Bruce Arians Talks RoJo

October 21st, 2020

Bucco Bruce Arians was talking about the beast of his backfield last night.

No, that’s not Leonard Fournette, it’s Ronald Jones, the NFL’s fifth-leading rusher (472 yards) and the running back with the second most runs of 20 yards or more this season (four).

The Bucs have an eye-popping running game through six weeks and Arians explained part of how RoJo is leading the way.

“He’s breaking tackles. I think his yards after contact are the best in the league,” Arians said, adding “I think he’s getting stronger as the game goes on.”

Yes, RoJo is breaking tackles at a ridiculous rate. Go look at his big run against the Chargers, it took a sixth tackler to finally corral him. There was more of that the last two games, as well.

Arians made sure to heap a bunch of credit on the offensive line.. And perhaps that aspect of the rushing attack has Joe most excited.

If the line keeps run blocking well, the Bucs’ running backs depth would ensure a solid run game even if, gasp, RoJo got banged up.

22 Responses to “Bruce Arians Talks RoJo”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Glad to be a Rojo supporter from the beginning……Our draft picks in later rounds are starting to produce great results…..

    Rojo, Davis, SMB, Dean, Cappa, Miller, Watson, Edwards, Winfield….

    Hopefully Vaughn & TJ will be joining that group soon….

  2. 813bucboi Says:

    BL has produced a run game!!!!!!!

    great work…

    on to LV!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  3. Yehaw Says:

    It’s about damn time. If this guy wasn’t a 2nd rounder he would have been cut multiple times. Glad to see that he actually wants to hit people now, hopefully he can keep it up.

  4. Mitch Says:

    I want to see his 4th hundred yard game in a row!! He’s running with purpose for sure. I also want to know Joes opinion on Derek Carr being the best QB since last year against the blitz with something like a 129 rating. How does that compare to the Bucs defense having the 2nd most blitzing % this season, and our ability to disguise rushes?

  5. Ftmyersbuc Says:

    Well mitch we shall see sunday night. Just because carr is best against the blitz, none of those were our blitz and as we now can proudly say not all blitzes are created equal. Call me blitzist i guess.

  6. AwShbucs Says:

    Tried telling fools that Rojo’s rookie year ynder Dork Koetter didn’t matter because the guy is incapable of developing rookie running backs.

    His stats last year showed he had made a tremendous leap as a player despite having several huge runs called back due to holding calls, he would have rushed for 1,000+ yards last year if he had been given more carries.

    And now this year with the addition of a tremendously talented young RT who can actually run block, he is having his breakout season. I was never worried. It was evident and clear from his USC tape and athleticism that this kid was far too talented to be a bust.

  7. chris L Says:

    it isnt a shock that good teams run the ball well and play good defense. bucs are doing that right now and that will always be a winning formula in the NFL. always.

  8. JimBuc2 Says:

    Joe, any news o,
    n Barber? He took a shot and stayed on the ground. Love Todd Bowles D. We got swagger now.
    Go Rojo!
    Go Blitzkrieg Bowles!

  9. Mitch Says:

    Ftmyer I am all about the deceptive scheme Bowles has. I am just curious because we have faced one other QB that has been great against the blitz. It’s the rookie Justin Herbert who is posting a 144 rating against the blitz this year. He burned the secondary a few times so I am curious because this raiders team has speed on the outside in Ruggs and believe it or not Waller has a favorable matchup on Devin White in coverage. I want to see what the Bucs have learned and how they are going to perform against a style of offense that beat them multiple times earlier in the season.

  10. ncbucsfan Says:

    it was obvious that this kid just needed the opportunity

    It was so obvious the Bucs went out this offseason and got three new running backs.

    Are you suggesting RoJo never had any opportunities before? Look, Joe is happy as hell RoJo turned it around but there was zero — zee-row — evidence until his 29th game (into his third season) that he would become one of the top running backs in the NFL.

    To argue otherwise is tooth fairy nonsense or claiming you saw RoJo run like Emmitt Smith after pulling bongs. Please.

  11. Danny C Says:

    I think the one-two punch of RoJo and Fournette would be lethal if Fournette would just get healthy.

  12. FanO’Bucs Says:

    Thrilled for Jones.

    Good for Buc fans.

    Keep drafting linemen.

    GO BUCS!

  13. ncbucsfan Says:

    Was RoJo drafted in the 2nd round? I wasn’t the only one who saw talent apparently! Maybe it was a regional scout? But talent is talent, whether or not he didn’t have any on-field success until the 29th game or not. That’s irrelevant! And they could’ve brought in 10 RBs, that’s not a point at all because who is starting? Who has started every game. They couldn’t unseat him!! Clearly he was STILL the better option. And the fact remains….before the season started, I compared his potential career beginning to Larry Johnson….I said he could have a boom 3rd year, you said it was impossible, and not that its completed yet, but its clear he can in his 3rd year. Just accept that you were wrong!! And don’t moderate that point and only list the last portion of my input, like I didn’t call you out about the Larry Johnson, 3rd year comparison. I played the game, the position, and can see the kids talent far exceeded his production, which is the angle you’re stuck on.

  14. Buc1987 Says:

    Run Rojo Run.

  15. Jason Says:

    I still think the biggest difference is that Rojo finally has his “grown man body”.

  16. The Coroner Says:

    Reflecting on the Super Bowl winning team at this point in the season:
    RoJo is better than Michael Pittman was in the RUN game.
    Tom Brady is better Brad Johnson.
    Mike Evans is better than Keyshawn Johnson.
    Chris Godwin is better than Keenan McCardell.
    The front line of Smith, Marpet, Jensen, Cappa and Whirfs are better than Roman Oben, Kerry Jenkins, Jeff Christy, Cosey Coleman and Kenyatta Walker.
    Rob Gronkowski is better than Ken Dilger.
    No one is/will better than Mike Alstott.

  17. onebadbuc Says:

    there was plenty of evidence to see the possibility that he could be one of the top backs in the league joe maybe you were just looking thru beer goggles we never ran the ball and stuck to it when jameis was qb it was always throw throw throw. I have been telling my family and friends to watch out for him for 2 years but it took time hes big 225lb and fast and was more explosive in college than saquon barkley look it up

  18. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    Ncbucsfan: he has admitted he’s wrong for the most part… He has had him in a few articles now…. Not everyone can see talent before it shows up on the field! Hell I have played and coached football almost all my life and I was reeeeally wrong about the raiders running back!! I was laughing at Chuckie for that one!! But that dude proved me wrong!!! .. so everyone gets one wrong once in awhile… What always aggravates me about this sight is the butt kissing of “super stars” .. just because they were good on another team doesn’t mean their right here or that they will perform better!! It’s got to be the right fit…. But I have found Joe admits when he’s wrong through his articles!! He’s a real bucs fan just doesn’t see talent well

  19. Dave Says:

    Hey Joe, any comment from or love for Harold Goodwin?
    Isn’t he the run game coordinator so surely some credit for the running and on-line play must go to him. Also any thoughts on Goodwin as a future HC after BA? He seems to get forgotten beind BL and TB but he was interviewed by the Bucs before.
    Lots of credit to go around. Goodwin was interviewed here in 2016 … and he verbalized that he didn’t think he got a fair shake in Tampa. There’s a divide at JoeBucsFan world headquarters. One Joe doesn’t believe Arians stepping down (and how many coaches leave with him) means anyone deserves to step up automatically. Every coaching role is very different. The best interest of the organization must be considered. The Bucs owe that to the fans. Too early to project anything. Nobody even knows how long Brady sticks around. –Joe

  20. Joe Says:

    Hey Joe, any comment from or love for Harold Goodwin?

    Heard that Bucs RBs coach is the guy who took RoJo under his wing.

  21. 813bucboi Says:

    Joe Says:
    October 21st, 2020 at 3:28 pm
    Hey Joe, any comment from or love for Harold Goodwin?

    Heard that Bucs RBs coach is the guy who took RoJo under his wing

    what about goodwin taking the o-line under his wing….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  22. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Rumble Young Man Rumble