No Starters Yet At Safety, Says Bruce Arians

March 26th, 2019

Much to prove

Over breakfast this morning in Phoenix, Joe opened the door for head coach Bucco Bruce Arians to drop a lot of love on Justin Evans, but Arians didn’t go there.

He had plenty of positives to say about specific players at many other positions (Joe will have more of that later), but it didn’t come at safety. What can you say about the safeties, you have an interesting mix of young players back there.

Bruce Arians: They all bring something to the table. But they’ll all hit you. As a safety, you gotta hit. So, yeah, we’ll see them [in practice], man-to-man skills, breaking-on-the-ball skills. So I can’t wait to get out at OTAs and start seeing these guys on the field.

Joe: Is it fair to say safety is a position completely wide open?

Arians: Oh yeah. And we’ll have schemes with four safeties on the field. Todd [Bowles’] blackboard is filled. You know, and you got personnel groups, might be four linebackers and four safeties in the game in this package. So we’ll use every guy we got.

Again, for perspective, Arians had no problem talking about other guys he likes a lot and leaders at different positions. Safeties? He didn’t go there, which might say a lot about where the organziation stands on 2017 second-round pick Justin Evans.

14 Responses to “No Starters Yet At Safety, Says Bruce Arians”

  1. Alanbucsfan Says:

    You could have put the personnel from the ‘80’s Bears and Giants defense or the personnel from the Ravens and Bucs defense of 2000’s and Smith and company would have screwed it up

  2. FlBoy84 Says:

    How it should be… guys earning the right to be on the field rather than gifting spots. Novel concept.

  3. Ghingus Kwon Says:

    Love this dude….

  4. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete (the guy who had to buy '87 a Winston jersey after we drafted him) Says:

    Justin Evans and Jordan Whitehead will win the starting spots, watch.

    They are 2 of the fastest, most athletic, & physical Safeties in the entire NFL.

    They will blossom…

  5. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Curious if Arian is the on the same page as Licht when he mentioned Stewart is not a CB but a safety. If so, I think this suits his ability more so as Stewart is a pretty good tackler but only descent at covering due to his limited open speed.

  6. Jamaal Stanley Says:

    Alabama I’m willing to wager that was BA and his staff not Licht. Licht was simply the voice to break the news.

  7. Lord Cornelius Says:

    I’d be surprised if it isn’t Evans/Whitehead barring injury.

  8. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Also – Bucs say they “love” their RBs – but have met with like 7-8 RB prospects.

    They have only met with 2 safeties. Also only 2 CBs.

    Per their draft interest they barely have shown any in the CB or S position, meanwhile they have had like 20-30 visits alone with defensive front 7 players and another 10-20 with O-lineman (and thank god for that being the focus). Also like 10+ WR meetings

    So I don’t know what to make of this comment really other than he might want to motivate / challenge the younger guys vs giving them anything

  9. rrsrq Says:

    U s at Nassib Adderly pro day, also I’m sur they were at Alabama’s also, hopefully they were at University of Miami. Michale Jackson, 6’0” 210, can play both safety and CB

  10. jerseybuc Says:

    Love this. Turn the dogs loose BA! Just having them not lining up 25 yards deep and immediately backpedaling is a big improvement. But no need to give anyone a leg up right now. Competition is what we need.

  11. gotbbucs Says:

    I dont really feel like his response throws shade at anyone in particular. I think they’re going to play more of a matchup game plan rather than stick with the same group no matter the game situation.
    The NFL is so situational now, more than ever before. You might have a guy on your defensive roster who only plays alot against certain offensive packages, so some games they might not see the field very much. The Patriots have been doing this for 20 years.
    This isnt your grandfather’s NFL, this is a new game they’re playing now.

    I’m hopeful that this defensive staff has the correct approach this time around. Some players can cross schemes, some guys can’t, you have to have both on your roster. Defense still rules the roost and that side of the ball is what’s going to have to steer this ship back into open seas.

  12. sandwichman Says:

    Pathetic franchise and the new coach is going to embarrass himself this year. When he becomes a MeToo victim for yelling at these woman coaches he will be finished.

  13. Destinjohnny Says:

    Evans is athletic and will make a splash play here and there
    But his tape is awful beyond belief

  14. SenileSenior Says:

    gotbbucs Says:
    March 26th, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Good Comments!

    Though, I am ever refining my understanding of football fundamental, I crave to get new perspectives. Thanks much for the picture you paint of what is going on here under BA.
    Go Bucs!!!!