Bruce Arians: Mike Evans “Owned” Marshon Lattimore

November 2nd, 2021

The Marshon Lattimore-Mike Evans rivalry reminds Joe of the wars future Hall of Famers Rondé Barber and Steve Smith, the angry former Panthers receiver, had 15 or so years ago.

Yeah, the Saints beat the Bucs on Sunday, but Bucco Bruce Arians said Evans got the best of Lattimore, the cornerback most Bucs fans despise.

“Mike was open a bunch,” Arians told Bucs Total Access today on the team website. “And I think sometimes Chris [Godwin] was having such a big game, as a quarterback you get a little enamored and you stay away from a guy. But Mike really owned [Lattimore] in this game and it was a shame because we were wide open for a touchdown and you get grabbed and you get no call. That knocked [Evans] off just [enough]. That would have been another big 50 yard touchdown. So I thought Mike played really well.”

The more Joe watches the game, the more Joe sees how the Bucs shot themselves in the foot in a wide variety of ways.

The Saints made their share of defensive plays, but Joe would bet on the Bucs putting 30 points on them every time.

24 Responses to “Bruce Arians: Mike Evans “Owned” Marshon Lattimore”

  1. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    I don’t understand the contempt for Mike Evans, from anyone.
    I think all 31 other teams, would gladly accept Mike Evans.

  2. Swampbuc Says:

    The killer penalties were Gholston’s roughing the passer call which was a poor cll but also no need for him to slam into Simean — Winfield’s pick that penalty erased would have kept 3 off the board for the Saints and possibly ignited a Bucs TD drive.

    Then Cockrell’s defensive holding penalty when the Bucs were looking to keep the Sainta from scoring. Plenty of time left at that point, and Payton would have had to decide to go for it on 4th and long or kick a 55-ish yard FG. The call on Cockrell was legit — but the penalty was horribly by Cockrell, it was inconsequential to the play and simply hurt the team.

    This was a lot like the Dallas game, the difference being Brady gagged in this one at the end like he did in 2-minute situations last year.

  3. Im not tired anymore we Super Bowl Champs!! Says:

    The reality is this. The refs called the game and wanted the Saints to win at home on Halloween night. They could have thrown the same flags on the Saints but didn’t. They had an agenda and killed the Bucs with flags. Oh well it’s the NFL for ya. Go Bucs!

  4. Youngbucs Says:

    Honestly forget the media talk about their matchups. Watch the all 22 from any game Mike beats him all the time even when the ball is not thrown his way. As he’s getting beat he loves to grab and hold. What I’m saying is just because Mike doesn’t have the yardage our catches doesn’t mean he’s getting owned. The saints double a lot also some shutdown corner🙄.

  5. SB Says:

    Don’t listen to the idiots

  6. Youngbucs Says:

    We out played the saints they won the game. They can win the next game also that guarantees us a super bowl.

  7. WalkdaPlank Says:


    2 catches without AB/Gronk/Scotty Miller for Brady to throw to

    He really owned Lattimore

    Love the TD catch though. Wouldn’t say he owned Lattimore because he made one meaningful catch that didn’t even win the game.

  8. Man Child Says:

    @The Beer Whisperer
    Fantasy Football imo. Guy can be silent for a few games each season and doesn’t go for 100+ yards to complement his TD’s too often. Too many people value players in a fantasy vacuum.

  9. godlovesbucs Says:

    Walk- he was wide open on another one, but got held. That would have given him 100+ and 2 td. Also open when Godwin was targeted at the end.

  10. Joe in Michigan Says:

    I don’t always agree with Arians, and although Mike Evans had a better game than usual vs. Lattimore, he didn’t dominate him or anything. Evans did play a part in opening things up for Godwin to have the game he did, which was dominant.

  11. Rod Munch Says:

    The Beer Whisperer Says:
    November 2nd, 2021 at 5:49 pm
    I don’t understand the contempt for Mike Evans, from anyone.


    There isn’t any real contempt, it’s a boring troll with multiple accounts who thinks he’s being edgy when he’s bashing Evans.

  12. Mike Johnson Says:

    I can’t tell, We lost didn’t we?

  13. Rod Munch Says:

    Again, what people never seem to talk about with Evans, is how many pass interference calls he draws. That really should be a stat category, because I’d have zero doubt that he’d lead the league there. It’s probably another 200 yards a year just in that, and Lattimore probably makes up at least half of that.

  14. Zoocomics Says:

    We had the Saints where we wanted them on that final drive, even despite giving the game away, you couldn’t have asked for a better scenario, putting the ball in Brady’s hands at our 25, and all you need is a freaking field goal.

    BOTH of Brady’s throws in that last drive, were risk oriented throws in only the first 2 plays of that drive. I don’t think there are any more secrets to Arians style of offense. It’s go big or go home, you don’t think Dennis Allen knows that? I don’t understand why a team this talented has to go for so many homerun balls especially with the game is on the line. The first one to Evans was 30 yards with a safety over the top. The second one was 15 yards…WHY? WE JUST NEED A FIELD GOAL! Arrogant Peyton gifted us almost 2 minutes and a time out. Why go so damn big? This isn’t me playing Monday morning QB, this is the way we’ve been playing the entire season. We don’t put teams away or we keep too close for 3 quarters before we pull away, why? Because, we don’t sustained drives because we’re throwing deep on 3 and 1 and at times missing those shots. With the talent this team has, we can actually play the high percentage plays. Moving the sticks fed Brady and Belichick for 20 seasons. I’ve seen glimpses of it here in Tampa, and what do you know? It works.

    I hate losing to this f@cking team, this year was supposed to be the changing of the guard after retiring Brees in the playoffs, now we get to hear them say they still own us with Siemian beating us?… did you catch Drew Brees smirk after that game… f@ck Brees, we gave the Saints that game and yet we still had a chance to steal it… this one stings worse than if these idiots would’ve caught fire and simply blown us out. No Jameis, No Hill, beaten by a third string QB?… This team rarely looks well coached and lacks disciplined. I know we’re 6-2…but we get by with pro bowl caliber talent and a handful of first ballot hall of famers. None of this is isolated, we just played a better coached football team than a majority of our wins this season.

  15. Bucnjim Says:

    Well we’re 6-2 and even though that game freaking drove me crazy we could easily go 6-3 or 7-2 the next nine games giving us 12 or so wins. In the 80’s I would have eaten raw chicken and washed it down with a bottle of Jagermeister just to see us in the playoffs. I hope fans realize how good you have things now!

  16. Doctor Stroud Says:

    A heart-breaking loss to the Saints and to a QB who looked like the second coming of Case Keenum, Paxton Lynch, and Derek Anderson. Still, we had a bad loss to the Steelers in the first Superbowl year, and the team bounced back from that. I am much more confident in this team.

  17. David Says:

    Brady did miss him on the deep pass and it did look like he got held a little. Brady also missed him at least two other times where I saw him wide-open.
    one being the game sralong interception where he tried to force one to Godwin on a deep crossing route while Evans was on the underneath crossing route wide-open.

    He is correct. Evans got the better of Lattimore this day.
    The problem was Brady had rough game. Two picks + a fumble and he could’ve easily thrown two other picks.
    He also missed a couple wide-open receivers and made a few bad decisions.

    No problem though… I’m pretty sure he’ll bounce back.

    I still stand by my prediction of 14-3

  18. Leighroy Says:

    He had a great TD play yes. He was open more than usual. To say he owned him though is a tough characterization to swallow, but Brady should have found him more to make that official.

  19. 1sparkybuc Says:

    The reality is this, the Saints have better coaching. We have vastly superior players and still lost. The Saints didn’t turn the ball over. The Saints didn’t commit one penalty after another. The Saints were disciplined. We are not the best team in the conference right now, much less the league. Hopefully we correct these issues after the break.

  20. Doctor Stroud Says:

    I’ll admit that Sean Payton is a good coach, but toward the end of the game when the Saints threw it twice (and really bad throws) instead of trying to milk the clock, that didn’t look like good coaching/play calling to me. Still, I’ll give them their due and keep rooting for the Bucs the next game in Tampa!

  21. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Did Arians mention at the end of the game how Mike pulled up on a perfect pass. I would also ask the question, how come Godwin could fight off the DB’S and make catches. He is above average but not great. Better than any #3 receiver in the league.

  22. unbelievable Says:

    Saints have been getting gifts from the refs every dang week ever since that blown call in the playoffs. I’m so sick of it.

    I was watching the game with a good friend who is a diehard Saints fan and even she agreed it was BS.

  23. Tee Says:

    Brady is the saints bitch.

  24. Zannie Holmes Says:

    I don’t know what Saints team you have been watching but they do not get all of the calls in fact they are still getting screwed. The Bucs got away with a few other penalties with their lack of self discipline.