Reporter Asks Bruce Arians: “Coach, In Your Opinion, Can You Win Consistently In The NFL With A Substandard Running Game?”

July 26th, 2019

Bucco Bruce Arians said he likes the pass protection of his running backs through one training camp practice this afternoon/evening.

And he likes the running vision displayed by those backs.

But one reporter at Arians’ post-practice news conference seemed to be a non-believer following Arians talking positively about the backs. This pen and mic club member followed up with a line of questioning Arians wouldn’t bite.

Reporter: Coach, in your opinion, can you win consistently in the NFL with a substandard running game? We won’t have a substandard running game; we’ll have a damn good one. Like I said, I like our backs. They’re the [kind] of backs I like, and we’re going to block and we’re going to commit to the running game. So we’ll have a good running game.

Hey, Joe hopes the new coaching staff changes the attitude of the offensive linemen when it comes to run-blocking with an edge consistently. The O-linemen certainly have the necessary talent but perhaps the wrong mindset, too, based on last year’s film.

If Arians and friends can get that done, Joe’s not worried about Peyton Barber moving the chains, though Joe doesn’t expect him to move them too far. “Substandard” or not, if the 2019 Bucs running game can at least get the attention of defensive coordinators and linebackers, that should make the offense a whole notch better than last year.

11 Responses to “Reporter Asks Bruce Arians: “Coach, In Your Opinion, Can You Win Consistently In The NFL With A Substandard Running Game?””

  1. DB55 Says:

    He better run to the left side and hope the backside pursuit is slow af bc having Dotson out there you might as well have Howie Mandel playing RT

  2. ModHairKen Says:

    You reporters better watch you selves. You’re saying his baby is ugly.

  3. Snook Says:

    Substandard running game in Koetter’s offense. News flash: Koetter is gone.

    Same idiots who questioned the Rams offense when Fisher was fired.

  4. Clw JB Says:

    Power running game versus zone will make a huge difference

    Using the backs in the passing game consistently keeps the LB and S honest

    In BA I trust

  5. SenileSenior Says:

    A reporter who assumes we will see exactly the same results with a new blocking scheme under a new offense is just not using his or her head. The thinking creative reporter would have found a better way to ask the question with the acknowledgement of the different situation now implicitly if not explicitly stated. Only in the case of all things being the same would that have been the right question.

    The results for this year can only be the same, worse or better. A different scheme intuitively leads you to expect different results.
    Go Bucs!!!

  6. Wallace Says:

    Just a heads up you attributed BA’s quote to JBf

  7. Buccaroo Says:

    Finally the blame is put where it should be, on the o-line.

  8. BucsFan727 Says:

    Blame goes to all. Its a team sport where the coaching is key to your teams success. Coaching oline and rbs . everyone took there chance to mess up a play. Some more than others. Marpet Dotson and Smith where all blocking for Martin in 2015.

  9. Dreambig Says:

    “Look always forward, for in last years nest there are no birds this year ” – Don Quixote.

  10. TOM Says:

    What the hell do you expect BA to say? We ‘ve got the worst RB’s in the NFL. You will never hear him talk down his players at any position. I don’t think any coach would.

  11. Buczilla Says:

    Begging Santa for an early Christmas present of Jay Ajayi or Duke Johnson…