“I Hope I Still See That Look In His Eye”

May 29th, 2019

Ndamukong Suh’s rap brings a smile to Bucco Bruce Arians’ face.

Throughout the league, new Bucs defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has a reputation for being a badarse, ornery and maybe sometimes a dirty player.

Just ask Bucs offensive lineman Evan Smith.

But that seems to be just the kind of bark Bucco Bruce Arians wants in his dogs. In yet another tip off that Arians wanted to move on from former Bucs stud Gerald McCoy, Arians yesterday joked and chuckled that Suh’s rap for playing to the whistle if not beyond is just what he wants and the Bucs need.

“I hope I still see that look in his eye,” Arians said of Suh and his physical brand of football. “I can handle the rest. That’s easy. I just want to see that look in his eye. I’ll be happy. When he got those penalties — that look. That is what we are looking for.

“Now look, don’t do the [penalties] that are silly and hurt the team and hurt you financially. But I want to see you play that way. And I want everyone around you to play that way.”

Now many Bucs fans railed against GMC for his sportsmanlike play and the optics it displayed. Virtually each of GMC’s critics believes sportsmanship and playing Batman is a sign of a soft player and losing, which fans believed rubbed off on GMC’s teammates.

Arians just may agree with that belief — because it seems Arians believes playing with a nasty edge rubs off in a good way on Suh’s teammates.

26 Responses to ““I Hope I Still See That Look In His Eye””

  1. Clean House Says:

    Does anyone here consider Lavonte David nasty?
    Beau Allen?

    I hope he rubs off, really I do.

  2. DB55 Says:

    If you guys really want to flip your lid, Suh will be wearing #93.

    Man everything BA is doing is the complete opposite of what all the Bucs experts think is right and I love it.

    Go figure, a two time coach of the year think your defensive lineman should play with an attitude. Who would have thunk it?!?!

  3. Todd Says:

    I remember hearing BA (when he was first hired) respond to a question about MeSean Jackson where he said, “I love ego.”

    Reading between the lines, it seems he appreciates the over-confidence to, in Suh’s case, kick a$$ and take names (even if the over-zealousness periodically results in a penalty) and in MeSean’s case, whine and cry like a girly b!tch (on some other team).

  4. Bucsfanman Says:

    DB55- That’s why myself and many others have said that this coach is going to be a difference-maker. Everything about this team needed to be shaken to the core.
    Now, attitude is great and all but there needs to be production that goes along with it. I think Arians is the type of coach to get the players frothing at the mouth. I’m optimistic.
    It is rather funny that he will don #93!

  5. Todd Says:


    I have a take and believe it may reconcile the draft to your satisfaction (other than RB). I think it’s becoming evident that BA plays long ball. Additionally, he’s very discrete. I guarantee he had conversations with many on his coaching staff weeks (if not months) before being hired. Remember when he told Devin White “if yiu’re On the board at five, we’re drafting you”? Long ball.

    Well, what of BA and TB began having conversations with Suh almost immediately after being hired? What if Suh was persuaded that he’s be A perfect fit for a TB scheme? What if BA said, “I deliver on my commitments. You just hang tight while we try to deal McCoy. Once he’s off the roster, we’ll immediately bring you on to be the beast our scheme needs. If you get an offer prior, give us first right of refusal.”

    That would then explain why they ignored the D-Line in the early rounds. It was all planned. The long game. Which leads me to believe there’s already a plan in place for RG and even RB.

    We’ll see.

    I just think this take is plausible. Thoughts?

  6. down in the dirt doug Says:

    Those of you that think our head coach sits in a rocker sipping warm milk while developing Alzheimer’s and Senile Dementia had better reboot your neurons.BA stands for “BAD ASS.TAKE NO PRISONERS AND KEEP THAT BROOM SWEEPING OUT THE DEAD BEATS GENERAL BRUCE!!!!!!!!

  7. OneBuc55 Says:

    Suh is a bully on the football field and I personally love it…

    This defense needed a facelift and Suh provides that…Geraldini and his finesse/matador playing style is out the window; Suhs Wolverine/Hulk Smash playing style was a much needed change…

  8. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    Arians…..you HOPE? Seriously? That one statement suggests he doesn’t know. And by watching Suh’s play during the season, you’re NOT gonna get that.

  9. Joe Says:

    Well, what of BA and TB began having conversations with Suh almost immediately after being hired?

    Wouldn’t be a surprise, though that would be tampering. Now did Arians have talks with Suh’s agent before free agency dinner bell rang? Wouldn’t rule it out. How many teams did Suh visit to try to find a job?

  10. Bucslifer Says:

    Other than Lee Roy Selmon I’ve never heard of a great D Lineman who was nice on the field… off yes but on not a chance. Sapp – A hole 24/7, Mean Joe Green.. umm his name is Mean Joe, Reggie White Devil on Preacher off… I can go on but you get the point. Attitude is infectious and Suh brings it.Hopefully others do as well

  11. Allbuccedup Says:

    Hopefully he will bring some toughness to the defense. And the young guys don’t get confused and start stomping on everyone they tackle.

  12. Joe Says:

    Other than Lee Roy Selmon I’ve never heard of a great D Lineman who was nice on the field

    Reggie White used to bless quarterbacks after he sacked them. Joe would consider that “nice.”

  13. pepsi Says:

    well safe to say that Arians was not a fan at all of McCoy’s brand of helping the opposing QB up and apologizing for fringe late hits.

  14. DB55 Says:

    Q: how come when Jensen racks up penalties it’s bc he’s playing through the whistle and is “a breathe of fresh air” but when Suh gets penalized it’s bc hes maybe a dirty player?


    I say they’re both a breathe of fresh air. What am I missing?

  15. Tbeartbb Says:


    Well Said

  16. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete (formerly known as 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans') ***Rhealist, louden annoying, & tminimum are the worst posters ever!!! Says:

    Randomly scrolling the interweb yesterday, I come across an article titled ‘The Top-50 Most-Hated NFL Players of All Time’ and of course, Who do I see sitting there at #3 (right behind Michael Vick at #1 & T.O. at #2), our boy DonkeyKong Suh…

    After seeing that recent interview with Suh on the the tennis channel, I really like that dichotomy of Gentleman, Scholar, & Entrepreneur off-the-field and Total Manbeast Brawler on-the-field…

  17. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete (formerly known as 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans') ***Rhealist, louden annoying, & tminimum are the worst posters ever!!! Says:

    Couple of pretty funny lists here… And our boy DonkeyKong is #3 on both of these. LMAO. I luv it…



  18. Buc believer Says:

    @Joe…. Reggie wasn’t blessing them he was giving them their last rights.

  19. Buccernutter Says:

    It’s becoming more and more clear that Dirk was trying to figure out how to drive and Bruce has his entire route planned with detours in case of speed bumps.

  20. Anonymous Says:


    Bucco Bruce Arians., the man with a vision. The head coach with a plan.

    In BA we trust!

    Go Bucs!!!!

  21. 813bucboi Says:



    GO BUCS!!!!!

  22. Cobraboy Says:

    I LOVE the direction BA is pushing this team.

    I hope to never see a soft Bucs defense again.

  23. Snook Says:

    Maybe the rest of the clueless fans and the media will figure it out with McCoy one day. No fire in that guy at all. None.

    Here’s how it is with a lot of Tampa fans and McCoy — he was one of our only stars in this past 10 horrible years. So they cling to the one guy who was a bright spot (or perceived bright spot). He made Pro Bowls and did good things in the community, blah blah blah.

    But the fact is that he was never that great. The tape doesn’t lie.

    And now he’s sitting on the market with basically 2 suitors — Baltimore and Cleveland. While probably asking for top market dollar. Good riddance.

    Suh will make this team better. Trust in BA.

  24. Pickgrin Says:

    Its obvious that Arians and Bowles decided early on that GMC was not going to be a Buccaneer in 2019.

    Seems plausible that there were talks between the Bucs and Suh a couple months ago – and that certain assurances may have been made by both sides.

    If there are similar “plans” for acquiring a quality OL player and an above average edge rusher already made and just waiting to be implemented at the right time/price – then this 2019 Bucs squad has a real chance to make some noise and end that painful 11 year play-off drought….

  25. Youngbucs Says:

    Division rivals have to be slapped upside the head with surgical precision right out the gate! Go Buc’s!

  26. Jack Karako Says:

    This had everything to do with economics, not attitude. If McCoy did not have 3 years and $39 million left on his contract, we are not talking about this.