“We Need More”

April 24th, 2019


Joe used to have an accountant that was a riot.

The Palm Harbor-based tax preparer was intense. And he really worked his tail off for his clients. His sales motto was that his goal was for you to not owe taxes.

When Joe would meet with him each spring to go over itemized deductions, and those deductions failed to reach his goal, he would stare at Joe and bark, “We need more!” He sometimes scared Joe to the point Joe thought an IRS agent would come knocking on his door. But he didn’t so all was well.

Joe tells this story after being reminded of the accountant’s motto by Bucco Bruce Arians yesterday. After the first underwear football practice of the season, Arians was asked to quickly assess his team in his very first practice as Bucs coach.

“It is just about what I thought,” Arians said. “It is a very good offensive team. They scored a lot of points last year. We added some pieces to it.

“Defensively, we’ve got pieces. We need more.”

Anyone want to guess which side of the ball the Bucs are going to load up on this weekend?

17 Responses to ““We Need More””

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I’m usually an optimist…or at least in a “wait & see mode”…..but it is really difficult for me to believe that we can be a better team without……Hump, Djax, GMC & Kwon……those were 4 key players from last year.

    The key is coaching & Jameis Winston…..those two things could make us better…..that along with 3 starters from this draft class.

    I am also on record and am encouraged that Perriman will exceed Djax’s production from last year.

  2. miken Says:

    I think unless we get lucky and some one trades up with us then its Dline, Lb and cb in the 1st 3 rounds but I’d like to see the Oline addressed in the 1st 3 rounds.

  3. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Finally some truth out of BA. The bucs have needed defense for 5 years and the lousy gm is still here and cannot comprehend what it takes to build a team or even the type of players that are needed for certain defenses. It is a shame that this gm was getting players for a defensive scheme that was not being run. This team is still a good 3 years away. I am guessing that BA is going heavy on defense in the draft

  4. Bucnjim Says:

    No guessing needed! Not only do we need more talent on D we also have to get tougher. That’s not easy to do when they’ve all been singing and sideline dancing since the days of Lovie Smith.

  5. Bruce Blahak Says:

    GOOD! Draft all defense, fine by me…

  6. Kgh4life Says:


    Generally I would agree with you that losing Djax, Hump, Kwon and now McCoy, the Bucs would be worse off, however, the Bucs went 5-11 the previous two seasons with all those guys on the team. The defense was historically bad from 2017 to 2018 and the offense was inconsistent, so those guys you mentioned were not difference makers if you look at the Bucs record. Now, don’t get me wrong they’re good players but it just didn’t translate to the field. I have a wait and see approach before I make any judgments.

  7. TOM Says:

    LB,DL,OL. Not necessarily in that order. Unless Bosa or Williams falls to us, the pick will be White or Oliver. No Allen.

  8. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Kgh4life – losing some of the better players on the team does not make the team better. The team was losing because of the weak talent around them. That would be the equivalent of cutting Marino in his prime because the Dolphins weren’t winning super bowls. The team was better with him than without him. 2019 is going to be a long season. The only upside is next years draft pick should be better that the number 5 we have this year.

  9. stpetebucsfan Says:


    I’m with you. And yeah Allen scares me as well and besides I believe he’s already on the team in the form of Spence.

    I like the rounds you used and agree if Quinnen was available that changes everything and we have what should be an automatic pick. I do not expect him to last though.

  10. Jean Lafitte Says:

    I just don’t want to see more reaches in the draft. Draft from major programs that attract the highest amount of bleu chipper athletes. Trying to hit on a diamond in the rough takes too long to develop. Please NO ..what? surprises

  11. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Give me one OL in R2-R4 and one RB with great hands in R5-R7 and I’m OK going all defense otherwise.

  12. 813bucboi Says:


    i agree….

    2 of the 1st 3 picks have to be defense specifically dline imo….

    get beau allen’s replace in ed oliver…..
    shaq barrett’s replacement in jachi polite….or another OLB…..
    grab tytus howard for dotson’s replacement….


  13. Lord Cornelius Says:

    “This team is still a good 3 years away”

    This is not true of any NFL team and we see this historically. If you nail your coaching staff hires, drafts and FA any NFL team can be flipped or improved dramatically in 1-2 seasons.

    Saints were a bottom 1-3 defense for a really long time.

    3 losing seasons in a row with Drew Brees – a HOF QB – with horrible defense and not great running games.

    Per Bucs fans Drew Brees should have been cut after that sample size of losing as a QB. Regardless of bottom 5 run games / defenses (hello Jameis WInston)

    In a few drafts the Saints completely turned around the defense and run game around Drew Brees and they have been SB contendors because of it. There is no 3-5 year building window necessary in the NFL if you do it right.

  14. Darin Says:

    If Allens there he is definitely picked over those 2.

  15. Magadude Says:

    Another losing season, and the whole team gets a rough audit.
    Well overdue. Years of evasion.

  16. BucEmUp Says:

    Can I get the accountants contact information

  17. Jim Says:

    Wonder where everybody was during the “#weapons4winston” debacle? And since we had the worst D in the league, why’d we get the “Quarterback Whisperer”? The Bucs still think we can win with offense alone; all Jameis, all the time.