Bruce Arians Changes Tune On Backup Quarterbacks

March 30th, 2021

Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians.

Since Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians has been in charge, he has been adamant he had no interest in developing a young quarterback to potentially take over as a starter someday.

Last year, Arians added to that saying he didn’t think it would be fair for a young quarterback to learn his playbook and then when he leaves in the near future would have to start all over again.

So Joe wonders if Arians had a come-to-Moses moment with Team Glazer or something because now all of a sudden, Arians has changed his tune. Unless he is trying to float major draft misdirection (which is very possible), Arians said today in a media availability via Zoom he is rather interested in drafting a developmental quarterback.

“If there is a guy there at the right time who we really think has a great future, there is no better time to have one sit and learn,” Arians said. “Each round there is going to be one of those guys in that picture to try to see who is the best available.”

Later when asked to cite the team’s areas of need (if any) in the draft, Arians said speed on defense, depth in the trenches on both sides of the ball, and a young quarterback.

Joe has been making the point since a certain quarterback from Michigan by way of New England arrived that this is a once-in-a-lifetime shot to have a young quarterback learn from the best of all time and, arguably, the best coaching staff for quarterbacks currently in the NFL.

There is just no possible chance, short of having the next JaMarcus Russell, that a quarterback couldn’t learn from watching park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring, down-forgetting, handshake-stiffing, jet-ski-losing, biscuit-baking, tequila-shooting, waffle-grilling, trophy-throwing, Bucs-Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady and learning from the Bucs loaded coaching staff.

The line Arians used to use that he didn’t want a young quarterback learning new offenses early in his career didn’t hold a tablespoon of water for Joe.

Oh, and a reminder: Both of last year’s backup quarterbacks, Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Griffin, are unsigned free agents.

22 Responses to “Bruce Arians Changes Tune On Backup Quarterbacks”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    There’s a guy out of penn state who is 6’5 257 and ran a 4.36! Like @joebucsfan say, WE CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH PASS RUSHERS…btw when will our draft gurus come join you guys on the podcast?

  2. DoooshLaRue Says:

    I’m all for it.
    We’d be fools to not take advantage of our current situation and groom TB’s successor.

  3. Robert Says:

    trade some picks….draft for depth. oh…and OJ…… can we get a 6th and a ham sammich?

  4. windbaggery Says:

    I don’t believe this stuff about him not wanting to draft a QB. Word was heavy last year that they had some developmental QBs in mind last year for day 3… And when their guys didn’t fall to them, they went out and signed a UDFA who they thought had some potential as a dev QB (Sinnet).

    It would not surprise me at all to see them draft a QB at any point in the draft. Licht has responsibility for the longer term health of the team and still, in theory, has final say.

  5. Bobby M. Says:

    I honestly think the best approach for grooming a QB is to let them sit and learn….these guys just aren’t ready for the speed and complexity of the NFL.

  6. Durango 95 Says:

    Heading into the draft it benefits the team for the HC to say he needs payers at all positions. No point in verbally limiting your options. He could also have a genuine interest. Grain a salt.

  7. mark2001 Says:

    Unless it is someone like Jones, I think we might pick up a guy late in the second or third. But would like to see another guy in the pass rush, and possibly a future center early.

  8. Mitch Says:

    Either draft Mac Jones or a developmental QB in the 5th or 6th round. Every other draft pick should be on the Edge/OL/OLB/Secondary/RB.

  9. Bojim Says:

    We really need a young QB learning from the best. Don’t disappoint.

  10. SlyPirate Says:

    Don’t have to develop Aaron Rodgers. Let’s keep our skill position stocked and reload the QB position with proven vets.

  11. geno711 Says:

    Anonymous Says:
    March 30th, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    There’s a guy out of penn state who is 6’5 257 and ran a 4.36!

    If the guy had good game film, there would be no way that he would be out there when the Buc’s pick at 32. The fact is in his 3rd college season at Penn State, he had zero (0) sacks last year.

    If the Buc’s pick him, I will be a fan. However, until/unless they pick him – I am not a fan of a guy that has so little special tape.

    Rather pick Antoine Winfield types that did not have the measurables but you know are good football players at 32.

  12. geno711 Says:

    I don’t know when David Mills is expected to go but the guy has all world talent. Was the number 1 recruit at QB coming out of high school.

    Did not have a lot of college starts so maybe there are some intangibles that may be lacking? Last pick of 3rd round, I would not mind him if he is there.

  13. Bruce Blahak Says:

    Mac Jones is worth a trade up if the Niners aren’t taking him…move up 10-15 spots

  14. Oneilbuc Says:

    Sly. At some point you have to develop a quarterback because that’s the position the media push and they have convince most fan bases that is the most important position. But I don’t see it that way because I’ve seen average quarterbacks help teams win superbowl in my life time. So that’s why I say go head and get get Kyle Trask or Mac Jones if you can and then you can keep building the defense and the offensive line and please get a running game so that the young quarterback doesn’t have to feel like he has to do everything just to win .

  15. Tye Says:

    TOTALLY agree!..
    If it is for Mac Jones, get it done…
    if not, wait and see who is available in 3rd or 4th round…

  16. BradyBucs Says:


    There’s a young QB they already have their eyes on. He will most likely being drafted within the first 3 rounds. There’s just too much drop-off in upside potential after the 3rd round.

    I bet they’re looking at Trask, Newman, or Mond in the 2nd or 3rd unless they could somehow get Mac Jones in the 1st if he starts to fall.

  17. 813bucboi Says:

    im thinking k.trask in the 2nd round…

    GO BUCS!!!!

  18. Rod Munch Says:

    The Bucs have never signed a QB they drafted to a 2nd contract. Why waste draft resources on a future bust? When Brady retires Rodgers should be a FA – just continue the move to FL retirement plan going forward and stop wasting top picks on guys you’re just going to give up on anyways.

  19. BigBucFan11 Says:

    Look at Mac Jones in round 1. Kyle Trask round 2 (doubt he falls). Kellen Mond in round 3 (maybe a reach?). Jamie Newman in round 4 (really like this kid in middle rounds). Sam Ehlinger in round 5.

    Any one of these could happen and I’d jump on the chance to sit any guy I’ve done homework on behind Tom Brady.

  20. Youngbucs Says:

    I knew this story would bring someone out of hiding😂. What’s the matter running outta ammo? Oh I know you scared to say it win time for a certain someone. No more excuses super bowl or bust!!!

  21. Aceofaerospace Says:

    I’m a Gator homer, so save the insults but I’d love Kyle Trask in the second round. Possibly trade 32 for another 2nd and and some change.

  22. TOM Says:

    BPA. Trask is interesting but I like Jones better. Also like Creed from OKLA, center.