Bruce Arians Talks Short-Yardage Blues

December 25th, 2019

Bucco Bruce Arians was talkin’ it up yesterday and Joe was listening for your Christmas pleasure — or pain.

Arians’ radio show found its way to the head coach chatting about his offensive line. The assessment of its play against Houston? Pass blocking strong, run-blocking … not quite.

“Running game, I think we were a little bit outphysicaled a couple of times, especially in short yardage,” Arians told Buccaneers Radio.

Ironically, the comments about the line came right after Arians talked about the growth of Ronald Jones’ game in all phases. Arians did praise the O-line for its blocking on Jones’ 49-yard gain against Houston, the first breakout run of his NFL career.

The Bucs’ run game failed in four big short-yardage running situations against the Texans. The first and second were on the third drive of the game; that led to a too-long field goal that was blocked. The other two were with Jones failing in Texans territory. Outside of the Jameis turnovers, that was the story of the loss.

Yeah, this Tampa Bay offensive line isn’t a punishing short-yardage group. And a lot of that is just straight up want-to, but Joe would still peg most of the running woes on the subpar running backs corps.

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21 Responses to “Bruce Arians Talks Short-Yardage Blues”

  1. The Coroner Says:

    Vita Vea. After all he was a running back.

  2. Conte Piscateli Says:

    Short yardage runs are all on the o line. It’s not about vision or burst even, it’s about the o line winning and creating the movement or hole for that short yardage run. Now the lack of big runs and comes down to a back not winning against a defender at the next level. Bucs insure is they aren’t particularly good at either.

  3. Bucsfan561 Says:

    I thought jenesen was a dawg but really gets pushed around a lot and really only pesky after the whistle.. he’s not a bad center but for his salary we can find someone cheaper and better 🤷🏾‍♂️

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I agree….it’s not the RBs……our Oline doesn’t pass the eye test.

  5. Dapostman Says:

    OL is full of protector Beta’s. Only Cappa looks like he may be an Alpha. Trade em all and get some road graders. Running the ball is less risky than this all out aerial assault. It also sets up the passing game better.

  6. adam from ny Says:

    what if you can turn these guys into road graders???

    can it be done?

    what if?

  7. down in the dirt doug Says:

    Coroner—I agree with you 100%–give the rock to the big boy—he is batting 100% so far.GO VITA GO!!!!!

  8. adam from ny Says:

    that would really be wild if you let vita actually take snaps out of the halfback position with a te blocking in front of him…

    it could actually work…

    or suh fullbacking for vita…

    it woiud be wild…

    nfl network and espn would lose their sheet

  9. down in the dirt doug Says:

    Jameis is inflicting pain and suffering to all our long suffering loyal fans every game so why not let double V carry the pig to give us some joy in this last game.

  10. Bobby Says:

    Vita Vea in short yardage would be awesome! If you faked the ball to him the pass would be wide open. They’d have to stack the box for him.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I don’t think Winston is very good at hiding the ball…..when he hands off, he reaches his arms out for a period of time before handing it to the running back…..certainly not very deceptive like some other QBs……

  12. Tackleblockwin Says:

    We need a good short yardage power back. Maybe AJ Dillon from BC.

  13. Owlykat Says:

    Or line up Vea as the FB blocking for Barber on short yardage situations just as the Fridge did for Chicago in the past.

  14. Alanbucsfan Says:

    The other two were with Jones failing in Texans territory.
    Why make up things about Joe? Not nice. Seems like you might not have read all of what’s written here. –Joe

  15. Aubpierce Says:

    Saw it, missed block by the receiver. Alanbuc is correct. Could have been a touchdown . Don’t know what game Joe was watching. Terrible run blocking offensive line. Mediocre at pass blocking at best. Not a Jameis fan but he could improve if only he had an average offensive line.

  16. Buczilla Says:

    The left side of the line and center are overpaid and overrated. Cappa’s going to be good from what he’s shown but he’s basically a rookie. Arians already said that Dotson couldn’t run block a cheerleader and our running backs either aren’t very good or shouldn’t even be in the league. An average right tackle and TWO above average running backs shouldn’t be too much to ask of the front office should it?

  17. Nptbuc Says:

    I have been calling for Vea nearly all season! The guy was a running back in HS. So he knows the basics and obviously has some hands. Putting him in the backfield presents all kinds of problems for the defense. Stack the box and open throwing lanes? Are they running behind him? Is HE running? Decoy for Jameis sneak? Lots of things to worry about. If he can push a double team into the pocket from a dead stop, who is going to hold him for less that two yards when he hits the line at full speed? Just think out of the box. When you have a weapon- use it. Go Bucs

  18. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    So the line can’t move anyone but it’s the backs fault…

    Not sure if joe understands the game

  19. Craig Says:

    The Bucs need a fullback to put some extra oomph into the short yardage runs. There isn’t time or space to do anything fancy with the line. Have Barber trow himself into the mix and create a crease.

  20. SteelStudBuc Says:

    Ah yes the fullback.
    We used to have one.

  21. adam from ny Says:

    it’s common knowledge that at all bucs games the equipment manager orders the bucs o-linemen a case of big macs to wolf down at halftime via uber eats…that’s 36 big macs for the big boys…they’re not thinking about opening holes for rojo and barber…they’ve got their eye on the prize and hope the mickey dee’s cogs don’t skimp on the special sauce…