“Brilliant Gameplan”

October 3rd, 2019

Doffs cap to Bucs coaches.

The NFL world is still buzzing about the Bucs-Rams game last weekend. And a former Bucs quarterback suggested old man Bruce Arians is still sharp as a tack.

In his podcast, “Unbuttoned,” Chris Simms lauded Arians as an old football wizard not to be trifled with. Simms explained the gameplan he devised, along with Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Lefwtich, was perfect to go after the Rams.

Of course we all know about All-World tackle Aaron Donald, and we all know that Dante Fowler is pretty good too. Simms said what Arians came up with basically took away the Rams’ front line.

First, Simms said the way to counter a strong defensive line such as the Rams have is to throw screens and short passes. Simms noted against the Rams, the Bucs were six-for-six with a touchdown in passes where receivers caught the ball behind the line of scrimmage.

And the threat of a run game also slows down a defensive line.

“I know they didn’t [have a running back] run for 100 yards, I don’t give a sh!t,” Simms said. “The real thing is they rushed the ball 29 times — real rushes. Running the ball keeps defenses honest.”

Combining the running with the short passes and the offensive line keeping Donald and Fowler off America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, and Simms said you had the perfect storm for the Rams’ defense.

These factors, Simms added, also prevented Rams veteran defensive coordinator Wade Phillips from using many sub-packages with more defensive skill positions on the field and the Bucs took advantage full of that as well.

“It was a brilliant gameplan by Bruce Arians and Byron Leftwich,” Simms said. “I was really impressed.”

33 Responses to ““Brilliant Gameplan””

  1. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Great analysis by Simms and very good content ,Joe. The blocking schemes are much improved. Its nice to see our O lineman getting downfield and extending plays.

  2. Plex Says:

    Simms explained the gameplan he devised, along with Bucs offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.

    Byron Leftwich is the OC.

    Not hating just helping.


  3. ModHairKen Says:

    Simms and his Dad are the biggest boors in the media. Tell us something we don’t know about the game.

  4. BigHog Says:

    Where are all the negative nay-sayers, I hope you’re eating stale biscuits this morning!! GO B-n-B GO SHUY GO FAMOUS!!! Take them MAGA HATS and shove them in a tail pipe!!!

  5. Evolvingbucsfan Says:

    Not only the game plan but the execution, that was on point as well. You have got to have both to be successful.

    Now can we move on to the Saints already, reading some of the saints websites they are saying we were a trap game for the rams, rams were looking on to the next game and got caught of guard. Lets hope they don’t take us seriously and BA and crew put the dagger in Bridgewaters and the saints hopes.

  6. BUC CHEEKS Says:


    They’re definitely taking us serious! We’ve been all over national tv, all week. The game was replayed on the NFL Network and it’s a divisional matchup not to mention a rivalry! KEEP THE PEDAL TO THE METAL BABY!!!! LETS GOOOO!!!!!

  7. RustyRhinos Says:

    Great insight from one of my favorite former Bucs players. Wish he had not gotten injured.

  8. JonJohn Says:

    @Bighog wth does my maga hat have to do with anything?
    I’ve been a Winston supporter since FSU, and the only time I have doubted him was week 1 this year. So you should probably cover your mouth with your “I’m with her” sticker unless you’re talking about football

  9. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Its simple ,
    Joe post these articles for the people willing to admit that they don’t already
    know everything.

  10. BucDan Says:

    I said it in another thread, but what Simms is getting at is:

    We just went into L.A. and played against a potential H.O.F. Defensive coordinator with the following defensive players: Aaron Donald, Dante Fowler, Michael Brockers, Clay Matthews, Corey Littleton, Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib and Eric Weddle.

    And we stole their damn cookies!

    That is a formidable defense helmed by a great coach and they added players since going to the Suoer Bowl JUST LAST SEASON!

    The Rams defense was averaging 16 points given up over the three games prior and the Bucs offensive game plan dropped 48 on ‘em!!!!!

    Now onto the Saints in the Superdome….

  11. down in the dirt doug Says:


  12. ClodHopper Says:

    It’s no secret Jameis is deadly accurate in the short game. It’s connecting on the long balls that’s been a pleasant surprise.

    Dink and dunk with a few shots downfield and DON’T BE A HERO!!! is how you win with Jameis.

  13. Son of Kobe Faker Says:

    “Son of Kobe Faker>Son of Phil Simms”


  14. Slugglife Says:

    Looks like nobody bit on your tired schtick Haynes.

    Can’t wait to see this game. Not sure if it will top the insane performance we saw last Sunday. But one can only hope.

    Somebody ask Todd Bowles if he can dial back the blitz just a bit. Cannot blitz every down.

  15. Colonel_mp Says:

    Still in need of a copy editor? I am here to offer my free services.

  16. Bruce's Biscuit Says:

    stop it already….

  17. Says:

    I am still looking forward to the story about the post-Carolina press Conference “we are a run-first team” statement from Arians. I know it doesn’t fit the America narrative, but hopefully can still get some coverage, as it is becoming the identity of the team.

  18. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    “Simms and his Dad are the biggest boors in the media”

    The thing that struck me about Chris Simm’s analysis this week is that he might have been the only one to praise Jared Goff. Most media types crucified Goff but Simms took the time to carefully look at the game, play by play.

    Chris said that it may have been Goff’s finest game and was a major stepping stone going forward for him and the Rams. That really showed independent thinking on Simm’s part.

    That’s why I think he might become one of the best GM’s in Football one day.

  19. Son of Kobe Faker Says:

    “Mr Ghost

    Did you see the 2 wide open TD passes Goof missed?

    Mcvay designs pass routes where the receivers are isolated and continuously open

    If JW3 missed those easy throws, all we would have read about is JWs lack of accuracy for weeks

    Cousins and Goof is the same player

    If Gurley or Henderson doesnt shine tonight, Goof will be exposed again vs the seahawks”

    Son of Kobe Faker

  20. DB55 Says:

    The Bucs have rushed for more than 100 yards in only 40% of Winston’s wins.

  21. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    I saw that he missed guys that were wide open deep but I would say that was due to the Buc’s relentless pass rush.

    I think the Rams come out strong tonight.

  22. 813bucboi Says:

    Byron showing folks that he’s more than capable of handling OC duties…..

    he’s also showing folks that josh rosen and the cardinals were str8 trash….

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  23. 813bucboi Says:


    you dont know sh!t!!!!!

    BYRON exposed you big time!!!!!

    STFU and go help @realist eat crow!!!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  24. BigHog Says:

    Slugglife:you bit…now take it down slowly!!!

  25. Defense Rules Says:

    Interesting analysis. Looked to me like Simms said that “the way to counter a strong defensive line such as the Rams have is to throw screens and short passes” and to run the ball enough to keep the defense honest.

    What Simms DIDN’T mention was TURNOVERS. CREATING TURNOVERS and SCORING OFF TURNOVERS were the real keys to the game IMO. Defense got 7 points on their own, but our offense scored on the OTHER THREE TURNOVERS our defense created. That’s 28 points … HALF of what we scored. COMPLIMENTARY FOOTBALL at its’ finest.

    Hmmm, but wait. Don’t the Bucs ALSO have a strong DLine? So the way to counter ours would be the same as what Simms advocated … run the ball, screen & short passes? Seems like Sean Payton has been doing that with the Saints for a few years against … oh ya, EVERYBODY. And chances are pretty good are he’ll TRY to do that against us this week?

    So how are we supposed to stop or at least slow the Saints’ offense? I think that our defense is built pretty well to stop the run. And our speed at LB SHOULD be the key IMO to limiting the effectiveness of their screens & short passes. Creating turnovers is gonna be the hard part (the Saints haven’t been making very many). Gonna be another fun game in any event. If we EXECUTE like we did in LA, we’ll come out of NO a winner.

  26. Slugglife Says:

    Gonna be a long five years for you Haynes. Regardless, Go Bucs.

  27. BigHog Says:

    For me?…and all people of color and poor people…I guess you think he is gonna get elected again ….Not Happening!!!

  28. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Gotta also credit the effort to help each other out in the blocking scheme,
    that Brian baldinger pointed out in a recent article.

    Your right DR, in previous years we failed to capitalize on mistakes like we did last week. Problem is , its feast or famine with the turnovers. So you can’t always count on them.

  29. 1sparkybuc Says:

    We started the game 21 points ahead. We finished the game lucky to be 15 points ahead. It easily could have been 8 points or worse. Our pass defense has to improve. I’m confident we have enough firepower to beat Bridgewater and the Saints, but not so sure we would win a rematch with the Rams. The rematch with the Panthers will be a better gauge because of the adjustments made from the last game. These next three games will determine if we really have a legitimate contender. GO BUCS

  30. BA FAN Says:

    The key to winning NFL Football is having an excellent HC paired with an excellent DC, both of whom can develop players to their full potential; as well as a GM with the ability to find gems deep in the draft with good potential. The best Coaches also inject new plays every game to capitalize on creating mismatches for separation on passing plays, new red zone plays, and blocking to open holes for the running backs. The DC also needs to add Defensive alignments for each Opposing QB to confuse them on coverages and create turnovers, and to add new blitzes to get sacks. I just described BA and Licht with our DC. In addition BA got more great Asst. Coaches that he has personally trained to develop his system with our players than any other NFL Coach. The Saints should be extremely scared that we will whip them like we did the Rams (the team that beat them out of a Super Bowl last year and has their number). Enjoy the ride on a real Pirate Ship to NFL Stardom!

  31. Slugglife Says:

    Point to the doll and show me where he touched you.

  32. TexBuc Says:

    Did anyone say stop the run?

    Boy named SUH and VEA will stop all inside runs

  33. ClodHopper Says:

    WTF does a MAGA hat have to do with anything? Tourettes?