Sean Murphy-Bunting Talks Switching From Receiver, The Meshing Of The Secondary & More

August 1st, 2019

Opens up

The Bucs jumped into the NFL Draft 100 percent focused on drafting defensive backs. Bucco Bruce Arians made that clear.

The first one taken was talking this week after his diving into his first week of training camp.

Rookie Sean Murphy-Bunting joined Scott Smith and Jeff Ryan “Salty Dogs” podcast, an official Buccaneers production.

*Here are the takeaways from Murphy-Bunting’s interview:

*The second-round pick out of Central Michigan is a huge Momma’s Boy. Mom got him in the car and forced him to visit with the new Central Michigan head coach. The coach who had recruited him was fired, leaving his scholarship offer to the school up in the air. He also agrees with Smith and Ryan that mom is a really fun social media presence.

*Murphy-Bunting was wide receiver in high school. Once he got to Central Michigan, his college coach told him he could be, “an average college receiver or you can be an NFL-caliber corner.”

*Murphy-Bunting says the switch to corner was an easy one because both wide receivers and cornerbacks rely on instincts. He says his mentality of attacking the ball and using his instincts allowed him to make a smooth transition.

*The Bucs secondary is having fun, he says. “The more play you make, the more fun you have.” He also confirmed that after the Mike Edwards pick-six in Monday’s practice, the defense’s TD celebration was indeed an emulation of a roller coaster ride.

*Along with having fun, the secondary is meshing well and has great chemistry already, Murphy-Bunting says, emphasizing how young the unit is. So they all are going through the similar things and get along really well, allowing the chemistry to build.

*Towards the end of the interview, Murphy-Bunting touches on the fact that he played multiple sports as a child and he thinks that it ultimately helped him as an athlete. He, along with Smith and Ryan, think playing different sports allowed him to learn to move his body in different ways and improve his speed, awareness and overall athleticism.

Compiled and written by manbeast intern Zachary Seifter, the pride of Plant City and the University of Florida.

25 Responses to “Sean Murphy-Bunting Talks Switching From Receiver, The Meshing Of The Secondary & More”

  1. Thisisouryear!! Says:

    I’ve read many readers super concerned about the O. This is super exciting!! With the D coming together and if the O can just score points, I think this is going to be a good team…. GO BUCS!!!

  2. Thisisouryear!! Says:

    I mean the O was great last year.

  3. SOEbuc Says:

    Excited to see him play along with all our other man DBs not playing in a zone coverage.

  4. Louis Friend Says:

    Zachary is a hell of a writer in the making – dump the intern label and hire him on ya penny pinching misers!
    Joe gets this a lot and Joe can’t understand the ‘tude. 1) Zach is a student at UF. His eventual degree there is more valuable than a job at JoeBucsFan. 2) Why does everyone think Joe isn’t paying Zach? 3) Zach is a doing a wonderful job and has been an appreciated addition to Team Joe. –Joe

  5. NOSBOS Says:

    The Force is strong with this young man.

  6. NOSBOS Says:

    No worries when it comes to our offense. I’ll state it again between 2009 and 2015 BAs offenses ranked no less than 12th in yardage and scoring. Surprise some people this year??? Naah man, we bout to win a Superbowl.

  7. Buc Raybolt Says:

    Depends on which stats you look at:
    Yards: 3rd
    Points scored: 12th
    Pass yards: 1st
    Rush yards: 29th
    Turnovers: Worst in the league

    I can’t shake that Washington game out of my mind where TB had over 500 yards and only 3 points. This is why Joe is harping on RBs, JW3’s TOs, and red zone scoring. If we can improve half of those plus the defense, I can see TB getting to the playoffs.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Let’s go Bucs!

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    When Zach goes back to school, maybe you can replace him with one of our UDFA cuts……talk them out of being a mattress mover, UPS driver or Claims Adjuster and start a career as a sports blog writer.
    At least they will have some football experience under their belt.

  10. Barbosa Says:

    I can’t believe that I’m typing this but here goes: i’m Excited to see what this youngster secondary will do!

  11. #1bucsfan Says:

    Barbosa I’m right there with ya.

  12. Letsgobucs2019 Says:

    I always look forward to this kids post, and IRV. Seems like the joes have gotten pretty negative this offseason and it’s refreshing to read these.

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Flying around sounds pretty good to me too!!!

  14. BetterBucFan Says:

    Really appreciate a podcast overview! I don’t like podcasts but I still want information from them, so a summary of it is very helpful. Thank you Joes and Mr. Seifter!

  15. Billy_43 Says:

    SMB is a stud man.
    Along with Dean Edwards and White these 4 will be a staple of this new era for years to come and an additional contract I hope.

    Throw in Vea and we have a great nucleus at every level.

    Exciting times.


  16. Billy_45 Says:

    Sorry but this D will have ZERO recollection of last year’s atrocities

  17. Clw JB Says:

    Get more excited each day watching real coaching in action, SMB is our third best corner right now, that speaks volumes!!!! – and Joe, great take on Zach, we pay our interns too -but their degree is JOB 1!!!!!!

  18. Buc50 Says:

    Dude looks like Allen Iverson, I hope he’s “the answer” to our CB woes.

  19. Old School Athlete Says:

    Billy-45. Yes and also zero recollection of the biggest atrocity: Smitty.
    Really looking forward to see what this group is gonna put on the field.

  20. AfroBuc Says:

    Like others, I’ve really enjoyed young Zach’s contributions to JoeBucsFan this summer. As for the secondary strategy: draft them together and letting them grow together is forward thinking IF they all turn out to be productive and injury–free. And as Jameis said: “Hashtag GO BUCS baby!”

  21. down in the dirt doug Says:

    This young secondary has slapped us hard on our cheek and we are waking up from our zombie like post draft depression.Call me stupid and delusional,but I feel that exciting times are just over the horizon for our Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Jimbuc2 Says:

    Zach has been wonderful. I actually look for his posts on JBF. Dude is the perfect foil for Ira on the pods with his critical thinking skills and humor (“What?! Am I six?) add punch to an already solid JBF team. I hope Zach checks in with more during the season. Keep grindin’ manbeast, and good studies this fall term at UF. Go Bucs!
    PS: Note to Zach. Pass on the Stafford loans. Trust me, they will be in touch on the 181st day after graduation.

  23. chris L Says:

    Arians in the QB whisperer says he likes QBs who played multiple sports. might be similar for his DBs too.

  24. Buccfan37 Says:

    It must be something in the Plant City water.

  25. teacherman777 Says:

    Two typos:

    “make play” needs to say “make plays.”

    “going through THE similar things” needs to say “going through similar things.”

    But good job dude!