“It’s Going To Be Different This Year”

October 27th, 2021

Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians.

Was Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians calling a shot at his press conference today?

The more Joe listened to a specific statement, the more it sounded like it.Arians seemed to suggest that the Bucs will play a home game or two in the playoffs. Of course, the first task to accomplish this goal is to win the division. And beating the slimy Saints in the Superdome on Sunday is a big step.

Arians was asked by Joe’s good friend Rock Riley how the Bucs are different this year than last year knowing most of the players have been practicing and in meeting rooms for over a year.

The Bucs are putting in more work because they understand the ramifications of wins and losses, he replied.

“Oh, our guys, we are working as hard or more than we did last year,” Arians said. “I think there is a better attention to detail because I think, now they know what’s at stake. Games in September and October mean something when it gets to December and January.

“You start talking about home field advantage and all of the things that we learned about last year for the first time. It’s going to be different this year.”

So what would be different? The result of last postseason? Joe sure hopes not. The Bucs, remember, won it all.

The Bucs also ran the table in the playoffs by winning every road game except the Super Bowl (🙂).

Does Arians mean to say that will be different because the Super Bowl will be held in Los Angeles? Or was Arians letting the world know the Bucs will play playoff games at home in January?

This is all very interesting to Joe.

35 Responses to ““It’s Going To Be Different This Year””

  1. AL121976 Says:

    Pretty simple, the Bucs know who they have, they know the playbook better, they know each other better and also have a heightened sense of urgency to play better, especially with injuries.

  2. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Last year there was no continuity as a Brady led team, I mean like Bruce has stated many times, the playcalls to Brady were just words early on, but now Brady knows the play book and also the stuff he has done for years is also in there.

    SO it is a big difference and the fact that this is the 2nd go round, and they are Champions now, that the team knows what it takes to win again.
    That feels so good to type, the Bucs are Champions and they know what it takes to win again.

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  3. firethecannons Says:

    I just want to beat the Saints. Playoff talk is for another different day if we are fortunate. The Saints game must not be taken for granted. They will be jacked up and ready.

  4. Defense Rules Says:

    The path to the Super Bowl might be different this year, but the quality of play is always the same since playoffs are ‘one-and-done’ format. Pretenders get eliminated quickly in the playoffs.

    I suspect that a lot of media & fans didn’t really take the Bucs seriously last season until, oh ya, we won the Super Bowl. We were kinda the cute ‘mouse that roared’ … until they realized that the roar wasn’t coming from a mouse at all but rather from the lion perched on top of the mountain.

    Our Bucs are still the lion this year, and at 6-1 we’re still roaring. Bucs will win the home field advantage because the lion now knows what’s at stake, and anyone trying to take our crown will have to knock us off our mountain.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I just visited New Orleans and I can tell you they are feeling it from our playoff victory there last year……I bravely wore my Buc hat……but i felt some glares…..

    This will be a very hard fought game and closer than most think….but I think we win again with Brady….

    We need to put D White on Jameis & LVD on Kamara….the entire game.

  6. Seattle Buc is back in TB Says:

    Lenny and Rojo were really gouging the Bears, pretty much at will. They have to keep the running game going and keep Brady protected well, if the Bucs do that they will outscore the Saints. Complmentary physical, disciplined football.

  7. geno711 Says:

    Looking forward to getting a road trip again this year to a Buc’s game.

    This weekend. Buc’s at New Orleans.

    As always, trench dominance will be a big part of the game. If we beat or equal New Orleans in that part of the game, we should win.

    Our trenches actually started to change in the 2nd half of Arian’s 1st year here. We don’t always win the trenches, especially against New Orleans but we have won those battles more than the other team since about game 7 of 2019.

  8. Craig Says:

    I can fully believe that the Bucs are lining all the ducks into a row to mow them down.

    The Rams game still interests me because of how vanilla the team looked. It was like they were setting them up for when they get here for the Divisional game.

    All those points left on the field against Da Bears also looked like a set up to me. Lookee there, the Bucs are not a precision machine.

    We’ll see, but I think the Bucs, at worst, will be the 2nd seed. Home playoff games after winning the Stupor Bowl here would be spectacular.

  9. JimmyJack Says:

    Geno I agree. Especially against N.O. it is all about the front Lines. Especially our OL.

    I thought the same thing entering the Chicago game, remembering last year when their DL gave us fits.(the Saints did the same last year).

    But the Bears werent even an issue, we manhandled them. Even though the Saints might be the bigger test Im calling it early. If think the Bucs OL has already proven with our playoff run last year and our play this year that we are an elite OL. We arent getting beat by the Saints the way we always have. Our OL is too good to allow that.

  10. JimmyJack Says:

    Oddly enough it seems like the Falcons have done some of the best work generating pressure on Brady.

    And its mostly been throwing blitzes at us we arent prepared for. It sure seems like they got something figured out against our protection. Lucky for us they are just the Falcons……..But if Im going to worry about pressure on our QB Im not really worried about the Edge like I have been for the past 20 years…..Im more worried about somebody figuring out a blitz that can fool us.

  11. StAugBuc Says:

    Every week these comments contain pearl clutching about beware the (Bears, Dolphins, Pats, Eagles) are going to sneak up on us. We are SB champs and 6-1. Are the Bucs going to lose a few more games? Probably, But enjoy the ride instead of looking for the outliers. We’re still winning while missing 5 starters

  12. Biff Barker Says:

    Right now our only concern is beating NOLA in NOLA come Sunday.
    I had my doubts we could do it l last year.
    Memo to Bucs faithful: this seasons playoffs is probably going through GB and NOLA again.

  13. geno711 Says:

    Biff Barker. What do you see to suggest that New Orleans is better than Tampa?

  14. StAugBuc Says:

    By NOLA you must mean Northern Los Angeles

  15. Biff Barker Says:

    Geno, I don’t see anything more than we re playing a division rival in a hostile environment. Best let history speak.

  16. Infomeplease Says:

    Biff… Appropriate name!!!!! IN Your DREAMS!!!

    Just watch the Game come Sunday and eat your words!!! Oh and I might recommend Frank’s Hot Buffalo Sauce to go with your crow!!!

  17. JimmyJack Says:

    Biff Barker is right about N.O……..The path for the Bucs does go through New Orleans…….It goes through this Sunday and afterwards that team will be in the rearview mirror.

    Green Bay? Im not so sure they win tomorrow night……They might just join the Saints as teams who will be looking up at us for the rest of the year.

  18. 2021 Year of the GOAT Says:

    time to kick some arce in Nawlins……….

    1 game at a time ,Focus , Do your job , it will happen……

  19. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Saints just brought back Mark Ingram… interesting 🤔

  20. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Jameis will choke. I have defended him against what I consider to be unfair attacks in the past, but I am convinced, Jameis will choke. This is a presssure game for him. He doesn’t hold up well mentally under pressure. Brady has three games experience now in this rivalry. He is confident in the plan to beat them. Jameis is shaky. He will choke.

  21. DaBux Says:

    We broke Drew Brees.
    We broke the Packers.
    We broke the Chiefs.
    We broke the Iggles.

    Time to break Jameis.

    Crush them.

  22. Bucschamp Says:

    saints think this is revenge game, they want to beat the bucs badly. But deep down inside their dark subconsciousness, they know they have no chance.


  23. Tim R. Says:

    The Saints have a good defense. Tom Brady will take control of what is given and the offense will give the defense fits. I would like to see the passing game open up the running game. If the Bucs can have a good day on the ground that will be more than the Saints can handle. I expect the secondary to show more of how they have improved. If the front four can push the offenseive line back then the blitz will again be successful. Now that the fans are back it is imperative for the Bucs to get as many wins as possible. Sunday will be another win. Go Bucs

  24. Elita Vita Says:

    How much of a difference you think it will make now that the saints re acquired Mark Ingram?

  25. Hodad Says:

    Jameis owes us a pick six, or two, throw in a fumble. We deserve at least that from him for all the turnovers we endured for 5 years.

  26. Jerry Says:

    Everyone keeps praising the Saints defense. The Giants put 27 points on that defense. The Panthers got 26 and the WFT got 22. Yet they are going to shut down and frustrate Brady and the Bucs who have the league’s #1 passing offense and a pretty darn good offensive line? Someone needs to explain to me how that’s going to happen.

    Saints have the #10 passing defense. You think that will be a problem? The Bears have the #12 passing defense, and Brady still scored 4 touchdowns. The Saints have a total of 11 sacks on the year….5 of which they just got Monday night against Geno Smith who did nothing but run backwards every time he got the snap and take an eternity to get rid of the ball.

    Arians was asked why have the Bucs have struggled historically in the regular season against the Saints? And his answer…”turnovers.” Simple. If the Bucs don’t turn over the ball and keep the penalties to a minimum, I don’t see how the Saints win this game. The Saints need turnovers in order to win this. They need DPI flags. They need the Bucs to beat themselves. There is no way, no way in hell, Jameis Winston is going to outscore Tom Brady unless the Bucs make more mistakes than they do.

    Everyone keeps thinking this is the same Saints team as last year. Jameis Winston is no Drew Brees. Their receiving corps has been bad. Kamara is their only true playmaker. They got a few good defensive players like Harris and Lattimore and Jordan. But on paper, the Bucs have the better roster. The Bucs have more talent. And the Bucs should win this game.

  27. cmurda Says:

    Or was Arians letting the world know the Bucs will play playoff games at home in January?

    ^^^^ That’s all that was meant by BA’s statement

  28. Netwalker Says:

    I just heard that Tom Brady gave the guy that returned his 600th touch down 1 Bitcoin for his generosity.

  29. Netwalker Says:

    Jeez. 600th touchdown ball. That’s a great gesture. In a few years the guy could be set for life.

  30. Anonymous Says:

    The Saints barely beat Geno Smith on Monday, They scored 13 and the Hawks collapsed and gave them the win. Brady is not Geno Smith. Bucs will be ready. Don’t worry.

  31. Alan Collingwood Says:

    Technically, the Bucs won all four playoff games on the road. They were the “visiting team” for Super Bowl LV, remember?

  32. JimBuc2 Says:

    So much nail-biting and trepidation. Why? This game features the only member of the infamous 30-30 club, Jackwagon Jameis, vs Mr 7 Ring GOAT Tom Brady. Not to be ignored either is our peerless fearless Oline. So, who among you is really scared of the Big Bad Wolf Aints? As I recall the last time our team lined up in the Supreme Dome the Bucs forced their star QB, Drew Brees into retirement. Shame on you who doubt. Seriously; for shame! I’m flying my Skull N Crossed Sabers high and proud! Sack, pillage, and plunder, when our Bucs bus pulls away from the Super Dome what they will see in the rearview mirror will be shattered dreams, and flamed out playoff hopes

  33. Pryda...Sec147 Says:

    We are always hyped in sec 147 can’t imagine going to a playoff game in RayJay! I might shed a tear

  34. Eddie Marz Says:

    Ain’t scared of The Saints. After Sunday the whole league will be looking up to Tampa. This team has what it takes and still wants it. GO BUCS!

  35. Redsox/Bucs1 Says:

    “Ain’t scared of The Saints. After Sunday the whole league will be looking up to Tampa. This team has what it takes and still wants it. GO BUCS!”

    Even if we win the whole league will not be looking up at the Bucs. The Cards and Pack are already 7-1 and the Rams are playing Houston so they will also be 7-1. The best we can do is tie them on Sunday. So they will be looking to the side at the Bucs. Very top heavy NFC this year which is all the more reason the Bucs need to win this week. Need to go 15-2 for the #1 seed. No room for error. Keep the pressure on Bucs! Fire the canons!