Bruce Arians Talks “Attack Mode”

January 6th, 2021

Something happened a few weeks ago that enacted major change in the mind of Bucco Bruce Arians.

It’s simple, the Bucs were getting pounded by the Falcons 17-0 at halftime. It was unthinkable and deplorable.

So there was only one thing left to do, as Arians explained on the Buccaneers Radio Network last night. And that was to enter what he called “attack mode.”

It started in the locker room at Atlanta and Arians made it clear it has everything to do with the Bucs reversing their philosophy of deferring kickoffs — if they won the coin flip. No longer would the Bucs hope to play defense and get the ball to start the second half. The new attitude was/is take the ball and attack.

Thankfully, the Bucs won the coin toss in the past two games.

Interestingly, Ali Marpet and Donovan Smith shared their love of the new approach on the same team-sponsored programming. They explained it’s much better to get up for a game and hit the field than to sit and wait for the defense to get off the field.

Fixing slow starts, per Marpet, is partially about a new energy, and taking the rock first plays right into that.

15 Responses to “Bruce Arians Talks “Attack Mode””

  1. Robert Says:

    well “Sur-prise, sur-prise, sur-prise!”

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    How about an attack mode for the Defense?

  3. unbelievable Says:

    “They Attack!”

  4. unbelievable Says:

    ^ only some hardcore Phish fans will get that reference

  5. Ben green Says:

    Attack mode is fine so long as the goat has a clean pocket


    Given that DC is now a war zone and under a curfew, will it even be possible to play a night game, or any game, there on Saturday? Shouldn’t the Buccaneers, or perhaps the NFL itself, insist that the game be moved to Tampa?

  7. Listnfrmafar Says:

    If you have one if not the best offenses and a slightly above average defensive in the league, ya you attack offense first. Why wait 13 games to figure that out?

  8. Ericb Says:

    The best defense is a great offense…also a balanced attact of running and passing we have the running backs it also keeps the opponents defense on thier toes and opens up the box for passing ..but another negative article JOE…on to team no name lets stomp a hole in these rookies and chase sit down…take him out the game with extra tight end or dt…they have a one or two weapons on offense take those away..blitz the hell out of alex he has no mobility..LFG

  9. SlyPirate Says:

    Bill Belichick started the fad of deferring when you win the coin toss. Every team adopted the concept because it was “The Patriots Way”.

    The strategy to defer only really works when your defense is your team’s strength. If your offense is your team’s strength, start on offense and put the other team on their heals.

    I love BA’s adjustment.

  10. Joe Says:

    Given that DC is now a war zone and under a curfew, will it even be possible to play a night game, or any game, there on Saturday?

    Not only is FedEx Field far, far away from the Capitol, FedEx Field is actually in Maryland.

  11. JustBucNwin Says:

    Defense needs to attack attack and get off on 3rd downs more! It starts with covering the receivers tighter!

  12. Oneilbucs Says:

    It’s time to get down or lay down !! Go bucs !!!

  13. Will Says:

    Even when the DBs do come up and cover tight they still allow the WR a free release of the LOS. Get your hands on them and redirect them. Disrupt the timing and allow the rush to get home. Offense has turned it up a notch it’s time for the defense to do the same.

  14. Dapostman Says:

    It also hasn’t hurt to be playing the Lions and Falcons when you are in ‘attack mode.’

  15. All lives matter Says:

    They actually listened to me