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Despite entering the locker room at halftime trailing 14-6 on Monday night, Tampa Bay scratched and clawed their way back to narrowly escape New York with a 25-23 victory. With the help of two second-half interceptions from Carlton Davis and Sean Murphy-Bunting, two second-half touchdown passes from Tom Brady and a game-sealing pass breakup from rookie Antoine Winfield Jr., the Bucs moved to 6-2 on the season.

Head coach Bruce Arians spoke to the media following Tampa Bay’s victory. Read the full transcript below.

(On the flag getting picked up after the failed two-point conversion)
“Well the ball hit Antoine in the back. To me there was no pass interference, I thought it was a good call. I don’t know what it took so long. He had his hands out, there was no contact, the ball hit him in the back.”

(On the defense and Brady rising to the occasion late)
“Monday Night Football has always been so exciting. To play around all day. I’ve never driven into the Meadowlands and it seem empty and we didn’t find energy fast enough and we got hit in the mouth and credit Joe Judge, he had his team ready and they played their tails off and we made enough plays to win the game. Never apologize for winning. I thought we were very slow to start, I don’t like to see guys run the ball against us, but we made the plays that counted.”

(On Brady in the second half to find Rob Gronkowski and Mike Evans for big touchdowns)
“We kept stalling out around the 28, 29 and second down was what was killing us. We were missing guys open and ended up in third-and-9s, 10s, 11s when they should have been third-and-4s and 5s, just hitting some easy guys. In the second half we kind of fixed it and then a great throw to Mike, a great throw to Gronk. I think Tyler probably made the play of the game, Tyler Johnson, on that first- or second-and-20. Great catch by him.”

(On Jaydon Mickens being so involved)
“He took the spot of the F this week and that’s Chris (Godwin’s) spot and Chris is always involved. So we just put Mick in his spot and used basically the same plays and he did a great job for us.”

(On what he said at halftime to improve the offense in the second half)
“There was no hollering or screaming or anything like that, just do your job and we weren’t doing our jobs in the first half. Todd (Bowles) made some good adjustments on defense, Byron (Leftwich) made some good adjustments. It was just, go out and play like we’re capable of playing and we needed a turnover, something good to get the ball rolling and Carlton (Davis) provided it and then Sean (Murphy-Bunting) provided it and we capitalized off of those.”

(On what the team can take from this close win)
“The last time we had a close call we lost and this one we won so we’ve grown some as a team and it wasn’t our best effort but it was enough for a win.”

(On Ryan Succop)
“It was kind of a tricky wind but he’s a veteran dude and that’s what I love about him. Mind blank, he just goes out and gets his job done. He had a heck of a game, that was definitely a game ball-worthy game, that’s for sure.”

(On running the ball so frequently between the tackles on first down)
“Just continued it because the play action was setting it up. This is a good defensive front but you have to run the ball, you can’t just start throwing it all over the play.”

(On the defense’s consistency with getting turnovers)
“It’s been great and it’s been a different guy. Carlton (Davis) most of the time but I was really happy for Sean Murphy-Bunting to get his tonight. Jamel (Dean) had his hands on one, gosh, Lavonte (David) had one and you know that when you drop an interception something bad’s going to happen. The guys just kept hanging in there and played every play but yeah, turnovers have been huge for us.”

(On the fourth down conversions from New York)
“We lost contain on one, let him get out of the pocket and the other one same thing. We had him hemmed up, let him get out and if you let (Daniel Jones) get out he’s going to make a play on you and he did both times. We had good rush but we didn’t stay disciplined enough.”

(On scoring off of turnovers)
“For us, it’s take the turnovers and turn them into touchdowns. We got the field goals the first time that I was not happy with but we got the touchdown the second time and got the lead. It just energizes everybody.”

(On Shaq Barrett getting pressures that led to two interceptions)
“He caused both of them. His numbers aren’t the same but he’s getting a lot of push and he had the quarterback in the grasp both times. (Jones) is still trying to do too much and when you’re in the grasp of those guys, it costs them basically the ball game throwing those two picks but God bless him, he’s hard to handle and he’s a kid that thinks he can make a play.”

(On what he told the team about staying focused on the game at hand)
“Basically there’s an old adage about assuming. I can’t go into the whole thing but it was written on the blackboard and just remember last year. Coming out of halftime we assumed that we had a game won and we blew one. This one we won but basically that was it and it didn’t backfire, thank God.”

(On Winfield)
“He’s been consistent since the day he got here. He verbalizes so much out on the field which most rookies will not do, even second-year players. But he’s talking, he’s communicating, he’s a baller. He’s got it in his blood lines and there’s no stage that’s too big for him.”

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PatrioticChief
10 months ago

“(On running the ball so frequently between the tackles on first down)”

The only brave question of the night (thank you Scott). Arians answer was pretty awful unless he’s just gaslighting. Unfortunately, I don’t think he was.

(On Shaq Barrett getting pressures that led to two interceptions)
(On what he told the team about staying focused on the game at hand)

The most honest (and in the case of Daniel Jones) the most savage answers of the presser.

Last edited 10 months ago by PatrioticChief
cgmaster27
10 months ago

Did they really use mickens as godwins role with tyler johnson on this team? Thats maddening.

Ron Potter
Reply to  cgmaster27
10 months ago

Agree 100%! How did BA say that with a straight face?!

Naplesfan
Reply to  Ron Potter
10 months ago

Because it was true.

Ron Potter
Reply to  Naplesfan
10 months ago

Truly bad. LOL

Ron Potter
Reply to  Naplesfan
10 months ago

Reminds me of that 2018 game against Washington when we had a top5 NFL offense and only scored 3 points and lost because Dirk Koetter admitted to a game plan heavily involving Jacques Rodgers and Shaun Wilson.

Naplesfan
Reply to  cgmaster27
10 months ago

Mickens did very well, what are you bitching about? Several drive-saving receptions.

The problems we had on offense had mostly to do with playing a good defense in all phases – run and pass.

cgmaster27
Reply to  Naplesfan
10 months ago

Maybe were bitching because tyler johnson is clealry a better reciever than mickens. Just because you cant see it, doesnt mean the rest of us cant. And i can bitch about whatever I want. I dont need your permission.

Ron Potter
10 months ago

Disingenuous answer by BA regarding running on first down. I’m curious for stats. How productive are we running on first down and how often are we running on first down? Seems very predictable and very unproductive. Setting up play-action does not require running on first down so much.

compewterpirate
10 months ago

Leftwich’s play calling was just horrible frankly. So many runs called up the middle on 1st down and at least once on both 1st and 2nd down. No wonder the RB’s were being constantly stuffed at the line of scrimmage. It took one ridiculous ‘helmet to helmet’ penalty call against the Giants and a second soft PI call just to keep the go-ahead touchdown drive alive. The truth is we won in spite of the offensive play calling, not because of it.

Naplesfan
Reply to  compewterpirate
10 months ago

Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah.

I have said this in multiple threads this season – when the offense is clicking, the players get all the credit and not the play caller .. and when the offense is struggling, it’s always because of “bad playcalling” and not failure to execute by the players. Which is utter bullshit.

The Wall
Reply to  Naplesfan
10 months ago

Totally disagree. Plenty of blame goes to the players when they play poorly. I think the play calling has been way too predictable, period. It’s hard to execute when everybody knows what’s coming. Having to get out of the hole on second down is going to be difficult, even for Brady.

cgmaster27
Reply to  Naplesfan
10 months ago

Yup thats all i hear from you is blah blah blah

Spitfire
Reply to  compewterpirate
10 months ago

Wrong. We won despite the Officials missing the Giants False Start and calling us offsides on their TD off our fumble and then totally blowing Fournette’s 2nd down dive for a first down and they marked him a whole yard short. So despite that, the Pass INT call was blatant and the Helmet To Helmet was completely legit, it doesn’t have to be intentional (when it is they get ejected). The purpose is to prevent concussions and Brate obviously got his bell rung.

drdneast
10 months ago

Play action is really only effective when you throw the ball when they defense thinks you are going to run it. Play action on second and 8 isn’t as effective as play action on first and 10. It was maddening watching the Bucs try to slam the ball up the gut on first down time after time, especially on the final drive. You have Tom Brady back there, not Jameis Winston. And what happened to the no risk it no biscuit. Not goin for it on fourth down near the end of the game almost caused us to go into… Read more »

Naplesfan
Reply to  drdneast
10 months ago

Not going for it on fourth down won the game. If we had tried and failed, the Giants still would have come back with their last drive and still scored a touchdown and would have gotten the game into overtime. Taking the easy 3 ensured that the only way the Giants could win was to get a 2 point conversion, and they failed.

What are you bitching about, really?

SMH

Spitfire
Reply to  Naplesfan
10 months ago

It’s Bucs fans that have all of a sudden expected nothing but perfection. We would have killed for a win like that the past couple decades. Every game won’t be pretty, all that matters is the W and learning from our mistakes.

Ron Potter
Reply to  Spitfire
10 months ago

The real positive is that we finally have a Kicker who makes kicks against the Giants.

The Wall
10 months ago

Arians can put all the positive spin he wants on this game but the truth was, we stunk. If it wasn’t for Jones’ errant passes, we would have lost by two touchdowns. It’s about time he and Leftwich take a big part of the blame. The unimaginative play calling is really getting old. Who said, “offensive genius” ?

Spitfire
10 months ago

You guys must just be getting spoiled. They had the perfect game plan for us. Offensively they dunked and dunked and faked handoffs like it was College Ball and had us second guessing the whole way which is the only reason they had a chance. Defensively they managed to keep our guys covered and barely sent more than 3-4 guys. They played sloppy and gross, we played completely clean and scored on 5 of our last 6 drives. We would have killed for a win like this any year. Good thing is we are way better than how we played… Read more »

Eddie
10 months ago

Reading between the line, seemed like the coach went out of his way not to give Brady any love, any credit at all. Praise the receivers but not the quarterback. Oh, he did mention the qb for missing open receiver… We were missing guys open and ended up in third-and-9s, 10s, 11s

toucan
10 months ago

Winfield will be a great player.

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