Bruce Arians Stands In The Way Of An Undefeated Season?

August 19th, 2021


While the Bucs players and coaches are largely avoiding national interviews of any kind, that hasn’t stopped the analysts from weighing in on all things Bucs.

One hot topic remains Tampa Bay’s chances of going undefeated.

Former Patriots linebacker and 2020 clown show Rob Ninkovich happily proclaimed on BSPN that the Bucs can go undefeated and are more likely to do so than the Chiefs. It seemed he’s changed his stance on Bucco Bruce Arians.

Reasoned and seasoned Jeff Darlington, known well for his close connections inside the Tom Brady camp, doesn’t think the Bucs have what it takes to go undefeated.


Darlington says this isn’t Tom Brady’s 2007 undefeated team, calling them a different club with a very different coach.

“Bruce Arians is no-risk-it-no-biscuit. Like he’s the type of guy and get behind in a game and wind up, you know, trying to score 14 points with one pass,” Darlington said. “Sometimes he doesn’t really like playing from behind. They’ll lose some games along the way.”

So Arians doesn’t have the patience to go undefeated? What the heck is Darlington saying?

Do you have to coach conservatively in order to win a ton of games? Last Joe checked, Bill Belicheat goes for it a lot on fourth down and doesn’t play games by an old school book.

Joe thinks all the undefeated talk is goofy until a team finds a way to at least 8-0. If the Bucs get there this season, then they’ll enter the bye week without a loss. That’s a great time to talk about perfection.

31 Responses to “Bruce Arians Stands In The Way Of An Undefeated Season?”

  1. Biff Barker Says:

    An undefeated season is both a stupid and altruistic expectation.
    Follow last years roadmap. Get hot in the second half of the season

  2. OH Buc Fan Says:

    Totally thought with this headline, we’d be reading about load management. Interesting that analysts are critical of an aggressive offense being used to catch up in a football game. Cripes! Can the games start already?

  3. Steven007 Says:

    With the exception of reflexively wanting an undefeated season insofar as I never want my team to lose a game, I truly couldn’t care less. Give me the division and then the playoffs. Whatever suffices for that equation is fine with me.

  4. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Oh my Darling(ton)…guess he has to say something. I agree with Biff ( and like the name ) that an undefeated season is a pie in the sky goal. That 2007 Pats team shat themselves in the Super Bowl ultimately. How about a division title first?

  5. John Sinclear Says:

    In the previous century a team went undefeated. If I recall, it was a 14 game season. In the 21st century no one is going to have an undefeated season.

  6. Beeej Says:

    What CAN be unfortunate is reaching the last 2-3 weeks undefeated, (when you might WANT to rest older players) You go and rest them, blow the streak, and suffer the ire of…..EVERYone.

  7. Buc-em-up84 Says:

    I agree Joe wholeheartedly.

  8. BradyBucs Says:

    We aren’t going undefeated.

    Our “Nosepickers” over-hyped-weak-Secondary will cost us at least a game in the first 3-4 weeks and that ‘dream’ will end quickly.

  9. Joe in Michigan Says:

    As long as the Bucs make the playoffs, and go undefeated in the playoffs, I’ll be happy.

  10. PSL Bob Says:

    Beeej, I have to disagree. The Patriots had a perfect regular season, but lost in the SB. That’s pretty damn close and could easily have been the season that ruined the Dolphins annual ritual. I agree, it’s probably stupid to go into a season expecting to win every game, but if you have the talent of a Bucs team and you take them one game at a time, with a little luck on your side, it’s possible. Hey the Bucs are the only team to play in a SB in their home stadium and the only team to win a SB in their home stadium. Why couldn’t they be the only team to have a perfect season in the first year of the 17-game regular season?

  11. JA Says:

    My goal for this team is to beat the Cowboys and begin the season at 1-0.
    To reach a coveted summit, one must face and overcome many obstacles along the way. Some may be easier than others, but none should be disrespected.

    Anyone remember the 1998 Vikings? They went 15-1 during the regular season. Their only loss was to the 8-8 Bucs. Think they were taking that game for granted?
    One game at a time, boys …

    Perhaps … unrealistic?

  12. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    “Sometimes he doesn’t really like playing from behind.”

    Well who the heck does like playing from behind? What an idiotic statement…

  13. Duane Says:

    An undefeated season is a massive outlier, and all the stars have to align. Too much talent in the game today and the rules are different. This team needs a little adversity to keep its edge. They played bad football before the bye week last year, and put it all together for a nice run. Im more comfortable with these guys losing a couple that they should have won in the regular season, and taking that angst into the playoffs. Still feels odd expecting a Tampa team to be in the playoffs before we even play a regular season game. Its a BUCS life.

  14. ClodHopper Says:

    I remember hearing when the 85 Bears lost to the Dolphins they said it was the best thing to happen to them that season because it opened their eyes and put their heads on right again. I think of that every time I read this undefeated stuff. Sure it would be great if that happened but if anyone on the team is thinking about it already, that wouldn’t be good.

  15. lambeau Says:

    The question is, can Arians offensive scheme match the talent level, or do Green Bay and the Rams and the Saints have more creative offenses, so the coaching, not the players are the Bucs’ limiting factor?

  16. sasquatch Says:

    Undefeated season talk is always stupid. There are reasons why it’s nearly impossible to do. Being up for every game is a challenge in itself.

  17. 74 Bucs Fan Says:

    Doesn’t like playing from behind. Just close your pie hole if you can’t think of a more intelligent take.

  18. Alanbucsfan Says:

    The Bucs lost 5 games last year and won the Super Bowl. I’ll take that again, although I expect better…one game at a time, win the division,
    make the playoffs , home field advantage . Undefeated? -would be great but not worth contemplating.

  19. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    Every game they play has to be like an entire season. Go with what is working, adjust when it’s not. Arians is not the reason the Bucs won the SB, it’s when he stopped being Bruce Arrogance, Mr Coach My Scheme, Mr Riskit All for the Biskit is when they were able to win it all. Having the greatest to do it of all time and an aggressive defense is all icing on the cake. Now if he remains that coach who helped the Bucs win it all last year I have pretty good hopes for them this year. I do believe we will see plays we never saw last year which excites me to watch again.

  20. gotbbucs Says:

    We are talking about the coach that just had his team kick an extra point from the 2 yard line when nobody has done that in three years….so, there’s a good chance he’ll still do some dumb stuff managing these games.

  21. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    LOL, the BEST way to win a super bowl, is the way we won it.
    Lose the division, then get red hot at the very end.
    This assures not only a Super Bowl, but an easier schedule the next year.

  22. SufferingSince76 Says:

    I would like to think the Bucs go into every game expecting to win. I don’t want a team that expects to lose.

  23. Admiral Redbeard Says:

    The only time going undefeated matters is when you reach the playoffs. Regular season record doesn’t matter, just make the playoffs.

  24. Bucsfanman Says:

    Fanman subscribes to one singular theory EVERY off-season: 16 (now 17!) DASH-0. It’s always possible…until the first loss!

    In the end, it’s about the trophy.

    But seriously, 17-0!!!

  25. Sumosam Says:

    I absolutely hate undefeated season talk. In the scope of things it means nothing. Like Bruce said, win the dam division first. All this hopeful wishing is just plain crazy. It’s like a curse.

  26. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Old guys like me were Dolphin fans back when they were the only pro team in the state. The ‘72 Dolphins had a cupcake schedule and split the load between two QBs, neither one being close to 44 years of age. A perfect season would be absolutely amazing, but win the division and another SB and I’ll be delirious. In years past we have beaten teams we weren’t supposed to beat, and lost to teams that we shouldn’t have. We have done that right within our own division. Every team on our schedule is going to be up for us. We should be favored in every, but sh!t happens. I have no doubt that this team is by far the best, most talented, team that this franchise has every put on the field. I am confident in their ability to win it all this season. I just think a perfect record is asking a little too much. Win the division, and then the SB, and I’m good.

  27. August 1976 Buc Says:

    How many games does Brady go into and think, hey this one does not matter, screw it, who cares? I will tell you how many times 0 ZERO times. An undefeated season is within their grasp, GO FOR IT!!! The Dolphins did it in their 17 game era, so why not the Bucs in the 20 game era?
    It is one thing to be a fan and discussing these things, but get in the mind of Brady, who is already the GOAT. He went 18-0 and lost the SB. You think Brady is thinking about losing a game? Hec no, Brady wants an undefeated season, I mean who are we kidding?
    Who plays to lose a game, unless you are tanking for the draft position.

    It all comes down to 1 play at a time, whippin the man in front of you each play.

    This team has as good a shot at an undefeated season, will it happen who knows.

    But in the words of Admiral Farragut.
    “Damn the torpedos and full speed ahead”

    And again in the words of Herm Edwards

    GO BUCS!!!20-0 28-0 run

  28. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    The media can say whatever they want. They are not held accountable. Put a reporter’s bonuses on the line, and they’ll start caring about what they say.

  29. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I don’t really care about going undefeated. Just make it into the playoffs. The rest will happen after that.

    In fact, I predict we lose one of our first two games, probably our first game. Doesn’t matter who we play against.

    Hold me accountable for that prediction, because I don’t care if I’m wrong or right. I just know the Bucs usually start slow.

  30. Bbro Says:

    It all depends on the entire team having the fat head we’re super bowl champs or a team coming out hungry for a win every game. From what I see at this point and heard right now they’re the fat head team and that will start to change after their first loss.

  31. Essex James Says:

    Who cares about and undefeated season. As a Bucs fan I just want to see them hold up another Lombardi thophy.