Bringing Back The “Bash And Bomb”

May 11th, 2020

Some think Bucco Bruce Arians doesn’t want to run the ball much and he believes handoffs are just something you do in between long passes.

Arians strongly disagrees, so he detailed last week.

They heyday of Arians’ offense in Arizona was in 2015. The Cardinals ranked ninth in rush attempts, eighth in rushing yards and sixth in touchdowns. It was awesome run production considering they had a starting QB who averaged 1.5 yards per game on the ground.

In the desert it was known by some as the “bash and bomb” offense.

Arians was asked last week on KMVP radio whether pounding the rock and airing it out when he’s not is something he can get back to with Tom Brady.

“I think more so than ever,” Arians said. “I think being able to do maybe some more check-with-me runs, and get us in the right runs. [Brady] did a great job his last three or four years, he did a great job with the same style of play-action that we’ve used, you know, finding the deep crossing routes and balls down the field, things that he can do. And he’s still a really good play-action quarterback.”

It’s not the first time Arians (or his son) has talked about the big Brady impact coming to the running game.

Joe can’t wait to see it.

23 Responses to “Bringing Back The “Bash And Bomb””

  1. Craig Says:

    The addition of Wirfs puts the Bucs in a position to have a solid run game. They have three linemen and a center who can open holes big enough for RoJo to get through.

    They are also athletic enough for some set screens.

    Add that Godwin and company getting hit in stride and it will be awesome.

  2. Tye Says:

    When a team has a good QB running the show, it creates excitement and the expectation of a ‘we can win’ attitude that has been missing for quite some time.. it takes the Bucs from a bottom 10 tier team and moved them to the top 10…
    Going to be a fun season!

  3. Owlykat Says:

    It is all going to be AWESOME to see! Fire the Cannons! Super Bowl or Bust!!! And in the new Uniforms too. Aargh!!!!! Watch out for this year’s Buccaneers!!!

  4. HarlemBuc Says:

    Joe steady talking about the running game as if it’s 1998 or something… the league has changed dude. Get with the times.
    It’s Arians talking about the run game here. And the 49ers ran for 2300+ yards and about 25 touchdowns last year on the way to the Super Bowl. –Joe

  5. Owlykat Says:

    Let’s get that old Buccaneer swag going again like Sapp used to show at all times. Vea is experienced enough now to include sacks like Sapp used to get, and with Suh able to move to Nose Tackle and take all the double teams, it is ready to happen. Throw in delayed blitzes from White and some twists too, it is going to be fun to watch! That will help our secondary to get picks this year too as QBs are being pressured so they try early throws that are off target. You know that David is going to be doing strip sacks all the time too, especially on all the nationally televised games this season. David wants to at last be picked as an All Pro a few times before he finally retires in a few more years, and lines up a yellow jacket for some years after that!

  6. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    Yes Joe. the 49ers carted dudes who were cut from multiple teams out there and had incredible play design and schemes.

    Also don’t you dare think the 9ers did what they did without that incredible defense.

  7. Joeypoppems Says:


    This is where the Brady effect happens in the offense. We will run a higher percentage of play action than last year because of Brady.

    Arians isnt going to change his scheme and start running 2 TE sets and scheming TEs open more often.

    If TEs produce mre this year it will be because Brady is just choosing to target them. Not because Arians changed his offense.

  8. Architek Says:

    The emphasis about the running game is resurgent because OL and Defenders are now trained to play in space and pass first in college. Therefore, young or inexperienced defenses are more susceptible to the run schematically and it’s a competitive advantage when you can load up and punish weaker or inexperienced fronts whenever you run the ball.

    Also the more dynamic attacks are ineffective when you run the ball and keep their offense on the sidelines.

    It’s been a thing the last 2-4 years!

  9. Bucsfanman Says:

    Spoiler alert: The run-game is, and has been, alive and well.
    Hidden in all the high-flying, “passing League” rhetoric is the fact that most teams competing in the playoffs had top rushing attacks.
    Now, we’re so happy about being the #3 offense. Why? We threw all over the place and what did it get us? 7-9! You MUST have balance and/or the threat of a run-game to be successful. People will point to KC. Yeah, with a mobile QB that makes plays! The threat.
    Bottom line is that if you can’t run the ball effectively, you won’t win many games. 1998, 1928, whatever year you throw out there. It’s a fact.

  10. Ivan Aviles Says:

    Tennessee and SF ran the ball a lot and got the Conf finals, sooooooo

  11. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Running the ball…stopping the run…are always trademarks of Championship teams. Just sayin’.

  12. 813bucboi Says:

    the run game will improve because defenses wont be able to stuff the run and force the QB to beat them….

    last year, teams knew if they stop the run early and force JW to pass, he was going to turn the ball over….teams cant do that his year…..they have to play to stop brady and the WR/TE first, which will open up the run game….

    huge difference between forcing JW to beat you and TB to beat you….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  13. Joeypoppems Says:

    Im a big believer in “its a passing league” and “RBs arent valuable”. However, when 8 of the top 10 rushing teams make the playoffs, its hard to ignore the importance of the ground game.

  14. El Buco Realisto Says:

    The “real” fans never heard it call the “bash and bomb” offense!!!!!!!!! But did hear ole stale biscuit called ” Bruce Arrogance” and one and done”!!!!!!!!!! This clown of a un-retired head coach has been the most overhyped coach in buc history!!!!!!!!! And that is counting all the sheep that thought incompetent lovie was going to turn back the clock to 1997!!!!!!!!!!! Lol what buffoons the sheep are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It’s time to herd the sheep, and put them back in the pen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Says:

    If all you do is throw the ball, the other team gets the ball back with plenty of time. Running cuts into that time.

  16. D1 Says:


    “It’s hard to ignore the importance of the ground game.”

    But if you can’t identify the importance of the ground game, are you ignoring it? I’m looking for it, But , I cant find it.

    Perhaps you are looking at It backwards.



    “The run-game is, and has been, alive and well.
    Hidden in all the high-flying, “passing League” rhetoric is the fact that most teams competing in the playoffs had top rushing attacks”

    Bucsfanman, the top rushing teams didn’t win the Super Bowl. But they made the playoffs. It was the Best showing for running teams in the playoffs in quite some time.

  17. Bucsgotachance..todonothing Says:

    @elbuco realisto since you don’t like the current coach who do you think would be better to lead this team instead of crying like a little lost sheep who needs to be herded back…how about bring something to the table cause at this point I’m tired of hearing people like you just whining on and on but bring no value to the convo.

    A lot of us are excited to see what the new additions to the team will do for this team…. Their is 31 other teams you can take you great insight of animal metaphors to. For me you personally soumd lile a conspiracy theorist who no one believes..go get a ten foil hat and beat that stale drum else where. We don’t have a need you for where we’re going.

    Time to cut out the cancer and talk football like men not some disgruntled women..if you don’t like the coach you dont like the playerswhat do you like? The city the logo the old team? What are you loyal to as a fan if all you down is $hit on the perade?

    Do you paint make up on to look like a clown before you post or is that just your natural look?

  18. 813bucboi Says:

    “bash and bomb” offense💪!!!!!!!!!>big stick carriers😒

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  19. Bucsfanman Says:

    D1- KC was an anomaly when you think about it. Most SB teams usually have offenses ranked in the top 5-10 in both categories with some middle-of-the-road outliers here and there. That, and a good defense.
    When you look at 2019, you might say that teams’ ability to run had an effect on the competitive feel throughout the playoffs. There were more close games than I can remember. Normally it’s a snooze-fest!

  20. Clw JB Says:

    One of the biggest issues JW had that we heard little about was getting us in the right play

    So many times he would hand off right into a run blitz or overloaded line when everyone in the world could see it was going to get blown up –

    He may have qualified to get into Stanford, but his ability to check out of bad run plays was a particular weakness – right up there with not locating the underneath coverage after looking downfield

    Not sure if that falls under general IQ or the ability to think quickly under intense pressure…..either way TB12 is night and day better at getting in the right play

  21. D1 Says:


    Last season, no question about it , compared to the other teams they were an anomaly.

    But it’s also true that the other teams represented another and arguably more unique anomaly. A return to running the ball . The long term trend has been moving in the direction of passing. Until last season, I cant recall 3 playoff teams whose primary focus. was to run the ball. And you’re right about teams being more or less balanced vs the Chiefs high/low rankings.

    Is the league heading in the direction of running first pass second? Looking at last year , you can make a strong argument for a new trend line. I don’t believe the draft supported this idea, teams still prioritize the pass centric idea and build according to it.

    Last year was refreshing to see , especially in the playoffs. I just don’t believe many fans grasped the seismic shift in the running game last season. Most comments on the running game seemed to be centered around an appreciation of old school football and seemingly a sense of self validation. The type that believes the game hasn’t changed , only the players. Hard nosed vs soft. And when a team wins playing 19 70s style ball it’s a little bit more satisfying.

  22. D1 Says:


    You’re right about winston running plays straight into a wall.

    What’s the exact problem, I have pondered a few ideas and the one that I see the best evidence for is not his intelligence or process speed .

    There’s no shortage of plays that support those assertions. But it’s cherry picking to support an idea that cant explain everything . The only thing that explains everything and has been consistent thru different seasons and various coaches, as winston has been inconsistent, is Winston’s over rated self confidence.

    It’s not simple to understand and it’s going to be damned difficult to fix.

  23. Discobeef Says:

    All we need to do is sign Aaron Hernandez and run 4 TE sets all game. Doesn’t matter who we put in at RB, there will be holes everywhere.