The Bucs fell to the Saints in embarrassing fashion on Sunday night, losing to New Orleans by a final score of 38-3 and moving to 6-3 on the season. The loss also leaves Tampa Bay in second place in the division as they head into a Week 10 match-up with the Carolina Panthers.

Bruce Arians spoke to the media following the loss. Read the full transcript below.

(On how surprising the Bucs’ play was)
“It was shocking. To watch us practice the way that we practiced all week, the confidence that we had coming in. We have to go back and look in the mirror, coaches, players, everybody. From yesterday to today. Another where we go three-and-out and give up a touchdown. In the second half when we got the turnover and didn’t score a touchdown I thought that was the end of it right then and there. I have to give New Orleans credit, they kicked our ass in every phase.”

(On the pressure they put on Tom Brady)
“The pressure helps but when you’re down 28, you’re not running the ball and the pressure’s coming. It’s still no excuse for interceptions but he was getting hit and it’s definitely not on him.”

(On the Bucs’ performance in prime time games this year)
“It’s one of the things that we have to look at because it’s what we just addressed in the locker room. We’ve stunk in those games. We won one of them, we should have won the other one but we didn’t and this one we just basically handed it to them.”

(On the mood in the locker room)
“Everybody’s pissed off but it’s too late now. We have to get ready for Carolina.”

(On not letting this game carry over to next week)
“It can’t carry over to Wednesday. This has to be gone by Monday and hit the practice field to get ready for Carolina.”

(On the Bucs’ worst games of the season coming against better teams)
“That’s how you’re usually judged. We were pretty good against Green Bay and pretty poor against New Orleans.”

(On keeping Brady in the game so late)
“Just to get points on the board, he’s the quarterback.”

(On Mike Evans being so limited)
“Part of it’s scheme, part of it’s reading out some things that Mike was open on and just finding him. Still learning the offense in some spots but we’ve got to do a better job.”

(On if the Bucs needed to balance the pass and run more in this game)
“Not [when you trail by] 28. We were in the two-minute offense pretty quick in this one because we were only going to get so many possessions and we had to throw the football. Obviously we have to protect better when you have to throw the football like that.”

(On the absence of Ali Marpet)
“If you grade the film I don’t think that Joe [Haeg] was poor, I think the fact that it was a known passing situation every play and they were bringing five and everybody had a single block. It’s the type if situation that you never want to put your quarterback in that we out him in.”

(On kicking a field goal down 38)
“It wasn’t too tough, it was like fourth-and-20 and we needed to get some points for sure. Had it been fourth-and-manageable, 10 or less, we would have gone for it.”

(On what you prioritize cleaning up after a game like this)
Everything. Everything. Offense, defense, special teams. They ran the ball against us and we’re not used to see that against anybody. Same thing offensively, falling behind, turning the ball over, the field position game was terrible again in the first half.”

(On the amount of zone defense and four-man rushes the Bucs ran)
“The game plan today was to try to play more and more zone and get our front four home.”

(On miscommunications with receivers)
“I’ll have to go back and watch it on the film because some routes adjust different ways and Tom and the receivers might not have read it the same so we’ll just have to look at the film.”

(On his level of concern on the play from both lines, the absence of Vita Vea and Marpet)
“Obviously Vita’s big but it was disturbing. I think Joe Haeg probably played OK but the game kind of led its way to no running and you’re not going to win many games losing the line of scrimmage on both sides.”

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PatrioticChief
8 months ago

Sean Payton at half time on Bowles game plan, “I was genuinely surprised they were that stupid. I honestly didn’t expect them to be that dumb (sic)”

It’s worse because I am genuinely not being hyperbolic.

Captain Sly
Reply to  PatrioticChief
8 months ago

These coaches did everything wrong! Playing zone coverage when at no point in 2yrs it has worked here is insane. Just stick to what works. Also I’ll never get why you want Brady to take 7 step drop backs and wait for these long developing routes with receivers with hamstring issues already. Beyond Stupid! Yeah Brady looked bad because the Game Plan and Scheme was bad. BA said it best “we need to look in the mirror” (Coaches)

awwdembucs
Reply to  Captain Sly
8 months ago

No creativity on the offense, so very predictable.

eaustinyoung
Reply to  PatrioticChief
8 months ago

He literally said he saw them playing prevent defense and exploited it.

PatrioticChief
Reply to  eaustinyoung
8 months ago

You know it’s bad when opposing HC feel confident enough to dunk on you publicly at high time.

gcolerick
8 months ago

Last week they won ugly…..this week they lost fugly. As Buccaneer fans we have been tied to the whipping post so many times it makes moments like this really difficult. Lets just hope this was an aberration and they get back to a winning formula soon.

matador
8 months ago

Our OL has been the weak link and that’s going to remain the case. Licht made a conscious, repeated decision to not invest draft capital into the OL (or the DL).

One first round pick on OL since he arrived while throwing picks at less important skill positions and kickers for goodness sake. One first round pick on DL. You just can’t do that and expect to win against really good teams.

That’s not Brady’s fault. It’s Licht’s fault. And the Glazers.

76bucsfan46
8 months ago

This team looks soft and poorly coached.

76bucsfan46
8 months ago

We are now at a must win against a Carolina team that is well coached and frankly will probably kick our butt next week. To be honest I don’t see us winning our next 2 games the way were playing.

Spruce
Reply to  76bucsfan46
8 months ago

Be desperate if you like but it is only must win with regard to having to beat a team they should. The Saints are the best team in the division, will win it and the Bucs who were tabbed for a Wild Card early on are right on course. Actually in a strong position considering the schedule. Now the Rams, that could turn out to be a must win but as of now the only important thing is to shake off whatever that was last night and move on.

76bucsfan46
8 months ago

We will be lucky to finish 7-9 or 8-8

Dave
Reply to  76bucsfan46
8 months ago

And the award for the biggest overreaction of the year goes to……

surferdudes
8 months ago

So when the plan to play zone failed from the get go, you stuck with it? When it was 14 0, 21 0, waited till after it was 28 0 to adjust? Oh Bowles won’t be getting no HC jobs, neither will Leftwich. They’ll all be lucky to keep the jobs they have. To me it seemed the offense, and defense were not confident in what they were being asked to do. White, Shaq, JPP spent to much time in coverage, and not enough time going after Brees. Peyton said it best before the game, what ever QB gets hit… Read more »

PewterHeart
Reply to  surferdudes
8 months ago

The worst part is that one of them will most likely be BAs heir to the coaching gig as he’ll vouch to the Glazer babies and secure them a job in Tampa.

Spruce
8 months ago

I suppose it looks bad but it’s only really bad if you had unrealistic expectations.
This Bucs team from the coaching through the roster is flawed. A great win against Green Bay and a OK win against the Raiders are the only real pelts on the wall in an otherwise cupcake schedule. One for Brady that is not unlike the one he had last year with the Pats that over estimated their power rating for most of the season.
Wild Card was the goal, make some noise in the tournament and none of that has changed.

Spruce
8 months ago

Most disturbing was the lame duck Brady threw up in the second half. It makes no sense and it’s starting to become a thing going back a couple years. Oh well. The guy got beat up bad.
Here’s how it will shake out. The Bucs have a favorable schedule and will do fine as Brady fades toward the end of the season. They’ll make the playoff in a wild card and that is when the guy will perk up and be very dangerous.

RW
RW
Reply to  Spruce
8 months ago

So you are talking the 3rd interception? It was 4th down and 7. Down 31-0 . Would you have been happier if he had just been sacked; which was going to happen? He threw a prayer. Who cares at that point?

Spruce
Reply to  RW
8 months ago

Good points all. I failed to consider the context. I’m putting a pin in this one. Next time he throws up a similar prayer without the benefits of favorable context we’ll chat again.

awwdembucs
8 months ago

Bruce and Todd, this game is on you 2. You did not have the team ready and POOR play calling on both sides of the ball.

scubog
8 months ago

The good news is it’s only one game. I learned a long time ago that the results, good or bad, mean absolutely nothing the next week. Every game is its’ own entity. In this contest everything just snowballed. One poor event led to another until there was no chance. In 1999 we took an ass-whipping from the Raiders in similar fashion. It served to drive the team to the NFC Championship game.

MWD
MWD
Reply to  scubog
8 months ago

I remember that- I believe it was a 45-0 skull-dragging

bucballer
8 months ago

Piss poor coaching. Playing zone against Brees and no pass rush is a losing philosophy. I remember seeing JPP covering a WR? If u saw the gameplan was not working, why not make adjustments? This I don’t understand! Our boys were whipped. This coaching staff has underwhelmed all season long. The camera kept showing BAs face. He looked outmatched and completely lost. He may end up dying on the sideline, especially with a game like last night. With all the coaching experience and they lay this turd? Lastly, why can’t BA see Leftwich like we do. BL is clearly in… Read more »

Ron Potter
8 months ago

Baffling Todd Bowles schemed a zone-heavy game plan, rushing only 4 mostly, and even more baffling BA gave a green light on it for the Saints. EMBARRASSING results!

MWD
MWD
8 months ago

I get what a lot of you guys are mentioning about realistic expectations etc at the beginning of the season but quite frankly- this team didn’t have that look in their eyes last night at all- in fact- it looked like most had the deer in the headlights look from the opening kick off- we have the talent- before that was the scenario- we felt we had a lot of holes- every team has holes or weaknesses but this team last night didn’t come in mentally prepared and clearly not prepared “game planned” for the Saints who run the same… Read more »

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twspin
8 months ago

Bucs were Outcoached and outplayed last night. That was an ole fashioned A..Whippin in the worst way .I told you all last yr we should have kept Jameis one more yr and moved up in this yrs draft to secure our future QB. We are not going to the SB with Brady in these next 2 yrs. Maybeee..a playoff game or 2. I watched the Dolphins/Cards game yesterday and their young QB’s are smart, agile, can throw accurately. They are winners for a long time. I look for fans to turn on Golfcart Arians after this year. 50 million t… Read more »

Dave
Reply to  twspin
8 months ago

Jesus the comments just keep getting dumber and dumber. Anyone that seriously thinks we made the wrong move by letting Jameis go, and bringing in Brady, loses all credibility as a sane realistic person. That comment is beyond laughable

RW
RW
Reply to  Dave
8 months ago

It is quite obvious that some people just react to what happens in one game without looking at the big picture. The team is still 6-3 and going to get back on track. I bet the Bucs O goes back to a ball control offense with more running and short passes against the Panthers. And the D brings the heat. Count next week as a W.

twspin
8 months ago

LMAO. This is the most accurate and correct statement Arians has made since he arrived here. Time to get out of the goldcart Brucey and do some coaching don’t you think?

PissedOffBuc1988
8 months ago

What pissed me off the most was the play calls. I’m done with Arians offense. Tired of seeing him leave QBs out to dry. On top of that, he has zero fire. All talk, no show. He has no biscuits. He’s past his prime. When will this crap stop? I’m tired of getting excited just to be let down time and time again. Why is it hard to buckle up your chin strap and play football? Its a want too, and no one on this team wants too. As of now, Im done with it. Prove me wrong, but I’m… Read more »

Dave
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
8 months ago

Confident enough to put some action on it?

RW
RW
Reply to  Dave
8 months ago

6-10????? More like 10-6. Where do these clowns come from?

Eddie
8 months ago

For some team, being embarrassed at Prime time is a good wake up call, it can be a strong turning point upwards. But this head coach does not seemed like he has the fire nor ability to turn anger into progress for the team.. very Sad