Coaches And Blocking

May 12th, 2019

Talks blocking.

You may now include Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians into the club that believes one offensive position player better know how to block, or he may not play for the Bucs.

Remember nearly a decade ago when former Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik trumpeted his move to re-sign fan favorite wide receiver Michael Clayton because Clayton, Dominik said, could block?

Of course, Clayton’s ability to, you know, catch passes was another matter.

Then former Bucs coach Dirk Koetter came aboard and demanded his running backs be able to block first. Running the ball? Let’s worry about that later. Any wonder why Koetter’s offenses through the years often struggled at rushing?

Now enter Arians. Yesterday, Arians said whoever plays slot receiver for him better block or out the door you may go.

“It is hard to be in the slot if you can’t block,” Arians said after Saturday’s rookie minicamp practice. “Because we are going to run the football. And if you can’t block and everybody knows it it is a pass [because a slot receiver can’t run block], then what the hell good are you?”

But that doesn’t mean, Arians said, small guys like Scotty Miller cannot play slot. Just because you are small, Arians said, doesn’t mean you can’t block.

“We have had a lot of small guys who were tough as nails,” Arians said. “Emmanuel Sanders comes to mind. He would block his tail off and he’s not very big.”

Joe just found this all very interesting.

Of course, if the defense doesn’t find a way to slow down quarterbacks in a Jason Pierre-Paul/Gerald McCoy-less world, Arians won’t have to worry about his slot receivers blocking. The Bucs will be playing from behind too often to lose sleep over blocking slot receivers.

17 Responses to “Coaches And Blocking”

  1. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Agree…blocking is an attitude…however 180 lbs WR mixing it up with LB’s is a dream

  2. BA FAN Says:

    That is because Arians knows with his DC and the players he has now his Offense will not be playing from 20 down anymore and BA will be running the ball and force the opponents to put six in the box to stop the run and then we will fake the run and pass them crazy including deep throws too. He has two burner receivers with 4.3 speed in Perriman and Scotty and the minute there is only one Safety back there Katy bar the door. Perriman or Scotty can run to one side of the end zone drawing the Safety and Evans or Godwin catch a deep pass to the other side and the canons will be firing and the Buc fans going crazy. That is the plan!

  3. BucEmUp Says:

    perriman, godwin will yhrice un the slot. Justin Watson needs some time outside. Miller will hopefully get a few special plays drawn up and handle all return duty.

  4. K2 Says:

    He also said that he see Miller as more of an wideout…like John Brown.

  5. The Buc Realist Says:

    In 2015 where everyone points to the rushing success, They had VJ and ME and Luke stocker and Jorvorskie lane as a “real” full back!!!!!! if you don’t think that made a difference then having adam hump and Djax fake blocking, then you just don’t know football!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hat on Hat gentlemen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    But the sheep will be crying about needing “speed” and explosive players on offense half way thru the year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2019 will reveal answers to the sheep, that the “real” fans already know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Sounds like a perfect role for Godwin.

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Run Cam Brate out of the slot….along with Godwin….

  8. ModHairKen Says:

    I love these people who think blocking is all about size. Warrick Dunn was excellent. Blocking is all about interfering with a defender’s ability to make a tackle. Get in the way of the defender. You do not have to Sapp him every time.

  9. Defense Rules Says:

    Nice dig in the last paragraph. You’ve obviously written off BOTH JPP and GMC. And just think, we still have FOUR months to go until the first game. Maybe you could lend your crystal ball to Jason Licht. It might help him do a better job of drafting and picking up FAs.

  10. Mike Johnson Says:

    I do get this feelin we will score points. I’m just not sold on the D line yet. Esp. the pass rush.

  11. Stanglassman Says:

    K2- I was hoping this article clarified that “Scotty is a WO not slot” BA comment too But this article just glossed over it. We all knew BA likes bigger slot guys but with Miller saying He was getting most his reps in the slot what gives? Was John Brown (Scotty) used on primarily as the 2nd inside guy on four Wr sets? Is Godwin a good blocker and is he still moving inside?

  12. down in the dirt doug Says:

    BA is making it crystal clear—you will do your job well or sit or be cut.No more–“it’s ok you will do better next time”.”Now go and play some ping pong”.

  13. Bucnjim Says:

    In a closed in area it’s size in the open field it’s about angles taken and toughness. Hell I’ve seen a 65 year old ref throw the perfect block by accident. Steve Smith Knocked so many LBs on their a$$ it’s not even funny! He’s about 5’9 on a good day. That is the difference between finesse and blue collar. One will do whatever it takes the other will do only the amount absolutely necessary.

  14. Stanglassman Says:

    It seems like some people missed Arian’s point. He said that Miller is too small to play the slot and he’d have more of an opportunity to use his speed on the outside. A better comparison to Miller is DJax not Hump.

    BA was impressed by Richmond (Cortrelle Simpson) WR had a nice catch, I like him. The young kid from Buffalo (Anthony Johnson). He also said OLB/DE Terry Beckner Jr got to the Qb on just about every play and would be back on Tues to see if he can do it against the next level.

    When do we find out which tryout players are going to be ask back, Tuesday?

  15. teacherman777 Says:

    Hines Ward was the best blocking WR of ALL TIME!!!

  16. Stanglassman Says:

    Scotty Miller is 5’ 9” 175Lbs

    Hines Ward 6’ 208 Lbs

  17. Sherman Perigo Says:

    He wants wide recievers to block what about the O-line medicore at best.