Arians Explains How Third Down Is A Weakness

October 22nd, 2019

Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich

Yes, our beloved 2-4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers have weaknesses.

And there’s a glaring weakness that head coach Bucco Bruce Arians talked about yesterday.

It’s called third down.

Arians told WFLA-TV sports chief Dan Lucas that self-scouting during the bye week revealed just how incredibly great the Bucs’ run defense has been, though the entire club is struggling on the money down.

“We can build off that [run defense]. But we have to do a better job on third down of getting off the field,” Arians said. “Same thing offensively, our first and second-down run is pretty solid. But third down conversions, of all things, 3rd-and-short is one of our weaknesses and it should be the easiest one — 3rd-and-long we’re one of the best in the league. … It’s an area now with 10 games to go we should really focus on.”

There’s no easy road to fixing the offense’s third-down issues against Tennessee on Sunday, Arians added. “Mike Vrabel does a fantastic job defensively of creating a lot of confusion, especially on third down. So it’s going to be a big, big challenge for us.”

On the surface, it sure seems relatively easy to fix offensive troubles on 3rd-and-short. Something to keep an eye on Sunday.

Fun time ahead. Watch Sunday’s Bucs-Titans game at Buffalo Wild Wings with Ira Kaufman at 10500 Ulmerton Rd., Largo.

Arrive early and hang with Ira and soak up his wisdom during the game. 

22 Responses to “Arians Explains How Third Down Is A Weakness”

  1. AKickInTheBucNuts Says:

    With Jameis, it’s 3rd and intercept/fumble.

  2. Son of Kobe Faker Says:

    “This overgrown fat child actor Gary Coleman would be out of the NFL as a coach. It was only because BA decided to come out of retirement to grab his 1 last chance of free loot

    This unqualified incompetent intern wouldn’t have been hired as OC at any POS college…. Even FSU

    We need BA to start calling the plays and give JW3 and the entire offense a legitimate evaluation”

    Son of Kobe Faker

  3. BucEmUp Says:

    Thats because ypur highly coveted OC is using his best, most dangerous running back les than the thrid stinger..Hes also calling runs up the middle on a ton of first and second downs.EVERY DOWN the entire offense looks slow a molasses. You think at any point an opposing defense is wondeting what our offense is about to do? Or do you think they already know what our offense is doing and patiently wait for the ball to be snaooed and show us how much of a joke our playcallet is.

    2-5 coming up with weak link leading the charge

  4. BucEmUp Says:

    Arians for playcaller

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

    Coach Obvious….along with a bunch of other stuff in the 200 + games …Waiting in Tampa

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

    BucEmUp Says:
    October 22nd, 2019 at 6:09 am
    Arians for playcaller
    it is not the play calling is the execution by the QB

  7. Bucsfanman Says:

    Like every other coach not named Belichek, we keep trying to outsmart ourselves. Despite opinions to the contrary, football is not a complicated sport. You just have to have the chutzpah to do what is necessary in that moment, that SPECIFIC moment.
    For instance 3rd and 3, you need 3 yards. You don’t send 4 WRs 10, 15, and 20 yds downfield. Get the 1st down FIRST.

  8. DooshLaRue Says:

    Leftover Sandwich just looks dumb.

  9. Jaywill Says:

    Winston has been top 10 on 3rd and top 6 the last 3 years. Its the damn playcalling.

  10. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    Two articles ago, JBF said we sucked on third down. Second downs must be great!!

  11. Steven007 Says:

    And yet somehow we’re top five in the league in scoring apparently. What would our record be if we held opponents to 20 points? Or made chip-shot field goals?

  12. 813bucboi Says:



    it is not the play calling is the execution by the QB

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  13. Jean Lafitte Says:

    I don’t normally question play calling but it is pretty clear Lefty likes the longer developing plays over a shorter passing game.

    How come we never see any draws which can also be effective on aggressive rushing defenses?

  14. Hodad Says:

    Same sh#t, different day. The more things change with the Bucs, the more things stay the same.

  15. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    EDIT…….Two articles ago, JBF said we sucked on FIRST down. Second downs must be great!!

  16. Brandon Jeff Says:

    @ Altered Ego
    John McKay when asked about the execution of our QB said;
    “I’m all for it”

  17. Locked In Says:

    whatchoo talkin bout Willis???

  18. martinii Says:

    Watched the Patriots stomp the Jets last night. Wonder if they ever get bored with winning like we get bored with losing? Six games in, thought I would revisit the doom and gloom. Pretty much the topics and comments parrot last year and the year before only difference is a few new players, new coaches, same posters, same results. Oh, I am still a big time Buc’s fan but have set a very low bar. This year Godwin, Barrett. and ROJO are fun to watch. Disappointed in Winston, Howard, and Heargreaves. Run Defense working, playcalling sucks, and no pass defense from the young guys. In a few weeks I will begin by annual draft review and set up a war room. Life of a Buc fan………….yawn.

  19. martinii Says:

    PS… Haven’t posted in months, yet still on terminal Moderation. Guess Like the Buc’s some things never change. Lol.

  20. Barack's Crack Pipe Says:


    Glad to see you’re still kicking!

  21. Dapostman Says:

    The play caller is below average. The offensive line is below average. Put those two things together and there is the majority of your issues. There must be some tells in Leftwich’s offense. Seems when he sends someone in motion that guy is getting the ball. Especially on the Wr or Rb screen.

  22. richbucsfan Says:

    don’t count on a win Sunday…the Titans new QB, a highly experienced, er unknown, will pick apart the Bucs porous secondary