Bruce Arians Reviews The Offensive Line, Calls “7 Bad Plays” For Tristan Wirfs

September 16th, 2020

The Tom Brady freaker-outers will gulp down this and enjoy it, as will the legions of Bucs offensive line critics.

The man running the Tampa Bay football show, Bucco Bruce Arians, spoke up about his offensive line via Bucs Total Access at the team’s website.

If 90 percent effective is worth an A-grade, then Tristan Wirfs got an “A” for his rookie debut Sunday at right tackle.

“I think out of the 70 plays he played, he only had about 7 bad plays,” Arians said of Wirfs. “He did give up 1 hit, and Cam Jordan’s a heck of a player. But overall, he did an outstanding job in the running game.”

Arians noted that Wirfs was “really solid overall” and the head coach heartily praised the interior offensive line. Of course, Arians was down on Donovan Smith’s performance, which is old news by now.

Interestingly, Arians talked about protection in general and said, “Tom’s gotta get the ball out of his hands a couple times.” Thankfully, the freaker-outers in the national media didn’t hear that, or they would have run to their keyboard to talk about Arians throwing Brady under the Jameis Winston bus.

26 Responses to “Bruce Arians Reviews The Offensive Line, Calls “7 Bad Plays” For Tristan Wirfs”

  1. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    We’ll be fine. Should improve greatly by next week plus we won’t be playing as good of a team.

  2. Bobby M. Says:

    You have to wonder if Brady’s ability to read and adjust at the line makes the transition a tad easier for the rookie.

  3. Bucamania Says:

    Wirfs will be a absolute stud. Saw a good breakdown on another site. He handled Cam pretty darn well in his first game.

  4. 813bucboi Says:

    wirf played solid….d.smith is just flat out lazy…

    GO BUCS!!!!

  5. Dapostman Says:

    Wirfs is the only Alpha on the OL.

    The other 4 are all Beta males.

    It’s so obvious.

  6. adam from ny Says:

    donovan should shave the beard…

    shave his head…

    and get serious

  7. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Kinda wish that Donovan Smith took Covid-19 opt out for the season. Hope they put in Haeg late in the Pather’s game to see if he is better.

  8. Will Says:

    I’ve been thinking how if Smith doesn’t get it together it would’ve been best for him to Opt out then Tristan would’ve gone to LT by default and Haeg could’ve slid into the RT spot. I know some are hoping to cut Smith next year then move Tristan but after a year on the right side we would be better off finding a replacement via the draft. I’m hoping Smith gets it together but we’ve been hoping that for years and this is the same knock he had coming out of college. He’s consistently there each week and he consistently takes plays off and gets beat weekly. Time to cut bait. If have Cam Jordan call you out publicly and If knowing the GOAT is behind you didn’t motivate him nothing will.

  9. El Buco Realisto Says:

    The sheep do not “realize” how many penalties on the line that the Ref’s let slide!!!!!!!!!!! “Word on the street” is that NFL Office told the Ref’s to go light on sloppy play since there were no preseason games and shorten offseason!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And ole stale biscuit runs the sloppiest team in the league!!!!!!!!!!!!! But they should have known that last year!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 8 more losses until this clown shoe aka ole stale biscuit gets kicked out!!!!!!!!!!!! And that crap gm will be shown the door!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Panthers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! errrr I mean, go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. BA4President Says:

    I can’t take any posts seriously that have over a dozen exclamation marks at first glance.

    Go Bucs!

  11. Steven007 Says:

    The most frustrating things about guys like Donovan Smith is, if he had anywhere near the passion any of the usual posters here have on the football field, he’d be obliterating defensive ends and busting heads. The fact that he’s capable of it but chooses not to work hard enough at his craft is what’s so mind-numbingly frustrating.

  12. Mitch Says:

    I read per Greg Auman Josh Wells got the go ahead over Haeg in camp so maybe we’ll see Wells first if Donovan can’t hold down the left side with consistency.

  13. Mike Johnson Says:

    its past time for ole Brucey to get out of the golf cart and do some on field coaching.

  14. Jmarkbuc Says:


    DSmith. Would be happy to ride the pine and make his paychecks, that’s his biggest problem 🤮

  15. ModHairKen Says:

    Cappa sucked.

  16. Beej Says:

    Is this not the last year of Smith’s contract? He already makes $14 mil/yr, can’t see locking in even more money

  17. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    Bobby M. Says:
    “You have to wonder if Brady’s ability to read and adjust at the line makes the transition a tad easier for the rookie.”

    If so, then it should make Donny Smith’s job easier, too. Didn’t look like he handled the advantage well. Donny has been “transitioning” for a long time, now.

  18. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    AlabamaBucsFan Says:
    “Kinda wish that Donovan Smith took Covid-19 opt out for the season. Hope they put in Haeg late in the Pather’s game to see if he is better.”

    If he had opted out, we’d still be stuck with his half-assery next year, as contract guarantees were to carry over.

  19. jmarkbuc Says:


    I think Joe said he has one more year…

  20. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    If Jenkins is a Beta could it also mean that he is a “shrinking violet”? Or is it just that he is merely a “second rate” talent? 🤔

  21. FuNkYxMuNkEy Says:

    Wirfs more than held his own against a top pass rusher. Great debut and boost to his confidence. Make Fournette our #1 RB and let’s go

  22. ClodHopper Says:

    This was a big deal for Wirffs. One of his cons was he was never really tested against a good DE. Iowa didn’t play Ohio State or Michigan during his time. He never saw a Bosa. Penn state maybe once, I don’t remember. It was great to see him answering that call against one the best in his very first opportunity.

  23. Pewter Power Says:

    Witness what will ultimately be the downfall in the playoffs if we get there. Wirfs looked pretty good and name was rarely called. You could clearly see D Smith getting blown up all game but we got this detailed breakdown on the rookie but he’s not calling out the number of bad plays of his veteran blindside protector known for loafing. Ok BA learn the hard way again because protecting Winston at the beginning of last season didn’t help either it just made you look delusional. Let’s hope Brady doesn’t have to get hurt for you to wake up

  24. SlyPirate541 Says:

    Rookie, game 1, goes against Cam Jordan, and wins the day!

    Great job, Wirfs!

    Let’s move up and draft another R1 tackle in 2020.

  25. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    SlyPirate541 Says:
    “Let’s move up and draft another R1 tackle in 2020.”

    I second the motion.

  26. Tc Says:

    Now we know jameis was not totally to blame