The Bruce Arians Show

August 10th, 2019

Pulls no punches.

Man, Joe is going to enjoy this Bruce Arians.

Already Joe has liked several interactions with the first-year Bucs coach. And his biting sense of humor and brutal honesty makes for fun reads.

In fact, when Arians appears at the podium at the Bucs’ media studio, he should be accompanied by a backtrack of big band music like the old “Johnny Carson Show,” with someone introducing him as he walks to the podium, “From Tampa, it’s the Bruce Arians Show starring Bruce Arians…

Today, Arians let out a couple of burners. First, he referred to the blocking of his backup offensive linemen as “very porous” and suggested the only time they blocked well was when the Steelers defense grew tired from chasing Bucs quarterbacks so much.


Later, Arians took another swipe at the invisibility of rookie corner Sean Murphy-Bunting last night in Pittsburgh. Arians offered that Bunting didn’t play bad, just didn’t make any plays and he said he asked Bunting, “Were you there?”


Now this is the way to liven up the drudgery of training camp. Joe really is looking forward to working with Arians for a full season.

27 Responses to “The Bruce Arians Show”

  1. casual observer Says:

    Good description. I like the rim shots.

  2. Hodad Says:

    Wasn’t Greedy available when we picked Bunt Cake? I think Greedy had a pick already, also the corner who played for the national champs was available when we took Bunter, he went to Oakland. So BA, ask yourself, were you there when we picked Bunting over those better corners? Not to mention all the stacked D line talent that was available with that high second rounder. So ask yourself.

  3. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    Hodad is right ! Where the heck was Biscuit on draft day??

    I did like the rimshots, Joe.

  4. Todd Says:

    It was one preseason game for the rookie. I think RoJo sucked last year…no?

    [rimjob shot!]

    BA and TB will get SMB in line.

  5. webster Says:

    Jesus idiot fan base……something like 8 different cornerbacks were taking before greedy williams. That means 8 different teams thought there was a corner better than greedy. So all of these gms are wrong or just the bucs? Get over yourselves. You idiots heard greedy’s name early in the draft process as a top 10 pick because kiper told you so. As the draft evaluation took place, many teams viewed other cornerbacks as better than him and definitely did not view him as a top 10 pick. Not just the bucs. Stop being idiots and calling players a bust after one freaking preseason game. Does ronde ring a bell? Go look at his rookie year. Get a clue will you?

  6. Magadude Says:

    I like the comments too, but I keep in mind, that (most) coaches say that stuff all the time…just usually it is outside of the media eye. He has a good mix of measured public crticism so far. I think he is a bit thick with praise, and thin on the negative publicly, and nothing wrong with that. I just don’t take it at face value. In reality, so far, nothing different from last year though. Yet there are the ignorant fans running all over today saying SEE! THIS IS GREAT! LOOK AT (insert player here). IT PROVES IT! Hope springs eternal. Hope is good. But one night doesn’t mean anything, as was learned (yet again) last year. Let’s see how this looks end of Sep, middle of Nov, end of Dec. I’m still haunted by all the buzz around Lovie where he was so assuring about saying coyly, “Hey, we’re a 4-12 team” in a little backhand to Schiano, like “fear not.” We heard about his basement epihany and hung on his SB game credentials and being part of the Kiffen Bucs. And then went out and took us to a 2-14 season. The next one was not much better. Nothing wrong with wait and see. Be BA, Winston, White, Spense, VHIII, and the like. No one has earned anything yet. All that said, I like the “Bruce Arians Show” play. But remember well when the ratings go south, said show can be cancelled!

  7. Magadude Says:

    I agree with webster…if a player goes 3, 4 years and isn’t moving the needle, then it’s time get rid of him. Even if it’s not all his “fault.’

  8. Magadude Says:

    Great coverage on all Joe. Thanks! Y’all be good!

  9. PriMech54 Says:

    I’d rather have Dirk up there lecturing us all on how Chris Conte is actually a really good football player. And how Donovan Smith gives great effort. This dude BA has another thing coming here in Tampa if he thinks it’s okay to call out his players around these parts. SMH what a joke….

  10. AwShbucs Says:

    Bunting will be fine. He has the raw natural talent and skill set to be a dominant corner in this league. Just has to shake the nerves and put it all together. Picking him over Greedy Williams is fine in my book.

    Doesn’t even begin to compare to the absurd travesty of picking MJ Stewart over Donte Jackson and Isiah Oliver.

  11. Rod Munch Says:

    Go watch the old John McKay coaching shows, they’re extremely entertaining. Not a lot of them on YouTube unfortunately,

  12. JimmyJack Says:

    Magadude you are right that there is a lot of football to be played and nothing from this week means squat if it don’t show up in the season.

    But you are being foolish acting like some hype is unwarranted. Saying nothing is different from last year is flat out wrong……..So yes look at RoJo……and look at Cappa. I won’t close it great but the early results are good and they are encouraging………and they are better then last year. In a different vane you can say nearly the same about guys like Hargreaves & Spence.

    As we see these very early signs of success with a few unproven players it beg the though of what we could possibly see from proven guys who have room for growth……..guys like D.Smith, Godwin, Nassib, LVD……..and don’t forget about everybody’s favorite QB too.

    Again, the excitement and hope means nothing if it doesn’t translate into the season but let’s not pretend that the early results were not there and are not real. I saw them myself last night as proof. Verdict is in and some amount of hype is officially granted.

    GO BUCS!!!!

  13. Magadude Says:

    @JimmyJack…good points on RoJo and Cappa and I’ll add VH3. So yes, in some areas, sure. Last year we loved what JPP and Nassib did…and oh the excitement for Allen and Curry to give GMC some help up front. And that Spence was going to come around under Buckner. You are right, there are good aspects…but as you agreed we need to see it turn into results at the END. I’m basically forcing myself not to get amped up for what many other very saavvy people say will be another lost season. Nothing worse than (once again) being out of it by Halloween. I hope I am surprised. By mid-Oct, if the Bucs aren’t on a run, I think much love will run away. I’ll be back no matter what…

  14. Magadude Says:

    Ah, John McKay and Andy Hardy…with some Tom McEwen aprinkled in to make Monday mornings not hurt so bad. How they hated each other so. In the end, McKay proved them all wrong.

  15. Conte Piscatelli Says:

    Bunting didn’t make any plays, but I didn’t my see him get used play after play like the secondary the last couple years. I don’t recall seeing him trailing his man as he strolled into the end zone. He played fine, but I think Ariens wants the team to be better than fine, to expect to make plays, not just be happy they didn’t get beat badly.

  16. firethecannons Says:

    SMB and Beneneneoch were awful SMB seemed to be in slo mo–not one decent play, he better get better quick or end up on the practice squad, MJ Stewart and VH3 were good and bad–at least they were there–right? Benenench awful still dude aint even nfl caliber–we will be better with him gone from 1st string–stay gone too!

  17. PriMech54 Says:

    @JimmyJack you should know better about applying context to these types of things… NOT ALLOWED. Don’t you realize things happen in a vacuum? You sound like one of those people who can change their opinion based on new information. SMH! For example: if a 21 year old rookie running back that gets hit in the backfield on 13 out of 23 carries looks like a bust, then he’s a bust!!! No amount of blocking or coaching can change that. Not impressed.


  18. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    John McKay 2.0?

  19. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Ryan Griffin ,Tanner Hudson, Spencer Schnell and a RB named Dare(won’t attempt to spell that last name) made the second half much more interesting than usual.

  20. D1 Says:


    Way to harsh …I see fans immediately after a player is selected in the draft , before he’s made it to the podium, proclaiming this guy’s a bust.

    ” We should or we could have picked (fill in the blank) instead of (fill in the blank). “I’m still trying to figure out why we drafted..player x when he’s clearly a bust and why we didn’t instead pick player y..who was selected 190 picks later..real head scratcher!” Sound vaguely familiar?

    I believe that waiting till halftime during the first exhibition game is a good step in the right direction. With work and possibly harsh negative feedback treatment we could see a good chance for some of these folks to wait for as long as game 1 before they issue an official verdict on a player.

    Personally, I think it’s a huge loss if this happens. Huge loss for nfl teams, and front office personel. No longer could they rely on the expertise of these non compensated, unaffiliated individuals. Huge potential loss if they wait to issue an opinion. Because the great teams rely exclusively on the opinions of these experts who knows what they would do if they lost these assets.

    And webster, ask yourself this question, do you feel better or worse about the team after reading the daily posts of who they shoulda drafted…this guy..the guy I said day 1, and not this bust….!

  21. Cobraboy Says:

    Magadude Says:

    with some Tom McEwen aprinkled in

    Tom McEwen. I loved that guy…

    “Over a breakfast of a glass of freshly squeezed Indian River orange juice, Plant City strawberries, Ellenton sliced ripe tomatoes, cup of Cuban coffee, two eggs over easy, two strips of crisp Dade City bacon and buttered Cuban toast…”

    I had the honor, as a young freshman sprout, to sit next to him on the flight to my first real college road game in Chattanooga. He was so wise and kind and curious, and I felt like he was a loving grandfather. He would reserve theat next to him going to Tampa Stadium on game day for me.

    Fond memories.

    Yes, I’m old… 😉

  22. Magadude Says:

    @Cobra…they don’t make ’em like McEwen anymore. I was ecstatic the first time I pulled onto the blvd they named after him. It looks like you got one of the good breakfasts! I remember the bad ones like two grapefruit halfs and overdone plain toast! I was just about 10 or 11 but remember him well.

  23. CalBucsFan Says:

    No doubt BA will be a blast to follow this year, win or lose. However, if Bucs shock the world and are playoff contenders as the season progresses, then I vote for Jimmy Fallon’s intro-music performed by the Roots on late night, even with the audience (reporters) giving him a standing ovation just like Jimmy gets nightly!

    Go BA and Go Bucs!

  24. Magadude Says:

    ^^^I seem to also remember a “Goodbye John, Hello Don” when he wrote about all the reasons to switch Shula and McKay. Then there was Jack Harris who started the “Orange Crush” moniker…and the stinking Broncos stole it from us.

  25. SenileSenior Says:


    How about “Here is the real deal! Ladies and Gentlemen! Here’s Buccooooh Broooo-ooce!” LOL. :-G

  26. Magadude Says:

    @CalBucsFan…if the Bucs make the playoffs this year, the Jimmy Fallon style receptoin will be more than well deserved.

  27. BigMacAttack Says:

    Too many penalties. Undisciplined.