After falling behind early to Aaron Rodgers and the undefeated Green Bay Packers on Sunday, the Bucs fired back with 38 unanswered points to finish Week 6 with a huge 38-10 victory to move to 4-2 on the season.
Kick-started by a pick-six from Jamel Dean, the Bucs’ defense held the league’s highest-scoring offense entering this week to just 10 points while totaling two interceptions, five sacks, 13 quarterback hits and six tackles for loss.
Bruce Arians spoke to the media following Tampa Bay’s win, read the full transcript below.
(On the defense taking over against Rodgers)
“I think the big turnaround was, you know they came out to a quick start and we kind of hung in there, and then [Jamel] Dean made his play and that kind of changed the momentum in, I thought, the whole stadium. We came right back with another one, knocked it in, got the lead. I thought that our offense… As a team I don’t think we had any penalties, I don’t think we had any sacks and if you don’t have any turnovers you’re going to be hard to beat so we kind of set a new standard for ourselves in that regard against a quality opponent. And we were just able to get after Aaron [Rodgers]. Once we got the running game shut down it was just a matter of getting after him and Todd [Bowles] did a great job with multiple looks and coverages.”
(On Lavonte David and Devin White)
“Their speed just shows up over and over, sideline to sideline, but they’re excellent blitzers. When you have Shaq [Barrett] and [Jason Pierre-Paul] out there it’s hard to send them all the time but that’s four really good blitzers.”
(On the Bucs’ red zone execution)
“It’s huge and I think that the chunk plays led to touchdowns. Once we got in the red zone we had our opportunities last week we just didn’t execute very well, we didn’t execute very well the whole game. I thought that everybody stepped up and stepped in. Great play by Tyler [Johnson.] Great protection because he’s the fourth read on that play. I can’t say that we’ve ever completed that ball on that play but Tom did a great job and Tyler ran a great route.”
(On if the Bucs’ 28-point second quarter today is the best quarter he’s ever had as a coach)
“It’s one of them. We’ve had some really, really good ones. I think we had a couple of pick-sixes against San Francisco one year and jumped on them. But you get a defensive score and offensively you take the game over. We gave up the first quarter but we won the second quarter pretty good.”
(On Rob Gronkowski)
“I thought that Tom and Rob had great connections. Crossing routes, we got the match-up that we wanted on the fade ball and Gronk did a heck of a job of adjusting to that ball and getting the touchdown. I just wish that he could have spiked it with his right shoulder but his right shoulder is hurt. He misses his good spikes but he made some huge, huge plays for us.”
(On Gronkowski getting back after taking a year off of football)
“It speaks volumes for him and he’s playing with a bum shoulder so the blocking, the receiving, he’s just one of the best all-around tight ends to ever play the game. He’s in good football shape right now, we just have to continue to watch his snap count.”
(On the Bucs’ offensive line)
“No penalties, I don’t think we had any sacks so yeah, I thought they played outstanding. Just to take that game over in the fourth quarter, running the football like that, that’s a joy to see. Those young guys got out there on that last drive but I thought that we mixed the run and the pass really well all ball game.”
(On Jamel Dean)
“That second half in Chicago he was outstanding and I told him today, we’ve got to play 60 minutes not 30 and that pick-six changed the entire ball game.”
(On the lack of penalties from the Bucs)
“I can’t say that I’ve ever been in a ball game with no penalties. We address it every single day and the guys addressed it in practice this week and hopefully we can continue that trend.”
(On how the pressure that the defense put on Rodgers prevented a comeback from Green Bay)
“I thought that Todd mixed it up really, really good with his fronts, blitzes, coverages and you don’t usually get Aaron Rodgers confused. That’s one thing that I don’t think I’ve ever seen, him confused, but when you start running him down and chasing him out of there… early in the game he was chased out and he made a lot of plays but we just kept chasing him and hemmed him up a little bit and got some hits on him. The defensive line, linebackers and the secondary, it was a great defensive performance.”