“Give This Guy A Running Game To Play With, He Should Be A Heck Of A Quarterback”

June 5th, 2019

Head coach Bucco Bruce Arians was pumping out all kinds of thought-provoking takes on ESPN.

Joe shared a few Arians gems already, including Jason Pierre-Paul possibly needing until Dec. 1 to return, as well as Gerald McCoy not fitting with the Bucs, and Devin White taking command of the defense within a week.

Arians was slinging it well Friday afternoon TV, when he also was asked about working with America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, and what the focus is for the franchise quarterback and the offense.

“It’s been easy,” Arians said of working with Jameis.

“You don’t have to be Superman every time you drop back and try to make some miraculous throw. The running back’s your best friend. Use your checkdowns more … Just don’t throw it to the other team because you’re forcing something because you think you have to make a big play.”

“Make the field goals but play better red zone and keep what we’ve been doing as far as pushing the ball up the field. Give this guy a running game to play with, he should be a heck of a quarterback.”

That last sentence really had Joe running head first into blunt objects.

It’s not that Joe disagrees, but Jiminy Christmas, the Bucs’ didn’t do anything to upgrade their woeful rushing attack. No significant offseason additions at running back or offensive line.

If Arians can’t produce a running game this season and the offense regresses, then Joe could make a great case for an immediate regime change. And that’s not being too drastic. Hopefully, Arians will provide Jameis a decent running game through better coaching. It certainly can happen, but it sure would have been easier with a talent boost.

Perhaps that’s still coming? Hello, Duke Johnson.

56 Responses to ““Give This Guy A Running Game To Play With, He Should Be A Heck Of A Quarterback””

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

    hmmmmm….I was and many others were calling for OL & DL with the first 4 picks…

  2. AwShbucs Says:

    It’s worth mentioning that Barber averaged 4.4 ypc on power runs last year. Eliminating all the zone runs, where he averaged 3.7 a carry, and eliminating and eliminating runs to the right because Dot cant run block, will immediately improve the running game.

    And that’s without even mentioning the potential return to form Jones seems to be experiencing. Also, I said it when we signed him after watching his tape, Bruce Anderson is going to surprise people.

    The running game will be the best it’s been since 2015. Bank on it.

  3. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Shame our best RB is Devin White. Watch his High school tape on you tube. Vita Vea was also a RB in high school. What a goal line combo. Vea blocking for White 1st and goal from the 1.

  4. Todd Says:

    Duke Johnson said yesterday, “I still want to be traded.”

    I think the Glazers should “No risk it, no biscuit” and trade RoJo for Johnson ALONG WITH Licht for Dorsey.

  5. adam from ny Says:

    jameis looks so different since the lobotomy…

    once they inserted that bar in his lower center forehead above the eyebrows, he has a whole new look…

    does this new chunk of metal in his forehead give bruce arians the ability to whisper into jameis’ head at all times?…

    i think so…

    james is now being controlled by bucco bruce like an alien

  6. Unimpressed Says:

    Lol yes, ONLY RUNNING to the left and simplifying the offense to only power runs will definitely not be too predictable.

  7. AwShbucs Says:

    Another interesting thing to ponder, did the Bucs have Jawaan Taylor and Cody Ford rated higher than SMB? I’d be willing to bet that wed have taken either if Jacksonville and Buffalo didn’t snag them first.

  8. adam from ny Says:

    please look at the photo above…jameis has an alien implant in his forehead now…courtesy of “brainwashing bucco bruce”

  9. Allbuccedup Says:

    I agree with Todd 100%.

  10. Unimpressed Says:

    @adam from ny

    I totally see it lmao

    Somebody had to do it, Jameis has proven he can’t make sound decisions on his own.

  11. Jean Lafitte Says:

    So let’s try to get through preseason first before you start planting the seed of regime change.

  12. AwShbucs Says:

    Their are more than just Zone and power runs. You know that right? Gap, Trap, draw, Iso, wham, option, reverse etc..

    Also you dont just run to the left or right, you can run through 3 different gaps between the tackles. But by far the least effective runs we deployed last year were zone runs to the right… Because Benenoch sucks and Dot cant run block.

    So yeah..

  13. Ndog Says:

    I just don’t understand what people are watching with Barber. Is he Barry Sanders heck no, but he is a good back and can get the job done. Watch when he got any room at all and he got the job done period. Forgot draft position, forget salary, forget the last name look at the tape and what did he do with his opportunities.


  14. Bucsfanman Says:

    Good run-game=less throws by Jameis=less opportunities for turnovers=opposing offense on the sidelines=healthy, rested defense.

    Brain surgery this is NOT!

  15. Ndog Says:

    Peyton Barber is so much better than Duke Johnson and it’s not really close.

  16. Unimpressed Says:

    I’d argue replacing the subpar lineman would be more effective than limiting our options because our lineman suck lol

    SoOoOo, yEaHhH

  17. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    “It’s worth mentioning that Barber averaged 4.4 ypc on power runs last year.”

    It’s worth mentioning that Darrell Henderson had 57 20+ yard runs last year for a 8.9 yard average. He ran for 22 TD’s as well.

    He was sitting there at the 70th pick only because at 5’9″ he was 2″ below the ideal NFL height for a RB.


  18. SCBucsFan Says:

    Todd RoJo for Duke Johnson… cmon now.

    And those wanting Darrell Henderson, get over it. You are probably upset at the girl(s) that turned you down for prom. Move on with your life.

  19. Jeffbuc Says:

    Ghost of Darrell Henderson. We drafted a running back in the second round that had 1550 yards rushing 5.9 average and 19 touchdowns in his final season. That played for a much larger program in a power 5 conference. Left the school as the 5th all time leading rusher at a school with a long history of runningbacks. And look what he did in his first year. There is no guarantee Henderson will do anything in the league. He played at a small school and averaged that. So you think he is going to be able to jump up about 5 levels of competition and still have those type of numbers. Just wait until the season is over before you go changing your screen name and anointing this guy the next Saquon Barkley.

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

    more like Brate for Johnson

  21. AwShbucs Says:

    Look guy, you’re not gonna find any protest on my end when you say we should have attempted to upgrade at RG and RT.

    I’m simply looking for solutions to the current situation where we didn’t upgrade.

    And as far as Darrel Henderson goes, college is different from the pros. That goes without saying. Just look at the drop off Jones experienced going from college to the pros…

  22. adam from ny Says:

    can we please talk a little bit about jameis’ new forehead…he looks so much different…jameis looks diferent this year …his head, his face…is it like a barry bonds bulking type thig-a-ma-jigg?

  23. BringBucsBack Says:

    Adam, it’s either a lobotomy or residual swelling from the golf club “hassle”.

  24. Todd Says:


    You’ve likely not studied nor heard about Vox Day’s Socio-Sexual Hierarchy. If you did, you would immediately self-assess that you are a ‘Gamma’. Your juvenile use of ‘lol’ and ‘lmao’ are dead give-always. Just some descriptors for you that I’m sure will ring true:

    Gamma: The always-snide, negative unattractive male, all too often obsessively bitter. In the unlikely event they are at a party, they are probably in the corner muttering darkly about the behavior of everyone else there… likely to their date-less selves. Gammas are usually snipers who build themselves up in their own weak minds by knocking others down. They are grammatically ignorant and rarely capitalize sentences. The over-use of ‘lol’, ‘lmao’ and ‘rofl’ are key give-always that you are dealing with a gamma. Ignore them.

    Okay, class is over. You’re welcome.

  25. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Trade VH3 for duke johnson and maybe have browns throw in a pick

  26. Stanglassman Says:

    Adam- I brought up JW3’s new upper brow muscle a few weeks ago and got crickets too. I guess we are all supposed to act like it’s not there. I hope you’re wrong about the Bonds comparison. There’s a lot more legal options for today’s athlete. Especially with unlimited budgets.

  27. 813bucboi Says:


    i agree….

    i think duke is on the radar…..

    duke and baker not seeing eye to eye….jarvis landry seems to be in dukes corner…..that entire situation seem awkward…..

    i think we get duke the 1st or 2nd week of TC…..

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  28. oar Says:

    He’s just trying to emulate his offensive coordinator….ol Plumpy McGee!

  29. Sport Says:

    Oh Joe…its clear why you do what you do. Its therapy. You have created a way to rationalize your position in life with elevating blogging to journalism.

    Hanging a regime change on this coach in June…? You just have to jump the shark don’t you…

    Is it a coincidence you had your mind set on how things will go (i.e.the draft), it didn’t, and now your life is off-kilter because reality didn’t match your thoughts.

    BA has this, calm the hell down…

    1. The roster is not set, we will look different in Sept
    2. Secondary talent needed upgrading and depth over any other team needs
    3. We actually like Barber
    4. Jones is getting coached and so far the second yr back is improving/making significant progress vs last yr
    5. You draft O linemen for the next coach

    In BA I Trust!

  30. Bucnjim Says:

    Maybe if we ran running plays where the opposing defense didn’t know the play before the snap we’d have much more success. The last two years whether it was the formation or the personnel the opposing D’s knew it was a running play and 75% of the time they knew what direction the play was intended to go. A dead giveaway was when teams would run blitz the gap where the play was going which overloaded the lineman resulting in hits in the backfield for minus yards.

  31. ben Says:

    Will a run game help with Winston’s accuracy?

  32. Allbuccedup Says:

    ben probably not.

  33. BuccYa Says:

    Ya let’s add another malcontent to this locker room. Duke would be complaining
    about having to share carries with Peyton and Rojo by week 3.

  34. Unimpressed Says:


    I’m gonna add LOL’s to every post just for you now buddy. LOL

    It’s just nice knowing you read them 🙂

  35. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Regime change?
    There isn’t 1 coach left from last year.

    Defensive roster has been overhauled big time.
    Right side of OLine will be different- Benenoch is effective at tackle.
    Passing game will set up run, unlike Last year when run plays were predictable, ineffective and easily read.

    And Joe, I don’t think any of us know how talented these RB’s are because they were so poorly mismanaged.

  36. Succaneers Says:

    Crab Boy Jameis, is the worst QB in the division and one of the worst in the NFL, Maybe slightly better then Bortles, he will once again stink up the joint and be replaced after 4 games by Gabbert by the 4th game, the Future QB of the Succaneers

  37. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Per my spreadsheet analysis on Winston notes for 7 on 7 / 11 on 11 / red zone:

    ~75-80% completion
    ~300-400 yards
    7 TD
    2 INT

  38. JimmyJack Says:

    The last coach couldn’t get a running game going for three years. And he freaking inherited a Top 5 unit.

    Bruce inherits a bottom tier run attack and we are talking about regime changes if he doesn’t fix it. He’s been here two freaking months!!! Lay off the sauce man.

    GO BUCS!!!

  39. Ndog Says:

    Bucnjim Says:
    June 5th, 2019 at 9:48 am
    Maybe if we ran running plays where the opposing defense didn’t know the play before the snap we’d have much more success. The last two years whether it was the formation or the personnel the opposing D’s knew it was a running play and 75% of the time they knew what direction the play was intended to go. A dead giveaway was when teams would run blitz the gap where the play was going which overloaded the lineman resulting in hits in the backfield for minus yards.


    Same thing on defense sooooo predictable…

  40. wausa Says:

    Per NFL next gen stats: Winston finished eighth in Total QBR
    One other note on Winston: No qualifying quarterback had a lower percentage of his passing yards come from yards after catch in 2018 than Winston, per NFL Next Gen Stats.

    NFL Next Gen Stats: ‘Ultimately, what is quite clear is that Winston’s on-field performance was not what sank the Bucs this season.’

  41. miken Says:

    “Give this guy a running game to play with, he should be a heck of a quarterback.”… because two pro bowl TEs and # very good WRs and the best WR in the league #13 just isn’t enough with an average rb.

  42. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Lord Corn

    Is that an analysis of underwear football?

  43. Greg Says:

    People unfairly judge the running backs much like they unfairly have judged the secondary when we’ve had no pass rush. The offensive line has been horrible as well as the coaching and playcalling undercutter. Opposing teams knew every time Ronald Jones stepped on the field that it was a run because they did not trust him in the passing game. Our running back talents is not the problem. Although we still could add several players before camp starts.

  44. Tony LA Says:

    Joe literally wrote about a regime change after the first mandatory OTA of the season.

    So many comments above are just negative drivel from miserable people.

    Come on people, the adults are coaching now. The team was cap strapped and has to work with what they have. Everyone should know this. Good coaching makes players better.

    Watch and learn.

  45. Lord Cornelius Says:


    Yeah pretty sure it’s June.

    I’m not posting that as some sort of “omg he’s turned the corner” post.

    It’s more a counter to the people freaking out over 2 interceptions in a June practice that ignored the 7 TDs.

    I’ll take a 7:2 TD:INT ratio with Jameis all day lol.

  46. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Best thing i saw from Jameis notes were all the passes to RBs and other passes in the flat. That element has been missing big time in our Dirk offenses outside of the RB screen game with Sims in 2015, and is what makes a QB’s life a lot easier in terms of easy completions / yards. Kobe has talked about it alot.

  47. T REX Says:

    @ Todd. Lol! You’re a tool. Step away from the keyboard. Life is too short to act like such a d bag. Lol!

  48. BA FAN Says:

    Two years ago Penny was by far the leading back in College and looked like dynamite even in the Senior Bowl but that was in an inferior league just like Henderson but checkout Penny’s stats last year in the NFL and they are not as good as Barber’s last year and Penny is just a change of pace back in the NFL now and they are a dime a dozen. When Henderson makes the Pro Bowl that is when you lament we didn’t take him; and his chances of that are not good!

  49. BucsBandit Says:


    Because they’ll need to be able to tackle defenders after Winston’s many turnovers this upcoming season.


  50. adam from ny Says:

    did a sand crab bury itself in jameis’ forehead…lets talk about the new bone strucure or crab stash forehead he’s sporting…what is up with jameis..he’s looking much more deiseled up too…


  51. Succaneers Says:

    Winston will be playing in the new XFL next season

  52. Pete I Says:

    The ” Best ” QB in Buccaneers history is not even on track to make the Ring of Honor at Ray Jay.

    And neither are his running backs. Hopefully they get used more cleverly this year.

  53. Al da pewter King Says:

    When did people start thinking Duke Johnson is so great?
    Cmon people we gotta relax and wait for the season.

  54. Wesley Says:

    RoJo basically is our new addition to the running game.

  55. topcoach_78 Says:

    Give JW a running game huh??? How about give the running game an o line how about that!

  56. Oneilbucs Says:

    Ok but Andrew Luck needed a running game and every body agreed with that especially the national media. Andrew Luck needed a good defense and every body agreed with that as well. Now Jamies need the same kind of help just like every other quarterback in the NFL but he suck cause he needs it as well.