Play Smarter

January 11th, 2019

Good interview here with new Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians conducted by friend of Joe, Scott Smith of WTVT-TV FOX 13.

Smith talks about all sorts of things with Arians and one subject had Arians describing what it will take for one of the many young NFL coaches hired this week to survive.

Now Arians is already on record as saying he doesn’t believe the Bucs are a major rebuild job (in fact, he said he wouldn’t take a “build-up” job). Smith asked him what it would take for the Bucs to go from their normal studio rental shanty in Buccaneers Cove (last place in the NFC South) to the playoffs.

In short, Arians said the Bucs need to be smarter.

“Sometimes it is just finishing halves and finishing games,” Arians said. “Most games are decided by a touchdown or less. So it is getting smarter in those situations and winning those situtions that put you over the top.”

Can Joe say “red zone?” The Bucs under former coach Dirk Koetter moved the ball between the 20s well. But once the Bucs entered missed field goal territory, they would meltdown somewhere along the line, if not with a turnover with penalties.

Sometimes, cutting penalties is just using your head.

To see Smith’s full interview with Arians, click below.

24 Responses to “Play Smarter”

  1. Kalind Says:

    Good luck to him (and us) there’s too many guys on this team with their heads lodged somewhere dark and smelly.

  2. Bucs fan #7423 Says:

    BRuce Arians will be greatest coach of all time in Bucs history

  3. Bucs fan #7423 Says:

    I think arians can put a super bowl ring on Jamies finger

  4. AlteredEgo Says:

    Play smarter…..as a comparison watch the QB play this weekend and for the remainder of the season…watch their mechanics …footwork…timing…decision making…then think back to Jameis…he has room to improve in all those areas and hopefully he will….but as off now the contrast to the QB’s playing this weekend is striking once you take off the homer glasses

  5. Dan Says:

    Will he fix the Bucs or will the Bucs ruin him? I hope the first option but history says this organization destroys players and coaches. Let’s hope Bruce is different. Smith Bennett Revis Jackson Johnson Barron just to make a few who were better before and or after the Bucs

  6. ManzielMadness Says:

    Bucs fan 7423

    Whoa, I love the hire but let’s not anoint anybody just yet.

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    His coaching staff is already practically complete….and it’s been 3 days…..

  8. TexBuc Says:

    Winston is never going to look like a textbook QB his mechanics have never been sound. It is fair to compare him to his peers, but we must also consider a lack of a credible running threat and leaky pass pro. I stand by my personal assessment that Winston is incredible operating out of a dirty pocket and does not get enough credit for his ability to make plays with a crumbling pocket. Wearing my armchair QB coach hat I see many QB’s crumble under a pass rush, but a few can stand in or side step and find a way to get the pass off. Winston does not throw a pretty pass, but he does find a way to make a play when many would crumble under pressure.

  9. [email protected] Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    BA will not take any Sh!t from lazy or disruptive players, and unlike Koetter, will not make excuses for those types of players.
    BA will quickly identify, and rid us, of those players on our team just here to collect a check.

  10. voiceofreason Says:

    “entered missed field goal territory”
    love it

  11. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Hey Joe, you should give a confidence poll on Licht. I think he redeemed himself by getting Arians.

  12. Kobe Faker Says:

    “BA says what he believes and after 40 years of experience he knows the winning formula

    BA has all the answers but he is still humble

    Its not rocket science and BA will also agree

    Like Kobe has stated repeatedly, when you have OJ howard, you shouldnt have problems in the red zone. its that simple and BA will show it

    BA will embarass the stupidity of Klueless when we score in the redzone with ease

    *Kobe will guarantee that BA will not call jumpballs to skinny 5 9″ DJAX plays in the redzone”

    Kobe Faker

  13. OneBuc55 Says:

    The difference in coaching styles between Dirk and BA is night and day…

    Dirk has the classic Tony Dungy play not to lose mentality instead of playing to win…Bruce’ moto says it all about his coaching style ” No risk it, No buiscit…

    Ultimately I believe Bruce is the best thing that could have happened to Jameis…He genuinely believes in #3 and understands how to coach him…I know many will disagree bout Imo Jameis’ game is somewhere in between Payton Manning and Ben Rothlisberger; to guys that Arians has coached…I guarantee that nobody is more excited about this hire more than Winston himself…

  14. AlteredEgo Says:

    Please stop referring to Dirk….eyes forward !

  15. 813bucboi Says:

    smarter coaching will result in our players playing smarter….

    #GO BUCS!!!!

  16. Joe Says:

    Please stop referring to Dirk….eyes forward !

    “Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.”

  17. AlteredEgo Says:

    Joe Says:
    January 11th, 2019 at 9:34 am
    Please stop referring to Dirk….eyes forward !

    “Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.”


    “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” — Buddha

  18. JimBuc2 Says:

    IMO, best line from BA: “My door is always open.” Has to resonate with former Buc players whose experiences and input are now coveted by BA. Team Glazer did us all proud by trusting GM Jason Licht. This puts all my doubts to rest. Playoffs, yes we can be in that conversation now. Go Bucco BA!

  19. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    I think this is going to be similar to the time sam wyche was with the bucs. Wyche was a great coach and took the bengals to the super bowl and rebuilt them, then he came here as a QB whisperer and absolutely killed it with the draft by getting the lynch’s sapp and brooks into tampa. So if BA can do smilar it will start to make the bucs great again

  20. Bucsalltheway Says:

    Exactly what I see @texbuc but it is his gift and curse he has highlights escaping that crumbled pocket and tries to do too much and the bone head decision comes out. Any coach can see Jameis problem is that he never throws the ball away instead of eating sacks. Once this is mastered not only will the offense hum it will dictate games by control.

  21. Mike Johnson Says:

    Playing Smarter and finishing..I like that!! We’ve had many games these past 2 seasons where we di neither and lost by 1 to 7 points. And I do mean..Many!
    Arians has a chance to go down as one of our best caoches ever. I hope he can do it. Many of us..Old timers are rootin for him.

  22. TOM Says:

    I am one of the old timersthats rooting for him big time. This is the most excited I’ve been since the hiring of Gruden. Super Bowl here we come.

  23. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    I just don’t think ANY OF US (whether you are a JW supporter or detractor)… can undersell what this man can do for that kid’s confidence.

    It is unmeasurable.

    Jameis started to finally play some turnover-free football this past season. But he was also a shell of himself. Afraid of mistakes. Quiet.

    Arians can find that BEST JW. —combining what he has learned… with the the great qualities he has a leader of football players.

    Arians and JW…. could be magic.

  24. buccluck Says:

    Nice job with that interview.