Bruce Arians’ Son Talks About The RB Playing On Third Down

September 8th, 2020

Bruce Arians’ son checks in

So what exactly will the Buccaneers’ running backs situation be?

Good question. Joe has a lot of faith in the answer from media guy who has direct access to the man making the decisions.

Bucco Bruce Arians’ son, Jake Arians, works with The Draft Network on a fantasy football podcast and was talking Leonard Fournette last week. The younger Arians has been a longtime critic of Fournette, often questioning his desire to play hard every down, but he is fully embracing Fournette blossoming in Tampa with a better coaching staff, far fewer stacked boxes and Tom Brady.

But Jake Arians was adamant that Fournette will not be taking over as the do-everything running back for the Bucs.

“Shady McCoy’s going to be playing third down, 2-minute,” Jake Arians said, adding that Ronald Jones is the Bucs’ clear starter.

“Leonard Fournette’s probably more talented than Ronald Jones, although it’s going to be close. I think RoJo grows up and matures, but he’s already been there and done that. RoJo’s trying to figure out if he can.”

Fournette deserved all questions about his want-to, Arians continued. And he added that Fournette represents an outrageously good depth piece to work with RoJo on what should be an explosive running game — with a quarterback who knows how to check to the correct run effectively.

19 Responses to “Bruce Arians’ Son Talks About The RB Playing On Third Down”

  1. Jason Says:

    I get the feeling it’s going to be a 3 headed monster at rb this year. Just about equal touches with lots of substitutions based on the situation.

  2. Casual Observer Says:

    Superb depth. Injuries happen.

  3. PSL Bob Says:

    Again, how is anyone going to stop this offense? We can only hope that the defense is up to the task this year. Other teams know their going to have to put up a lot of points to win.

  4. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Quality depth, no one has taken a live snap in 9 months. injuries happen and the guy can catch the ball out of the backfield.

  5. Ron says Says:

    At this stage Rojo should be at a maturity where he doesn’t need anyone else holding his hand he is gifted and should be able to display it. This isn’t hoping that the person will become what you expect him to be, but each person performing at the level they are at, so if Fournette and Shady are better they play at the volume which is best for the team. A person shows their true value when they are held accountable to what is best for the team. Fournette at this stage is in a similar position in that he has never really been asked to be the lead back and all responsibilities on him so he also needs to know that he is capable of this responsibility. We have gifted people in the back field all of the first 3 could be lead backs, but we also need to develop a identity and consistency in the back field which requires one lead back and the others playing like lead back when their opportunity comes. Hopefully we don’t try and make this confusing as we have a pretty good passing attack too.

  6. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    This jake arians guy seems like a drunk at the local watering hole as he barks about whatever out of both sides of his mouth. Reminds me drunk uncle on SNL..

  7. Reach87 Says:

    Team Game. Will the line block? IDK. Will the gameplan/play-calling support a good running game? IDK. The prognosis is good, but you never know until the whistle blows and the plays are run. We do appear to have the pieces in place to be a versatile and productive offense (fingers crossed). Go Bucs!

  8. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    I would like to see Rojo play most of the first half and part of the third quarter. Let Fournette come in late with a 2 TE package and grind yardage on a tired defense.

    Nobody is going to beat McCoy for third down touches. He is simply too good in the passing game and in wide open spaces.

  9. 813bucboi Says:

    i think we’ll ride the 3RB horse until about week6 or 7….then rojo and fournette become the 2 we ride with…shady has to keep the rock off the ground…

    GO BUCS!!!!

  10. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    Love your points, AlabamaBucsFan! Do I hear an Amen out there?

  11. Jaymiss Pick6 Again Says:

    Wow – what a good problem to have.!

  12. Casual Observer Says:


  13. phattitudes Says:

    I would think Fournette would be the ideal 4th quarter pounder, a modern day Michael Alstott. If Brady and the D can get us the lead. Fournette can punish the tired defenses in the 4th.

  14. BigHog Says:

    Who wrote this blog? Let me guess…a member of the YOU PEOPLE MOVEMENT. Throwing shade at Mr. 5000 like he didn’t have the acuity to change plays at the line of scrimmage correctly …what I do know is we had no running game to back him up! Either it was poor O/line play or a lack of RB talent the cupboard was empty!! Now in prances OLD BILLY GOAT and in my 300 voice we give him “EVERYTHING” I would have loved to see a preseason game against N.O. Lunch time..HENNY AND HOG get yo-self some!!!

  15. Piratic Says:

    BigHog has lost it. Deluded to the core.

  16. Oneilbucs Says:

    Big Hog you ain’t lieing we never gave Jamies a chance to develop because he never had a running game to back him up . Jamies had to throw 45 times a game and now that we have Brady we bring in 4 runningbacks wich means Brady will not have to throw 45 times a game . And we drafted a offensive lineman in the first round something we never did for Jamies . But they say we just giving him a excuse . But for Brady he needed a running game and a offensive line πŸ€”πŸ€” ??? Lol lol πŸ˜†

  17. Bucsfan951 Says:

    Instead of henny and hog, can I get bud light and bacon?

  18. unbelievable Says:

    Makes all the sense in the world

  19. SufferingSince76 Says:

    BigHog, Onielbucs, Ndog, et al, y’all need to get together and form a whiners club. That way you can continually drone on about the great third stringer (and he IS the third string QB) and the only people you will bore will be yourselves.