Illegal Contact Watch

November 23rd, 2020

Interesting words from Bucco Bruce Arians that represent something to watch for tonight against the Rams — and going forward.

NFL fans see every week that pass defense has changed. Fewer penalties are called and replay review of pass interference is a relic of the 2019 season.

Arians isn’t complaining about the overall changes in officiating, but he was clear on SiriusXM NFL Radio last week that he thinks big receivers like Mike Evans and Julio Jones are getting fewer calls because they’re physical and big-bodied receivers.

“Again, it’s the clear and obvious [penalties on receivers],” Arians said. “When a quarterback gets sacked and he has to pull the ball back down because of a guy getting jammed 12 yards down the field, I think that’s clear and obvious and the quarterback is getting hit for no reason other than his receiver got jammed. I think those have to be called just to protect the quarterbacks.”

No sour grapes from Arians; he acknowledged sometimes he likes how this year’s changes have played out. Regardless, that doesn’t take away from Evans not getting calls that might go to, say, Scotty Miller.

The good news is Arians said his in-house scouting report reveals that tonight’s officiating crew “is outstanding.”

23 Responses to “Illegal Contact Watch”

  1. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Oh don’t worry….. ME13 will be crying to the officials ASAP.
    I’m not saying he’s wrong for bitching about it but it must be the way he’s saying to the officials because they tend to favor the DBs over ME.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Evans should cry…..he is probably the most abused WR in the NFL…..he’s a monster to cover and I believe the refs cut some slack to the DBs….

    They should be called regardless of the receiver’s size….

    Now, Mike has been known to do some abuse himself.

  3. William Walls Says:

    Yeah, nobody was leveling the playing field to account for Calvin Johnson’s physical size, so why should Evans have to put up with it?

  4. Zwak Says:

    Evans is the best actor in the NFL!

  5. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    As big and mean as he is, Mike Evans is an abused receiver.

  6. chris L Says:

    history tonight in terms of the officiating crew first time being all black. should be a fun game tonight. rams and buccaneers always have classic games (even in the lost decade). probably one of our bigger rivals outside of the nfc south.

  7. DoooshLaRue Says:

    chris L

    Why exactly does their color matter?
    Color isn’t supposed to matter right?
    So confusing…

  8. BucsFanIn916 Says:


    Its history that after 50+ years of being a professional sport that is driven by a 70% black employee population, this is the first time an all-black referee crew is officiating.

    Stop looking for things to be upset about

  9. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Not upset….. confused.
    It’s not supposed to matter what color your skin is right?
    BTW, when was the last time there was an all white NBA starting line up.
    Maybe say…….. 60 years?
    I just don’t get why it needs to be pointed out when it’s not supposed to matter anymore.

    Let it go

  10. Anonymous Says:

    Evans pushes off a lot and gets away with it the vast majority of the time. Good for him. I guess. Every time he jumps up and starts doing charades about throwing the flag, deserved or not, I cringe. You get away with a lot Mike, everything evens out.

  11. SOEbuc Says:


    I agree. It’s supposed to be global equality of all races. Donald Goodell and the billionaire owners showing they care so much about the black community by making an all black ref squad. I’m not black but that kinda degrading if I was. Some might a different way and I’m white so whatev.

  12. Coburn Says:

    That’s what sucks when you’re bigger. It’s a natural tendency for people to let others get away with fouling’s bs . Heck it goes all the way back to childhood when you’re playing with your buddies. Even with basketball my buddies more or less said they’re allowed to foul the crap outta me because otherwise they can’t defend me under the boards lol

  13. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Like Morgan Freeman stated so well when referring to racism………………….”stop talking about it.”

    You’re helping to keep it alive by pointing it out.
    Stop pointing out the difference in skin color because it doesn’t matter right?

  14. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Oh yeah

    Go Bucs!!!

  15. PRIMO Says:

    Arians is a terrible coach. Memo to coach: stop throwing the long passes, not TB12s forte.

  16. Issac haggins Says:

    Why not all Hispanic crew !! I’m all for it !! The nfl isn’t about equality and is making matters worse !!

  17. Issac haggins Says:

    BTW Byron is overmatched again

  18. unbelievable Says:

    I thought it was illegal contact against Godwin on that 1st INT.

    But the others were completely on Brady.

    He is a loser. Lost the game for us, again.

  19. SRG Says:

    Not ready for prime time Bucs.

  20. Oneilbuc Says:

    I have been telling yall this all season that Brady haven’t showed me nothing . He’s been playing bad against good to average defenses . Jamies put up 45 points against this same team without Gronk , and AB. This will be a bust this year playoffs ain’t good enough because of the extra team they added .

  21. Oneilbuc Says:

    I don’t want to hear no excuses I told yall this all summer long . Superbowl or bust . Where is all the hype now man I’m tired of this . Time to blow it up Brady can’t be the goat against trash defenses only .

  22. Cajun 69 Says:

    I’m telling you this because I k ew it would be an issue tonight’s game with the Rams and the last couple we lost are do to a lack in the Offensive line Brady has no time to throw our O line was being out match out played and rather week the Rams were running right threw our line they just can’t keep fast strong players off of Brady better get some better help I seen the Sam when we played NO and every game we lost look at the film break it down in slow motion and see who is the week link or links some one is failing to. Do thier job better get help while we still have Brady I swear we are a couple or so Ofencesive line players from really being a great team

  23. Oneilbuc Says:

    Cajun 69 I don’t want hear about no offensive line now . Brady lost this game yall goat . Who only play good against trash teams. If this was Jamies it would be his fault all by himself . Brady choke and yall trying to blame everyone but him .