“Which Is Going To Equate To Good Special Teams”

June 15th, 2019

Bruce Arians makes a prediction.

If you pay attention to special teams, you know the core cover guys are mostly linebackers and defensive backs, with a backup receiver and a tight end sprinkled in.

The Bucs’ special teams haven’t been special in a while, and Joe’s not just talking about kicking.

Will that improve this season?

Without being asked, head coach Bucco Bruce Arians touched this subject as mandatory minicamp ended last week.

“I love our team speed right now on defense, which is going to equate to good special teams,” Arians told the Ira Kaufman Podcast.

So does speed equal special teams success? Well, in theory, faster guys are better than slower guys assuming their tackling quality is the same. The Bucs drafted two super-fast corners in Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean, but will they play special teams? Heck, they may not if they are both starters. Devin White certainly won’t play special teams.

Joe can’t say yet that the Bucs will be significantly faster on fourth down. The true football speed of the rookies, and newcomers like Shaq Barrett and Deone Bucannon, won’t be known until they’re seen in practice.

Now if Arians changes the culture and the special teams unit is really playing with its hair on fire, and the true speedsters are out there along with hard-hitting linebackers and Jordan Whitehead drilling people, then the Bucs might have something that hasn’t been seen around here in a while.

12 Responses to ““Which Is Going To Equate To Good Special Teams””

  1. NOSBOS Says:

    Jordan “The Drill” Whitehead. Has a ring to it. Man I love his game.

  2. Magadude Says:

    Folks have often talked about Ryan Smith being slow, terrible in coverage during passing downs, etc, but good on special teams. I think that’s the only reason he made the team last year. A good litmus test perhaps to gage if the Bucs really might have improved on special teams will be if he doesn’t make the roster/August cuts. Can’t wait to see Dean and Murphy-Bunting can do.

  3. Joe Says:

    How about just not writing an article ?Stop reaching ..use Fathers Day weekend as an excuse!

    Taking weekends off is for the lesser Bucs outlets. That is an abhorrent concept to Joe and quite offensive to his readers. If you don’t care about a subject matter of a story, you don’t have to read it.

    Some 11 years ago when Joe launched this site, there has never been a day without fresh content. Never. And Joe has no plans to change.

  4. Coburn Says:

    Th at actually pretty impressive joe. Definitely go above and beyond. You’d be nore than welcome to take a day without posting an article but muxh respect for fling obligated. We appreciate the dedication even if we don’t 100% agree with everything written here

  5. Unimpressed Says:

    Shoot, I come here BECAUSE of the new content every day. Thanks for doing what you do “Joe.”

  6. Joe Says:

    Thanks guys!

  7. gp Says:

    More power Joe!
    Happy Fathers Day

  8. Bucs45 Says:

    Father’s Day to do list:

    Check joebucsfan.com
    Eat egg, ham and cheese bagels with bacon
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    Hang with kiddos and have a fire
    Check joebucsfan.com
    Grill NY strips and vegetable pouches
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    Drink a moderate amount of beer because I have work tomorrow
    Check joebucsfan.com
    Go to bed

    The perfect Father’s Day!

  9. Bucs45 Says:

    On a serious note… All this special teams talk makes me wonder how Russell Shepard did after he went to the Panthers?! He was one of the best gunners in the league when he played for the Bucs!

  10. ManzielMadness Says:

    Came on to this website roughly 6 years ago… been hooked ever since… keep on keepin on Joe.. you’re doing a great job.

  11. Todd Says:


    “Some 11 years ago when Joe launched this site, there has never been a day without fresh content. Never. And Joe has no plans to change.”

    Impressive almost in a medically negative way. There needs to be a new medical condition dubbed, “The JBF Numb Extremity Effect.”

    Every serious JBL reader knows the condition. You know, the one where you’ve spent so much morning time on the sh!tter reading and responding to JBF posts that your lower legs go numb?!

    Yes, I’m talking to you.

    Now if you’ll excuse me, “You lift your left leg up, and you shake it all about. You lift your right leg up, and you…” You know how the rest of the song goes.

    Thanks for the condition, Joe!

  12. Jack Karako Says:

    Bucs45 -Russ Shepard played just one season as a Panther before getting cut and ending up with the NY Football Giants. Marginal receivers who are special team studs are in danger of getting cut each year as they get older as hungry, young, fast and cheaper alternatives compete to make the roster.