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Last week head coach Bruce Arians said that they would be playing their Week 17 game with the intent to win, placing importance on finishing 11-5 and ensuring that they secure the fifth seed in the NFC playoffs.

Play to win they did, as the Bucs exploded for 44 points in a huge win over the Falcons on Sunday. But in a bittersweet turn, Mike Evans left the game in the first quarter as the playoffs now sit on the horizon for Tampa Bay. Arians spoke to the media about the Bucs’ victory and gave an update on Evans’ injury following the game on Sunday. Read the full transcript below.

On the swing of emotions after Evans’ record to his injury
“It meant the world to him to get that record and then to have an easy touchdown… the turf was really slick in the end zones and it was just a freaky thing. Knock on wood, we don’t think there’s any serious damage, we’ll know more in the next 24 hours.”

On having Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, possibly playing without Evans in the playoffs
“Scotty [Miller], Tyler [Johnson], we’ve got weapons. Obviously Mike is special and I kind of put Mike in that Vita [Vea] category, it’s going to take two guys to replace him for sure if he’s not there.”

On Tom Brady’s day, the offense not settling for a single punt
“It was going to be one of those games and I just hate it, it pissed me off that they called [Miller’s drop] an interception but [Brady] played fantastic. He’s been on fire since the open date and we scored on every drive except for that one and the kneel down. We kicked too many field goals but that wasn’t him, he’s been fantastic.”

Bucs QB Tom Brady and WR Chris Godwin

Bucs QB Tom Brady and WR Chris Godwin – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

On 40 touchdown passes from Brady in year one with no offseason
“I think he broke Peyton Manning’s record for [touchdowns in the first year with a team] throwing 40 touchdowns. I think Peyton had 37 so I know he’ll like that, Peyton will be pissed. When we first met that’s really what we talked about. The guys that we have and what he could do with the players that we have. Adding Rob Gronkowski to the mix just helped. I envisioned 40, I really did. When he first signed it was like, okay we’ll be a 48 [touchdown] and 10 [interception] team but I was expecting practice. I was expecting OTAs and those things but what he’s done with none of that, especially this last half of the season, is incredible.”

On the mood of the sideline when Evans went down
“He’s a big part of the leadership and it’s just hey, you young guys step up. Scotty, Tyler step up. A.B. go play [X receiver] and let’s go. There’s nothing we can do about it at the time and it sounds cold at times but you have to go on. We’ve done a good job of that all the time and I think we’ll reflect on that when we see him tomorrow.”

On the responsibility of the turf on Evans’ injury
“Total. Totally. It just blew out from underneath him.”

On the defense forcing Atlanta to field goals near the goal line
“It was huge, it was huge. And obviously getting those turnovers was gigantic to ice it but it’s like, we bent way too much. Penalties hurt us, especially in the second half.”

On how guys stepped in for Devin White, Shaq Barrett, Carlton Davis
“I thought each and every one of those guys… Ross Cockrell’s done a great job all year, every time he’s had an opportunity he plays good. Anthony Nelson had good pressure. Cam Gill got a half of a sack, it looked like, I hope they gave him a half sack. Kevin Minter I thought was outstanding and we know Kevin’s a solid player and he’s been one for a long time so that drop off wasn’t as big as the other ones.”

On how the Bucs are playing now compared to the first half of the year
“Way, way more confident, especially offensively. We’ve got a good grasp of what we’re doing offensively. I’m not sure how many times we’ve punted since the second half of the first Atlanta game but I’m going to say Atlanta’s a quality football team. Without those turnovers it would have probably been a six-point game but that’s a talented football team. Minnesota’s a talented football team. We can’t worry about who we played, all football teams can beat your ass on Sunday so you’d better be ready.”

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surferdudes
surferdudes
1 year ago

Fingers crossed on Evans, it did look bad. Anyone still think S.. canning Winston for Brady was a bad idea?

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  surferdudes
1 year ago

Only someone with a crush on Winston would have thought replacing him with Brady was a bad idea. When the score got to be 30-27 I could just see Winston going out there and tossing one of his patented pick sixes. And i used to defend Winston religiously.

PissedOffBuc1988
PissedOffBuc1988
1 year ago

We will be alright if evans does infact miss time. This is exactly why you sign Antonio. AB and Godwin is still a top tier 1-2 combo with gronk there as well. Tyler johnson and miller will just have to step up even more now. Injuries happen, but the great teams overcome them. We have the GOAT at QB, a stud offensive line led by Tristan Wirfs, and rojo in the backfield. I’m more concerned about the defense. Hopefully we get at least Barrett back. After today, a new season starts. Let’s get this done.

Spitfire
Spitfire
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
1 year ago

I would say our Oline has been outstanding, led my Marpet and Jensen but Cappa and Wirfs have been right there with them and Smith has been doing great for himself as well. Our entire Oline deserves all the credit in the world but Marpet is the rock and the glue.

gcolerick
gcolerick
Reply to  Spitfire
1 year ago

I agree spitfire. Wirf has been fantastic but this unit is led by Marpet and Jensen

RW
RW
Reply to  gcolerick
1 year ago

Jensen has the worst rating on the O-line.

Roladin
Roladin
Reply to  Spitfire
1 year ago

Totally agree. Marpet even made a tackle. After the interception Ricardo Allen was dancing arround, slipping out of the grasp of Godwin. But then Ali just grabbed Allen and drove him into the ground with a nice Powerslam.

RW
RW
Reply to  Spitfire
1 year ago

Actually it’s been Marpet and Wirfs leading the Oline. Cappa has been good with Smith and Jensen holding them back. Smith’s mistakes are much more visible but Jensen has played poorer than Smith.

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
1 year ago

I’m more worried about losing Devin White and his nine sacks. Believe it or not, even his pass coverage is better than Minters.

PatrioticChief
PatrioticChief
1 year ago

Someone with a blue checkmark reported it was a hyper extension on twitter but zero idea if they are reliable. I really hope he is okay. This offense has felt unstoppable with the Big 4 on the field.

bucballer
bucballer
1 year ago

I agree… for most all of the NFL it’s…next man up! U r a professional and it’s a team sport. Fortunately for the Bucs, we have depth and talent ready to step in…just want a chance mentality these guys have. They want playing minutes too. It’s times like these when find new potential talent that is ready to start as well. Congrats again to Mike! U r a man sir! I know if it’s humanly possible u will be back on the field for opening playoff game.

Buc stops here
Buc stops here
1 year ago

Have to hope Devin White, Shaq Barrett, and Carlton Davis are back next week for the playoffs. The run defense was not quite right today without them, giving up the longest run of the year to Atlanta – which also got their longest run of the year. That would not have happened if all three of those defensive players were out there. They need a better run defense, particularly if it is Washington they are playing.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  Buc stops here
1 year ago

Do you realize the Bucs run defense is # 1 in the league by a large margin? Do you really think we should be overly concerned about Peyton Barber?

Horse
Horse
1 year ago

Happy we are in the Playoffs and 11-5. I’m I’m just going to enjoy the moment! Go Bucs!

owlykat
owlykat
1 year ago

It was a Great Win and I am looking forward to the playoffs!

drdneast
drdneast
1 year ago

OMG, Minter played lousy. I can’t count how many coverages he blew. I hope it was just from rust because he’s going to have to be better against DannyJones or Alex Smith cause they will see this film and carve him up.

PatrioticChief
PatrioticChief
Reply to  drdneast
1 year ago

Agreed Minter was bad. Can’t trust a lot of what Bruce says right after the game IMO.