Arians Says Injuries May Be On Him

December 16th, 2019

No stone unturned.

You don’t often hear NFL coaches say this but props to Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians for the candor.

The Bucs are having a lot of injuries to their receivers. Specifically, hamstring injuries. And apparently they are bad.

There have been several published reports that star receiver Mike Evans is done for the season with a hamstring he pulled last week in the win over the Colts.

Yesterday, Chris Godwin pulled a hamstring and had to be carted off the bench areas. Arians sounded grim about if Godwin may return.

And of course, backup receiver Scotty Miller, who scored his first NFL touchdown yesterday, was also lost with a hamstring.

In his postgame remarks yesterday, Arians said he is going to consult with the Bucs’ sports science people to find out why the receivers are going down with the same injury.

And Arians admitted upon reflection, he may be the culprit.

“We will be talking a lot to our sports science people about it,” Arians said. “Maybe I’ve overworked them in practice, the receivers, because we need the reps. Our quarterback needs the rep. So we run them a little bit more this time of year than I would probably like to do, but we need the reps.”

Now why his skill position players would need reps in December is uncertain. Were they that far behind that they needed reps? Or did Arians take it too easy on them previously and they are now catching up?

Something doesn’t seem right there.

The only thing Joe can think of is Justin Watson and Miller needed reps as they are backups. But why would Godwin need reps? Or your starting quarterback who hasn’t missed a start?

The key thing here is that Arians was being very honest and open-minded about how and why these injuries are happening. And major props to Arians for looking at all angles in an effort to try to eliminate further injuries.

30 Responses to “Arians Says Injuries May Be On Him”

  1. Im tired and 87 is right Says:

    I think it’s crazy we have lost 3 WRs in two weeks due to hammey issues. Something only the Bucs would know on why…fix it. Even though we are not in the playoffs this is the time to correct the details.

  2. ElBajito43 Says:

    Idiot take by @IMSTUPIDand87 some Sh!t what a dumb name BTW

  3. gambelero Says:

    I played soccer pretty much year round until I was well into my forties and never pulled anything. I’ve pulled (or popped) hamstrings three times playing baseball or softball. I think they need to be more professional in their stretching regimen.

    Honestly, it’s to Arian’s credit that they are looking into this using a sports science approach. I’ve argued here for years about improving the infrastructure, including medical. Maybe Bruce is on to something.

  4. lambchop Says:

    It’s because the inconsistent QB needed the reps. Coach said so himself.

  5. Cgmaster27 Says:

    @lambchop and your conveniently leaving out him saying the recievers need the reps. They inconsistent too? Way to cherry pick a comment, you work for cnn?

  6. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    ……gambelero you do realize there is a difference between playing soccer in high school and playing WR in the NFL

  7. Joe Says:

    I’ve pulled (or popped) hamstrings three times playing baseball or softball.

    Think it has more to do with the sport. You go from a dead stop or very slow to immediately throwing it into gear and twisting and turning.

    Look what you mentioned. Soccer and baseball and softball where go 0-60 in a snap. That may be part of it.

  8. DalvinCookRules Says:

    This is the time to really overwork your receivers because, you know, the PLAYOFFS are right around the corner!!! I mean, really?

  9. Fire the fans Says:

    I’m pretty sure he meant Ryan Griffin since we were up in the air about Jameis in the beginning of the week

  10. Says:

    With this offense being new to the whole team, or course they needed the reps to avoid the messed up routes that just 6 weeks ago were causing problems for the team.


  11. Buccinutz15 Says:

    #bettercallbobo 😀

  12. Defense Rules Says:

    Maybe they’re not related at all. It looked like Mike pulled his hamstring at RayJay (a natural grass field) when the defender just barely grabbed his foot as Mike was running away from him (might have impacted how he landed on that step?). Godwin & Miller both pulled their hamstrings playing on the Lions’ artificial turf (not at all the surface they’re used to playing on). Look at the injuries that the Lions have suffered this year. For some reason, artificial surfaces seem to take a higher toll in terms of player injuries. Just a thought …

  13. D1 Says:


    Cherry picking isn’t the issue.

    The reason I suggest this is , last season we had a malcontent long term vet who basically said that during the week, Winston required or needed his receivers to run routes at game speed so the timing between the QB and his receivers could improve.

    That’s not a current player, nor a current coaching staff, but it is the current QB. The mere fact that you reject an honest line on inquiry based upon what you perceive as having an anti winston agenda at its core is not intellectually sound reasoning. But rather the flip side of the same bias you rail against.

    The only way to know is to either assume you know, or ask additional information from those who would have the first hand knowledge . I know one way is much easier than the other but I see Arians as a man who is seeking a cause then an answer. Not a guy who already knows the answer.

    Has winston improved his deep ball accuracy as the season has progressed?
    If yes, is there any reports of a drastic change in how winston practices?

    Questions like this are going to give you more information as to where to find the answers. Not asking them because you believe it’s been tainted by the winston virus is foolish. May as well hire a witch doctor then or just have the recievers try a performance colonic right before kickoff.

  14. Adrnagy Says:

    It’s a good problem to have right now. Imagine we are going to playoff. It will be devastated. Take at look at it. Make improvements.

  15. whats the bucs plan 2020 Says:

    OK…OK…. HORRAYYY !! ….. we are a 500 team …. so i will throw away my brown paper bag for know….. how do we get to the next level because its about winning and the playoffs and not just entertainment…. Hope TEAM GLAZERS figure it out !!

  16. Capt. Tim Says:

    New coach, new playbook.
    It takes time to learn- and even longer to get the players in sync.

  17. ModHairKen Says:

    Injuries happen. Coincidences happen. Enough with this soul searching. It’s not the Mystery of the Shroud of Turin. If hamstrimgs are from too much practice, then why didn’t they lose them to hamstrings during camp?

    These guys are not China dolls. They are well conditioned elite athletes. They still get hurt. Next man up and do your job.

  18. Stanglassman Says:

    Fire the fans- That’s the way I took it live in the presser when BA said it. The two days Jameis took off from throwing this week Ryan G. needed to get the reps in with all the WRs incase Jameis couldn’t go.

    All the loser fans questioning Jameis’s intelligence because they can’t figure out what BA meant is too funny. Why is it the most ignorant people are always the ones to question others intelligence?

  19. Stanglassman Says:

    The last time this team had a bunch of hamstring injuries was training camp.

  20. Brandon Says:

    gambelero Says:
    December 16th, 2019 at 12:15 am
    I played soccer pretty much year round until I was well into my forties and never pulled anything. I’ve pulled (or popped) hamstrings three times playing baseball or softball. I think they need to be more professional in their stretching regimen.

    Stretching and hamstring injuries are not at all closely related. overstretching and hamstring injuries are, however.

    Soft tissue injuries occur mostly from two reasons, not being warm (core muscle temperature) or overuse. Late in the season, well over the start of the game, usually that will be overuse. BA is right. Might be on him.

    You pulling hammies playing softball is due to not being warm.

  21. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    LOL, That Song “Twist and Shout” is about pulling a Hamstring.
    You pull a Hamstring, then you shout “That Hurts”.

  22. PSL Bob Says:

    Fire the fans, that makes the most sense. Griffin needed the reps with his WRs to work on timing/route issues. Still, seems funky that at this time of year, the WRs, particularly ME and Godwin, would all incur hamstring issues.

  23. View from 132 Says:

    Fake grass.

  24. Conte Piscateli Says:

    Perhaps, all the additional reps were for Griffen, as Jameis was very questionable with the thumb most of the week? Let’s face it Griffen hasn’t exactly been getting a lot of work is his time with the bucs

  25. 813bucboi Says:

    gotta take the coaches word…..

    QBs and WRs were probably staying late after every practice per BAs orders….

    next man up….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  26. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Jameis is throwing the deep ball like never before. He has 80 completions over 20 yards. No question ,the reps help to build chemistry. I believe Arians has credited Christianson with his work with Jameis on his mechanics. These two factors have helped Jameis hit receivers in stride and with touch like the perfectly
    laid out pass to Perriman. Also think Leftowich” ability to identify mismatches has
    helped this offense click lately.

  27. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    Even at his age Arians is learning and refining his decisions. A year from now when we are setting ourselves up for a playoff run he will do things a little better than this year.

    Artificial turf has been shown to produce more injuries over time. There is actually concrete underneath. No give.

    In BA I trust.

  28. orlbucfan Says:

    Weather down here can be brutal especially in the preseason and the fall. High temps and humidity and Bucs practice and play outdoors. Whether that’s a factor here—–hmmm. Why would BA be hard on ME13 and Ungodly in practice? Makes no sense.

  29. m0j0 Says:

    Running them with all those extra reps could be why Jameis is doing better of hitting his receivers in stride and on deep routes. It’s too bad it resulted in injuries but I agree it was needed to allow this team to achieve its potential offensively.

  30. ou812 Says:

    Cgmaster27 Say

    Your conveniently leaving out him saying the recievers need the reps.
    Where dose it say that in the article??? Overworked them in practice, (the receivers), because we (The Team) need the reps. Our ( quarterback) needs the rep.

    Wright for FOX much???