Bruce Arians spoke to the media on Saturday following the Bucs 13-12 victory over the Cleveland Browns the night before. While Arians claimed that the Bucs’ offensive line, “got their ass kicked,” in his post-game press conference, Tampa Bay’s head coach walked back on those comments the following day after a chance to look atthe tape.

Bucs G Alex Cappa and QB Jameis Winston
Bucs G Alex Cappa and QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“I thought Donovan Smith played really well,” Arians said. “Ali Marpet played solid, Ryan Jensen played solid, Alex Cappa got beat on a twist, he got beat on a spin move, and Demar Dotson got beat once.”

Arians continued.

“I thought on that 10-play drive we had a nice run/pass mix, we moved the ball really well with a couple of third down conversions. Overall it wasn’t their best night, but it wasn’t their worst either.”

Arians added that two of the five sacks Jameis Winston took on the night, possibly three, were due to his quarterback keeping his eyes downfield too long when the offense could have converted multiple completions and two first downs had Winston checked the ball down to the underneath routes.

All in all, Arians stated that sometimes, after going back and looking at the tape, some things aren’t necessarily as bad as they look in the moment while other things aren’t quite as good as they look. One thing that the Bucs’ head coach said was just as good as advertised was the defensive performance, specifically from the team’s defensive backs.

“Defensively, last night I thought we played good,” Arians said. “After watching the tape I thought it was really, really good. It’s the best communication we’ve had on the field, on the sidelines, I thought our defense was outstanding. I’m singling out Jordan Whitehead, M.J. Stewart had a hell of a game, I thought Will Gholston had a good game and all of our corners.”

Another key development that Arians touched on was the injury to backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who suffered a dislocation in his throwing shoulder during his first series of action on Friday night.

Bucs QB Blaine Gabbert
Bucs QB Blaine Gabbert – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“Blaine’s injury is not as bad as it looks,” Arians stated. “So we’ll see how that goes.”

Arians added Gabbert won’t be ready to go for Thursday night’s game against the Cowboys, but that he wouldn’t have played in the game even if he was healthy. As for bringing in a quarterback in his place, Arians believes the first option the team will look at is Vincent Testaverde, who knows the offense after working out with the team during rookie mini camp before being released and added for another short stint in training camp.

With just a week left for the NFL teams to cut their roster down to the regular season’s 53-man limit, Arians reiterated that the team is always looking to improve however that may be, with cuts inevitably looming while outside additions may be made after players are cut from other rosters around the league.

“I think at every position, if there’s a better player available,” Arians answered when asked which positions still had spots that weren’t finalized in his mind. “The fifth guy at every position, the seventh and eighth offensive linemen, the sixth and seventh defensive linemen, all of those guys. Don’t relax.”

One area that has been a thorn in Tampa Bay’s side for years at this point has been the kicker position, but now it seems that the Bucs are facing a good problem to have while Matt Gay and Cairo Santos continue their kicking battle into the team’s final week of the preseason. Arians commented that the kicking game, along with the defense, is the spot where he has seen the biggest improvement since taking over as head coach.

The Bucs will be back to practice on Monday as they prepare to head to Dallas for the team’s fourth and final preseason match up against the Cowboys on Thursday.

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  1. No matter what anyone on the bucs say..I’ll never trust that we have a solid offensive line until we actually see it..5 sacks is bad no matter how you look at it..jameis needs time!

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    • And as I have been saying he needs to get the damn ball out of his hand. Coach just confirmed that!

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      • bingo. let’s not totally neuter him tho. if he wud just check down more in the first quarter, it wud be a big first step. later in games he’s much more likely to be able to quickly process what he’s seeing

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        • Agreed Mr Becker!

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      • On the bright side, at least Jameis was holding on to the ball and protecting it rather than chucking it up in the air for a defensive jump ball or fumbling it away as the pocket is collapsing around him.

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  2. Arains, believe me, not your lying eyes! I rewatched the starters too this morning. Maybe the O line play wasn’t as bad as Arains said, but it sure wasn’t good either. Not only did Cappa miss a stunt that got Jameis sacked, he also got tossed to the ground, man handled on another play. Dotson also got beat to the ground like a red headed step child. Even when Jameis had time, the O line was constantly pushed back into his face, and he never had a clean pocket to step up into. God only knows how many sacks Cleveland would’ve had if they played 60 minutes. Jameis did look down the field to long ignoring the check down, but that’s what he always does. It’s concerning they haven’t coached that out of him yet if it can be done at all. The QB whisperer, may become the QB screamer by seasons end.

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    • Don’t forget that defense our OL was up against is going to be a top 5 unit. Those Cleveland d-line guys were ferocious. We won’t have to face that kind of talent often at all.

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  3. Yes Bruce De-Nile is a river in Egypt, The O line looked Great those 6 first half sacks was because Cleveland was cheating and playing unfair they did not get memo to not rush.
    And yes Smith did not play as bad as you once thought.

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  4. QB Whisperer telling it like he sees it. Take the quick hitter if its an all out blitz.

    If Winston would stop trying to juke everyone out in order to take a 50 yard shot, he would be sacked less.

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    • Hey Big Sombrero that term “Quarterback whisperer” will be the lead joke at Tampa cocktail parties for next 2 years.
      What did the QB whisperer say to the QB – I do not how to whisper I getting old and I just wanted the gig .
      The funny part they believed me !

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  5. What Arians says to the media and what is said in the locker room might not always match. Plus, I will give the nod to Arians who has been a professional coach for 30 years. Arians isn’t so prideful to be in denial, especially in his first year with the Bucs. I believe he knows what is going on. But he just might not share that with us….

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    • most intelligent post on this thread

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    • No. You’ve got it all wrong. Buc-Ass-Bob is the NFL coach who knows everything. He’s been coaching longer than anybody in the league, and he’s got more NFL coach of the year awards than even Belicheck.

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    • Azjoe, he should share all his thoughts with us. Afterall, there are nothing but football geniuses posting here, especially one we know of, but he shall go nameless because he craves attention.

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  6. Sure, sure…. crowd wasn’t as small as I originally thought either…. come to think about it, game was sold out…. standing room only… yeah, sold out…. game was sold out.

    I believe now….

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  7. Noticeably absent since the game has been the fresh precise positive Buc Raw raw of the Chef – Fredster and Spitball.
    I wonder how their true inner stomach felt after first half.

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  8. Arians is right that Winston has to take the underneath stuff more often. But I think what is also true is that OL has to win their 1 on 1 matchups.

    I do remember when Arians said the secondary was fixed. Based on this third pre season game I think Arians instincts and experience may be right as they looked like a bright spot out there.

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  9. The Denver troll DumbAss is at it again. DumbAss, you are world famous for disappearing when the Bucs and/or Winston have a good game.
    And as usual, like our racist President who you probably voted for, you got your facts wrong.
    Winston was sacked five times in the first half, not six, moron.

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    • There he is drdnbrain showed up
      Only 5 times in first half , O my that is much better than 6 , average NFL team gets 30 a year about 2 for full game , means they only gave up 5 sacks in 1 half about 5 times normal , not 6 times like I insinuated.
      50 million dollar line LOL , you could get 5 lineman off wavers at league minimum that would get less sacks

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    • Dude, c’mon. Do politics have to find there way into every discussion. Get the f*ck over yourself, man. Bernie got cheated in the primary and Hillary lost the electoral vote. Dems backed the wrong candidate and tried to supplant the notion that Trump is a racist to the entire nation. Some people bought it, you apparently are one of them. Majority of those that voted for The Donald are people who were/are tired of career politicians. Trump rallied behind that and garnered more support from blue collar America. It’s done. This is a Buccaneer site with reader commentary opened to said topic. Please try to stick to that. The rest of us are tired of that nonsense, I would not be at all surprised if PR is tired of it, too (outside of them being able to use all comments to show heightened page traffic, therefore being able to get more for ad sales). Rant over. GO BUCS!!!
      p.s. TRUMP 2020 LOL

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      • hypocrite. u were dying to post politics.

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      • https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_great_hack

        u got some stuff right tho

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    • YOUR A RACIST!!! I’m a racist. We’re all racist! Wouldn’t you like to be a racist too!! LMFAO.

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  10. Dumb-ass-bob your not even worth replying to you have shit for brains.

    So Yes O line played poorly. If Cappa struggle again like that I’d try Watford. Dotson is starting to look like he’s ready for retirement.

    Winston missed couple check downs. He also made some throws and didn’t turn it over under ridiculous duress.

    Defense looks better suck-ass-slob. What no smartass comments about how Bowles sucks and can’t coach? You negative dumbass.

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  11. Come on Fredster you know down deep what’s coming this year!
    next week does not count in any way shape or form,
    However 49ers are coming week after, a team the Bucs have beat solidly for last few years after that game we both will have a true picture.
    The 2 star receivers for Browns did not take a snap and you praising the defence that gave up 3 scores in 1 half?
    How do you think the great Brucie is going to fix the O line after sitting on his hands all offseason and draft? Stevie Wonder could see the O line needed help but yet they did nothing, the great Brucie and his boss Jason. I sorry they did give a lazy O lineman a 10 million dollar raise so that is something
    Did you see the play from Devin was that not just unamazing ?

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    • The defense gave up no points in the first half, Suck-Ass. Special Teams gave up 3 field goals. Wow. 9 points is a hell of a lot better than the 21 points the defense would have given up a year ago during the first half.

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  12. Not one word from Arians of our terrible defensive line. Yet the Browns 1st string D line looked all world against us. They were Bringing it..like we use to..W-A-Y back when.

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    • How many 10+ yard runs did our “terrible” d-line give up during the first half? Um, lets see..it was…Zero.

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      • Forgot the passes HUH?!!

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        • I didn’t forget the passes at all. There were nearly as many passes defensed as completed. Give a team who is probably going to win their division this season some credit…and I’m talking about Cleveland, but not discounting the Bucs chances either.

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  13. Shouldn’t there be a correction to this article that Gabbert’s dislocation was to the non-throwing shoulder?

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  14. I’m filling his comments in the Lipstick on a Pig folder.

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  15. Gray balls in your mouth, Trump is a buffoon that cannot speak in complete sentences. It’s pathetic.

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  16. I want the Bucs to win and I want us to go to the Superbowl and win. But I don’t want anymore cool aid from coaches.
    We all watched the game and depending whether we are under the philosophy of the glass is half-full or half-empty is how we determine where we stand.
    I’m getting too old to hear a bunch of bulshit; “just win baby just win”.

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    • Been sayin this for yrs here Horse. Every yr..its the New..Buc hype. We have missed the playoffs for like what? 12 yrs? Pathetic. The great Lombardi said it best, Nothing matter in this NFL but Winning. Everything else is Bullsh**. You must Win..by any means necessary. He also said, Don’t tell me how rough and rocky the ocean is..Bring the damn ship in!!! AMEN.

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      • As far as I remember, the Bucs won. You guys make it sound like they lost. It’s only practice anyways. We will see how this season goes. I prefer to be cautiously optimistic.

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  17. First it was, “Winston throws to many INTs.”
    Now he goes out against a top 5 defense and throws 0 INTs.
    So now it is, “Winston gets too many sacks.”

    The point is, he is learning. He did not make any bone headed mistakes and throw more INTs, he took sacks instead. He did hold the ball a little too long sometimes so he made that error since he did not throw it away when there was no play, but it is a step forward. Hopefully he can learn that last part of the game and then be the QB that was promised when he was drafted. The fact is to me he seems to be making some forward progress on his play. I prefer to be cautiously optimistic when it comes to him because going out next off-season and trying to get another QB is not what anyone wants.

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  18. Fredster: exactly! I used to actually take the time to read that trolls comments, then hit the thumb down. Now when I see a comment with his name, I just scroll down to the bottom, hit the thumb down, and move on to the next post. I don’t even waste my time reading a single word that he types. Not even worth it. And Buc Stops Here: totally agree. Jameis haters are gonna be Jameis haters. It’s either gonna be he makes the dumb throw at the wrong time, or he’s holding on to the ball too long, and needs to take chances to win. There’s no right answer with a Jameis hater. I’ve learned to accept that a while ago. One thing I do find funny, that never gets brought up anymore is how the Bucs made a monumental mistake that they would regret for the next 15 years when they selected Jameis over Mariota lol. He legit looks like one of the worst QB’s I’ve ever seen play in the NFL. Like downright putrid at the QB position. Mark my words, Mariota will be out of the league in 3 years. Whether Jameis ever puts it all together or not, one thing that’s starting to look clear is JW worst still looks better than Mariota’s best. Funny how the site troll never brings up the Winston vs Mariota debate anymore lol

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    • I was thinking the same thing watching the Titans game the other night. Mariota sucks! He can’t read defenses, or throw long passes! His time is short. I also think, in a past Bucs life, we would have taken Mariota over Winston and be struggling far worse than we are now. So let’s give it to the Bucs brass for going the other direction back at the 2015 proverbial fork in the road. Maybe we can’t see it yet, but that may have been the decision that changed this franchise’s course forever? Only time will tell, and the day is still young…

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    • Dave, I agree with you fully. I remember when people were literally screaming online how in the world did we not pick Mariotta? He has a very hard time staying healthy which is why they picked up another starting QB who has a hard time staying healthy – Ryan Tannehill. If they get a full season between the two of them they may be decent, but it is a gamble because neither seems to last more than 8 games.

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