Bruce Arians Talks Mental Weakness, Physical Effort

August 1st, 2021

Bucco Bruce Arians talked today about watching film of Saturday’s first practice in pads and his first impressions of Sunday’s effort.

The coach had a consistent message. The Bucs look like a team now that’s making a lot of mental mistakes but busting its ass while doing it.

More of that falls on the offense, Arians said, noting that there were far fewer accountability problems on defense.

So Arians wasn’t too annoyed, but he did reveal an edge to his attitude when he barked about how receivers have to make more plays in practice for Tom Brady, referring to today’s work.

None of this is surprising for a training camp, but then you realize that every offensive starter and more is back from last season, including the greatest football leader known to man. So maybe it is a little odd that a full week into camp the mental game is off.

Joe is almost pleased that the Bucs are showing some struggles. That can be humbling — a good thing for a Super Bowl team. And who wants to peak in August?

17 Responses to “Bruce Arians Talks Mental Weakness, Physical Effort”

  1. Jim Says:

    I agree; a few struggles might be a good thing.

  2. Defense Rules Says:

    Wow, I thought it was just a couple weeks ago that so many JBFers were talking about this offense scoring 35-40 PPG and the Bucs going undefeated this year.

    I love your comment Joe about our defense having ‘far few accountability problems’. The best thing that could happen to our offense IMO is for our defense to take ’em to the woodshed. That’d give Tom Brady that much more incentive (and ammunition) to detour offense purring like a finely-tuned race car engine. It’d also probably boost our defense’s confidence a bunch knowing that they neutralized the #4 offense attack in the NFL.

    Might be wrong, but I think our defense will be more of a story this year than our offense. Fully expect ours to be a Top-5 defense & to get a bunch of takeaways.

  3. Defense Rules Says:

    Hmmm, ‘detour’ is apparently synonymous with ‘get our’ to my automatic spell-checker.

  4. geno711 Says:

    Got to think plenty of NFL teams were watching our game film from our last 8 games and trying to determine the best way to attack both our offense and defense.

    We have a new season with experienced coaching and many dedicated pro players. I expect there to be times where we are not humming during the season.

    It will be interesting to see if Arians is the right guy for two in a row (I am a fan of him). We know that Brady will be doing his part to repeat.

  5. Beeej Says:

    And most of them will conclude they need to put pressure in the middle to prevent Brady from stepping up in the pocket

  6. Alanbucsfan Says:

    So maybe it is a little odd that a full week into camp the mental game is off.
    – Maybe off season changes/modifications to playbook can account for mental errors.

  7. SB~LV Says:

    WR’s just don’t get hurt in practice trying to make a crazy catch chasing a bad pass… save that for real games.

  8. Medicated Pete Says:

    Bucs players know the perfect recipe for making their favorite food but are procrastinating right now b/c the big dinner is months away

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I think we’re seeing why there’s a training camp….& for some of the less experienced…..why there’s Joe’s dreaded preseason games.

    Here’s the question….is our defense better than our offense? At least I think they are gaining on the offense.

  10. JimmyJack Says:

    If the issue is coming from our recievers thats proably a best case scenario. Between Mike, Chris and Antinio I dont think we will see many issues spilling over into the regular season.

    But as far as depth goes it sure sounds like the door is being left open for the rookie to push forplaying time. I might gotta agree with those thinking Scotty Miller is a one trick pony. He didnt really show much besides the go route last year……..But that one trick he has is a deadly one so not a bad weapon to have in the arsenal.

  11. Godlovesbucs Says:

    Typically offenses lag behind the defense early in the season.

  12. SB Says:

    When you have the leagues best offense playing against the league’s best Defense you will have struggles every day on one side of the ball
    Something has to give.

  13. SOEbuc Says:

    It is hot as hell. But I did agree with Arians yesterday that your own dumbass fault if you weren’t doing at least a little training down here before OTA.

    Sounds like defense is holding things down (for the one week of practice)

  14. Cobraboy Says:

    Trust me: at this point in camp, coaches love mistakes, give them a reason to chew tail and demand improvement. Keeps player egos in check…

  15. DoooshLaRue Says:

    I have the utmost faith in Durable Donnie to keep this offense humble.

  16. Mikadeemas Says:

    Geez Pete, you’ve really lost your game bro! You need to hook up with Kobie and son!! GO BUCS!!

  17. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Dooosh: The “Durable Donnie” comments remind me a lot of the Realisto posts, before he came up missing. You need to decide if durability is actually important or not. You slam OJ Howard for not being durable, then act like durability means nothing in the case of Donovan Smith. That’s called “talking out of both sides of your mouth”, which leads to losing any credibility you had.