Ryan Jensen Day 1 Impression: Toughness From The Top

April 3rd, 2019

This should have a lot of Buccaneers fans driving to work with smiles on their faces.

The optimist in every Bucs fan hopes the arrival of Bucco Bruce Arians will mean much higher standards for practice, effort and performance at One Buc Palace.

Nonsense and loafing was too often tolerated under the Dirk Koetter regime, and not just by the head coach and his staff, but by the players working around the loafers.

The Bucs reported back to work Monday and after the morning session center Ryan Jensen treated fans to some candid talk on SiriusXM NFL Radio. He was asked to say what’s different from the Koetter regime — even after just one morning and a team meeting with Arians.

“It’s definitely going to be a little bit more of a, I don’t want to say ‘tough love,’ but definitely it’s what I’ve always heard of Bruce is he’s kind of a hard-nosed coach,” Jensen said. “He coaches you but he loves you at the same time. And I think that’s a good mixture of player-coach relationship right there.”


Jensen added that there’s even more excitement in the locker room than for the start of last year, which he said is very positive.

Jensen said he’s heard nothing but good things from players who played for Arians and Arians’ opening message Monday “backed up everything I heard.”

Discipline was a theme for Jensen during the interview, including the minutiae of the game, saying strict attention to that will be the difference for the Bucs if they turn things around this season. Veterans keeping young players on point is a giant part of that, he said.

9 Responses to “Ryan Jensen Day 1 Impression: Toughness From The Top”

  1. Clw JB Says:

    It’s a game of inches

    3-5 critical plays a game make the difference

    Good coaches get stats but just don’t have the knack for recognizing those key moments and they leave the inches on the field

    Great coaches make key critical in game decisions, imbed in their players minds that every inch of grass is a mile and they win games, not stat contests

    We have a proven HC finally, maybe it’s time the coin flips our way

  2. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I would so love to hear that first team meeting. Now that would be an incentive for season tickets. Insider video access!

  3. NOSBOS Says:

    Hallelujah indeed.. 🙏🏾Prayers eventually do get answered.

  4. Bird Says:

    I’d love to see this bulletin board we have been hearing about ..

    Your name goes up when taking play off or missing an assignment
    Let’s say you get the skull and crossbones 🏴‍☠️ next to your name since we are the buccaneers

    Wonder whose name gets called out the most?

  5. J Says:

    NOSBOS, we finally agree on something!

  6. Pickgrin Says:

    Bucs biggest problem the last couple years has been beating themselves.

    Mistakes, penalties, interceptions/ lack of ints on Def, fumbles, not converting in the Red Zone….

    Whenever the “sloppiness” was held in check for whatever period of time (be it a series or a whole game) – the team performed and competed well. But the “mistakes” always came back – usually sooner than later, often at the worst possible times. Sometimes by our best players….

    Players are going to get their asses chewed for that sh!t from here on out… at best. Keep it up and you might just be riding the bench. Do something egregious/stupid enough and BA might just send you to the unemployment line….

    That’s the mentality and measure of control/respect/fear that the new Sheriff in town is laying down at this very moment.

    Play Hard. Play Clean. Play Smart. This is what is now expected. Every rep – every practice – every game.

    Bruce Arians is the best thing to happen to this football team in a looooooooong time. And its only day 2…..

  7. Anonymous Says:

    If there is a bulletin board, the name I see with the most skull& crossbones would have to be Mr. lazy ass D. Smith.

  8. 813bucboi Says:

    great to hear!!!!!!!


  9. Joel Says:

    This is why McCoy is getting shopped. He’s soft.