Bruce Arians Talks Fearlessness

September 30th, 2019

Bruce Arians proved his fearlessness to Joe against the Rams when he sent Matt Gay out for a 58-yard field goal. That was a gutsy call.

If Gay misses that the Rams have the ball on their 48 yard line and Gay’s confidence is likely shaken a bit.

Arians was asked today about One Buc Palace about fearlessness and its role on in his program.

Arians explained he wants players to breathe and let it rip without thinking much, though understanding your role is critical.

“You have to play fearless. And that’s one of my biggest messages to Jameis. Throw it. Don’t worry about it, just throw it and know why you’re throwing it,” Arians said. “We have to play that way. We still have some young DBs who are playing a little careful, and my message to them is ‘it’s time to play fearless.’ If you make a mistake, you make a mistake, but don’t hold your breath. Alright, let it go.”

Joe has to be more fearless, too, when it comes to the Bucs. However, Joe is a bit afraid of the thought of the young cornerbacks, including veteran Vernon Hargreaves, playing more fearlessly.

Regardless, the mentality is right. Few winning NFL programs play to keep things close or to not get burned. That’s why Joe and many other fans lost their collective minds against the Giants two games ago.

Yesterday, Arians and the Bucs made Joe extra proud to be a Bucs fan.

60 Responses to “Bruce Arians Talks Fearlessness”

  1. a-bomb Says:

    That game yesterday reminded me a lot of the ’96 game against the Chargers, during Dungy’s first year, which Sapp and Brooks later said was the point where they began to really buy into Dungy’s coaching.

  2. NaplesBucFan Says:

    Great win against the reigning NFC Champs…just think 2 less pick sixes and a made FG and the Bucs are 4-0. The best NFC record right now is 3-1, so TB is in the thick of it!! Go Bucs!

  3. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Love it !…

  4. Tbbucs3 Says:

    It’s funny watching the talking heads on ESPN try to talk about the Bucs. Nobody knows how to talk about them so they just divert to the Rams struggles and also assume that it was just a fluke game. They will all see soon that the Bucs are forreal (I hope)

  5. Fartman Says:

    yeah… let them play fearless… I can’t see them doing much worse.

  6. Tbbucs3 Says:

    And nobody in ESPN today gave Jameis any credit. Not 1.

  7. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Actually there was 1. Papi from Highly Questionable.

  8. BucEmUp Says:

    Tbbucs3….everyone wants to hate Jameis.If he won superbowl it would all be talk about the mstakes made by the other team rather than what Jameis and his team did well….just like yoy said

  9. JimmyJack Says:

    I want to give major credit to all my Buccaneers brethern who did not jump off the ship and maintained their belief and expectations after last week’s collapse. Y’all saw what I saw and this is indeed a new Era of Bucs football!!

    And to all the doubters, doom-and-gloomers, all those who gave up after 3 weeks & even the haters………..This is not a day for you to eat crow and nobody should ask you to…..This is a day to hop on the bandwagon. Get on now and get a nice seat!!!!

    And when this team comes back home against the Cards on November 10th find a way to get your ass there if possible. This team is earning much better fanfare then what they got on that last home game. Let’s take back our home field and help will this team to victory!!! Let’s end the “den pf Depression” moniker and turn Ray Jay into a house of asskicking!!!!

    I’m making elite level crowd noise my personal goal for that game. I will be in the South Endzone terrace and I freaking pray Arizona starts on that edge of the field. The noise coming from that endzone will be a legitimate weapon!!! Get there JBFers!!! This team onto a torturous road trip. They deserve an elite crowd to got their backs when they return!!!!!

    GOOO BUCS!!!!!!

  10. Pierce Says:

    Some of my favorite games the Bucs have played have been against the Rams. Go Bucs!!!

  11. ManzielMadness Says:

    This defense needs a corner… maybe Chris Harris Jr. from the Broncos if we dont want to give up all those picks for Ramsey?

  12. Rayjay1122 Says:

    I am going to the game in New Orleans and I am thrilled it is for 1st place in the division. I predicted 2-2 but winning at home. This is better because one is a division win and the other was so improbable.

    Hopefully now we can put together a win streak.

  13. Darin Says:

    Its when they’re not playing well when they really need the crowd. Welcome to bandwagon city usa. Theres only 35,000 die hards in town. Not alot when you consider the actual population now. And its not a new era its a week to week league. Whos gona play smarter better football will win. The talent levels are pretty much equal. Go Bucs

  14. Nole4JabooANDdBucs Says:

    How can we get respect or honor that’s due while the people in your own house (Bucs Fans)
    don’t give you NO RESPECT or HONOR?

  15. LordCornelius Says:

    Will be at the game next week. Time to see the defense re-bound hopefully while the offense keeps up the scoring and Rojo run wild. Saints D is good but so were the Rams every week before facing us.

    GO BUCS!

  16. JimmyJack Says:

    Awesome RayJay……..Would be cool if this team could travel better. Aren’t too far away to organize a bus trip. Though the stick carriers we’re headed there but that fizzled out.

    I’ve tryed to organize a bus trip just to our home stadium but was too hard just by word of mouth. The toughest part is most the people I know and meet are fans of other teams. We are out numbered in our own town!!! Keep breeding men!

  17. Says: Says:
    September 23rd, 2019 at 8:54 pm
    We will shock the Rams and the world Sunday!
    Just as the Giants were fighting for their season against us, so too will we be against the Rams.
    You know what happens when a rat gets backed into a corner??? ….
    GO BUCS!

  18. JimmyJack Says:

    Dating gotta disagree about different Eras……I would certainly say Dungy started a new Era of Bucs football.

    Raheem started the Black ages of Buc football.

    But totally agree about the support needing to be there during the bad years. I’m always good for 1-2 games per year but I will admitt I didn’t go last year. The loss to Pittsburg totally embarrassed me when it ruined my Monday Night party by halftime & when they followed that up with that disgrace in Chicago I just couldn’t bear it.

    Forgive me I have sinned.

  19. JimmyJack Says:

    Darin** not dating

  20. Defense Rules Says:

    Uhhh, BA, we lost Game 3 because the coaching turned timid after Jameis threw his INT. I suspect that BA took that lesson to heart, and he never took his foot off the gas against the Rams. We all should expect mistakes, and LOTS of them, from this young team. BUT … as CS Lewis said, “Experience is a brutal teacher, but you learn; my God do you learn.” There are no shortcuts to greatness. This Bucs’ TEAM is headed in the right direction now.

  21. danr Says:

    Raheem was given an opportunity way to early in his career. He deserves another.

  22. brian Says:

    At what point did he tell the DB’s to play fearless?

  23. Phred Says:

    Amazing how we can go from “Bucs are cursed” to “”It’s 1996 again” in a single week. The first 8 games are “preseason” for the Bruce Arians Bucs. Glazers, Licht and Arians won’t tell you but the goal is for the Bucs to hit the playoffs in 2020.

    Let’s give BA some time (and more than one draft)…

  24. Pelbuc61 Says:

    Bucs didn’t play fearless in the 2nd half of the Giants game. Secondary is still a big concern and full of rookies that look slow and confused.

  25. JimmyJack Says:

    Brian…..I know when McVay told his DBs to play fearless…..When he told his kicker to do that pooch kick and force a return. He was trying to make something happen. Then on the ensuing drive is when their DB tryed to force a play and Evans punked him.

    Some people didn’t like Mike trot in the Endzone but I sniffed a touch of swag on that play…….The last time this franchise got into a big game we had to watch some jerk leap into that big red salvation army pot & get replayed all week.

    I enjoyed Mike’s celebration.

  26. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Fearless works for coaches also…..

    Fearless but with smarts……there is a right time to be fearless…’s not constantly…..pick your places….


    I tried to remind JBF that we went from 0-26 to hosting the NFC Championship in a couple of years……turnarounds are possible and have happened often in the NFL…
    Go Bucs!!!

  27. SOEbuc Says:

    Along with Sack-B, we have a dline that is SHUT DOWN against the run game. Jameis can continue to look good till week ten than I’ll resign him. No more than 4-year, $25 million unless he can take us in to the playoffs playing good ball.

  28. SOEbuc Says:

    This is the type of coaching staff that can coach. Like Gruden and Monty.

    BADASS NEW JERSEYS 2020!!! What red was to creamsicle.

  29. Figures Says:

    Gotta give props to Jameis.
    He didn’t buckle under the pressure of having to keep scoring.
    Very good job and poise. Very good game. Hopefully it continues and I can put my Winston jersey back on.

    So those of you as s holes that say I’m nothing but a hater st fu.

    I just want to see consistency. I give props when due.

  30. Figures Says:

    And I’m not gonna lie.

    Seeing Donavan Smith knock the pis s out of Marcus Peters didn’t hurt my feelings one bit.

  31. diggler Says:

    What’s up with the printer ran out of ink gear? That’s f’in atrocious!

  32. Rod Munch Says:

    This was sort of an easy call – the defense wasn’t going to stop the Rams from getting a TD, so go ahead and try for the 3 points. If it takes them 59 yards to get a TD or takes them 74 yards, it’s still a TD.

    This is what gutless Dirk was too afraid to do last year. Think back to that Pittsburgh game when gutless Dirk punted from from 33 yards out. Everyone knew the Bucs defense was going to give up a TD regardless of where the Steelers got the ball, and of course they marched right down the field and got the TD.

    Not being a coward is a big part of being a coach when your defense is on the ropes.

  33. ElBajito43 Says:

    Fire LICHT

  34. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Figures – that was cheap. Smith is going to pay a hefty fine for it too. With what we now know about the brain trauma these guys suffer there is no reason for that.

  35. JP_09 Says:

    TouchDownTB, there is a reason for that. He hit him at the goal line, what of Peters would’ve fumbled. I don’t see that as a cheap shot, seeing Smith is a OT that doesn’t practice tackling everyday. Let’s not take all of the contact out of the NFL

  36. J Says:

    The fearless would bench Hargreaves and start Smith. Smith showed out in preseason and seemed to be turning a corner imo. He cant be any worse than Hargreaves has shown thus far.

  37. Coburn Says:

    Pierce. They had a really good rivalry in the late 90s early 2000s. Might not be a Bucs fan otherwise. Grew up in a snall town in the mountains of British Columbia… so far away from Tampa.. my budry started watching nfl Bedfore I did and was a Rams fan. He always was saying, “that damn Warren Sapp!” Was always a defensive guy and got to know the rest of that crew and next season watched my first full nfl season watching the Bucs. The next year after that they won it all

  38. Hank Rearden Says:

    you don’t know what D Smith was thinking when he destroyed Peters. Hard to stop 300 + lbs moving that fast. Are you as equally upset about the player that unnecessarily buried Cichy into the ground dislocating his elbow? These guys know what they signed up for…in fact, I bet they’d laugh at you for suggesting otherwise. And as always…Go Bucs!

  39. BucEmUp Says:

    If Ba is wanting a Super Bowl it has to be this year or the year after next, because next seasons Super Bowl is being played in Tampa, and the league won’t allow that.

  40. down in the dirt doug Says:


  41. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    I don’t think these guys laugh about head trauma. I have no problem with laying the dude out, but when you lower your helmet like that you are crossing the line and that he is going to get fined.

  42. TouchDownTampaBay Says:


  43. Buccfan37 Says:

    I thought the Cowboys would beat the Saints last night. A tough matchup facing the Bucs and 1st place riding on it. Go Bucs! This potential win will be huge.

  44. Howard Cosell Says:

    Joe I have a marketing idea for your friends at Abe’s PLace:
    Pretzel W’s!
    Simply a pretzel shaped like a 3-fingered W!
    If the Bucs go 10-6 it’s guaranteed to be a gameday favorite!
    (However if they implode again it obviously won’t work)

  45. stpetebucsfan Says:

    @Figures and TDTB and JP09

    “And I’m not gonna lie.

    Seeing Donavan Smith knock the pis s out of Marcus Peters didn’t hurt my feelings one bit.”

    Good debate guys. I understand Figures pleasure and TDTB’s concern (I too am against head shots) and JP09 extenuating circumstance defense for DSmith who doesn’t get to tackle and so is perhaps landing a rare hit…we’ll never know I guess.

    But here is where I’m really with TDTB

    Did everybody see the incredibly dangerous cheap shot the Belicheats put on Josh Allen of the Bills?

    Allen was being tackled by one Belicheat while the other lined him up for a clear head shot. That’s not only a head shot but it’s on a “defenseless” QB going down from the tackle. It was a “message” shot from the Belicheats.

    I’m with TDTB…two things…not only the fine but if Allen misses games the offending player…don’t even want to mention his name..should not be cleared to play until Allen is cleared.

    If that doesn’t happen and for the bloodthirsty in the crowd here than the ONLY remedy is for the Bills to go after Golden Boy’s head when they hit Foxboro. Every chance they get they should take a shot at Belicheats QB head and then repeat Belicheats that’s the way we coach them.

    BTW A guilty pleasure for me…watching Talib get “abused”(words of TV guys) but mostly watching Godwin totally truck Talib…humiliated him. Too bad Godwin couldn’t say that’s for the St. Pete Cabbie and I didn’t even to have to cheap shot…just straight up ran you over!

  46. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Drop, plant, and throw. No FEAR!

    Amazing how well that worked yesterday.

  47. Lamarcus Says:

    Jean Lafitte

    You can’t even play Qb like that. Just like that ? Qb is the hardest position of all sports. Even more difficult than golf and tennis. Trying playing Qb at the park with your kids and try it…..

  48. Jean Lafitte Says:


    You have the advantage. You’re the only ones privy to the play call. You have first hand knowledge of how the play is designed, and if you have any talent at all you get a pre-snap read on who the hot receiver will be, and execute that play the way it was designed to the hot receiver. Go back and watch the game and you’ll see how Jameis would take his drop, plant his rear foot, and release the ball in less than 2.40 seconds. Launching the ball on time and giving his Oline a break. It’s all about Trust and executing the scripted play.

  49. Lamarcus Says:


    I commented on your post “drop,plant, throw, no fear” as you made it easy. I’m saying it’s not that easy. And if it was you can be an NFL Qb and everyone has a unique drop. IDC who the hot read is you just play football. Like JW did

  50. Blackmagic00 Says:

    I want that hat arians is wearing only in a 5950

  51. Jean Lafitte Says:


    I don’t disagree about the level of difficulty. But they are professionals, not my children. And as pros they should be able to execute each play, well, like pros. Jameis played without fear, and precisely knew where to throw it on time. He would drop back plant his back foot and throw the ball trusting his teammate will have done their job as well. Be at the “spot”

    Kudos to Jameis
    Kudos to Godwin and the other 7 targets. Jameis spread the ball around
    Our oline was given a break, even if only for this week, next week is a whole new story.

  52. DB55 Says:

    News Flash: BA is a RN!! much more so than Leslie Frazier or Gerald McIceCream

    Real recognize real.

    Oh to be a fly on the wall to hear him and Suh talking shop. Throw in LT and we have ourselves a show.

  53. Blackmagic00 Says:

    @db55 BA is a registered nurse? LT? Sorry, just not quite following.

  54. Lamarcus Says:


    Arians is a RN nurse?

  55. buc15 Says:

    I feel ya DB

  56. Buczilla Says:

    Your last sentence sums it up for me. I still have a stupid smile on my face since, at least for now, I can look forward to football instead of the gosh damn draft.

  57. snookman Says:

    Great win……………but don’t get too hyped. The team has a lot of flaws and expect great coaches, like Sean Peyton, to game plan against us especially when there is more film on us. All I asked for at the beginning of the season was for the team to play better and make us proud. So far they have done that although they are still a very very long way away. I don’t see them winning more than 4-6 more games at best. That is ok as long as they play good teams hard and cut out the mistakes. Speaking of mistakes………..this team is still beating themselves. Too many dumb penalties, too many mental errors………but a win in LA against a team that is head and shoulders above us…………was a very good thing. GO Bucs

  58. ChanEpic Says:

    DB55 – Nah, but Shaq Barret on the other hand, his play is nothing but RNS. Not that I ever use that term IRL, it’s cringy AF but…

  59. Rob Tanner Says:

    Paging Ryan Smith, Ryan Smith.

  60. orlbucfan Says:

    Tampabaybucfan Says:
    September 30th, 2019 at 5:56 pm
    I tried to remind JBF that we went from 0-26 to hosting the NFC Championship in a couple of years……turnarounds are possible and have happened often in the NFL…
    Go Bucs!!!
    Bucs made it to the NFC Championship in their 4th year of existence: 1979. I was there at Tampa Stadium. I was at the previous game vs. Philly. Bucs beat them and it was WILD! I found out that there was a NFL team in central FL earlier that year. I got on the fan wagon ASAP. Been a devoted member of the krewe since then.