“It’s Something We Can Really Build On”

September 8th, 2019

“Ira, I told you I was gonna ball.”

Yes, there are a few rays light breaking through the nasty dark cloud hovering over Buccaneers fans.

One of them is running back Ronald Jones, who let the world know today that he is a real NFL running back. Jones led the team with 13 carries and 75 yards; that’s 5.8 yards per carry.

Bucco Bruce Arians had tenderness in his voice after the game when he referred to Jones and the running game overall. “It’s something we can really build on,” he said.

Jones ran hard and showcased some sick cuts (good sick).

Arians also praised offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich for not abandoning the rushing attack. “He found a running game and he stuck with it,” Arians said.  The head coach also praised the offensive line play, both in his news conference and in a postgame radio interview.

Peyton Barber complemented Jones and looked like Peyton Barber, with eight carries for 33 yards.

28 Responses to ““It’s Something We Can Really Build On””

  1. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Jones was a bright spot

    So was our kicker

  2. Go Bucs 72 Says:

    I thought Ronald Jones and Jordan Whitehead were our best players today.

  3. D-Rome Says:

    He ran with purpose like he was trying to hurt people out there. I loved it!

  4. Im tired and 87 is right Says:

    Joe it’s all over….no hope in sight.

  5. Zzbuc Says:

    Did Devin White played today?

  6. Jeebs the Honey Bear Says:

    Arians knows he has no chance with Jameis. DUMPSTER FIRE, BLOW IT UP

  7. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    August 23rd, 2018 at 10:52 am ←

    Ronald Jones, bulked-up his 2nd season at USC, and it helped elevate his game.
    Probably needs pack on a few more pounds of muscle, to be really effective at this level. But for now, he’ll be used in a more traditional scatback roll.

  8. Thisisouryear!!! Says:

    Can Joe or someone answer…Does Jameis look so much better than Griffin in practice that it’s ridiculous to give him a shot or are they close? I know Griffin looks good against 3rd stringers in preseason but what does he look like with the first string? Thanks.

  9. geno711 Says:

    I would say that for the offensive line that
    D Smith, Marpet, and Jensen were all fine; How many pressures or sacks did they allow today – not many at all.

    Dotson sucks. He is such an obvious read when he lines up for pass protection. It helps not only the defensive lineman rushing against him but the whole rest of the defense that it is going to be a pass block. He is clearly the worst of our offensive lineman.

    Cappa looks ok run blocking but sometimes just gets beat like a rag doll on pass blocking and this is a passing league so if he can not figure it out, we are where we were last year mostly.

  10. Petty Officer Buc Says:

    Ryan Griffin can hand the ball off just as good I’m sure.

  11. Wesley Says:

    Without a competent q.b. what’s the point.

  12. Pete I Says:

    “Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know.” And he says, “Oh, uh, there won’t be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness.” So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.

    21-34 America’s QB

    0-1 No Biscuit and his golf cart

    0-1 when RoJo runs for 75 yards (so we got that going for us!)

    Actually RoJo did well considering but ray of light? OK

  13. Evolvingbucsfan Says:

    Well besides Jones and the secondary looking good, we are still tied for 1st in our division till the saints play tomorrow night 😊🤣

  14. Rayjay1122 Says:

    Rojo really did show vast improvement especially against a good front 7. Imagine how he could produce if opposing defenses had to respect our passing attack which is after week 1 a total joke.

  15. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    August 23rd, 2018 at 10:52 am ←

    Besides, If I recall wasn’t there another star “6ft” RB from Texas/USC, who struggled his 1st season in Tampa behind a terrible running blocking offensive line?

    Ricky Bell (1977): 436yd. | 2.9 avg. | 1 TD.

    So be patient! And give this kid – time to develop.

  16. 813bucboi Says:

    Byron called a great game…..defense played great….jimmy avoided VHG after his pick6….rojo stepped up….

    Just disappointed in Winston…..no excuses…


  17. Dubcity6 Says:

    This was not a good running day. The standard has gotten so low

  18. ModHairKen Says:

    Bad playcalling. Nervous Jameis. Bad officiating. Neither team was good. The Bucs let one get away. We will see what it means later.

  19. Buczilla Says:

    I’m happy for this kid and us as fans. It’s been too long since we’ve had even a decent ground game.

  20. rrsrq Says:

    Bucs ran for over 100 yards and JW wasn’t the leader in run yards, that’s different. If we run at GMC next week, ROJO should crack a hundred yards and I like Geraldini

  21. TDTB Says:

    Have to say, I was wrong about RoJo. He flashed nothing last year, but the second half of this game he looked like an NFL starter.

  22. rrsrq Says:

    It was definitely Dirk, dirty birds ran the ball about 16 times, Matt Ryan was the second leading rusher and they also threw the ball 46 times.

  23. Bucs Nick Says:

    Ronald Jones is a stud feed him the rock and this season won’t be lost If we rely solely on Jamesis we won’t win very many games

  24. Donezo Says:

    Been a die-hard fan for 30 years. I think I blew a fuse today. This is a losing organization. No longer worth my time, money and energy.

  25. Broy34 Says:

    Six months ago he was a bust and the Bucs running backs were lousy. Same as Hargreaves and the dbs. Amazing what coaching can do. Kid can play. Been saying it since last preseason. Give him a chance and a hole. His backfield now

  26. BucsFan727 Says:

    They need to check Winston for a concussion after that head to head hit. I bet that hit knoked his brain around.

  27. DC_Buccs_Fan Says:

    There were more positives than negatives yesterday honestly…The main negative is A HUGE ISSUE though

  28. Phil Says:

    Peyton Barber needs to be moved to forth string.