RoJo Benched

December 1st, 2019

Tough talk after the game from Bucco Bruce Arians.

The head coach arrived in Tampa saying his team would be all about accountability. And while that hasn’t always been apparent, it was today.

Ronald Jones was invisible after a couple of poor runs in the Bucs’ first drive of the second half. RoJo met the bench for a simple reason, but it wasn’t about running.

Joe will let the postgame words of Arians explain.

“RoJo missed a blitz pickup and that’s it; you don’t get to play no more. Simple,” Arians said.

Joe loves the attitude, but Joe also hopes it’s not a confidence-crusher for Rojo, who Bucs coaches painted as a guy desperately in need of confidence early this year.

RoJo had a good mojo for a while, but it’s faded quite a bit over the last eight games.

48 Responses to “RoJo Benched”

  1. thunderchunkyPA Says:

    Hey BA, stop picking and choosing WHO you make examples of. D Smith, almost got your QB killed today. Dotson keeps making bad plays that cost your team, at least one EVERY week. I get it it’s a running back, but stop with the ” I am going to show them who’s boss” BullSh!t

  2. JimmyJack Says:

    Well that’s that. Appreciate the blount statement from our HC.

    Now you know what the problem is young man. Time to get to work and get better. We need you to do your job when your out their.

  3. Tbbucs3 Says:

    All the victory laps on ROJO and guess what? He’s not that good.

    He went from god awful to average. If you can’t beat out Peyton Barber, you are simply not a top back in this league.

  4. Bosch Says:

    Arians will give ROJO some love and his confidence will be restored.

  5. ViejoSombrero Says:

    Josh Jacobs was on the board.


  6. FanO’Bucs Says:

    Rightly so.

    Rojo will respond positively.

  7. Ndog Says:

    Don’t look now but we are 4-3 on the road this year. That Giants game is looking bigger each week.

  8. D-Rome Says:

    I saw on two other occasions that he missed picking up the blitz on Donovan’s side. Of course the mouth breathers will say it’s all Smith’s fault.

  9. RagingBrisket Says:

    It’s a lot of loud noise and cover for an extremely inadequate oline. No money in RoJo but that oline has a ton of sad pride invested in it not being responsible for the failure we pay to watch. The money and time paid into this endeavor has failed. All roads lead to a poor oline, dipsht Licht moles of course!

  10. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says: Says:

    Perfect game to teach that lesson and send that message…

  11. D-Rome Says:

    I agree thunderchunkyPA with regards to picking and choosing who to make an example with all the horrible decisions over the season by the QB you would think he would have been benched at least once for a quarter or a half.

    Not today of course. Jameis played well.

  12. RagingBrisket Says:

    …Licht and moles…
    It matters damnit!

  13. snookman Says:

    I love it.

    ROJO didn’t do his assignment.
    Vernan Hargraves didn’t hussle

    Accountability………..This team hasn’t given up and has played hard all season.

    We are 5-7 and are probably going to finish with 6,7 or 8 wins.
    We are going nowhere but we are playing better in some areas.

    If you suck and don’t do your job you get called out.
    That is the way it should be. If ROJO wants a job in this league he has to do the little things that matter.

    Good Job BA.

  14. 813bucboi Says:

    I agree BA has to hold everyone accountable….

    Imo, rojo won’t be here next year….BA didn’t draft him….his hands are suspect….and he’s still having trouble with the play book regarding pass pro….

    We’ll see what happens


  15. Pete Mitchell Says:

    It’s easy to teach that lesson when you’re up 25-0, but I’m not sure that’s the right place and time.

    What if Minchew completes that pass that SMB picked and we need our best tailback to eat up some clock and end the game.

    You can’t put that guy back in after making hay s decision or you lose all credibility. Probably better to make th at point during meetings and beach him the first quarter of the next game.

  16. Jcscycles Says:

    He wouldn’t be the first back to struggle with pass blocking at first. The upside is if he wants to hit, he can be taught. Still be nice to get someone in the draft in an early round that’s a complete package.

  17. Defense Rules Says:

    Ndog … Not just the Giants game, but the Titans & Seahawks games as well. All 3 were winnable. But … COULDA, WOULDA, SHOULDA doesn’t mean diddly as we both know. ‘You are where you are’ as the old saying goes, and right now we’re 5-7, on a 2-game win streak and we’ve won 3-of-4 in this second half of the season.

    I just HOPE that this team finishes strong, then doesn’t screw it up during the off-season. The offense obviously needs upgrading (OLine & RBs especially), but all 3 position groups on this defense seem to be gelling now. As long as that continues, we need to keep the key players here then build on that. Re-sign Barrett, JPP, Suh & Nassib (as long as their salaries don’t break the bank), draft a DE/OLB to eventually replace JPP or a DT to eventually replace Suh, and sign a couple of quality veteran FAs (CB & Safety). That approach should let us focus on the offense this year … 2 OLinemen & 1 RB minimum in the draft.

    Of course, if we end up having to draft a QB, all bets are off.

  18. bojim Says:

    BA giveth and BA taketh away. Think he ruined RoJo for good. 🙁

  19. DooshLaRue Says:

    I heard it wasn’t RoJo’s fault.

    Please stop being meanies.

  20. Bobby M. Says:

    We hope its not a confidence buster? What kind of weak a$$ mentality is that? You think Bill Belicheck cares about all that? Rojo is a pro….2nd year pro at that and he still is missing assignments when the Bucs are trying to prop up Winston as best they can. He’s Hargreaves 2.0….mark it down. He thinks he’s so talented that the team should adapt to his strengths when in reality he’s a dime a dozen RB barely avg 4.0 yds per carry on light work. He’ll be another wasted 2nd rd pick that we’ll “boldly” cut as part of Licht’s grand plan of doing nothing but saying neat things.

  21. Defense Rules Says:

    @813bucboi … “Imo, rojo won’t be here next year….BA didn’t draft him….his hands are suspect….and he’s still having trouble with the play book regarding pass pro….”

    Where do you come up with things like this bucboi? RoJo won’t be here next year? Really? He’s got a dead Cap of $1.6 mil in 2020 that we’d have to eat, and his salary is only $1.9 mil anyways. And his hands are suspect? Do a little research and you’ll see that he’s catching 80.8% of the balls thrown to him, far better than Barber (62.5%) and Dare (72.7%). You’d also see that he’s averaging 10.4 yards/catch, over twice as good as Barber (4.8 YPC). Not to mention that he’s the only RB we’ve got who’s averaging 4.0 Yards/rush (Barber has 3.4 YPR & Dare has 1.3 YPR).

    And how do you know that he’s STILL having trouble with the playbook on pass protection? Inside man in the Bucs inner circle? But you are right … BA didn’t draft him. Didn’t draft Jameis either. Or Barber or Dare, or anyone else on the offense except Miller. And that’s working out just splendidly, isn’t it.

  22. gotbbucs Says:

    Not a fan of coaches pulling this crap right after games, and Arians does it every week. He’s filterless, and I’m sure the pen and mic love it, but players eventually tune that crap out.

  23. rrsrq Says:

    I think B A picks and chooses who to discipline (accountability), no way Dean should’ve not played against the Saints if healthy, he wasn’t accountable as a coach to let one of his best DBs take a seat. He said he would ride the hot hand, ROjO was hott against the dirty birds but Payton Barber came in after Rojos best series. But maybe he is coaching him hard to hug him later.

    @ Viejo, Josh Jacobs went in the first round because the Raiders had three first round picks, Bucs had one, they chose Devin White

  24. Tbbucs3 Says:

    The coaching upgrade is starting to show.

  25. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Not including Leftwhich

  26. unbelievable Says:

    I’m all for the accountability, but where is the accountability for the o-line?

    Seems to me it’s more like… “accountability if we have someone who can replace you”, AKA “I’ll tolerate you until I can replace you”…

    Which I’m fine with, but let’s call it like it is. D Smith, Dotson and Jensen all take their turns deserving to be called out almost every week.

  27. JimmyJack Says:

    Unbelievable……It sounds to me like RoJo missed a assignment. There may be more layers to this then we realize. He may not be studying hard enough or working hard enough to get better.

    The problems with the lineman could be a talent thing. With RoJo it could be about effort. Different animal.

  28. JimmyJack Says:

    And that’s just me speculating. I don’t know anymore then none of you……which is the single sentence quote in the article.

  29. 813bucboi Says:


    we could trade him and be done with his salary….

    He has a great catch percentage because we barely throw his way….

    Ask yourself why is dare always coming in on 3rd down if rojo has such great hands….

    And it’s obvious he’s struggling with the play book regarding pass pro because he continues to miss blocking assignments…..

    If he was such a better back than dare and barber why does he continue to get sent to the bench every other game….

    Maybe if you actually watched the game instead of googling stats you’d know more about football….


  30. orlbucfan Says:

    Shame we can’t bench BA cos he is NOT calling QB scrambles/no huddle with JW. No matter as the defense is starting to jell. No wonder Bowles jumped to coach this krewe. I hope I can attend the 12/21 game. Unlikely, but Fingers are x’ed. 🙂

  31. 813bucboi Says:


    BL has us as a top 10 offense….

    We were never that under dirk….

    BL is a upgrade


  32. 813bucboi Says:

    unbelievable Says:
    December 1st, 2019 at 8:37 pm
    I’m all for the accountability, but where is the accountability for the o-line?

    Seems to me it’s more like… “accountability if we have someone who can replace you”, AKA “I’ll tolerate you until I can replace you”…



  33. DaBux Says:

    It was a DFS crusher for me.

  34. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Rojo will be just fine…..and he will be here next year….up 25-0……3 other RBs suited up…..time to make a statement…..I’m quite sure Rojo got the message.

  35. JimmyJack Says:

    Orl…….Agreed about the scrambles though they did call a few I think last week. Did remember a RPO called today but Winston gave. Last week the run out of the endzone was brilliant and looked like it was designed to me(though I’m not certain).

    No huddle? Ummmm maybe next week? We was up big all day today. Not the time to whip out some no huddle.

  36. JimmyJack Says:

    813 & unbelievable Joe has already used abused and rendered that phrase entirely meaningless. Last time he used it which was for sure last time I listened I punchedy own earhole just to hear a more plesant ringing.

    Let’s come up with some new material? No more generic phrases and darn sure no reason to requote them twice in same comment section.

  37. JimmyJack Says:

    Speaking of punching earhole has anybody seen that move Shaq does where he stuns his opponent with a shot directly to the earhole? Freaking brilliant!!

  38. geno711 Says:

    @unbelievable Says:
    December 1st, 2019 at 8:37 pm
    I’m all for the accountability, but where is the accountability for the o-line?

    The most exposed positions are quarterback, cornerback and offensive line.
    Our offensive line got exposed a few times today but overall had a solid game in pass protect. However, Calais Campbell just had their number in the run game (but he has been doing that to every team the last 5 or so years).

    Everyone on this site seems to believe that an offensive lineman can play 60 or more snaps in a game and they will all be clean. It just does not happen. Especially when we drop back to throw more than any other team.

    This offensive line is just as good as Winston and just as bad as Winston. That is part of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde part of this team that is under discussed.

    Some times this offensive line is top 10 in the league (last week) and sometimes it is bottom 5 in this league (London). Just like America’s QB.

  39. Steve in Mad Beach Says:

    ViejoSombrero Says:
    December 1st, 2019 at 7:30 pm
    Josh Jacobs was on the board.


    Jacobs is a rookie, and RoJo is in his 2nd year. How dumb can you be?

  40. mixxx31 Says:

    Clemson RB!!!!!

  41. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    thunderchunkyPA Says
    Hey BA, stop picking and choosing WHO you make examples of.

    I think he is hoping it will inspire Rojo to improve in that area. I didn’t really think about it before, but it can work.

    I used to work in corporate management. While others were hard and demanding on their underlings, I approach it differently. In my younger days I was trained in youth leadership, and they taught me to sandwich correction with encouragement.

    Arians has been building Rojo up. Now he’s let him know he’s disappointed with that aspect of his game. Rojo will want to do better. And Arians wull encourage him to do so.

    Correction sandwiched with encouragement.

  42. BucNorth Says:

    We don’t know what else happened during practice which may have been the last straw for Bruce. A RB better be able to block in this Offense or the QB will get killed.

  43. Anonymous Says:

    Arians is actually creating a two class, double standard system with his team, and you’d think he would know better. Yes, RoJo deserved to be sat down yesterday. And there were days when Winston deserved to be sat. But he didn’t. That starts to create a divide, and the players notice it.

  44. Tval Says:

    See the connection, Geno? The point is you want your qb to throw, no more, than 35x a game. That cuts the, potential, mistakes down for the qb AND, suspect, o-Line. Look at wentz/pederson era for example. If Philly throws over 280 they’re something like 4-9 with wentz/pederson. If they run for 120+ they’re 20-2. They just gave him $140 million for ZERO playoff wins and NEVER putting the team on his shoulders like Jameis is asked. They ALSO gave up a KINGS ransom for him at the outset that’s KILLED the Eagles and, simultaneously REBUILT the Browns. (I wanted Deshaun on Philly and Cleveland before Carson/Baker) Jameis can lead his team but he can’t do it alone, just like Mahomes would struggle minus Tyreek/Kelce being, possibly, the #1 players at their, respective, positions. I’d focus on oline/secondary/Dline, always upgrading receiving corps, and keep this ship sailing ahead because this team isn’t far off.

  45. Anonymous Says:

    Had Winston done his job, this team would be 7-5 now, not 5-7.

  46. adam from ny Says:

    seems like BA wants rojo to step up…he’s been waiting for it, and he wants it now…BA is a tough love guy

    rojo needs to stop smiling and acting cool —and pound the fuggin rock!

    #TheTimeIsNowRojo #DecemberToRememberRojo #ForgetSmileyCool #GetTwitchedAndTwisted

  47. SB Says:

    ViejoSombrero Says:
    December 1st, 2019 at 7:30 pm
    Josh Jacobs was on the board.



    Um are you high?

  48. Nick2 Says:

    Yes not sure why Donovan Smith doesn’t get benched as he becomes a human turnstile every Sunday. Is missing a blitz pickup any different?? Both can get your QB killed on a single down.