Bruce Arians Talks “Camp Cupcake”

August 22nd, 2020

Byron Leftwich

A couple of big-name guys are really bonding at One Buc Palace.

After a labor agreement ended the asinine lockout of 2011, new NFL rules governing team practices took over. Gone went a ton of physicality from training camps. Double sessions in pads and more became ancient history.

This year, more real football has been stripped from the offseason thanks to The Sickness.

Bucco Bruce Arians lamented the loss of preseason games and planned scrimmages against the Jaguars and Titans on CBS Sports Radio this week, and he used the term “Camp Cupcake” to refer to NFL changes over the past decade. It almost felt like Arians would have called this year’s edition “Camp Cupcake with extra frosting.”

A couple of guys bonding and talking a lot about old school NFL football of 15 years ago, Arians said, are Byron Leftwich and Tom Brady. They’re sharing stories of tough camps and, per Arians, Brady appreciates that Leftwich has been a quarterback in this particular offense and has a player-level understanding of the Xs and Os.

(Joe realizes many young fans might have forgotten that Leftwich actually had a winning record through his four seasons as a starting QB in Jacksonville before he lost his job to David Garrard and played journeyman over the next six seasons.)

Arians added that he’s liked the intensity in Bucs camp and it’s been overly aggressive at times, which he appreciates but has had to shut down. “I’d rather say, ‘Whoa!’ than ‘Sick’em,'” he said.

14 Responses to “Bruce Arians Talks “Camp Cupcake””

  1. Jaymiss Pick6 Again Says:

    I recall Lefthwich during his Thundering Herd days. Tough dude. He had a leg injury, I think against the Akron Zips…his lineman carried him down the field after a long completion so they could run another play.

    On topic though…I guess being a glass half full guy, I’m hoping for less injuries in camp. Aside from the two injuries we’ve had already that is.

  2. Sport Says:

    And the entire NFL is under the same guidelines. Advantage… no one.

    Same comment applies to cap discussions.

    In BA I Trust!

  3. El Buco Realisto Says:

    Pretty scary to think about, with practices last year, how sloppy and lack of attention to detail game days where last year!!!!!!!!!! The league’s most penalized team of the Bucs is just one example that proves this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can’t imagine how awful game days will be this year!!!!!!!!!! Buc fans and sheep will know all the officials first names this year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  4. JimmyJack Says:

    Joe I think a lot has been made about if the new rules and shortened offseason will help or hurt the Bucs….. .And I just been wondering lately if this will indeed be a good thing for us.

    What I’m thinking is these teams right now are basically in a bubble. There’s no traveling now scrimmages with other teams. They are in their home town bubble 24/7……I’m thinking this offseason may give teams a better chance to bond and build chemistry being restricted to their bubble. Thinking there’s a good chance teams with stronger leadership come into the year much better prepared and with better focus then teams lacking leadership.

    Just one way of looking at it. The proof will be in the pudding. But if leadership is the biggest difference maker though this I like the Bucs chances.

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  6. StatGuy Says:

    Wasn’t just any leg injury. Leftwich finished that game with a broken leg

  7. Iamabuc Says:

    Jimmy Jack…good point and a very overlooked component to this year every team success….I’m so glad we are in the right side of that spectrum
    …..I DK about you guys but I’m, like every year; very optimistic this time around.

  8. Bojim Says:

    As I said before realist, you have to be a professional troll. You pull a lot of chains around here and love doing it.

  9. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Leftwich wasn’t a great QB, but not a bad one. Jury is still out on him as an OC.

    Joe’s mentioned it a few times…I don’t see him as a HC ever. He contradicts himself too much. Too nice of a guy too.

    Of course, Jameis said he had an OC he could relate to, which I assume is a guy who was an NFL QB. Which is something Jameis is not…and how did it help him anyway? LOL.

  10. Roy T. Buford Says:

    @Bojim, Realist is probably that fat fan guy in Major League who pretended to hate the Cleveland Indians, and finally came around at the end. He doesn’t come across to me as a professional anything. But I don’t really care. Lots of Bucs “fans” like that. Call him the bookend for “Ndog” who has undying love for a single past Buc.

  11. Leighroy Says:

    Ah yes, penalties, the scourge of the earth according to our favorite real amigo.

    It may be true the Bucs lead the league in penalties in 2019. But it may also be an inconvenient truth that KC was 6th highest and NO and Seattle were top 5 as well. The least penalized teams? Juggernauts the likes of Indy, Carolina, NYG, MIA and Cincy.

    So let’s pump the brakes on this idea that penalties = bad football. #keepinitreal

  12. Youngbucs Says:

    Good stuff leighroy now do the same for turnover differential let’s see what you find 🤔🤔🤔

  13. Leighroy Says:

    Ah-hah, Yougbucs! A stat category worthy of causation. On this I cannot argue, and in-fact believe this is the number one impact Brady will have compared to JW3.

  14. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Is or isn’t Byron Leftwich headset plugged in during the game

    It’s amazing how far technology has come in the modern NFL game”

    Kobe Faker