“I’ll Make Sure He Hears From Me”

June 12th, 2019

Yes, head coach Bucco Bruce Arians said he fell in love earlier this year.

And no, he wasn’t referring to the gargantuan check Team Glazer cut him to leave rural Georgia and head to Tampa.

Arians dropped that reference about rookie cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting, the Bucs’ second-round pick. After Arians watched film on the rookie and met him, the head coach was smitten, so he told the Ira Kaufman Podcast this week.

Murphy-Bunting, the pride of Central Michigan University, seems to fit Arians’ desired mold: smart, aggressive, versatile and loaded with confidence.

Chatting with Kevin O’Donnell of FOX-13 during minicamp last week, Murphy-Bunting suggested his in-practice interception of America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, was perhaps a lesson for Jameis rather than for him.

Good stuff in this FOX-13 video below.

Joe talked to Murphy-Bunting last week, as well, and Joe asked about his summer plans. The rookie proceeded to rattle off all the places and people he would be training with to prep for training camp — not a whiff of down time or a cruise, or even a fun-filled trip to Vegas.

43 Responses to ““I’ll Make Sure He Hears From Me””

  1. Desertbucfan76 Says:

    I am excited to see this rookie on the field this year. Great attitude! Watched the film on him at mini camp and he has a quickness to him that should equate to good play.


  2. Youngbucs Says:

    I hope he makes he owns the island on gameday.

  3. SCBucsFan Says:

    Confidence + skill = a great pick
    Confidence alone = dancing and pointing at the sky after an overthrow

  4. Succaneers Says:


  5. Succaneers Says:

    Winston is a joke, get rid of that bumbling stumbling slang speaker, he is an embarrassment to Tampa

  6. Earl Bedford Says:

    Had the opportunity to meet him yesterday as I was showing him and his fellow rookies how to cook at the Art Institute of Tampa, and I was impressed with his maturity as opposed to some of the other 24 rookies. Not saying anything was wrong with them, but this kid asked good, thought-out questions, was humble in his approach in cooking and plating and had an overall pleasant personality. Wishing him and all the rookies that participated with us the best of luck this upcoming season.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    I do not think Hardgraves will be on this team much longer

  8. lewis Says:

    Hardgraves will not be a buc much longer

  9. WhatdaBUCisthis Says:

    Succaneers is a joke, get rid of that bumbling stumbling keyboard troller, he is an embarrassment to Tampa fans everywhere
    Go BUCS

  10. 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:

    Murphy-Bunting is a Stud.

    Jamel Dean is a Stud.

    Mike Edwards is a Stud.

    And obviously, Devin White is a Stud.

    …. Another Grand Slam Draft…


  11. 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:

    Hargreaves is our 3rd or possibly 4th best CB. He’s expendable at his price just like McCoy was…

  12. Dewey Selmon Says:

    What is up with all the troll posts lately? They talk a lot but don’t say much. GO BUCS!!!

  13. 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:

    Actually, if there was a word for a 5-homerun feat, that is what we potentially pulled off in this year’s draft bcuz Scotty Miller is also a Stud…

    This was potentially the Best Draft Ever for our Bucs.

  14. NOSBOS Says:

    The resident Sucka.Near speaks.. Only problem none of it was interesting.

  15. NOSBOS Says:

    Dewey these lames know they’re time is limited that’s the reason for the increase. Once September hits they will be no more. Funny thing I can’t a single one of them to put up any money. In this day an I’m sure we could figure something out no matter the distance between us.

  16. NOSBOS Says:

    And oh yea like Allbucedup said stated yesterday in two years we will be recognized as the best secondary in the division. If not the entire league. Legion Of Boom done wit,the title is up for grabs.

  17. Petty Officer Buc Says:

    Succaneers appeared shortly after GMC was let go. Now who might he be? 🤔

  18. SCBucsFan Says:

    NOSBOS I agree and said yesterday that although the secondary will get torched at times this year as it learns the NFL in time with will be a great secondary. Just not this year.

  19. SCBucsFan Says:

    And Succaneers is looking at his ipad and giggling because people are talking about him. I’m sure he (she) is on here because he (she) has no friends.

  20. Capt. Blighe Says:

    I love how fans always have talented people they want to get rid of.
    The depth, hell the starters we have on this dline is joke but everyone wants McCoy gone. We are gonna wish we had a player like McCoy when Bree’s has all day and we got a bunch of young corners. Now everyone wants VH3 gone. We have garbage in our secondary. Yes they are young and become good. Right now they are garbage. Stop buying the HYPE We got a poor Dline and Poor Secondary.
    Add in no running game and a average at best QB We are looking at 3-5 wins max. But by the end training camp you knuckleheads will be predicting 10-12 wins.

  21. Succaneers Says:

    you losers need a job sign off the computer nerds

  22. 813bucboi Says:

    only the clueless fans think VHG will be gone…..lol….

    cant properly judge him in smitty’s defense…..zone coverage wasnt his strength…..the only CB that was successful in that scheme was grimes….lol…and even he was bad at times….

    folks should be happy that it finally looks like we have at least 5 quality starters at CB…..

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  23. JGhoti86 Says:

    Very smart of you Joe’s to not only make the reader read the article, but also make the audience watch the video, so that one could make sense of the headline caption as it relates to this article.

    So smart…not that I expect anything less from the Joe’s though!

  24. DB55 Says:


    I was watching highlights of a Bucs v panthers game yesterday (probably the one I posted on last nights article) where VH3 was lined up on Kelvin Benjamin. Benjamin scores in 3 plays, went the length of the field on him and just posted up on him in the end zone for what I think was the game winning TD. It reminded me of when I play basketball against my 7 yo daughter. VH3 never stood a chance and he was in man coverage, definitely in the redzone but it didn’t matter. Too small to defend Jones, Thomas etc.

  25. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    Yes, they are building a new wing in Canton, Ohio just to accommodate Gump’s 2019 draft picks.

    What really would have been smart was to select Bunting in the 5th or 6th round where he would have gone. The best CB in the draft was Trayvon Mullen from National Champion, Clemson. Chuckie grabbed him 2 picks after the Bunting surprise.

  26. 813bucboi Says:


    and where is KB now?….lol…

    that was how many years ago?….lol…wasnt last year i can tell you that….and how was our pass rush that series?…..sounds non existent to me…..was there pressure, or was cam able to just sit back in a clean pocket and find the open man?

    a few weeks ago, i watched the bucs vs saints game…..he was our best CB on the field….he was doing a great job on thomas….brees actually started to stay away from him….his run defense was great and he caused the play of the game imo with that forced fumble…..that TO was the deciding factor in the game….without that play, who knows what happens…..

    and just for the record, ive seen thomas and jones give patrick peterson, marshone lattimore and plenty others the business so you can throw that narrative out the window….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  27. Todd Says:


    Is Mother’s Day awkward for you and your older brother, who is also your father?

  28. Jean Lafitte Says:

    From what I’ve gathered, JW is passing out INT’s like candy. Not good

  29. tmaxcon Says:

    Succaneers Says:
    June 12th, 2019 at 11:17 am

    Winston is a joke, get rid of that bumbling stumbling slang speaker, he is an embarrassment to Tampa

    winston is the franchises only hope…. 55 could not beat vince young at jeopardy that is the real embarrassment and the fact you low standard bucfan worship underachieving has beens with one good year is pretty pathetic too

  30. Pickgrin Says:

    I found it interesting to hear BA say that the Bucs were targeting Cornerbacks (plural) on day 2 – and Murphy-Bunting in particular.

    My belief at the time was that the Bucs would have 100% taken OT/OG Cody Ford early in the 2nd rd if Buffalo had not jumped 1 spot in front of us and snagged him.

    Arians comments about wanting Murphy-Bunting early in the process and in particular, the quote – “after the first pick – its going to be corners” seem to dispel that belief I had.

    If the secondary is now truly “fixed” – it was worth the draft capital spent on Murphy-Bunting, Dean and Edwards this year.

    If two out of those three day 2 picks work out well – along with White of course – then this will have been a very good draft. And if the drafted kicker improves the kicking game – then its another Grand Slam for GM Light. (with BAs and Bowles ‘help’ obviously)

  31. DB55 Says:


    I remember that game. Touche’. Lol

  32. Destinjohnny Says:

    Love this kids attitude!
    Let’s hope he can play

  33. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Every draft can be great regardless of positions selected.

    Comes down to the individual players and how good they are.

    We really don’t know much yet other than BA & company are apparently very happy with literally every pick so far and how they are coming along.

    Would be shocked if we don’t have at least 2 rookies starting majority of secondary snaps between CB/nickle/S. If that ends up being the case, it’s possible we have 4 new starters + 2 rotational players out of this draft for 2019.

    None of that matters if they suck, but it’s hard to imagine between this pool of secondary players that we can’t field a very solid rotation for 2019 compared to 2018 when Ryan Smith was literally our best corner

    GO BUCS!

  34. JGhoti86 Says:

    Regarding SMB, do you all like Sean Bunting or Sean Murphy-Bunting better. Not that it matters whatsoever, but just curious. I feel I’m in the minority and liked it better as Sean Bunting. Curious what everyone thinks…IF anyone’s even thought about that, randomly….

  35. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    Sean “Murphy” Bunting gets his name from playing for 1-11 Central Michigan. The name derives from Murphy’s Law where if anything can possibly go wrong, it can and it will.

    “Murphy” Bunting and “Dizzy” Dean will be great CB’s for The Gumpster Fire.

  36. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    Central Michigan Fukawi’s the great lost tribe of the Upper Peninsula.

  37. buc15 Says:

    succaneers IP address matches tmax…..hmmmmmmm

  38. Swamp Buc Says:

    Man suckaneers! You nailed it!

    As always, insightful and well thought out.

  39. Swamp Buc Says:

    Ghost, sorry bud, but nope.

    You is not correct.

  40. Anonymous Says:

    The more I hear about this kid the more I like!! He has potential to be a star. Our secondary is so much better already and will just continue to grow as they get more reps

  41. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    The more I hear about this kid the more I like. He has the potential to become a star in this league. Our entire secondary is vastly improved and will continue to develope with more reps. Now it’s on Jameis.

  42. #1bucsfan Says:

    Tmax it’s not surprising that you are WRONG AGAIN about Derrick brooks I mean the GREAT Derrick brooks. He’s not only in the hall of fame but he change the linebacker position. Everyone said he was to small yet every team every year since he came into the league has bin trying to find the next DB55 your OPINIONS are NOT facts he part of the 2000 all decade team he’s bin to multiple pro bowls an voted all pro he’s in the HALL OF FAME an he has a SUPER BOWL RING. that right there SHOWS YOU NO NOTHING

  43. BigMacAttack Says:

    There’s a lot to be positive and motivated about right now. Let the trolls drive Joe’s numbers. They wouldn’t be here if they weren’t worried. If you ignore trolls and don’t engage them, they usually move on. They want under your skin. Don’t let them. This team is going to be good. BA has had n positive effect on Licht’s drafting.