The Tampa Bay Buccaneers returned home from their unprecedented road trip with a 30-27 victory over the visiting Arizona Cardinals, snapping a four-game losing streak.

Bruce Arians spoke to the media following Tampa Bay’s win, below is the full transcript.

(Opening statement)
“It’s very nice to address you when we finish one. I’m really happy with all the guys. I thought offensively we showed a lot of poise, a lot of guts. Giving the lead up and then taking it back. Then finally, defensively, finishing out at the end. Again, offensively, we can talk about turnovers, we can talk about penalties, but again, we made plays to win the game. Putting that many points on the board, you should win the game. Defensively, we’re still a work in progress but I like the fact the we’re in here celebrating and we’re making them better. Can’t be happier for anyone more than Jamel Dean. Wins the game. Last week, he’s the goat. He’s going to be a hell of a player. All those young kids in the secondary, they’re getting better and better. I thought the pass rush really showed up in the fourth quarter and it’s what we needed.”

(His thoughts on game-clinching interception by Jamel Dean)
“Let’s go win. Offense, let’s go win the game.”

(On the difference in Jamel Dean from last week to this week)
“Confidence, practice. He practices as a starter and did really well.”

(On play of quarterback Jameis Winston)
“Yeah, the first [interception] he tried to fit one in to Chris [Godwin] and the guy undercut it. Other than that, really solid. Really solid.”

(On taking cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III out of the game)
“He didn’t look like he was hustling to go make that tackle.”

(On the difficulty of playing a mobile quarterback)
“It’s really hard. Especially him, he’s so fast. Russell [Wilson] used to be that fast, but Kyler is a hell of a threat. Running and passing and when he gets out there, we’ve got him hemmed up. Then, we don’t take the quarterback on the option and it’s going to be a 40-yard play.”

(On what play Vernon Hargreaves was pulled on)
“It’s too far back now. He was chasing somebody across the field and he wasn’t running fast enough.”

(On if he could define what pass interference)
“No. No, I’m just going to keep challenging because if that wasn’t offensive pass interference on Larry [Fitzgerald], I don’t know what is.”

(On the forced fumble by linebacker Lavonte David)
“Huge, huge. To turn it over and to take it right back, that’s Lavonte. If there is one guy we can count on to go out and make a play when it’s crunch time, it’s him.”

(On running back Peyton Barber)
“Peyton has been playing good all year. RoJo earned it, but he’s got a little extra in his tank right now and he was nice and fresh. That’s when it’s nice to have him, fresh in the fourth quarter when we’re going north and south.”

(On defensive tackle Vita Vea lining up on offense)
“I knew that corner was going backwards. He’s been waiting for this opportunity. We might throw him a pass one of these weeks if he keeps blocking like that.”

(On running back Ronald Jones)
“He’s still a work in progress. He made a great run for the touchdown, he’s out there catching balls and making people miss. But then, he still misses a blitz pickup he shouldn’t miss. We get a penalty because he’s supposed to be running a screen and he picks up a blitzer. He’s still a work in progress, but it’s a hell of a good work.”

(On Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald)
“Larry is so special. Great player, but an even better person. He’s very special to me.”

(On breaking losing streak)
“We have a chance now to come back to work. We have a great team coming in here, let’s see if we can win two in a row.”

(On answering Arizona’s final scoring drive)
“We knew they were probably going to play Cover-2. Jameis was ready, he made some plays. We made some good runs after catches, but we had a lot of confidence in our two-minute offense. We’ve been good in two minute offense in every ball game. Seattle was forty seconds. We missed that field goal, but we’re getting down into scoring range. So, we have a ton of confidence in our two-minute offense.”

(On tight end O.J. Howard)
“O.J. stepped up. He’s getting better, he’s getting back into the swing of things. Good to see him get a touchdown ball. Still could block a little better but overall, he’s playing well.”

(On linebacker Devin White)
“Yeah, the brace is off. So, he’s happy. I’m smiling, he’s smiling. He’s playing fast. Fast and
physical.”

(On fourth-and-5 pass interference call)
“Just finish it. There’s twenty more seconds, just finish it. They still had a ways to go to get to field goal range. But, when [Kyler Murray] is scrambling around throwing balls in the air, you never know what the hell is going to happen, what flag is going to come out.”

(On broken play down near goal line on final offensive drive)
“It was a roll out trying to hit O.J. [Howard] back in the corner.”

(On quarterback Jameis Winston)
“One thing I love about Jameis is he just goes to the next play. Whatever happens, good, bad, or ugly, he goes to the next play. He’s really becoming a really good pro that way. Water off his back. Defense came in and did a really good job of holding him to three. It wasn’t that bad.”

(On first home win)
“Yeah, feels good. Feels like a team opener, you know. It’s been so long.”

(On game plan for starting Jamel Dean coming into game)
“Oh, yeah. He’ going to be playing a whole lot more.”

(On cornerback Ryan Smith)
“He’s been practicing nickel and corner. He didn’t get lined up in time, we’ll talk about it. But, against tempo, we were not getting ourselves lined up fast enough thinking they were going to a huddle and they weren’t. He got caught and got beat deep.”

(On if beating his former team was bittersweet)
“I hate playing friends, I have a lot of friends over there. I’m just happy we’re winning and
they’ve got a long flight home.”

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Ron Potter
1 year ago

The key to this victory is the two takeaways. One by Dean, the other by LVD. The defense must generate more takeaways as urgently as the offense needing to protect the ball.

Pete Wood
1 year ago

What I love about our coach is that he instills confidence in his players. When players mess up, Bruce lets them know he has their backs and then teaches them to be better.
Under other coaches, Andy Gay never would have recovered from missing that FG against the Giants and Dean’s confidence would have been shattered after giving up three TDS against Seattle. Under Bruce, players recover and improve.

scubog
Reply to  Pete Wood
1 year ago

It’s Matt not “Andy”.

Pete Wood
Reply to  scubog
1 year ago

Good catch. I have a friend named Andy Gay, but he can’t kick field goals as far as I know.

seat26
1 year ago

“OJ is getting better” That is a loaded statement. OJ was on his way to being a Pro Bowl Tight End before Ariens. This organization destroys the careers of Tight Ends. The only person not showing Poise is our Head Coach. How do you challenge when you have no more challenges? The Coaching this year has been woefully inadequate, on both sides of the ball.

Dman
1 year ago

They pulled it out – all I care about.

Horse
1 year ago

I’m out of town this week, but got a chance to watch the game. So enjoyed the experience of borh teams actually playing a game like they really were enjoying the competition against each other. I sure hope to see more of this in the near future. Go Bucs!

seat26
Reply to  Horse
1 year ago

It was great. Even if it seemed we were doing everything we could to lose it.

76Buc
1 year ago

I just watched the reply. When you are a 5th year QB you should not be staring down the receiver, yet that is exactly what Winston did on the first series of the game. Inexcusable. The receiver (Godwin) was also lazy in coming back to the ball on the play.

scubog
Reply to  76Buc
1 year ago

Two 2-minute TD drives and you’re focused on the INT caused by the receiver slipping down?

chefboho
Reply to  scubog
1 year ago

Welll scu, you know our beloved fans, even when they win, they’ll complain about something

76Buc
Reply to  chefboho
1 year ago

Chef, I’m a huge Winston fan and want him to be great. However, I’m not a casual fan of the game and I saw him staring down receivers. Since he’s in his 5th year that bothers me. I do think BA will get that fixed. I was just concerned – and thought I’d bring it up – that’s all.

bucjoe
Reply to  scubog
1 year ago

…and one of them 78 yards in 55 seconds and the other 92 yards to win the game!!

76Buc
Reply to  scubog
1 year ago

No scubog, I was focused on Winston (OBTW I am a fan of his) staring down receiver on several plays and not looking off defenders.

bucjoe
Reply to  76Buc
1 year ago

I get so tired of hearing that. EVERY qb does that at times. I have seen BRADY do that at times. I have seen BREES do that at times. They all do it at times but not all the time…and neither does Jameis.

76Buc
Reply to  bucjoe
1 year ago

That’s true bucjoe. He does not do it all the time.

fredster
1 year ago

Glad they pulled it out. They are steadily improving a bit in secondary and O line. We still need a RT and a lockdown CB. This team is close though. Winston played well overall had couple mistakes, but is what it is. When O line gives him time he plays well and puts up points. So nice to not have to see dip shit trolls here when Bucs win. I guess they have nothing to say? No comments or any observations about the game and players? Nope just come on here and bash Winston, Glazers, and coaches when they lose… Read more »

Captain Sly
Reply to  fredster
1 year ago

This team has talent and I love Winston as our QB but as a coach you can’t have him throwing 50x a game. I don’t care who the QB is if he’s throwing that many times he’s going to get picked. That’s not a recipe for winning football….. “three things can happen when throwing the football and two of them are bad”. Woody Hayes My issue with this staff is that they are doing the same thing as Koetter & his staff, dropping back looking for chunk plays. The end results are huge stats but another lost in the lost… Read more »

Dman
Reply to  Captain Sly
1 year ago

Completely agree Cap. – still no running game and I’m not blaming the RB’s. Also, anyone note the difference in our passing game vs. the Cards? Murray takes the snap, 1,2 and the ball is gone. Mostly short stuff and underneath. Easier, less turnover prone. We’re still running Dirk’s offense – Jamies takes the snap, mostly 5 step drops, mix in a 3 and a 7. Guys get open or not – and if not, Winston feels compelled to force the ball to make things happen. How many times are we 3rd and long? Liked the screen passes to RoJo… Read more »

bucjoe
Reply to  Captain Sly
1 year ago

This game tho they threw the ball a lot to Jones. That bodes well for the future as that was an option Jameis hasn’t had to bail him out when harrased. Btw, I believe it was Darrell Eiyal who said that about passing. Could be wrong.

bucjoe
Reply to  bucjoe
1 year ago

*Darrell Royal* HC of Texas.

bucjoe
Reply to  fredster
1 year ago

I couldn’t agree more fredster. I have said several times this is a young team slowly growing up before our very eyes…..especially the secondary. The BEST thing that can happen to the secondary is for VH3 to be benched.

Pete
1 year ago

So nice to start Monday after a win. I don’t know if poise is what the Bucs showed but I’ll take that gritty win any day. Winston does stare down receivers alot but so does Drew Breez so how does that work? Bucs can win next week if they want as much as we do lol

Buc76
1 year ago

I think it’s obvious Hargreaves is on his way out of here unless something drastically changes. What a waste of a pick. Can’t gloss over how bad Licht’s drafting has been

dmbucs
1 year ago

The Bucs rock! I hope they resign Winston. I know he has turnovers but, like Favre, he just gets up wiped off and goes hard again. Any if you that have been fans since inception would be hard pressed to name many other QBs we’ve had with this much heart. Dilfer made me cringe, testaverde was bland, josh had one good rookie year, Doug Williams never got a chance to show his skills, throwing samoan who?, many others just drifted thru. Brad johnson was smart and conservative and disnt turn over much but he wasn’t a long thrower and when… Read more »

Austin Williams
Reply to  dmbucs
1 year ago

Couldn’t say it any better. Good points dm!

martinii
1 year ago

Nothing like a W to start the week on. It seems like football has evolved over the years, New rules, new schemes, Faster, bigger, stronger, richer players and of course more intricate and advanced technology. Yesterday the Falcons beat the Saints, the Titans beat the Chiefs, and this years throw-away team Miami beat the Colts. More important a few calls went the Buc’s way and we beat the Cardinals. As long as the axiom “Any Given Sunday,” remains unchanged it will be a worthwhile pastime,

twspin
1 year ago

Great for our Bucs. They were determined to win on Sunday come hell or high water. They played hard until the final whstle. Say what you want about Jameis, But he surely is resilient. And that’s a good thing. It just feels great as a Buc fan to FINALLY…get a Win. It was not pretty. But Lombardi use to say, the best wins..are the ugly ones.

False Start
1 year ago

Jeff Bezos rumored to want to buy an NFL team, let it be the Bucs.

False Start
1 year ago

He might be able to bring the Bucs back to “Prime” time.