Bruce Arians Talks About The QB Incubator

May 1st, 2021

The quarterback hatchling is in the house, and Joe is so damn excited to see what happens when he leaves the nest for a preseason flight.

Joe has written during the draft build-up of 2019, 2020 and 2021 that the Bucs should take advantage of their coaches to develop a QB. Guru Tom Moore, along with Clyde Christensen, Bucco Bruce Arians and Byron Leftwich — what a diverse group with experience and savvy they are.

Finally, last night, the Bucs made their move with Gators QB Kyle Trask to close Round 2.

Yeah, it’s early, Joe told Arians after Day 2 of the draft; but Coach, how do you envisions the coaching of the rookie playing out with all those cooks in the stew?

“He’s coming into a great situation, Arians said of Trask. You know, between Clyde fundamentally, Byron systematically, Tom Moore to bounces questions off of, I’ll stay out of the hell out of the way and won’t screw him up. But he’s in a very, very good situation to learn from Tom [Brady] and Blaine [Gabbert] and everybody else.”

Joe was intrigued to hear the breakdown from Arians. And, of course, Arians is joking about screwing up the rookie, and it’s worth noting that Gabbert isn’t on the roster. Not yet.

It’s easy to say that Trask isn’t under pressure, but if he’s wired the way Arians wants him to be, Joe suspects Trask will be acting as if he’s under a load of pressure — internal pressure to win the primary-backup gig in commanding fashion.

It’s May, folks, preseason football in about 100 short days.

39 Responses to “Bruce Arians Talks About The QB Incubator”

  1. Casual Observer Says:

    Great summary/analysis. You are right – pre-season games will be a lot of fun this year.

  2. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Trask may surprise a lot of people, in a few years.
    I like our Draft, so far.

  3. Hodad Says:

    A lot of people are knocking the pick, but isn’t it what Belichick use to do when he had Brady? I believe Jimmy G. was a second rounder, and the Pats sure didn’t need him when they picked that draft. As a matter of fact, Bill would trade QBs like Jimmy for much more then they were worth.

  4. SB~LV Says:

    I see BA slipping into a Tom Moore roll down the road, still involved with the game but without all the hours, last in first out .

  5. Ben green Says:

    Wasted draft pick. He’ll never be a starting qb for you.

  6. Deff Jeff Says:

    Just don’t understand the hate for this pick. Everyone looking for the next mahomes I guess. All he did was carve up defenses every week. The arm strength critique is just obnoxious. We’ve seen arm strength throw 30 INT in a season.

  7. Reddington Neck Shores Says:

    Ben green with the strong take. Except strength doesn’t equal accuracy. Ben hittin too much green on saturdays I’d say, or hasn’t watched the touch trask had to his nfl starter crop of targets. They weren’t 50:50 balls. It will be archived as a miss on the take, wasted anger in the best offseason for a champion in over 40 years. Great draft so far. talent in the Trenches is what we always want. a guy with the same measurable and college production as jpp and very low mileage on the tires. Versatile o lineman. Oh yeah and all 22+ab

  8. '79 Defense Says:

    Man, I hope he can handle the same questions over the years:

    How excited are you to work with Tom?
    What’s it like working with Tom?
    What are you learning from Tom?
    What did you learn from Tom?
    Do you still hear from Tom?

  9. DoooshLaRue Says:

    The quarterback hatchling is in the house, and Joe is so damn excited to see what happens when he leaves the nest for a preseason flight.

    But I thought preseason was a waste of time?
    I can’t remember where I heard that….. over and over and over again the last couple of years, but I’m positive I heard it.

  10. Durango 95 Says:

    Wasn’t on board with the pick last night but what the heck do I know I’m no NFL draft pick wizard. Time get aboard the Trask train and see how it plays out. Great kid w/ a fantastic record in CFB.

  11. Sport Says:

    Doosh. I’ve heard that somewhere too… hah

    I like the Trask pick. I saw some posts from Oneilbuc hatreds and we were in full agreement on some of his takes.


    Trask had a below average online and run game, yet still executed very well.

    The Bucs don’t have those issues. I also love we don’t have to completely change our offense because the new guy wants to run it.

    6’5 stand and deliver!

    Go Bucs!

  12. Sport Says:

    Not hatreds. Yesterday. Damn auto correct

  13. Ben green Says:

    Hey Reddington, his top two targets went 4th and 5th. His tight end is a generational talent. His arm is not special, and his accuracy won’t translation to NFL windows. I can’t understand the love. WASTED PICK

  14. Allbuccedup Says:

    At least Trask has the experience against top competition. That will serve him well in the NFL. Can t say the same about Lance and Wilson.

  15. Ufcguy Says:

    Hey Ben, why are you so dense that you don’t realize the bucs have those same weapons but better. Mike Evans, Godwin, brown, gronk, or howard….are freaking kidding me dude. Get a clue. The guy had a stellar year in arguably the toughest conference in college football and you’re pissed?

  16. jimm Says:

    well, he will have some pretty good receivers here too.

    maybe gabbert comes back as a coach …. doesn’t count against the cap.

  17. Leighroy Says:

    “Sound” argument Ben Green, let’s dismiss Mac Jones bc of the talent around him as well! 🙄

    –Lacks mobility and ability to avoid the rush
    –Lacks a really strong arm
    –Can’t drive the ball downfield
    –Does not throw a really tight spiral
    –System-type player who can get exposed if forced to ad lib
    –Gets knocked down easily

    Those aren’t the knocks on Trask, those were Brady’s negatives in 2000. So let’s not declare anyone a waste just yet, eh?

  18. Natural Selection Says:

    I don’t think it’s a wasted pick if he never becomes a quality starter. It feels like they think it’s a wasted pick if they’re not even confident enough to make him our 3rd QB in his rookie season. If they are that scared of putting him in an NFL game in 2021, it’s worse than a wasted pick. It’s legitimately throwing away one of our limited roster spots out of camp when we are supposed to be all in to repeat.

  19. Locked In Says:

    If they want Gabbert back sounds like Griffin is odd man out – why did they sign him if they want Gabbert back?

  20. Buc4evr Says:

    Time will tell but at least he’s not going to be in the situation that a lot of 1st round QBs are in. They are put in as a starter on a bad team and get their careers ruined. Trask will get time to learn from the Goat, Clyde, and Byron.

  21. #1bucsfan Says:

    While I’m not the biggest fan of preseason I will be looking forward to see what this guy can do. Let’s gooo so hyped for this season

  22. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Feels like a wasted pick to me…even if that makes me a hater/non fan to some. I don’t buy the narrative that he’s the next Brady/Montana that many fan boys are peddling here. I would have preferred a key depth player. If Trask sees the field for anything other than mop up…the pirate ship is likely sunk in 2021.

  23. Defense Rules Says:

    Locked In … “why did they sign him (Griffin) if they want Gabbert back?”

    Insurance in case no QBs they liked fell to them in the draft? Plus remember, Gabbert isn’t signed yet; who knows what he’s holding out for? More insurance. Besides, Ryan only cost us $1 mil for 2021; inexpensive insurance policy considering what most QBs make.

  24. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete Says:

    Reddington Neck Shores,

    Thank you for that wonderful, informative, and classy take.

    I’m excited about Trask’s potential, and much more so after reading your take and hearing about his touch on the ball etc

    Bucs are going undefeated next season, and Brady will win 10 SB’s, then retire. My predictions

  25. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    I like the Trask pick. Give me Trask over Mills or Mond without a doubt. The interesting thing about this pick is that neither Brady nor Arians will be around to see it become fruitful, so respect for them for selflessly keeping the best interests of the organization in mind.

  26. Rob Says:

    Ben, I think the Tampa Bay Buccaneers scouting and drafting people are a lot smarter than you. It’s quite clear you don’t know what you’re talkin about. I would just stop posting if I were you. You’re making yourself look really bad

  27. 1sparkybuc Says:

    This team is good enough to win the division without Brady. Hopefully they don’t have to. This is clearly the most complete team in franchise history. These guys would beat the 2002 team easily, and I have the greatest respect for that team. They would simply be overmatched. Most of the 2002 starters wouldn’t make the cut on this roster.

  28. Youngbucs Says:

    1sparkybuc with the dumbest comment of the day. I pretty sure more will follow right oooneiii nevermind.

  29. geno711 Says:

    I personally would’ve liked rolling the die with Mills over Trask. But I will trust the GM and his staff over my non educated opinion. My UF grad daughter was extremely happy and it makes her more likely to remain a Buc fan even though she has lived out of state for 5 years.

    The Trask pick therefore is a good one in my family.

  30. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Starting to get that vibe that we can do it without Brady from a lot of fans on here. I like Trask as a pick but when Brady retires , free agent heaven retires with him. Best hope he plays another 2-3 years at least.

  31. Colin in Canada Says:

    They keep talking about Gabbert like hes under contract. I wonder if Trask will be #2 or #3 on this team. Griffin will most likely be on the practice squad at this point.

  32. SB~LV Says:

    Incubator is > than the Crucible recent high draft picks by the Bucs at the quarterback position

  33. PatsBucsfan4years Says:

    A- in Daft so far… Great picks👍🏻

  34. Bucanero Says:

    Great we got a bench warmer project. Excellent pick

  35. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Some very highminded comments about Trask. None of us honestly know if he will become a starting QB let alone a good one. But to say wasted pick is pretty arrogant, considering we do not even know what will happen the next day, or next week or next year in detail about our own life. We may have an outline, but very detailed yeah right. If you want to drink sour milk fine. GO Trask, GO BUCS!!!!!

  36. TampaTown Says:

    There are two Joe’s. If you don’t already know that you’re not a regular on this site. One Joe loves preseason (how? why?) one Joe hates it.

  37. August 1976 Buc Says:

    1Sparky The 2020 Bucs would smoke the 2002 Bucs. This team is a more complete team. GOAT QB and a decent defense. GO BUCS!!!!!

  38. CalBucsFan Says:

    Want to be like TB KT? Then I hope you were knocking on his front door about 5:00 a.m. carrying a couple of coffees, vitamin supplements and an iPad, ready to get to work.

    Welcome to the Bucs Kyle, no go soak it up!

  39. Daniel Williamson Says:

    Ben green. You dont sound like a bucs fan you sound like a damn troll. Consider yoself ostracized until you can prove yo credentials grasshopper.