“Nobody’s Here That’s Not In Great Shape”

August 13th, 2020

Joe had a couple of straight-forward questions for Bucco Bruce Arians today. And the Tampa Bay head coach gave a surprising feel-good answer.

“Among the veterans and returning players, who would you tell fans is looking really good on the field, even without the pads on? Is there anyone in that veteran group that came to camp in extraordinarily good shape that you want to mention?” Joe asked.

“I would say all of them,” Arians replied.

“The veteran group came back in great shape. The secondary, Sean [Murphy-Bunting] came in about 8 or 10 pounds heavier; it’s all muscle. A lot of the guys worked out extremely, extremely hard. I really can’t say anybody is not in great shape defensively. Mike Edwards had a little bit of an issue with the virus and it set him back a little bit, but he’s catching back up fast.

“Offensively, the same way. Those guys worked out in the heat and they’re all looking good. The young rookies that came in, some of them were not used to the speed of what we were doing and got soft tissue injuries. It’s kind of hurt us as far as going on two fields like I like to do to see if they can play. But overall, nobody’s here that’s not in great shape.”

Interesting nuggets there from the head coach on Murphy-Bunting adding a lot of muscle for a guy his size, and that Edwards battled “the virus.” Joe will assume that means “The Sickness.”

Joe ran the picture above because Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet are among the guys who really looked to have a new level of fitness on the practice field today.

Joe wonders if all this fitness has anything to do with the Tom Brady effect.

13 Responses to ““Nobody’s Here That’s Not In Great Shape””

  1. Clw JB Says:

    The OLine is now the protectors for the GOAT, they better do anything and everything needed to be at their best

    Everyone has been locked down since March, not much to do but workout -sounds like our guys read the clippings too – better bring your A game from Day 1, new sheriff in town!!!!!!

  2. m0j0 Says:

    The whole team knows this is finally their opportunity to win and they are going to need to bring their A game. They may never get another opportunity like this so better be ready to rock.

  3. stpetebucsfan Says:

    ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^

  4. pick6 Says:

    good for the bucs, but possibly true around the league…..take every meaningful distraction outside your residence away and every young athlete who doesn’t fall into a video game and streaming vortex is probably going to spend more time than ever working on their body

  5. Mort Says:

    They’ve been on that TB12 method of course.

  6. SOEbuc Says:

    First time I ever gush over a man’s ass and legs. Wirfs in the practice video.

  7. Clean House Says:

    Wow Marpet and Smith looking like serious athletes- veterans!!

  8. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Clean House says, “Wow Marpet and Smith looking like serious athletes- veterans!!” I agree – Donovan Smith looks like he is in the best shape of his Bucs career.

  9. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    Seems like Marpet is barely out of his rookie season… Now look at him in this pic – looks like a grizzly vet. He has a wrap on every moving joint on his arms. VERY glad to see his knees are not needing wraps!

    @SOEbuc Says:
    First time I ever gush over a man’s ass and legs. Wirfs in the practice video.

    those are not legs, they are tree trunks!

  10. NDog is an idiot Says:

    NDog and Clean House thinking “they Weren’t in Shape when JayMiss was our Man” “not fair”. As they throw down their Binkies and rattles!

  11. Buczilla Says:

    Great news.

  12. bucsfan951 Says:

    i think guys came in to camp knowing they have a true 1-2 yr window working with brady and that inspired players to kick it in high gear. i cant wait to get this season started and see how much of a difference this team will be compared to last year. the true test starts in less 4 weeks!!!

  13. Cobraboy Says:

    Mort Says:

    They’ve been on that TB12 method of course.

    Don’t laugh. Maybe there is something to TB12. Seems to be working for the guy.

    I do know the tensions in NE really began in 2017 when Belichick kicked Brady’s business partner and fitness guru, Alex Guerrero, out of the Pat’s facilities.

    Joe, any word if Alex Guerrero is a familiar face @ One Buc Palace? Did the Bucs organization make any sort of accommodations for him?

    (On a side note, one of my business partners here is “Alex Guerrero”…but a girl…)