Bruce Arians Talks Health, Jameis, Ronald Jones & More

July 29th, 2019

As training camp kicked off, head coach Bucco Bruce Arians joined NFL Network anchor Rich Eisen on The Rich Eisen Show.

Joe has your need-to-know:

*The head coach says he’s working his core in the gym. Arians acknowledged he feared for his life at times because of his health while coaching in Arizona. He says he lost 23 pounds this offseason and hopes for more before opening day in September.

*He arrived earlier for training camp than he planned. Says he was that hungry and eager, including sleepless nights.

*Arians says key to improving America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, will be putting a better team around him in all phases of the game. Asked about off-the-field issues with Jameis, Arians said Jameis “is in a great place.” He’s been around players who just needed to grow up and they figured it out,” Arians said.

*Playoffs now! Arians said he’s just not a guy who can look at football any other way.

*”He was immature,” Arians said of Ronald Jones in his rookie year. He called it “a nice battle” between Jones and Peyton Barber after Jones had a great spring. On running the ball, Arians said coaches and the team have talked a lot about how running the ball “is a mindset.”

*Arians likes the right guard competition and reiterated his love of Todd Bowles and the maturity of this year’s rookie class. “Huge change here culturally defensively,” Arians said.

*Lots of film watching going on with Arians and the former NFL official on staff, Larry Rose, an accomplished NFL referee before he retired. Rose is teaching players, as well, Arians said.

25 Responses to “Bruce Arians Talks Health, Jameis, Ronald Jones & More”

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

    Film watching with former official…. reminded me of the new pass interference review… errr can of worms that will create more controversy than it quells…

  2. DB55 Says:

    is a mindset
    It’s a mentality! So simple yet so complex (for some)

    RG competition was lost the minute you let Incognito sign with Oakland for a measly million dollars.

    And idk about you but I think BA aged 20 years in one day after seeing what the oline looks like in pads.

    I’ve watched football for decades and never once heard of a vegan LT but wtfdik. And I used to be a fan of DS until he made McIceCream his mentor, where did that get you Donavan? Hurt by a workout warrior hoping to make the team?

    I think I just aged 10 years after writing this….

  3. Destinjohnny Says:

    Bear had such a huge influence on bruce wow

  4. Bucsfanman Says:

    Hokie , Hokie, Hokie high….

  5. JimmyJack Says:

    Playoffs right now!! That is my expectation.

    There is real talent on this team and most players have underachieved. If we can enter an Era of getting the most out of our players playoffs will be very realistic.

  6. AwShbucs Says:

    DB55 I’m with you on the vegan thing. Nobody who makes a living based off their physical ability should be a vegan. The body needs protein to repair/ grow muscle fibers. And the only true source of complete proteins comes from meat. Doesn’t have to be red meat or pork. But it has to be meat as well as a balanced diet.

    But I’d say the biggest reason Smith is struggling should be obvious to anyone that’s paying attention. Dude has a rep for not playing to the whistle and finishing plays. And he just got a fat new contract. I’m cant say I’m surprised that he isnt in peak physical condition.

    That’s why I was against resigning him tbh. But I understood that their really wasnt a market for LT’s in FA. Hopefully he gets his ish together.

  7. Defense Rules Says:

    Bruce Arians … ““Huge change here culturally defensively.” Wow. Says a ton about where we are now, but also what they thought of the LAST regime.

    Also loved what BA said about Jameis, that the “key to improving America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, will be putting a better team around him in all phases of the game.” In the end, better OLine, better running game & better defense are the keys to us having a successful winning season.

    Some folks were viewing BA’s large staff negatively, but it’s not hard to see the wisdom in what he’s doing. Larry Rose, the retired ref, in one of the guys on that huge staff. And him being able to keep our coaches straight on NFL rules could very well be the difference in 1 or 2 more wins this year. Same thing with the Strength & Conditioning coaches (of which there are SIX now … Anthony Piroli, Chad Wade, Roger Kingdom, Michael Stacchiotti, Maral Javadifar & Greg Skaggs). If they can help keep our guys healthy and help make them faster & stronger, then that large staff is worth every penny. Could be 1 or 2 more wins right there (maybe more, who knows).

  8. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Franchise is 2-3 years away and a new GM from winning. Im guessing Arians wishes he had cap $ to fix the OL he is stuck with

  9. Defense Rules Says:

    AwShbucs … “Nobody who makes a living based off their physical ability should be a vegan”. You better tell that to Venus Williams among some other top athletes (she’s a vegan). Barny Du Plessis, Mr Universe 2014, had an interesting quote: “The world’s strongest animals are plant-eaters: gorillas, buffaloes, elephants, and me”. Personally I like beef, chicken, etc so it wouldn’t work for me, but it’s not difficult to understand the vegan principles & potential benefits.

    I’ve got a very good friend who was diagnosed with Stage 4 prostate cancer in 2012. Was very far along & didn’t have much hope. Started taking one very specific supplement AND became a vegan but no specific cancer treatments. Today he’s quite healthy, his cancer is in remission and he leads a well-known prostate cancer group today. Never say never.

  10. DB55 Says:


    How about contact sports? Got any examples in the contact sports arena?

  11. Louis Friend Says:

    Idiots in here talking about what dietary habits an athlete (or coach) should have are as bad as bloggers who call a giant question mark “America’s Quarterback”. Neither knows what they’re talking about.

  12. BucsBandit Says:


    This team ain’t making no playoffs. They’ll be lucky to win 7 games.

    There’s not a single coach that isn’t thinking “playoffs this year” during Training Camp.

    But then reality sets in during the first 5 games, just like it will for Arians, and he’ll be brought back down to earth realizing this is no playoff team.

  13. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says: Says:

    remember the defense is going against the Bucs offense

  14. tmaxcon Says:

    “Huge change here culturally defensively,” Arians said.

    Translation for the clueless

    We got rid of cancer93 and his soft losing wsys. The defense finally has a chance….

    If arians can survive the glazers minor league ways and the black hole that is Tampa bay Buccaneers football he should be the next comic book super hero

  15. DB55 Says:

    Idiots huh? Ok Donavan or should I say Geraldini? Lmao

  16. 1sparkybuc Says:

    At the very least I expect a top 15 offense AND defense and a top 20 special teams. We’ve played our division tough in recent years with no defense and pathetic special teams. This team clearly is an upgrade. 8 wins minimum imo

  17. BucsFan727 Says:

    Go Bucs! Im routing for my team no matter what any computer keyboard warrior says.

  18. AwShbucs Says:

    Defense Rules. Notice how you mentioned Venus William’s and not her vastly more successful non vegan sister Serena…

  19. tickrdr Says:

    Physiologically speaking, the dietary source of the protein consumed makes no difference, providing that it supplies the nine ESSENTIAL amino acids in adequate amounts.


  20. D-Rome Says:

    Was at training camp today. Left there convinced the QB of the future is not on this roster. Sure, he had a couple of nice passes, especially one to Watson in the end zone but I saw a few INTs and overthrown balls. Basically the same stuff since 2015.

    He is, and never has been, sharp on the field. Simple as that.

  21. Cobraboy Says:

    The Alpha Bruce says:

    Huge change here culturally defensively

    Those are the most impressive…and hopeful…words BA has spoken since signing his contract.

    A culture change was vastly more important than *any* personnel move.

    If the Bucs somehow end up in the top 50% of defenses, they will be playoff bound.


    But I do like what I am hearing.

  22. Reach87 Says:

    3 days of camp and we suck. Everything is wrong and I’m gonna tell you about it cause I know. Give me a break. Go Bucs!

  23. BucAllNight Says:


    LMAO You win the internet!!

  24. Brandon Says:

    Defense rules, there is absolutely no evidence that a vegan diet will cure cancer. Just you writing that is irresponsible on your part. The fact is, animal proteins are much higher in protein, are complete proteins, and much more readily and easily used by the body for muscle preservation and growth. A professional athlete simply cannot be at his/her best on a vegan diet.

  25. Brandon Says:

    BTW, Barry Du Plessis, whoever that is, Mr Universe was/is on all kinds of gear, juiced to the freaking gills on steroids, comparing him to actual athletes, bodybuilders are not) isn’t the same. Here’s some more vegan athletes… Arian Foster became vegan right before his last or second to last season. The season that he appeared to have lost IT and then was constantly injured. Not a coincidence. Another one? Colin Kaepernick, became vegan and lost so much weight (some reports had him under 200 lbs despite coming out of college as a shredded muscular 230) that he was held out of games because the 49ers feared that he was so light that he would get killed. Veganism and sports DO NOT mix.