Arians On Fumble: Blame RoJo

September 21st, 2020

Bucco Bruce Arians used to be running backs coach for the Chiefs back in the late 1980s and early ’90s.

He had some strong backs under his tutelage, including Pro Bowler Christian Okoye and current Bucs running backs coach Todd McNair. So Arians knows all about running backs technique.

This afternoon, Arians was asked about the fumbled exchange between Tom Brady and Ronald Jones in the second half against the Panthers. The Panthers recovered after Brady himself dove head first into a sea of giant bodies. Thankfully, Brady didn’t get hurt.

As for the fumble, Arians confirmed what announcer Mark Schlereth said on the FOX broadcast; Jones was impatient and didn’t get his right arm up. Instead his elbow was out and it messed up the handoff.

“He took off before Tom was ready to hand it and his elbow was down,” Arians said. “It’s all patience and it’s all on Ronald.”

Another lesson learned, hopefully, for 23-year-old RoJo. Joe’s confident RoJo is now the Bucs’ No. 2 running back behind Leonard Fournette, regardless of Arians still endorsing RoJo as his top dog today.

32 Responses to “Arians On Fumble: Blame RoJo”

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

    Every HS coach watching lost their Sierra!!!

  2. Jeff Says:

    It’s Leonard Time!

  3. Sesteprenelicus Says:

    It looked to me like he was expecting it to be play action and didn’t realize the ball was coming to him. I could be wrong though.

  4. Bradinator Says:

    looked like he had his hands and arms wrong for the handoff. It did bounce off his elbow. Looked to me like a little of both Brady and RoJo on that one.

  5. 813bucboi Says:

    start fournette…
    let rojo spell him….
    close with fournette…
    ball game….

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  6. WhoCares Says:

    RoJo has to be asking himself after seeing LF go off for 100 plus yards so easily.

    “Will I ever be able to have a 100 yard rushing game in the NFL:?

    In the end, Who Cares who it is. Just rack em up boyz.

  7. james west Says:

    well if i had my druthers, i’d druther have leonard as the starter, and rojo as a rotational player, i’m sorry i do not believe rojo is a starting caliber RB in the NFL, to this point in his career he has showed me nothing to change my mind, and his rookie season was abysmal by every ones standards, although he has improved, i just do not have faith in his abilities, there seems to be a lack of focus on his part imho

  8. Kgh4life Says:

    Rojo is very talented, however, his overall technique needs further refinement.

  9. JimBuç2 Says:

    To me, Rojo is like kinda like smudged eyeglasses; they help some, but cleaned up they are so much better. Ronald Jones III will be that once he becomes a more polished runner. A two-headed rushing attack(think WD40) is a good weapon to have in our offensive arsenal. Personally, I’m not sold on has been Shady McCoy.
    Go Bucs!

  10. Bobby M. Says:

    Again…..I think if the strategy is to have Rojo wear the defense down, then let Fournette come in fresh, that might be very effective. Is Fournette going to be as effective against a fresh defense? Will he be as explosive late in games if he’s carrying the rock all four qtrs? Tough to say….I could see the Bucs sticking with the rotation a bit even though Fournette is th better back.

  11. Bucamania Says:

    Rojo isn’t wearing anyone down. Fournette has always been a workhorse. Feed him!

  12. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Fournette is a very fluid natural reciever

    He can instantly catch and secure the ball into his body at the exact time he is looking for blockers and tackles

    The quicker he gets consistency with Brady running, catching and play action the faster this 2020 offense becomes more consistent and potent

    Fournette is the answer”

    Kobe Faker

  13. Bucked up Says:

    Go with the hot hand! Kinda like drying your clothes before you wash them

  14. SOEbuc Says:

    Fournette has the power to get through the middle. RoJo does not. He also isn’t gonna bounce outside with a stiff arm and a TD against a good defense.

  15. Bucked up Says:

    Go with the hot hand! Or dry your laundry before you wash it! Obvious, know your roll cause all running back offer something, different is that will show up week to week!

  16. D-Rome Says:

    To me, Rojo is like kinda like smudged eyeglasses; they help some, but cleaned up they are so much better. Ronald Jones III will be that once he becomes a more polished runner.

    I don’t think this fan base or organization is willing to wait for Ronald Jones II to have a son that will eventually play for the Buccaneers 20+ years down the road.

  17. Clean House Says:

    Fournette is Fournette, it’s undeniable- he’s a bad man

    Rojo has a great TD run w the stiff arm – terrible boneheaded fumble

    McCoy is finding his role- had a nice first down when we needed it- bad TD drop but amazing veteran job getting open w the spin move on that play

    I would love to see Vaughn get a few carries, see what we’ve got

    And get Brate on the field!!!!

  18. Bucsfanman Says:

    Who didn’t LOVE Brady sticking his beak in that pile?! Most vet QBs his age and with his resume wouldn’t go anywhere near that. I mean, for a moment I thought he was going to emerge with the ball!

    Fournette is the better back and will eventually supplant Rojo as the “starter”. That said, there is still room for Rojo on this roster, provided he hangs on to the ball.

  19. Allbuccedup Says:

    Fournette is the man. Sign Godwin and Fournette at the end of the season and let everyone else fall in place. Godwin 6 yrs 105 mil and Fournette 4 yrs 50 mil.

  20. SlyPirate541 Says:

    The “fumble” was a bad exchange between QB and RB. They just need more practice and to pay attention to details.

    Kind of a d-bag move to throw your RB under the bus for something that should have been coached up.

  21. DaBux Says:

    RoJo will look great wearing a Detroit uni for a 5th round pick.

  22. Piratic Says:

    SlyPirate541 Says: “Kind of a d-bag move to throw your RB under the bus for something that should have been coached up.”

    I don’t understand this take, at all.

    Rojo has been coached (his whole life) on how to receive a handoff from the QB. On this particular rep, he messed up. Why is it throwing him under the bus to hold him accountable? Just like praise, criticism is earned. D-bag move? Hardly.

    I hope that Rojo has more mental fortitude than you do, snowflake.

  23. orlbucfan Says:

    Brady is 43 years old, and almost got his wrinkled neck broke in that dive. He blew the handoff. Waiting patiently for when he gets carted off on a stretcher. Shame BA has another joke as the backup. This team deserves better.

  24. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    I hope Rojo is not like Jameis, who has great potential but never lived up to his billing. Fournette is proven a commodity and will get the nod if Rojo continues to make costly mistakes.

  25. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:


  26. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Fournette proven stud, bell cow back, and anyone looking at he RB position with objectivity has to admit that ROJO has only shown a few glimpses of possibility. He may be a good consistant RB one day, but that is a hope right now, not a present reality. L Fournette is the money back. GO BUCS!!!!!

  27. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    Fornette had one good run!! Before that he didn’t look any better than Rojo!! Joe couldn’t wait for another running back to have one good run!! Lol …. Rojo had quite a few of those runs last year that were ALL called back due to penalties!! Fornette didn’t get to suffer the normal buc curse of big plays being called back… Rojo has had a few of those but I’ll bet if Fornette would have had his called back you would have still been all over his jock strap talking about how he should replace Rojo….. I agree they should rotate but I still think Rojo is just as good as him just different skill sets

  28. Nate1111 Says:

    These coaches are dumb if they cant realize fournette is wayyyyyy better then jones

  29. Gofortheface30 Says:

    “Fournette had one good run.” Yeah a run that Ronald Jones hasn’t made a day in his life at the pro level and Fournette does in his second game with same line. This is not a coincidence you jagoff

  30. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Fournette has several 1000 yard seasons, and good hands -76 rec last year, also his teamates said last year that Fournette was a good blocker also, and is part of what helped QB G Menchu do well when he was thrown into the fire after N Foles got hurt. So a stud, bell cow RB, with good hands and a dependable blocker that will not let Brady get killed. L Fournette has avg 1215 yds a season. Not great but not to shabby either. This is ROJO’s 3rd season and still he is unproven as a NFL RB. If it is about winning and going with the proven player at his position, then it is a simple decision. Play L Fournette. If ROJO can take the job from him, then so be it. I really do not care about the name on the back of the jersey. I just want to enjoy watching the Bucs win football games. The name that mattetrs to me is the name on the front of the jersey- Buccaneers. Losing S*cks. I have followed this team since the beginning, so that means I have followed the losingest team in Pro Sports from 1976-2020. Thank God the Bucs won the SB at least once. Some teams still have not. So if l Fournette is better OK, If ROJO can be the best OK, who really cares from a fans perspective. Again losing S*cks. I agree with Al Davis “Just win Baby” GO BUCS!!!!

  31. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I was actually surprised he played after that.

  32. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Keep Rojo starting.

    It allows Fournette to stay fresh. Put Fournette in once the opposing defense is tired.