Why Does Bruce Arians Sound Like He’s Pleased By A Moral Victory? (Video)

November 3rd, 2019

After a soul-sucking, choke job of an overtime loss in Seattle this evening, Joe can’t understand the postgame tone of typically fiery Bruce Arians.

It’s puzzling. Arians is seen and heard bursting with pride, brimming with positive vibes because he believes his team is growing. Joe recommends the news conference video below. It’s an awful lot different from last Sunday’s, when the Bucs lost another choke job in Tennessee and Arians was hot.

The Bucs’ season was on the line today. Win and you’re in the playoff hunt; lose and you’re toast. But there stood Arians seemingly talking about moral victories — while fans across Tampa are seeking counseling, weeping and heading to CVS for Tums.

There are no moral victories in the NFL, not when you have an explosive offense like the Bucs do with a veteran-laden team in the trenches on both sides of the ball, plus at the skill positions.

This is the same head coach who crowed months ago that his team was reloading, not rebuilding.

What’s going on here? It feels like an imposter Arians has appeared.

Jameis Winston’s postgame news conference also featured a guy a little too calm and seemingly resigned to losing.

53 Responses to “Why Does Bruce Arians Sound Like He’s Pleased By A Moral Victory? (Video)”

  1. Tbbucs3 Says:

    The Bucs have 1 more win than the Miami Dolphins who aren’t even trying.


  2. A Train Says:

    The Bucs (Licht) has drafted 9 DBs in the last 4 drafts. It is OBVIOUS this does not work. You would think we would accidentally draft a few good ones out of 9.

  3. 813bucboi Says:

    I’m over this game…in the beginning of the season I had this as a L….

    Maybe BA feels the same way…he thought it might’ve been a blowout…lol


  4. Tye Says:

    Maybe the rumors have a glimmer of truth to them… Maybe he does really care, just snagging a paycheck as he allows his assistance to do the coaching and he is the spokesman half hearted interviews muttering nonsense to the media…
    He is not the coach I thought he was and much respect for him has greatly been lost!

  5. Clean House Says:

    Maybe he realizes you can’t polish a turd

  6. Chris l Says:

    There are buc fans crying outside of Tampa too…

  7. Wombat Says:

    There is no pleasing some guys. They played well today. Yes there are GLARING holes, but a definite better game. Really happy with the way Jameis played today. Too many good things happening, this is a process.

    By the way Joe, this is something you may want to look at. The game day thread would be WAY better if newest posts were at the top, instead of scrolling for 10 minutes down a webpage… c’mon man! it’s not that difficult!!

  8. thunderchunkyPA Says:

    Once again, we were all sold magic beans. BA was going to show EVERYONE it was all coaching, and the players on this team were good enough to win. What a joke. Mike Smith was ran out of the league, and now the mighty Todd Bowles can’t stop a wet napkin with these players.

  9. Buc believer Says:

    Seemingly resigned to losing… Joe that has been the norm in these parts since we won the Super Bowl. Glazers don’t give a crap! Just as long as they are making money

  10. JimmyJack Says:

    Today was a much more solid brand of football then we seen lately. I got no problems with this interview. We did show a lot of good today and it wasn’t enough. Improvent from last week. I think they are confident they can get this team winning. That’s still the goal.

  11. BrianBucs Says:


    You are what your record says you are.

    Maybe Brucie was putting on a little show for ownership.

  12. tmaxcon Says:

    Moral victories are for losers and mentally weak optimists

  13. adam from ny Says:

    BA should bring hazing back…



  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I have an entirely different take on this……we are the second youngest team in the NFL…….we are rebuilding (no matter how else it is described)…..BA’s reaction is exactly what a coach should be with this team…..no there are no moral victories…..but he absolutely must be a leader and show the younger players that he has faith in them…..hard work will pay off…..

    Pi$$ed….sure, I am pi$$ed that we lost….but we were extremely competitive….at least we can say that.

  15. JimmyJack Says:

    Wombat it’s just hard to stay patient.

    Understand it’s a process but they can’t figure out how make play better pass coverage I’m gonna have to question the process.

    Decent game today by much of the team but overall our first half of the season has been poor football.

    Wanted to see better results in the 2nd half shouldn’t be asking too much and should be expected.

  16. Miketb19 Says:

    Make no mistake about it BA is a great coach and he knows what he’s doing. We all can’t sit he and really believe that he was going to fix this team in one year with all the question marks this team had even before he got here. I’m willing to give him at least 2-3 years to build this team into a winner. Because that’s what it take look at the 49ers, the Bills, Colts teams don’t get built over night people. Give BA time guys to build this thing the right away instead of expecting to turn coal to diamonds let’s sift through the riff raft on this team and move forward

  17. adam from ny Says:

    don’t be fooled people…

    after the early 21-7 lead, we were outscored 33-13…

    so don’t get it twisted…

    if you watched the game closely, it was like they were slowly coming on for the take over ,and they did…we couldn’t quiet the storm…

    so don’t be fooled…

    and we got some lucky breaks throughout and minimal turnovers…we played fairly well and still couldn’t hold off this team…


  18. Al Romas Says:

    Playoff hunt?

  19. adam from ny Says:

    it went like this…

    wilson: okay i’m gonna work on dean for a bit


    wilson: okay i’ll switch it up and work on hargreaves…


    wilson: ehh…okay back to dean…


    wilson says to carroll: do these guys even lift bro?

  20. tmaxcon Says:

    There never ever are positives from a loss.. that is a loswrs mentality…. glazers are lucky bucfan has no standards and loves accepting failure with excuses and a smile

    But we tried hard lol so pathetic this is pro sports not tee ball

  21. JimmyJack Says:

    Thunderchuncky…….What magic beans. Sure I predicted 11-5. Why not? NFL teams gets turned around that fast all the time. And a lot of other times it takes longer then 1st half a season.

    Just look at all the great coaching in history. A whole bunch of them(most?) didn’t win their first year.

    We were sold on Bruce coming in and getting this team to win football games. It would of been great if it happened instantly but foolish to be the only expectation. Now give him a full body of work and the same timeline any HC gets & GO BUCS!

  22. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We got beat by a very good team with an outstanding QB…..in a place that’s extremely hard to win.
    Nobody would have predicted a victory and we almost pulled it off with some key injuries….
    We got beat 33-13 from 2 minutes left in the first half until the end of OT

    Our 2nd half performances have been awful this year.

  23. Troy Says:

    Sounds like a loser to me.

  24. Hodad Says:

    Bruce is a like a good used car salesman. He’s just trying to sell you a lemon, with bald tires, dents all over it, and an engine that leaks oil. It’s a damn fine car, you buying it? I ain’t.

  25. Bucs_Fan_Orlando Says:

    I hear the bucs are favorites in the Moral playoffs.

    The moral bowl is being held at the Sizzler parking lot this year should be fun.

  26. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    OK….so Bruce Arians is supposed to mirror some of the “fans”……saying…”We lost another game because we $uck…..”I thought GMC was the problem so we dumped him”….My buddy Jason screwed the pooch with some of these picks and Todd can’t coach up DBs…..our team is a bunch of losers who are lucky they are getting paid”

    Yes….that’s what he should be saying….(sarcasm)

  27. Hodad Says:

    He’s crowing about a moral victory because he know there will be no actual victories.

  28. Stevebobucsfan Says:

    I feel Arians know what he’s doing. My thoughts are, he looked at players being coached by his hand picked staff to see how well they develop and next year many of them want be in Tampa. We all know Tampa can play well and win but consistent bad penalties and turnovers are killing this team. As I said I think many of those inconsistent players want be in Tampa in 2020

  29. THETRUTH Says:

    They played well today and competed , the defense is what we know it is ( db’s i refer to ) not many had them even in the game. I saw progress even in JW

    TO MANY BUC fans love attacking daily no matter what

  30. Troy Says:

    It’s called honesty. The bottom line is that these players aren’t very good. Being honest that we are not getting things done on defense probably would be a better way to go. I’m sorry that some feelings might get hurt. Should I get the participation trophies made now? Or wait until the end of the season? This is the pros for crying out loud.

  31. ElioT Says:

    I think he now knows this entire team has been constructed by in idiot.

    His buddy is the worst GM of all professional sports.

    The second youngest roster in the NFL yet one of the highest paid.

    Licht’s horrific personnel moves have set this franchise back worse than anyone seems to realize.. they are the youngest in all the wrong places.

    What is BA or anyone supposed to do?

    Further destroy the fragile mentality of this team?

    He’s made mistakes but good lord, there has never been a time where this team has been so…


    Thank you Jason Licht, this one’s for you.

  32. tmaxcon Says:


    That’s pretty damn close to what he should be saying only thing he needs to add that he is too old senile and a drain on society that the game has passed him by but his bs is entertaining but you were close

  33. adam from ny Says:

    arians blew up on leftwich on the sidelines as an act of deflection…

    he knew it would be caught on camera and hyper focused on…

    it’s like musical chairs at one buc place…

    it’s so obvious


  34. adam from ny Says:

    this first year is a test run for everything…

    and in the end everyone will take the blame except him…

    thus the huge staff of doers…

    #AyeHugeStaffOfDoers #DrinkDewers

  35. Doc Says:

    Dean single handedly lost us the game. Dude f-ing sucks

  36. ElBajito43 Says:

    I’m glad we lost because I want us to get a top 5 draft pick so “TRASH” LICHT can ruin my favorite football team even more and pass over the next Franchise QB!!!!! Yaaay!!!


    moderate this

  37. Capt. Tim Says:

    Is there anything he could say, that would matter at this point?

  38. WorstFans Says:

    O line and running game still blows a** not to mention the D. Like I said Qb is the least of our worries.

  39. cmurda Says:

    I think Bruce knows he’s not going to go anywhere with the current talent on this team especially on defense. He wants his opportunity to get some high draft picks. It’s not to say he isn’t coaching to win but the rookies need experience and he’s going to need this draft to be successful. Please let it be a different GM.

  40. cmurda Says:

    Whenever I hear I love the way they competed, it really means they didn’t get the job done. He’s not going to throw the rookies under the bus but he will have the rest of the year to study the rookies and see who has the potential. I trust Bruce but I don’t trust Licht. I’m over the Licht “throw away the 1st 2 rounds of virtually every draft”. Licht set a record by having the worst draft in NFL history in 2016.

  41. FanO’Bucs Says:

    Wombat Says:
    November 3rd, 2019 at 10:08 pm
    There is no pleasing some guys. They played well today. Yes there are GLARING holes, but a definite better game. Really happy with the way Jameis played today. Too many good things happening, this is a process.


  42. BUC CHEEKS Says:

    I’m numb to this, wow… This not good. I’m starting to not care. Turned off the tv as soon as they crossed the goal line for the win. Wow, just wow, it’s a BUCS life. 🏈🔫

  43. BUC CHEEKS Says:

    Lol, omg this hell

  44. BUC CHEEKS Says:

    I can’t even type, I’ve lost it🤪

  45. Im tired and 87 is right Says:

    Clear as day watched the game and right tackle still costs us the game. We need a damn pocket and a lock down corner. If you don’t realize that you are living in candy land. I love my QB and just want to see the guy play with other competent players. Is it to late? Go Bucs!

  46. Im tired and 87 is right Says:

    Rake the grass, you don’t think so? Shave the grass, whats that? Eat the grass, what? Choke on the grass until you figure it out to survive. I want straight up passion as much as the fans. Show me that Buc football! Go Bucs! Down with the ship.

  47. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Bad analysis Joe-
    The young secondary is not ready for a hall of fame QB like Wilson, who was on fire this game, especially with C Davis out.
    Yes, the secondary is a problem, but-
    If the Bucs had played like today all year, they’d have 2-3 more wins.
    There are no moral victories, but I liked the fight I saw-
    Now let’s see some consistency, especially from Jameis who was much improved.

  48. Architek79 Says:

    Seriously who cares anymore.

  49. down in the dirt doug Says:

    I am sure that the coaches have lost it.So now we our happy with moral victories.We have sunk lower than a rat in a trap thinking things will get better soon.

  50. Todd Says:

    Awaiting moderation. I won’t hold my breath because Joe likely won’t allow wit and humor to cross with any kind of negative judgment on Joe’s take. Relax. Joe has no problem with anyone’s football opinion. The personal attacks and misrepresentations aren’t welcomed. Sorry. Joe’s not interested in hosting a forum to be maliciously attacked. There are plenty of other forums out there where you can hurl insults at Joe freely and blissfully.

  51. Allbuccedup Says:

    No matter how Jameis plays the rest of the year if he comes back BA comes back if he doesn’t BA will retire.

  52. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    That game was sure a heartbreaker, but consider this. We were not supposed to beat the Seahawks, and they were at home.
    Still, with a better secondary, we would have won that game,

  53. Rob Says:

    Arians is being realistic folks. We got beat by a playoff team. The Bucs are nowhere near a playoff team. Brownie points for being in the game. That’s what we get to look forward to as Buc fans. As a fan since 1980, I’m used to it. Perennial losers is what the Bucs are. Arians can’t fix this nightmare in a few months and the secondary is one of the worst in NFL history. Going to get worse before and if it ever gets better. Go Bucs!