“Using Our Losses As Lessons”

March 28th, 2021

Todd Bowles speaks

So what made Bucco Bruce Arians a spectacular head coach last season?

Obviously, there are many answers to that question. But Joe particularly liked one delivered by reasoned and seasoned Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.

“I thought Coach Arians did a great job of bringing the team together toward the end of the year and using our losses as lessons and not as beat downs as far as where we want to go,” Bowles told Undefined with Josina Anderson.

It’s a excellent subtlety noted by Bowles.

A common route for a head coach often is to blast his team for its failures against a particular opponent, or to minimize prior success so players don’t get over-confident when they play the team again. Bowles emphasized that the Bucs played their final three playoff opponents earlier in the season (Saints, Packers, Chiefs) and Arians got the team gelling and with just the right mindset leading up to each of those games.

Joe can’t wait to watch the eight-game winning streak roll on next season, as Arians, Bowles, Byron Leftwich and Tom Brady know their strengths and weaknesses even better.

28 Responses to ““Using Our Losses As Lessons””

  1. Casual Observer Says:

    I can’t recall a more dramatic turnaround (lesson learned?) than the beatdown the Saints delivered at RJ and the post-season beating of them in NO.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Let’s face it.

    Park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring, down-forgetting, handshake-stiffing, jet-ski-losing, biscuit-baking, tequila-shooting, waffle-grilling, trophy-throwing. Super-Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady

    took “America’s Quarterback, Pro-Bowler” Jameis Winston’s team and won a Super Bowl with it.

  3. lambeau Says:

    I feel less adulatory about the coaching staff. It wasn’t rocket science to change from covering Tyreek Hill in single coverage without safety help, or to figure out Devin White and Jordan Whitehead were no match for Jared Cook and Alvin Kamara.
    BA’s philosophy of running Leonard straight into the nose tackle twice and then throwing long on 3rd and 2 is not keeping Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan up at night.
    The playoff run was great, but I still worry the talent outshines the game plans.

  4. HeyItsAdam Says:

    ⬆️ Did Jameis Winston’s team have Gronk, Fournette, A Brown, Wirfs (not Denmar Dotson the Turnstile), a decent kicker & the number 6 defense that can actually get a stop and protect a lead? How many people on “Winston’s team” scored in Super Bowl?

    GTFOH with that nonsense. Anyone who watched this team for more than 5 minutes and isn’t here for the Super Bowl t-shirts knows this.

  5. bucfanforever Says:

    So Brady already has the NFL record for the longest winning streak in NFL history with 21 games. Only 14 wins away from beating his own record.

  6. SKBucsFan Says:

    Question. : “So what made Bucco Bruce Arians a spectacular head coach. last season?”

    .Answer. : … Tom Brady!

  7. Bob in Valrico Says:

    IMO, Jameis not only lost the trust of management and coaches, but some of the team players. You gotta believe you can win, and unfortunately Jameis did
    not instill that confidence in management, some teammates and fans.
    That said ,pretty sure Jameis still has strong bonds with some of the current

  8. lambeau Says:

    Jameis gloating, eating Ws, and hogging camera shots Week 9 tells you all you need to know about his newfound maturity, judgement, self-control, and ability to calmly analyse a situation and adjust his behavior–not playoff caliber.

  9. Jaymiss Pick6 Again Says:

    “So what made Bucco Bruce Arians a spectacular head coach last season?”

    Allow Jaymis to answer that question Joesph…Coach Arians did the opposite of what most NFL head coaches do – read “Adam Gase et al..Coach Arians put his ego aside and let his coaches coach. That, in turn allowed the players to play loose and free. Now you know that.

  10. PSL Bob Says:

    BFF – easy to do if you have a perfect season.

  11. Bucfanatic55 Says:

    I was a Winston apologetic for a long time
    First pass he threw in regular season game pick 6
    Last pass pick 6. That’s when I said enough
    He’s a Saint now and how I Hate the Saints
    We need to knock him on his butt this year
    Winston fans get over it

  12. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Thank you lambeau, well said.

    And Hey it’s Adam…… I mean ndog……


    You have a couple slightly valid points but JayMiss killed this team’s confidence and drive with his turnovers.

    Case closed.
    Geaux follow the Aints.

  13. K2 Says:

    Jameis thought he was a great QB throwing as many picks as TDs. I think he needed to be cut…in order to grow up. He will be a better QB in the future, if he understands why he just signed for $5.5 million instead of $25 million. The bidding war for his services last year was $1million….that was a reality check.

  14. Youngbucs Says:

    I luv when people post the excuses that winston didn’t have this guy or that guy 😂. You people do realize that the biggest upgrade of any position from 2019 to now is QB. Yes the position winston played got the biggest upgrade that’s why the whole it’s not the same team is silly to me.

  15. BuucccNASTY Says:

    Hey it’s Adam. Your an idiot

  16. BucEmUp Says:


    Same roster, different team.

    The first half of last season was less than spectacular and the record supported that. The first half of last season was teams almost scoring at will, completing passes at will and eating up time of possession.The first half of last season had tom brady holding onto the ball too long, lack of diversity in the playcalling and turnovers.

    Second half of the season the offense changed drastically with the addition of the short game and screens, quick releases and pre snap motions, something Jameis never haf

    Second half of the season the defense was locking down wrs and not allowing them to run around the field like stray dogs catching passes at will, scoring at will and eating up the time of posession catching passes at will.

    These are not my opinions, these are facts.Facts that Jameis had to deal with for 4 1/2 season. The fact that Brady had to put up with it for the first 8 weeks just supports that.Id they were willing to force the G.O.A.T to play by their rules and ONLY their rules, there is no argument that Jameis haf any freedom or say in making changes to better the efficiency.

    Brady is the man and lifht year better than Jameis, I am not arguing that, however suggesting that Brady succeeded in the same situation that Jameis was in is 100% false.Haf the coaching staff not made the galf season adjustments and gave into Bradys suggestions they would have finished the season 9-7 and the entore team.would have possibly been dismantled. Thankfully Brady wields enough power to override the unwillingness of stubborn coaches eho dont want to.change their systems gor anyone.

    Watch Carson Wentz revive his career in Indy with his old coach.Perfect example of how its not always the player who is the problem.

  17. Youngbucs Says:

    Bucemup quick releases and short gm???? Winston 7.7 yds attempt Brady 7.6 you where saying????? We also lead the nfl in deep passing are these your opinions or do you have some fact???? Seems like mostly opinions seems like the same excuses that are easily torn apart.

  18. Youngbucs Says:

    Also bucemup 25 of winston ints were in the short to intermediate pass gm so what point are you actually trying to make😂. Yea keep blaming coaches and I’m not saying coaching was great. I saying winston decision making was horrible hope he got that corrected good luck. I honestly wouldn’t bet on it but it’s possible.

  19. BA4President Says:

    Arians doesn’t get enough (any?) credit.

  20. fern Says:

    always remember Carl Nassib’s reaction on the sideline to a Winston int first play after offense caused a turnover
    That spoke volumes.
    Turnovers were the reason he is not here simple as that.
    He costs us at least 15 games.

  21. J.Allen Lofton Says:

    Past losses are lessons to learn from…that experience can define or defeat you. It’s Your Choice. When TB left a Football dynasty in New England to go to the worst franchise in all of sports he sent a profound message to the 2020 Bucs.

    TB choose Tampa Bay Bucs because he saw the talent was there…the coaching staff was there. All they needed was a leader. His leadership changed an entire team into believing in themselves. Winning is a mind set and the greatest teacher in the history of sports has unified a team into believing that “you don’t have to be the best but just do your best.” TB is not considered the most talented quarterback but he is called the GOAT.

    Who’s to say the 2021 Bucs can’t be the greatest team of all time. It’s not just about talent, it’s about being your best. TB has proven that and the 2020 Bucs annihilated the so called Greatest team 31 to 9 and kept them from scoring a touch down. TB will steady the ship and will lead the Bucs back to the promise land.

  22. Natebucsfan Says:

    Will we be hurting ourselves if we go to the superbowl again undefeated instead of a a few loses to learn from?

  23. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Jay Miss was an ATM for every other team in the league and he will be with the Saints too.

  24. Beeej Says:

    JW can do some inCREDIBLE stuff…. 3rd and 23, running for his life right to left, throws a 30 yard dart RIGHT whilst two guys are dragging him down, RIGHTinto Godwin’s hands. Absolutely incredible stuff. Then, very next play, under no pressure at all, throws it right to the safety, no Bucco in sight. Fix that second part, (however unlikely) the first part will put him into the Hall of Fame

  25. BuccoDav Says:

    But, but, but… if Winston had Brady as his QB he would be a Super Bowl Champion!

  26. D1 Says:


    Excellent summary!

    I had a conversation with a fellow fan yesterday that started w an almost identical summary of Winston.

    I think the idea of a “fix” is where things get sideways in a hurry. Winston has not never been right or perfect or something to that effect. You can’t say he needs to be fixed because he isn’t broke. He is the same qb he’s been all his life. Now it’s just not good enough.

    We have to get past the idea that he’s great if he can eliminate the mistakes.
    They’re not mistakes that’s the issue, it’s his entire approach to playing and I’ll include life, that needs to change for him to be great.

    Think about tom Brady and what we’ve learned about him over the season. He’s the gold standard of QBs. Is there just mistakes ints. that separate the 2 players?

    Therefore, it’s logical to conclude greatness isn’t going to result from a reduction in a single stat category.

  27. HeyItsAdam Says:

    BuucccNASTY Says:
    March 28th, 2021 at 10:45 am
    Hey it’s Adam. Your an idiot

    🔥Always love when you’re called an idiot by someone who misuses “your.” It’s the ultimate self-own.

  28. HeyItsAdam Says:


    The entire post is valid. I only post facts. Saying “this was Jameis’s team” is totally inaccurate. The roster turned over too much.

    And go back an look at how many times Jameis left the field with a LEAD or in a position for special teams to put the Bucs ahead. I know that will be the first time you’ve SEEN a lot of those games.

    (The fair-weather always out themselves… you can tell by their vague blathering).