“Start Practice Fast So We Can Start September Fast”

May 10th, 2019

Bucco Bruce Arians talks about potentially eliminating traditional practice and more.

Reality from the NFL’s New York headquarters is impacting Bucco Bruce Arians at One Buc Palace.

Yes, Arians has his style and a proven system, and a credo he loves to talk about. But things happen that can alter a coach’s approach — except they usually don’t arrive in mid-April.

That wacky Bucs schedule the NFL dropped on Tampa a few weeks ago includes no games in Tampa from Sept. 23 to Nov. 10. Arians recognizes that it’s not ideal and he told SiriusXM NFL Radio the schedule has led him to add extra juice to the start of practice and consider cutting practice later in the season.

“September is going to be huge for us with the schedule of seven weeks [away] in a row. So we have to get off to a good start. We talk about it every day to start practice fast so we can start September fast,” Arians said.

The interesting thing was that Arians was not asked about the schedule. The question that prompted that response was about playing in a competitive NFC South and adding pieces that can put the Bucs in the hunt.

Later in the interview, Arians was asked about changes tied to the schedule. Arians said his sports science team will be relied heavily upon to determine the Bucs’ fatigue level and, Arians said, there might be a week when the team does not practice before a game and simply does walk-through work.

The Bucs simply have to find a way to at least get to a 3-3 record at the bye week. If they can get there, then Joe thinks they’ll be in good shape going forward.

Week 1 – SAN FRANCISCO, Sunday, Sept. 8, 4:25 p.m.
Week 2 – at Carolina, Thursday, Sept. 12, 8:20 p.m.
Week 3 – GIANTS, Sunday, Sept. 22, 4:05 p.m.
Week 4 – at Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 29, 4:05 p.m.
Week 5 – at New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m.
Week 6 – CAROLINA, Sunday, Oct. 13, 9:30 a.m. (In England)
Week 7 – BYE
Week 8 – at Tennessee, Sunday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m.
Week 9 – at Seattle, Sunday, Nov. 3, 4:05 p.m.
Week 10 – ARIZONA, Sunday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m.
Week 11 –  SAINTS, Sunday, Nov. 17, 1 p.m.
Week 12 – at Atlanta, Sunday, Nov. 24, 1 p.m.
Week 13 – at Jacksonville, Sunday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m.
Week 14 – INDIANAPOLIS, Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m.
Week 15 – at Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 15, 1 p.m.
Week 16 – TEXANS, Sunday, Dec. 21 or Dec. 22 (Saturday or Sunday to be determined)
Week 17 – FALCONS, Sunday, Dec. 28, 1 p.m.


32 Responses to ““Start Practice Fast So We Can Start September Fast””

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

    I’ll be seeing Kyler Murray with my own eyes…if he survives that long…

  2. Ra'Shad Says:


    I want to be at least 4-2 at the bye week. We just have to be better than previous years. All of the losing is finally taking a toll on me.

  3. Stonedbuc Says:

    This will bring the team closer together, thus building culture. 7 weeks together in the road and traveling, players will learn to love and hate each other and learn from this experience. It will be nice to have them not just collect and check and run straight to 2001 or Adamo drive.

  4. tmaxcon Says:

    3-13 simple as that. Roster sucks then there is the glazer

  5. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Arians is going to be rethinking this approach when he realizes some of the weak minded veterans he has that make up this team

  6. Pryda...Sec147 Says:

    This team with this coach is gonna dominate a bunch of teams watch out

  7. Defense Rules Says:

    Being 3-3 at the Bye looks doable Joe, even though only 2 of the games are at home. Personally I don’t hold out great hopes for the Thursday night game at Carolina, but beating San Fran & the Giants at RayJay is certainly doable. Of the next 3 games, all against tough opponents on the road, won’t be easy, but if we can squeak out 1 min out of 3 games we’d have done well IMO.

    After the Bye is when it gets sticky. Good news is that 5 of those 10 games are at home, and the only real cold-weather game (Detroit) will be played indoors. Hopefully by after the Bye our team has developed some decent chemistry & just keeps improving. As always, injuries will be a huge factor, but I do think, optimistically, that we have a shot at going say 8-8 in this first year under BA.

  8. TOM Says:

    First 6 gms 2-4. Even that is iffy. To many under achievers who are just in it for a paycheck. Yes D. Smith I’m looking at you.

  9. Todd Says:

    Hey Mr. GET OFF MY LAWN!

    I mean… @tmaxcon

    I’ll bet $100 right now (hundo-spot to be held by someone reliable) that we are better than 3-13.

    Pony up, negative get-off-my-lawn guy.

    Take the bet or STFU.

  10. LJS4th Says:

    3-3? Try 0-6 those are tough teams to play. Looking at the #1 pick next year and we aren’t even trying to tank the season! Losing JPP pretty much killed any hope on the defense doing better and dont forget we are in cap hell!!!

  11. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Waiting for BA to go Jeff Tedford on us.

  12. NOSBOS Says:

    Stonedbuc it’s precisely what they need. If this were a older veteran team I might be more concerned,but with the average age around 24/25 coupled with a veteran coaching staff. I think it is more a good thing then a bad. 500 my @$$,these boys been aching for some shine and notoriety. Anything less than 4 and 2 would be a little disappointing in my book. Raise your gotd@&; standards.

  13. NOSBOS Says:

    I expect a heavy dosage from the running game during this stretch.

  14. 813bucboi Says:


    for the first time in a long time i agree with you….lol….

    8-8-10-6 is doable…..

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  15. 813bucboi Says:

    The Buc Realist Says:
    June 21st, 2018 at 6:48 pm
    Huge pass to the coaching staff issued by the “real” Buc fans!!!!!!!!!

    GO Bucs!!!!!!!!!

  16. Wesley Says:

    It’s 6 weeks away from RJS including the bye. Stop saying 7 weeks.

  17. Chris Simms 2020 GM Says:

    Week 4 at Los Angeles will be an interesting look at what should have been. Darrell Henderson should be fully integrated into the Rams offense by then.

    He will probably shred the Bucs for about 250 yards, maybe 3 TD’s while those 2 magic beans the Gump fire traded him for stay safely at home on the practice squad.

    Win now, baby! No risk it, no biscuit!

    Fire Licht Tonight!

  18. Siege the Bay Says:

    This away stretch will show us who the real bucs fans are. Get out and support your team.

  19. Jackwagon Says:

    Huh…so @Joe says “the Bucs simply have to find a way to at least get to a 3-3 record at the bye week..if they get there they’ll be in good shape going forward”. How do you figure??

    So 3-3 at the Bye fine.

    Being realistic, they have likely losses coming in:

    Week 9 @ Seattle
    Week 11 Saints
    Week 12 @ Atlanta
    Week 14 Indy
    Week 16 Texans

    That’s assuming with all total fortune, that the other games are W’s.

    So if they’re lucky….that’s 8-8 on the season.

    Is that your definition of “in good shape going forward”???


  20. tnew Says:

    All of the bad stars aligned for this schedule. All that needs to happen to make things worse is a hurricane that causes the San Fran game to be moved to the bye week. Having a London game in the same season as having NFC west is really a tough draw. But hey, Tampa got the Super Bowl (although it looks like the draft is becoming just as big) so all is good.

  21. TampaTown Says:

    Are we going to continue the tradition of starting fast then being out of it by Halloween?

  22. JimmyJack Says:

    Everybody just wants to focus on the negatives of the schedule but the schedule makers did us a few favors.

    -1st game is one of our easiest, on paper. 1-0 start is a nice boost for momentum.

    -Game 2 gives Carolina no time to prepare for us. Thurs Night game. The Bucs could be scouting them right now. Carolina has no film to study us during preseason. We should be much better prepared then they are which is a great advantage. My expectation is 2-0 start.

    -We play no teams that come off a bye which is a major deal especially since we got a new HC……….Our Bye is during our tough stretch of road games. We get Tennessee. Well prepared teams fare well coming off a bye. We get an advantage in this one…………If we can win the one game on neutral field and beat Tennessee the tough part of the schedule doesn’t look scary at all.

    -the final stretch features 3 of 4 at home. This rarely happens in the NFL. I know we cannot even handle bottom tier team in our own stadium but good teams thrive at home. If we can get good this year you must take advantage of those final 4. We are literally setup to close the season on a 4 game win streak.

    You guys dwell on the bad stuff. I see plenty of opportunity in the schedule.

    We have a couple of big league advantages in this schedule. Good teams would take advantage. We shall see if the Bucs are any good……If they are look out. 2-0 start & 4-0 finish will not be very difficult for any team that’s worth a salt.

  23. diddler Says:

    I got 2-2 for september. Find it very very encouraging with SF at home week 1. Anyone remember the last time we played SF at home week 1? I’m superstitious like that 🙂

  24. diddler Says:

    How many times have teams with no expectations come out and went on an early run? Especially with a new regime? The no tape advantage is good for at least 6 games. I think they’ll start very fast.

  25. Eric y Says:


  26. Eric y Says:

    Bucs will start season 0-4 lol @2-2 please none of the teams in our first four weeks are better than the bucs

  27. Eric y Says:

    Diddler just because it’s a coincidence we played San Fran week 1 in 97 and week 1 this year does not mean we will be in the playoffs … we played New Orleans week 1 last year went 5-11 we also played New Orleans week 1 in 2002 and won the super bowl

  28. JimmyJack Says:

    Diddler I don’t know but I’m sure you remember we play San Fan at home to kick off the playoffs in 02′. The end results were divine.

  29. JimmyJack Says:

    Eric diddler said at home. We’re we home in 97′?

    P.S. I’m supersticous too.

  30. Eric y Says:

    Yes we were home in 97

  31. Eric y Says:

    Regardless week 1 last year and week 2 in 02 we played the same team and both ended totally different … superstition is not real … if that’s what y’all believe then have at it … just because we play San Fran week 1 and we played San Fran 19 years ago does not guarantee playoffs … first off this team has not been to the playoffs in over a decade … secondly this team has no where near the talent the 97 team had … this team here will be lucky to win 7 games

  32. Eric y Says:

    Week 1 in 02 excuse me