After a tough loss at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers in the Bucs’ season-opener, head coach Bruce Arians spoke to the media following his first regular season game at the helm.

While he praised the defense and the offensive line, a lot of the talk revolved around quarterback Jameis Winston and his decision making, specifically involving two crucial interceptions that were returned for touchdowns.

On the game
“Obviously, not the outcome we were looking for. I think you can account it to one thing, and that’s turnovers. We talked all week about winning the turnover battle and when it’s four to two, it’s always going to be tough. Especially, [when] we get a pick-six, then we give up two. There’s a lot of good things we’ll build off of. [With a] short week, it’s not going to be easy. But, we’ll be at work tomorrow and watch this film. Learn from it. Grade it. There were some really bright spots and areas that we can build off of and also learn why we’re losing instead of winning. That one is pretty easy. We’ll have a practice before Thursday night.”

On if there was miscommunication in team’s first pick-six given up
“It was a hitch. [Quarterback Jameis Winston] threw a hitch. Just don’t throw it against [San Francisco cornerback] Richard Sherman to a running back. Learn from it.”

On biggest coaching obstacle against San Francisco defense
“Turnovers. We ran the ball extremely well. We had first and goal from the 10 [yard line] a couple of times [and] don’t score. One from the 11 [yard line] there at the end. I probably got greedy, should have taken the three points and kept it a three-point game. But, I felt really good about our defense. If we don’t make it, we’re going to get it back at the 50 [yard line] with a lot of time left. Obviously, we didn’t want a field goal in that. We wanted a touchdown and again we we’re in two-down territory and we get a sack. Overall, I thought our offensive line played really well.”

On if there was confusion on the fourth down attempt in the fourth quarter
“Yes and no. Chris [Godwin] stopped as soon as they passed him off, he should have sat down. That’s the backside safety, and he kept running and I think he was expecting them to stop. Those are all the learning things that we will build on.”

On quarterback Jameis Winston’s play
“That last interception, he’s trying to throw a screen and the back doesn’t get out. He’s trying to throw the ball away. But, he had already gotten the one grounding call, so just throw it further. Or, throw it at somebody’s feet. We teach them to throw it their feet. I think it was just that he tried to throw it away. It was a bad play.”

QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Getty Images

On intentional grounding call
“You don’t see too many of them when you throw it over a guy’s head and into the stands. Certain quarterbacks, that’s never called on. They called it on ours.”

On running back Ronald Jones II
“I thought he had a lot of energy and he was hitting it. That’s something we can really build off of. I was really happy with the running game.”

On seeing multiple touchdowns called back by penalties
“I never comment on officiating. I try not to. That’s why I get heart attacks.”

On play of the defense
“Yeah, up until that last drive. [We] gave up the three, we needed a three-and-out and give the offense a chance to get back down there. But, I thought the first half was outstanding. They were put in short fields [and] they got three [points] or nothing. Especially, the turnover at the half [where] the defense scores. So, overall, there are some things. We missed a lot of tackles and again; penalties. We were our own worst enemy. We’ve got them stopped and again, whether it’s pass interference of not, it was called.”

On if the team beat itself
“I don’t think there is any doubt about it. That’s what we talked about it at the half even and before the game. Right now; that was the message. When we stop beating ourselves, we’ll be pretty good.”

On offensive line
“I thought they did an outstanding job. When we got beat, it was the tight end a couple of times. It looked like it was the O-line, but it was the tight ends that got beat.”

On if wide receiver Mike Evans slowed by illness
“He had to come out a few times, but nothing really. It’s just that we have to find him.”

On what was said to him by officials on last pass interference challenge
“No comment. I’m sure they were going to say it was a ‘Hail Mary.’ I’ve never seen a ‘Hail Mary’ thrown to one guy and it wasn’t a ‘Hail Mary’ formation. That’s the way I’m sure they will say it was ruled. Anything goes on a ‘Hail Mary’ now. Because if that wasn’t pass interference, I don’t know what is.”

On the fourth down attempt
“I loved the play. I think that they actually busted the coverage and it surprised them. But he [Jameis Winston] threw the ball late. But, I loved the play call. It was just the execution of it with two guys in a situation that we haven’t seen before.”

On offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich’s playcalling
“I thought he called a very good game. There were times where he found the running game and he stuck with it.”

Bruce Arians and Byron Leftwich – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PewterReport.com

On San Francisco tight end Greg Kittle
“We have a couple of double [teams] in there for him, but we wanted to pressure more. Especially in the fourth quarter, we were pressuring. So, somebody’s got to cover him or it’s a ‘fire zone’ and we’re playing zone defense with a blitz.”

On if defense was forced into certain formations
“They always do.  But, they don’t force you into certain defenses. Your defense is played the way it is.”

On the overall assessment of quarterback Winston
“I was fine with Jameis, other than the screen pass. The screen pass, when the back didn’t get out, just throw it out of bounds. If you get a grounding, you get a grounding. But don’t leave it on the field of play.”

On interception to San Francisco cornerback Richard Sherman
“Peyton [Barber] ran a hitch against a very good corner. It was just a bad decision to throw it to a running back versus him.”

On if he makes playcalling suggestions in situations like the fourth down play
“Sure, oh yeah.”

On Winston’s decision-making
“It is still a thing of growth. You have a screen pass called. He could have thrown a quick out to the other side. But, that is usually in a hot situation. Our running back, young running back, goes inside and doesn’t get out on the screen. So, throw it away. He was attempting to throw it away, I think. The other one was just a bad matchup.”

On if he thought of changing the fourth down play call during timeout
“It was basically the same play, but in a different formation.”

On his message to the team after the game
“We have until 12 o’clock tomorrow, but we can’t put it behind us until we learn from it. We’ll learn from it; we’ll watch it. It’s a short week; we play Thursday night. We’ll be on the field tomorrow night.”

On overcoming deficits
“Don’t get into a deficit. We had a chance to be ahead, and we messed it up.”

– Transcript courtesy of the Buccaneers communications department

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29 COMMENTS

  1. Officially a non Jameis believer.
    Dude is trash for real

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    • Trash? What have I ever done to you?

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      • Lol

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      • @dude haha

        how can anyone “dislike” my post. are you that hard of FSU fans that you cannot see this guy still, and will not ever get it? every single time he drops back I hold my breath. I need a xanax to watch my team play football. something is wrong with that. I expect NFL QBs to throw 1-2 INTs a game, make sense to have about 15-20 INTs. He’s on pace for 48 INTs. 48! He threw the balls straight into 9er DBs hands, with no Bucs in site – multiple times! Kwon could have had another pick 6 if he wasn’t so damn overhyped for the game. I have a Winston jersey, I have supported him since day one all the way up until yesterday. New year, new coach… Go Jameis! Nope. Trash. Done.

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  2. Scratch it off the list. The Bucs will not go 16-0.

    Good news! There are plenty of other items on the list that are still attainable. The Bucs can still have a winning season. The Bucs can still win their division. The Bucs can still get into the playoffs. The Bucs can still secure home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Bucs can still make it to the Superbowl. The Bucs can still win the Superbowl.

    This was game 1 of 16. These guys are in a new offense, a new defense, they have new coaches, and they have a lot of young players in key positions. They will all improve under Bruce Arians and Todd Bowles.

    Go BUCS!

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    • Big I like everything you said and its all true, but man I have seen enough of JABOO to last me a lifetime. He is a 5th yr QB who cant make quick decisions, still stares down his targets, is so inaccurate at nearly every level of the field. I JUST CANT TAKE WATCHING HIM ANYMORE ITS BAD FOR MY HEALTH LOL.

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  3. “There’s A Lot Of Good Things We’ll Build Off Of”
    Complete and unadulterated BULLSHIT.

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  4. Poorly played game but it is not a reflection of what this team is. The rust is getting knocked off and I expect a better game Thursday. The Bucs are still in 1st place in the division and really that’s all we need to focus on. Pom Poms Waiving!

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  5. I know it’s just one game and it’s just football, but I can’t find the words to say how disappointed I am in the Bucs performance yesterday. Many will say you should have expected it. But I didn’t. I really believed this time was different and we were a much improved team. And I’m not just talking about the loss. I can handle a loss. It was the way we lost that is so hard to take. I haven’t given up hope. we may still yet be that team. But I have to be honest, what I saw yesterday has shaken my faith. Literally, I felt bad. I still do. I’m sure I will feel better in time as I usually do after a loss, but this feels differently – like starting all over differently. I will still say Go Bucs because I have nothing else I can say that’s uplifting. Go Bucs!

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    • I choose to focus on the positives:
      1) Defense is much improved VHlll pick 6 & Barrett looks like a steal.
      2) Alex Cappa held his own against a stout defensive front.
      3) RoJo who many thought was a “Bust” last year is going to put up fantasy stats.
      These are all a plus because we didn’t have this a year ago.
      The things I know is:
      1) Winston will not have another game like this this year.
      2) Those penalties will not keep costing us points. BA will fix that
      3) OJ will have a monster year and secure the ball next time.
      4) There will be some changes along the offensive line. Dotson just don’t have it anymore and Winston sensed it. Until we get a competent RT Leftwich’s scheme will adjust and you will see shorter routes.
      5) Finally everybody in division lost yesterday save Saints. All we have to do is win the Division. We drafted players to win our Division period. That’s all that matters! Go Bucs!

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      • Great! I feel better already! lol.

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      • Answer to #4 – Go make a deal for Trent Williams!

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        • Dude Trent is a 10th year vet and is 31yrs old. Im not willing to part with high draft picks on a guy his age.

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          • Your right, he is getting up there, but the longer his ordeal goes on with Washington the the better the deal someone can get. I wouldn’t give up a high draft pick either. But you never know what Washington might be willing to take for him. Something is better than nothing and maybe they just might want to get him out of their pigtails. Only time will tell…

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      • Capt Sky..You gotta be kidding me!! No playoff appearances in 12 yrs. It’s beautiful YOU can stay positive about the Bucs. I have to drink heartily to even watch them.

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    • Well said. I felt the same way.

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  6. San Fran has always been one of the three wins Jameis gets in a season Now that win is gone.
    49ers are one of the easiest teams on the schedule for Bucs this year.

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    • BAB..This team truly sucks to holy hell and beyond.

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  7. The first player cut by these morons had more yards more TD and catches than the all the entire Bucs receivers combined And will be NFL player of the week
    Desean was cut because he said Winston was bad QB and blamed Jameis for not being able throw deep ball The Bucs management keep Jameis gave him 20 mil raise and sent Desean to Eagles to light up score board for Carson.

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    • Your forgetting, MeSean is always happiest for the first 3 games of the year. After that, he becomes a cancer in the locker room. He will get hurt and never practice again. Then he will bad mouth his QB, management, spewing at the mouth, blaming everyone else for his lack luster year, only to praise the idiots who always stick by him in ex-team fan threads.

      My friend, the Eagles have forgot this and are doomed this year. He will bring down the confidence Wentz has, and turn other WR’s against him. Thank the good Lord the Bucs sent him packing.

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    • This is all true Bob, our GM doesnt want to give up on his Jaboo and it wasnt even his pick. Desaun did on sunday what he does best and we didnt have the qb to get it to him.

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  8. Cut DeSean give Jameis raise it is almost impossible to believe there could be people that stupid in control of a NFL team. It is almost beyond comprehension. If you just think on that for a while Cut DeSean Jackson give Jameis Winston a raise Hum
    Eagles snap DeSean up in less than a sec and give him huge money.Can you even imagine how much the Eagles were laughing after they got DeSean for free.

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  9. (Tilts bottle back and chugs) reads through everyone’s comments. “Yup.” (Tilts bottles back and chugs)

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  10. It’s hard to believe how stupid you are dum-ass-Bob. Yeah fire Winston and keep Jackson. Brilliant. You were also crying about letting Kwon go for 10 million a year I guess you dropped that now that he played like crap and was ejected.

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  11. Buc fans, we have ourselves a Running Back!

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    • But did we win?

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  12. We will not win with Jameis at QB. We just won’t. Multiple bone headed throws. No one can coach the stupid out of him… no one! That’s what disappointed me most last year. It was the same old Jameis

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  13. My biggest concern is with the offense. We have basically the same group on players that led the NFL in passing. Even when Jameis played badly the last few years, we moved the ball up and down the field. Guys we’re always running free. I’m not seeing that with this offensive system.

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  14. Don Smith was twice as bad as Dotson yesterday.

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