Bruce Arians Points To November Practice Shift

January 8th, 2021

Bucco Bruce Arians flashed a little light — and an intriguing one-liner — on the darkness that plagued the Bucs offense earlier this season.

It’s hard to remember those days after the flood of points and first downs the Bucs have unleashed over their past 10 quarters of football, but there were issues.

Asked on the Buccaneers Radio Network to put his finger on a moment when the offense clicked, Arians pointed toward practice.

No surprise there, coaches love practice and what it represents.

“Middle of November, I think everybody got on the same page: quarterback, receivers, everybody,” Arians said. “And the offensive line has been blocking great, and keeping them healthy has been huge.

“So think it was just right at the end of November, middle of November, I think you saw it in practice. Quarterbacks weren’t waiting to see guys come open; they were throwing them open. And it showed up in ballgames.”

Hmmmm, “quarterbacks weren’t waiting to see guys come open.” That’s a very thought-provoking take. And Joe doesn’t think it has a darn thing to do with Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Griffin.



19 Responses to “Bruce Arians Points To November Practice Shift”

  1. Robert Says:

    “quarterbacks weren’t waiting to see guys come open.”……think it says more to TB waiting on ME to get separation. TB finally trusting ME?… sure looked like it.

  2. TampaTown Says:

    I agree ME is never open Jameis just threw to him anyway. Now TB is doing the same. I’m sure it takes time to develop that trust and chemistry. Love it!

  3. WyldKat Says:

    It’s really nice having a QB that can hit someone in stride on the move; I’m ready to take it for granted.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I sure do trust Brady in the playoffs compared to “you-know-who’

  5. QB whisperer Says:

    Obviously I’m thinking that it really is best if the QB can throw to their receivers before they make their cuts to get open. It’s a thing of beauty when you see that happen. Now that we’re in the start of the playoffs TB has gotten to the point where he and his array of receivers are on the same page. I’d like to see Washington try and cover these guys with the GOAT slinging the pigskin around.

  6. gp Says:

    I think it refers more to the option read type of offense.
    Almost requires a certain level of mind reading between the QB and WR to know whether he’s going to push for the deep ball or button hook at 10 yards.
    How often did we hear something like “Evans made the right read and was where he should have been, Brady just threw to the wrong spot”?
    As I understand it,(I don’t get invited to those meetings) Ariens’ offense disguises plays by having multiple options from each set.

  7. Dan Williamson Says:

    I have an idea. Shaddup! Stop pounting fingers at Tom Brady. Stop asking why he didnt do this or did that. He is the G.O.A.T. One day he will be gone from football. Lets make this ride confidently. Something we can never do cause we always SUCK. Well we dont suck now.LETS. GOOOOO!

  8. LongSeason Says:

    Noticed on some breakdowns during this period that Brady had learned to trust his receivers to be where the balls was going. Once they got that chemistry and trust going both ways then the offense and passing game took off. This has also helped the running game.
    Steve Young received advice from Jerry Rice after he was traded to the 49ers. Don’t wait for me to be open. Throw to the spot you expect me to be and trust me, I’ll be there to catch it or something like that. Best advice from WR to QB.
    Okay. I’m on Tompa Train.

  9. D1 Says:


    I’m thinking that is exactly it. That and they cut the option portion of the route down to just 2 in November. That had to help get the receivers and TB on the same page.

  10. 813bucboi Says:

    some of us knew it would take time….

    some fans expected the offense to score 7 on every possession with no real offseason and new players….lol…

    Offense is peaking at the right time….defense needs to turn it up a notch…

    GO BUCS!!!!

  11. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Might have something to do with playing the Vikings the lions in the Falcons twice. None of those teams have a defense.

  12. Ericb Says:

    Another negative article JOE WTF….im suoer stoked about tom its playoffs baby!!!!!…..lets crush team no name!!! We need to add more play action and running to our game…offense is looking great but turn it up!!! Defense needs to come out awinging and blitz the beejesus out of smith!!! He cant move..and CB play tighter coverage like white on rice …cant wait for tom !!! DT young if needed but oline hold the line we got this Go BUCS

  13. Steve Gaudreau Says:

    Lol hey Bucs fans! Wanna get really good insight about the possible outcome for Saturday night’s? Check out Brady’s career stats against Jack Del Rio’s defense. 🤨🤪😜😝🤯🥴!

  14. Steve Gaudreau Says:

    That being said, Brady has been particularly effective against Washington defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. In three stops over 17 years that include head coaching gigs in Jacksonville and Oakland as well as defensive coordinator in Denver, Del Rio’s team have gone 1-9 against Brady.

  15. David Says:

    After some miscommunication on routes early in the season and ints, I think that is exactly right. It’s just what Brady has been saying all along. Them having a comfort level with each other. The receivers knowing where and when they should be somewhere and Brady trusting they’re going to be there

  16. Big blurb Says:

    You all are blind. Check tape. Brady is now putting people in motion, pre-snap. The trust is there between his o line, and wrs. Obviously. But now Brady uses motion pre-snap, to determine where he’s going. Something he has always done, better than most. If not the best at it. Buccaneers didn’t use motion before week 15.

  17. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Many of you didn’t see Brady’s last year in NE, he has expectations for his receivers, knowing when and how to break off coverage. The NE receivers other than Edleman and Watson were familiar with that concept. At some poi t working with Evan’s, Godwin and AB over the last month or so they have all adopted it. It is still a work in progress as you could see a few times in last Atlanta game but they are getting real close to perfection. If they lose to WFT it will be due to coaching and Defense not offense they will put up 20+.

  18. Carl Says:

    If we had had a pre season. We probably would have played better on offence. A QB needs to sync with the routes they run to get the ball to them. We probably would have won 2-3 more games!

  19. PatsBucsfan4years Says:

    Offense is great but toilet Bowels defense is suspect after making Hienken look like a superior dratft… praying for toilet Bowels to land a head coach gig esle where… Denver 🙏