Bruce Arians Points To Prime Time Excitement As Possible Factor In Losing

November 10th, 2020

Through 25 games, the Bucs are winners under the Bucco Bruce Arians regime, sitting at 6-3 this season with five remaining games against bad football teams.

But they’ve also got a clear problem that the head coach addressed this evening on The Bruce Arians Show on WDAE radio.

Host Casey Phillips asked Arians about slow starts and his reply puzzled Joe.

“They’ve all been night games,” Arians said. “And night games, for whatever reason, you know, it’s been a 3-and-out and a touchdown for the other team. … It’s just something we’ll have to go back and look at in our schedules and how we’re preparing for night ball games.”

The take confused Joe because the Bucs led 10-0 against the Chicago Bears, their first night game of the season. That’s not a slow start.

Regardless, Arians was asked if he thinks the attention of prime time was a factor in the Bucs’ struggles during three games in the spotlight.

Arians agreed with the premise that his team might be getting too wide-eyed. “Excitement, I don’t know if we’re losing adrenaline during the day thinking about it, or if we’re just not getting prepared properly the 24 hours up to gameday,” he said.

Yeah, the Bucs have a night-game problem, one that should have been corrected after they stumbled badly but recovered against the Giants last week.

Why this has happened to a veteran football team with veteran coaches is inexplicable.

Thankfully, the Bucs kick off at 1 p.m. on Sunday in Charlotte. Maybe that will make a difference.

If not, you can cry over your Big Storm beer with fired up Bucs fans and Ira Kaufman at the Big Storm Clearwater taproom at 12707 49th St. North.

37 Responses to “Bruce Arians Points To Prime Time Excitement As Possible Factor In Losing”

  1. Rob Tanner Says:

    Well we missed 4 night games in the preseason……… amiright?

  2. DBS Says:

    No excuse. Week before we heard an excuse about fan noise. Ok this week they had fans. Enough already. There are no excuses this year.

  3. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    With this fan base you can’t tell if we’re 6-3 or 0-9. 🤦‍♂️

  4. Of course Says:









  5. Anonymous Says:

    Uh, good teams……

  6. Bojim Says:

    Uh, good teams…….

  7. Jerry Jones Says:

    It’s embarrassing.

  8. Robert Says:

    love the team, love BA….but he needs to shut it or put the blame on the scheme and the coaches not being prepared and thinking they were that good.

  9. OldBiscuit Says:

    I’m guessing the Old Biscuit might be a little sleepy that late at night which is rubbing off on the team. And what is with the over the shoulder communication setup? With the face shield He looks like a very large rebellion pilot in a Star Wars movie waiting for instructions from Princess Leia on how to defeat the Empire but ends up just crashing because he can’t stay on target.

  10. JP09 Says:

    The only factors that contributed to losing were a p!ss poor game plan and failure to adjust in game

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Sounds like a coach who really doesn’t know what the problem is…..and, actually, I can’t fault him for it because if he knew he should have and would have fixed it.

    I don’t think anybody really knows….I do believe the defensive game plan was wrong….on offense, some of the playcalling was wrong……the Oline was dominated by a better defensive line.

    And, sometimes things just snowball on you……one play leads to another then you struggle to regain any momentum.

    Last year we had that humiliating defeat against the Giants……Gay blew the game winning kick…..then we traveled to LA and won an unlikely game against the Rams…….hopefully, we will take it all out on Carolina Sunday.

  12. tbbucs3 Says:

    All Arians does is make excuses and blame everybody but himself.

  13. tbbucs3 Says:

    And this playcalling is so outdated. The pass concepts are so elementary and BL hardly uses any motion which is something Brady always did in NE.

  14. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Excuses do not win games, btw Joe it was actually 13-0 in the Bears game, so all the more excuses do not win games. Hey Bruce same guys put a demolition job on GB, zero penalties, zero turnovers, zero sacks. So BA just be real and admit you did not make the in game adjustments ( soft coverage, brees all day to throw, and on offense not making quick throws for Brady) not rocket science here. The Oline was getting beat consistently, get the ball out quick, they have the athletes to play that way. AB can take a 5 yard pass and be gone for a TD. So why just sit in hot water and get cooked like a frog. This is not rocket science. This Coaching staff is way better than what the Nation watched on the Sunday night fright show. GO BUCS!!!!

  15. Will Says:

    Yes the defensive game plan was wrong. Again I can’t believe that with the guys on staff that have played against Brees they didn’t speak up regarding the plan. Maybe they did and Bowles ignored them who knows.
    Offensively with a new guy starting at LG you’ve gotta give the QB a few easy throws to get in rhythm and to build confidence in the line. Heck what do I know though I only coach JR High but that would’ve been my plan especially knowing that my LT normally has his WORST games against the team we were facing. But again what do I know.

  16. Mike Johnson Says:

    LMAO here. Say Arians how about just telling the truth. You were outcoached, outplayed, and manhandled by the Saints. And I will tell you all another thing. Teams are now really going to start bringing the pressure on our statue of liberty. They know he is immobile and a sitting duck. Bucs better devise a better strategy or hope our O line can block better.

  17. danr Says:

    if sunday they play great- everyone will think its the night games thing. No one will think its the coaches.

    coaches are kinda damned either way.

  18. Rayjay1122 Says:

    What a train wreck.

  19. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    If 6-3 is a train wreck then keep on crashing

  20. Buc1987 Says:

    Didn’t the Panthers lose to KC 33-31?

    That’s taking the SB champs to the wire.

    HARDLY a slouch team in Carolina.

    Go Bucs!!!

  21. Chris l Says:

    Getting man handled physically has nothing to do with a night game. They better show up sundsy

  22. alaskabuc Says:

    I’m guessing the slow start was a garbage game plan on both sides of the ball mixed with a failure to adapt, but what do I know. BA has the final word on the scripted plays, this falls squarely on his shoulders.

  23. Swampbuc Says:

    This team is going down the sewer like a plate of fully digested knockwurst.

  24. ClodHopper Says:

    What he said reading between the lines:

    Who knows, man. This problem has lineage

  25. Hodad Says:

    Maybe B.A., Licht, and company get the boot after this season, and they let Brady start building the Bucs. Let Brady pick the next G.M., and head coach. He certainly can’t do worse then the Glazers have the last 20 years of picking. He can QB for the next 2 years with his coach, and GM, then retire becoming team president of the Bucs. I trust Brady more then the Glazers, BA, and Licht.

  26. Clean House Says:

    Bruce Arians is an excuse making blame throwing loser who’s lazy and deserves any national embarrassment coming his way. They thought they were cute keeping D smith who is absolutely terrible. The season will be what it should be. If Mike Evans, our best player and true pro for 6 years is cast aside and uninvolved, is this even the Bucs any more? Is such a team worth rooting for?

    #1 in total offense isn’t looking so bad now is it?

  27. Clean House Says:

    Jameis for the kneel down

  28. Clean House Says:

    I loved every second of it. Just wish we could have seen Lichts face as well as Arians- loved the locker room dance party, loved the W eating-

    Saints bought a few wins for a cool million. Best in house scouting report ever.
    Serves those pompous buffoons right for talking smack on JW

    Cause these clowns are on their way outunless they figure it out

  29. Teffnology Says:

    Next game is Monday night vs Aaron Donald. Can we get a group rate on Tony Robbins to do a pre-game psychology overview for night games.

  30. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Glad to see your still a Bucs fan, Clean House.

  31. Buc1987 Says:

    Clean House…you’re a joke.

    Go away, because you’re on the wrong site.

  32. ClodHopper Says:

    Brady has already met or passed the win totals for 3 of Jamies’ five seasons here.

    All those high risk, high reward passes were great tho!

  33. TOM Says:

    Ofcourse: I couldn’t have said it any better myself. I’d like to add, I’m also losing faith in Bowles. I hate to say it but it might be time to clean house starting from the top.

  34. Soggy Says:

    Refs throw yellow flags and buc fans throw white flags.. Lol.. 6-3

  35. Wesley Says:

    He needs to be pointing at himself.

  36. Clean House Says:

    No guys I’m actually back to rooting for the Bucs,
    I just hate the way these clowns treated Jameis who gave his all for the team for many years. I’m glad he could have a moment of “ In yo face”
    I’m still a Bucs fan since 86 going to games since Vinny- I’ll cheer the way I like, think I e earned it with my almost lifelong attention and lots of suffering- I don’t have to like every player or coach- and guess what- they come and go for a reason. I can call it how I see it. I absolutely love it almost as much as winning when this finger pointing blowhard BS takes on national heat from the press questioning hi false persona and lack of true coaching. You can only ride Bear Bryant’s coat tails so long Coach- step up your game and game plan- try hitting the film room rather than the cocktail bar.. Get off the golf cart

  37. Clean House Says:

    His job is to win the division not get throttled by Sean Payton over and over again because he’s just not as good or smart.