Don’t look now, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won three out of their last four games. At 5-7, the Bucs opened up the month of December with a ton of momentum and expectations higher than they’ve been all season after the team’s 28-11 win over the Jaguars in Jacksonville. Following the game, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said this is the kind of performance they have come to expect.

Here is the full Q&A from Arians after the game.

(Opening Statement)
“I am really, really pleased. I thought the defensive effort was outstanding. [The Jaguars] got a little momentum when they put Gardner [Minshew II] in there but we were able to have that great goal-line stand that kind of put it to bed. Offensively, we had a great start. We moved the ball pretty well in the second half, we just couldn’t score any points once we got to the fourth-and-five. Hindsight, I might have tried a long field goal there but didn’t want to give them the ball that far back.  But overall, pleased with the effort and finally got two (wins) in a row.”

(On how critical the goal-line stand was in the fourth quarter)
“Yeah, that is one thing that you can take and build off for a very long time. For Sean [Murphy-Bunting] to come up with that interception and to stop them a couple of times and force them to throw the football, that is something you can really build on.”

(On if he was concerned Minshew’s II momentum could provide a repeat of what happened against the Giants)
“Not at all. They were not going to score fast enough, first of all. I also knew our defense was going to turn it around.”

(On Devin White’s play today)
“There was no doubt. With the sacks last week, we knew he was a dynamic player. He’s is really coming into his own. You can really see him blossoming each week and getting more and more confident. He’s got to work on his running back skills because the dude drilled him right between the four and the five. He should be our running back.  He is everything we thought he would be.”

(On how much momentum they have with three wins in the last four games)
“It’s what we are looking for. We want to finish this thing strong. We will add them up at the end and see if it’s enough. We want to hopefully get three in a row at home. We can’t get six in a row; we can only get three in a row. I like where we are at. We are practicing and preparing extremely hard each week. We’re coming into stadiums expecting to win.”

(On what the Jaguars were doing in the second half to make things more challenging)
“He [Minshew II] was throwing it pretty quick. He gets the ball out of his hand fast. He’s a scrambler and made a play or two, but he wasn’t anything that concerned me.”

(On what the offense was challenged with in the second half)
“We moved it; we ate up a lot of clock but didn’t score any points. We were eating up a lot of clock.”

(On Breshad Perriman and O.J. Howard’s performances)
“Yeah, I mean you guys keep asking who is [the number] three? There you go. Mike [Evans] had one of the best catches I have ever seen taken away and I can’t say enough about Chris [Godwin] and what he does. It was great to see O.J. step up and Breshad, now if we hit in stride one of these times, he is going to take it to the house.”

(On Jameis Winston making some throws and taking some big hits)
“He hit himself. I thought we blocked really well, and it was tough sledding in the running game. We managed to get our 31 runs in there and I like to be more efficient, but we blocked really well on the touchdown run. Also, just get rid of it. The fourth-and-five, just throw it to the back and see if you can make a guy miss. Just doing do all the whirly-burling and take a sack.”

(On any update with Jamel Dean & his shoulder)
“Just say that it was a bruise and we will see how bad it is.”

(On Alex Cappa leaving with a shoulder injury)
“His left, his other arm was a little bit strained and I wasn’t sure he knew it. He said he could play, but I want him out there next week.”

(On not seeing Ronald Jones II that much)
“Peyton [Barber] had a hot hand. He was making the plays and he was doing the best job in the pickup. Ro-Jo [Ronald Jones] missed a blitz pick up and that is it. You don’t get to play anymore.”

(On Winston having zero turnovers today)
“I think we did have a fumble, but no interceptions. He played really, really well.”

(On how he is feeling his glass is after this week)
“I might have two. (Celebratory drink?). Yeah, I will probably have two of them.”

(On the defense growing up together)
“Yeah, especially the back end. The communication, they see it. Once you see it and you put the time into it, you get the fruits of your labor. I mean, you know you have to put more time into it like Todd [Bowles] said. I show up a 4:30 [in the morning] and these cats are showing up a 5. That is what we are looking for.”

(On his plans to get any more office furniture)
“No, just down to the DB (defensive backs) room.”

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Scott Reynolds is in his 24th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his son's Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]

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  1. Interesting comment about RoJo. He is holding them accountable, that is for sure.

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  2. This man will take us to the playoffs next year. No question. I can’t wait to see who he picks up in the draft and free agency with some cap flexibility.
    Bucs will win at least seven games this year. Hell’s bells, they might win nine. I wouldn’t be surprised.

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  3. Hoping Jamel Dean comes back, we need him.

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  4. Looks like The QB Whisperer has finally got his message across to his other QB Leftwich. Let’s just turn and hand it off even if it’s costing us stats. I’ll trade stats anytime as long as we’re Winning Football Games. Also we are doing much better job at playing complimentary football, with the defense picking it up its good not to have to always defend a short field when the offense has turned it over 4 times. Two dominant wins because we’re figuring out out how not to beat ourselves!

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  5. Obviously this is what we wanted to see earlier in the season, I’m glad to see it is at least now happening. When Hargreave’s was cut, the DB’s stepped it. Most important difference these past few games has been attitude JPP brought to the team. In my opinion he’s our number one priority to sign for 2020.

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    • You mean the guy that BAB says is a liability in the run game and one dimensional? Bucs need to sign Barrett and JPP for sure!

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  6. Never had a doubt BA and Licht would turn this team around to a winning culture and it is bad news to the haters and trolls and those trying to get rid of Jameis. It is great news to others like me who have followed the Bucs from the start and had to remain loyal despite suffering through many bad years!

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    • Been a Bucs fans since I was 12 ( im 34 now) started in 97′. I Seen great and bad times. Never experienced what we are experiencing now, regaining an identity. Like you said, it’s good to be here from the start and remaining loyal- witnessing something special unravel. This team will be scary next season, this whole losing bs is going to stop, you can feel those players are done with it also.

      The future of the South is in our favor; Brees will be gone soon along with Matt Ryan. Carolina is on the verge of dark times..we are but getting out of it.

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      • Amen!!!! Culture change is emerging!

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        • P.S. They meant it when they said they were “tired of losing” around here.

          In BA we trust.
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          Go Bucs!!!

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  7. A HOME WIN would be great. Go Bucs

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  8. “We’re Coming Into Stadiums Expecting To Win”

    Good. That’s how it should be. We’re not Super Bowl Bound yet but things are at least trending in the right direction. Good Job Coach Arians!

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  9. I hope the Bucs keep winning – note Buc Ass Bob is totally absent now on all the boards with a two game win streak. Although if they lose the Colts next week I am sure he will be back.

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    • Atlanta and Jacksonville had no intentions of winning, Atlanta has an eye on draft only. Colts will come to play also Texans will be playing for playoffs so the game against Texans will show the true status of Bucs. Winston playing for his job and Arians wants to win for his reputation. The Wins against Atlanta and Jacksonville mean nothing and they will win against Detroit other than a record to be better than last year! Bucs will finish 7 and 9  with wins against the worst teams in NFL and one win against Rams.

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      • And think about that for a minute. That means they are now average by your own admission. Better than the worst teams, not as good as the best teams. A step up from the last three years when they were the worst team.

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