Bruce Arians: Running Game Is Clicking

January 22nd, 2021

Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians.

No one has told Joe this. Joe has not received a late-night text or some sort of e-mail with a tip.

Just judging the Packers’ normally soft ground defense (remember how they got chewed up on the ground last year against the 49ers and their defense is largely the same today), Joe just has a hunch the Bucs are going to ask Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette to carry the mail on Sunday.

The Bucs’ offensive line has never played better this season. And it seems both Fournette and RoJo are peaking.

And while Joe would personally air it out to keep Aaron Rodgers from his nearly unbeatable streak of winning games when leading at halftime at Lambeau Field, Joe has a feeling the Bucs will do the opposite.

Joe’s hunch was reinforced earlier today when Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians lauded his run game.

“It is as good as it has been all season,” Arians said. “Our blocking units, our tight ends, receivers, everybody is doing a really, really good job of getting on their people, getting hats on hats.

“Our backs are hitting the holes extremely well.”

Arians seems to think he has a move ready for the Packers defense whether they focus on the pass or the run.

“I don’t foresee a lot of dime [from the Packers’ defense] versus some of our formations,” Arian said. “If they want to load up the box, obviously then we are playing one-on-one outside.”

One-on-one with Mike Evans or Chris Godwin or Scotty Miller? Joe likes those odds.

13 Responses to “Bruce Arians: Running Game Is Clicking”

  1. 813bucboi Says:

    im so ready for sunday!!!!!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  2. 813bucboi Says:

    VV will be a load sunday!!!!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!

  3. Coburn Says:

    Still don’t follow the logic of throwing to not let Rodgers get a lead. Since its not a race where they each try to score before the other guy it doesn’t make sense to me. You know what causes the opponent to get up on you? Punting or turnovers. It doesn’t matter how much clock your drive takes.. if it ends in a TD the best they can do is match. If you try to score too quickly and punt then the best you can do is force them to punt or you’re down. Just do what leads to drives ending in points. Pick on their weakness/what is working in game with the odd surprise. Don’t be predictable. The side benefit of running is that it gives your defense time to rest and wears theirs down. It also get the olineman going and settles other’s nerves.

  4. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Yes, running allows our O Line guys to be really physical, and Like Cobraboy says, it gives our defense time to rest, and wears their guys down.
    I also sense that Rojo is gonna break another big one soon, like the one he had that was called back.

  5. 813bucboi Says:

    rodgers got smacked around last year vs the 9ers in the regular season and went 13-3….then he got smacked around again vs the 9ers in the playoffs….

    lets smack this chump around!!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  6. Ericb Says:

    WE NEED TO KEEP RUN GAME GOING it is a must the balanced attack will keep thier d off balanced and thier run defense is soft…im sure the packers will be expecting us to run so ha e a back up plan ….if we get the run game glowing keep rogers off the field the best defense is a great offense ..on d stick to the man coverage and our pass rush needs to stay in rogers face TAMPA BAY ALL THE WAY

  7. Coburn Says:

    I would say first down should be a good mix of run and pass so as not to be predictable

  8. JimmyJack Says:

    I really hope RoJo is healthy enough to give us a full load. Fornette has been good and churning tough yards dont get me wrong but he is missing big huge plays. Hes gotta make that last guy miss……Thats where these guys make their pay.

  9. JimmyJack Says:

    And if we got some plays dialed up for a big pass to a RB. I wanna see some McCoy. Dont care how much yall hate him. Hes at least twice better catching the pigskin then our other backs.

  10. Cobraboy Says:

    Running the ball well means you are imposing your will, a huge psychological advantage.

    Nobody likes being gashed on the ground. It means you are losing the physical battle. And in football, you lose the physical battle, and you will lose the game.

    If you can run, the run every play until they stop it, usually by DBs and LBs crowding the LoS. Then you know what happens next…

  11. 74 Bucs Fan Says:

    ^^^^ exactly Cobra

  12. bucnole Says:

    A good run game does another important thing – it keeps Rodgers off the field.

  13. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    ^^^ In addition to that, over the course of the game, not only do you keep AR off the field, but the GB defense will be exhausted. I like that as a game plan.