuses are all extremely threadworn and all used up.

Arians should only be proud of his guys when they win. He certainly should not be proud of them when they give up a two touchdown lead to lose in OT.

bucballer
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bucballer

GM Licht needs to do his damn job. There is some talent on the defensive side of the ball. White, Vea, Lavonte, Suh, Shaq, JPP, Whitehead,…there is no excuse as to why we buyers for some Veteran DBs in free agency or during trade period. Hell… we could have brought back DB Talib for 2 seasons to help these young guys. There needs to be some vets back there and u don’t always have to break the bank to hire some of them. This defensive backfield is getting roasted out there!

scubog
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scubog

Talib is injured.

surferdudes
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In case you forgot what it’s like to play at home Bruce let me remind you. We lost both games at home, does that ring a bell?

BUC-ASS-BOB
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BUC-ASS-BOB

He is proud to own worst Defense in NFL 252 points allowed that is a number of a good team at the end of the whole season
So proud of losing 3 games in a row Bruce.
With your choice of coaches and QB might as well get used to losing.
Red face veins boiling I am so proud of my guys I know for “talking straight” ya right Bruce.

Captain Sly
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Captain Sly

Every coach is forced to have to play with a rookie at some point and somewhere in every game!!!! Coach you are just getting exposed here period. You knew before the season started that you had a Young secondary, so my question has always been how are you and Todd Bowles going to plan to help in this situation? Well 8 games into the season you have answered that question. We have heard all of these same excuses before from Dirk Koetter playing with a Young inexperienced Evans, Winston, D Smith, Marpet, while failing to coach up the veteran’s on… Read more »

awwdembucs
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awwdembucs

To many missed tackles.

fredster
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fredster

Too many rookies in there on d. Is what it is. This Team is close. Unfortunately lot guys in secondary weren’t ready this year. Went toe to toe with a very good playoff team in Seattle. One toughest places to play. There is much positive here and just don’t want to see them one step forward two steps back BS. Build off this next week. So blow up and fire everyone including coaches and Winston and start over like most morons have said on here. Yes, being sarcastic. They have 8 more games left. I want to see more improvement… Read more »

Pete
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Pete

Not sure anybody thought the Bucs would win but at least it was entertaining. Bucs really need the Dline to play better because the secondary needs alot of help.

Allanh1
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Allanh1

The dline has played great beyond expectations this year. You asking for literally a sack every play.

Bucsfan1983
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Bucsfan1983

BA is right, there were several missed calls for holding on Seattle’s OL.

Allanh1
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Allanh1

He is proud that they fought hard, JW played his heart out today, certain guys did. It’s not even about the record anymore, we all know that. But you all bitching about a comment BA made is ridiculous. We all are almost physically sick of losing,I get it. I’ve just been pissed off way too much this season and for good reason. But even in a losing week you have to be proud of certain players and what they did against a blazing hot Seattle team IN Seattle.

Horse
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Horse

I would have been a lot prouder if they would have won!

owlykat
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owlykat

Even if we bring in an All Pro DB, at great price, you don’t think an experienced QB wouldn’t have the sense to pick on the rookie QB?

owlykat
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owlykat

CB not QB!

scubog
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scubog

Unlike past seasons, I do see more effort from this group. They might not yet be able to look eye to eye but they don’t cower in the face of adversity like before. I’m not going to put a lot of blame on a rookie CB playing his first game against one of the best QB/WR combinations in the NFL.