Bucco Bruce Arians Thanks The Media

July 29th, 2021

A day after his profanity-laced rant about sloppy reporting, Bucco Bruce Arians sang a different tune about those who devote their lives to covering the NFL.

Asked about savior linebacker Devin White growing his pass rush skills, Arians thanked those who critiqued him.

“No, I’ve got to thank all you guys in the media for that, telling him he couldn’t cover,” Arians said. “He got pissed and kind of took it to heart, so thank you guys.”

Joe doesn’t think the critique of White was off base. Heck, those who watch Bucs legend and White mentor Derrick Brooks right here on TAMPA TWO heard forms of it.

Like most young players, White had a weak spot in his game. He improved his pass coverage late last season, and White himself has said the media spin not only drove him, but it also got him to dive in a little deeper on details.

Now the question is whether White can continue to evolve in coverage. He’s got to deliver a lot more consistency before anyone can declare him a superstar in the passing game (when he’s not blitzing). But certainly he has the tools, the work ethic and the coaching to get there in a hurry.

10 Responses to “Bucco Bruce Arians Thanks The Media”

  1. Medicated Pete Says:

    Bruce is a little outta control. He might need 30 days in rehab IMO

  2. Buczilla Says:

    Talking smack and then backing it up is a sign of a great player. Sapp did it consistently for many years. Whites doing the same in a less coarse manner and I love the kid. Yes, I’m one of the dummies that wanted Josh Allen. 😜

  3. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    White really improved his pass coverage late in the season and through the playoffs.
    IMHO, it was really his only weakness.
    He is a Hall Of Fame Linebacker in the making, and we are fortunate to have him.

  4. Chesapeake Bay Bucco Says:

    Pete, as usual you are a little outta control and could use 30 days in rehab to get beyond being medicated all the time and saying stupid sh!t

  5. Ftmyersbuc Says:

    Pete your ex wife says hi.

  6. SlyPirate Says:

    Err … BA may not be using foul language but that’s the same message. Thanking the media for criticizing White is a backhanded compliment. He’s telling the media they were wrong … again.

  7. Pickgrin Says:

    White also has one of the best coverage LBers in the game in LD54 to help guide him to greatness…..

    Keeping that dynamic duo together for at least a couple more years was one of the best things Licht did this past (most active ever) off season….

  8. Mickman Says:

    The press are a bunch of babies. When they get called out they try to use the power of the pen to prove their one-sided point. Move on and just report the news not your personal opinion.

  9. unbelievable Says:

    The critique was 100% valid.

    White was not good in coverage his rookie year. Same thing for the first half of last season too…

    Love seeing that kind of improvement!

  10. PSL Bob Says:

    It seems White, as well as other defensive players use criticism of perceived weaknesses as motivation for improvement. They all seem to dive deeply into film and readily accept coaching and advice from fellow players. Although they all have strong egos, they don’t let those egos get in the way of accepting legitimate criticism. Love White and love this team. Go time is almost here.