Bruce Arians Confirms Bad Week Of Practice

December 6th, 2021

After the Bucs were pounded last month by the Washington Heinickes, Bucco Bruce Arians said he was flummoxed because his team had a such a great week of practice leading up to the game.

Their performance didn’t match the stellar week of work, Arians said over and over.

Watching the Bucs-Falcons broadcast yesterday, Joe was struck by the announcers twice noting that Arians was quite unhappy with the Bucs’ practices last week. Keep in mind the FOX team gets a private sitdown with Arians on Friday or Saturday in order to prepare for the broadcast.

Of course, the Bucs offense came out swinging and strong while the defense was very shaky early.

Today, Joe asked Arians about the bad week of practice and if the Bucs’ played the way he thought they would.

The head coach didn’t get specific with his reply, only saying “some guys had really poor weeks of practice last week and a couple of them had a poor game that way.”

Arians went on to say his staff will work on getting that corrected, and that the Bucs quickly shored up their run defense after a rough start.

It just goes to show that teams are unpredictable. Practice is critical, but gameday is still everything, especially when you return an entire Super Bowl team and a hearty handful of reserves.

41 Responses to “Bruce Arians Confirms Bad Week Of Practice”

  1. crazyBucs_CL Says:

    @”…After the Bucs were pounded last month by the Washington Heinickes, Bucco Bruce Arians said he was flummoxed because his team had a such a great week of practice leading up to the game…
    @“some guys had really poor weeks of practice last week and a couple of them had a poor game that way.”…”
    ..good week we get the L
    ..poor week we get the W
    next come the question:
    How was the coaching staff performances on game-day @ Washington and Atlanta??

  2. Medicated Pete Says:

    These guys don’t listen to Bruce. Brady is the glue

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    So, a bad practice week doesn’t necessarily indicate a bad game….and a good practice week doesn’t necessarily indicate a good game….I guess you simply have to depend on Brady no matter what.

  4. Robert Says:

    tep TB looked uninterested during the WTF game

  5. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Maybe ya shouldn’t provoke a defense by claiming NO ONE can run on our D, no matter who it is. Except the Atlanta Falcons. This guy doesn’t know how to shut up. Bruce answer every softball a journalist throws at you. How does he know about practice in his own words “The players all know what to do!” I’m sorry I’ve tried but.I give NO credit to Arians for the success of this team other than wining and dining Brady.

  6. PassingThru Says:

    Dunno. The offense looked much more practiced yesterday, but looked sloppy and clueless against WFT. Perhaps Arians is referring to the defense?

  7. David Says:


    You are extremely mistaken. Many of the free agents that came here were glowing about playing for Bruce Arians, not just with Tom Brady.

    It is obvious throughout the last year and a half when listening to all the players that they love and respect Brady, Arians, Bowles, & Leftwich.
    I don’t understand this incessant need by so many on this site to try to pit one versus the other or claim one as ineffective while lifting up another.
    The fact that they all came back and Bowles extended, it’s pretty clear they all get along and respect each other and are actually working together as a team.

  8. Defense Rules Says:

    The Bucs were a very physical team IMO during last year’s playoffs, on both sides of the ball. Thus far this season, our offense has remained quite physical, but our defense … not so consistently. I suspect that a lot of that has to do with suffering so many injuries, but also think that we had a fairly easy training camp.

    This past game was the most physical I’ve seen our DLine attack all season. Of course right now, with the exception of JPP, they’re the healthiest on the defense. Our ILBs & Secondary don’t look to be all that consistently aggressive right now, but again maybe that’s due to lingering injuries & constantly changing lineups. And when their backs are to the wall, they all seem to respond quite well. Really want to see this defense go into the playoffs healthy & playing some great smash-mouth football.

  9. Medicated Pete Says:

    @ David

    This team is very undisciplined since Bruce got here. Players like him because they can get away with not being disciplined

  10. godlovesbucs Says:

    Teams don’t need extra motivation to play well against the super bowl champs. You get every teams best shot no matter what the coach says during the week.

  11. Dew Says:

    OJ alive?

  12. Bucamania Says:

    So many missed tackle. It’s infuriating to watch.

  13. crazyBucs_CL Says:

    @”…Many of the free agents that came here were glowing about playing for Bruce Arians, not just with Tom Brady….
    Why do they get any specific training ? No, TV🤡 train no one.
    Why do they get any coaching advice ? No, TV🤡 coach no one.
    Why do they get any direction for game day? No TV🤡 do NOT participate in meeting
    so what they get?
    1 – Free practice day.
    2 – No head ache during the week, he is not around.
    3 – Sell their a$$es anytime something going wrong.
    TB12 is the only reason they came here, and the reason they are leaving when TB12 is gone. Players LOVE SB, Tom gave them one.

  14. cmurda Says:

    @crazy. That’s not Earth shattering observation material. It’s always like that. Rarely are players going to an NFL team solely for a coach. They go because Aaron Rodgers, John Elway, Tom Brady. The coach stuff is for college.

  15. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Pete (Realist) still taking shots at BA……

  16. Mike C Says:

    Dew, Who?

  17. trawler99 Says:

    I keep waiting for this team to pop, nothing yet. Hopefully they get it together, we’ll see. Offense looks to be okay, defense is average at best. Corners are awful as evidenced by the weak zone it plays.

    I don’t see consistent effort, players aren’t on the same page and there is an appalling lack of discipline, That my friends is coaching. Taunting penalties, are you kidding me. Anyone who thinks Arians is a good coach should have their head examined. Discipline and motivation are instilled by the head coach. Do you honestly think AB would pull his vax card nonsense with a coach like Belichick. When you allow a guy to get away with bad behavior you’ll just get more. The message to the team from the head coach is coming through loud and clear. Do anything you want, there’ll be no consequences.

  18. SlyPirate Says:

    You know who did show up … Cam Gil.

    Two games = two sacks. If he’d played all season, he’d have 12 sacks.

    Get the man more minutes.

  19. cmurda Says:

    @Sly. Word on the Cam Gill shoutout. Dude just grinds and grinds hard with no whining. He has been excellent. I want to love Joe Tryon but the kid has a ways to go to refine his game. Cam’s getting after it with his limited opportuni8ties. Some of Joe’s snaps should likely go to Cam.

  20. JimmyJack Says:

    Maybe players getting suspended and ESPN talking about federal crimes had something to do with a poor week of practice.

    Either way its nice to see this team pull itself together and show up for gameday.

  21. cmurda Says:

    You would think Antonio Brown committed a mass murder by the media’s reaction. I’m sorry. You can’t make me think this is a big deal. Trying to keep things consistent etc. The NFL will not investigate fake vax cards. I repeat. They will not. If they do, they will realize how many fake cards are out there and how stupid this whole requirement is.

  22. JimmyJack Says:

    Another thing that hasent gotten much mention is how we have really cleaned up our pentalties the past few games.

    Yesterday was a lot of fun watching a game with only a few flags. And when they did throw the flag they were pretty much obvisous calls………It kinda felt like the way an NFL game should be officiated.

  23. SOEbuc Says:

    Make it three cheers for Gill. JTS is not any kinda bust. He’s not bad at getting pressure on the QB, just needs to produce the sack.

  24. Mike Johnson Says:

    Better not have a bad week of practice against them Bills. Get a close up of them tonight. This will be a tough game. Kinda like them Colts. Ball out Bucs.

  25. alton d green Says:

    i’m still trying to find out who called that bone headed call on their own 6 yd. line with 27 seconds left till halftime, leading by 10. You call a pass play!!!!!! Just take a freak’n knee. Was it Bruce or Byran. Surely Tommy Boy wouldn’t call that play

  26. D-Rome Says:

    Can someone explain to me what a bad week of practice actually means? Does that mean players were loafing or were not focused enough with details?

  27. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Nelson taking a cheap shot roughing the passer call on the goaline, Davis holding a receiver 3 yards off the line on a 3rd & 14 is a lack of discipline coaching, calling 2 dump off passes before the half with seconds left on the clock up by 10, that’s coaching. Bucs are a VERY talented team with very average at best coaching staff all 200 of them. BA tells the team to do what they want then criticizes and scolds them in public when mistakes are made. What’s wrong with this picture? Do as I say not as I do!

  28. tvan101 Says:

    Good ole medicated pete back with his medicated takes, ignoring that these guys love Arians and want to fight for him.

  29. tvan101 Says:

    Listnfrmafar you sure you’re not Petes alias?

  30. JimmyJack Says:

    List stop it. Why are you trying to put a negative spin on a positive? We had 3 pentalties yeaterday and 4 the week before…….Thats a low amount by any measure.

    If we are talking the last few games its actually well disiciplined football not the other way around…………Your comment is nothing but hot air.

  31. Lesko_Brandon Says:

    Patriots won without throwing the football. Is that Belichick’s way of saying “we dont need you Tom”.

  32. bucschamps Says:

    did AB messed up their practice?

  33. Rod Munch Says:

    Lesko_Brandon – It was Belichick’s way of saying he doesn’t think Matt Jones has a strong enough of an arm to throw it in really really bad weather.

  34. Mr Bean Says:

    Lesko_Brandon – No, it was Belichick finding an old game plan from the 60s when cleaning up the drawers of his desk and saying, “what the heck, I’ll use this one”.

  35. adam from ny Says:

    the heinekin kidd is a gutsy scrappy yung dude…

    what he lacks in talent he brings with heart…

    the kidd could will this team into the playoffs…

    but ain’t no way this nameless bunch out of dc beats brady and the boys come playoff time

  36. JimBuc2 Says:

    I recalled BA saying “Coach ’em hard and hug ’em later,” also that “I don’t want to be a father figure. I’d rather be that cool uncle you want to have a drink with.” IMHO this is a good approach because NFL players are well paid, grown-arse men. If piles of cash are not motovation enough to give your best, surely pride will. Those bright light are quite revealing, and for all the sacrifice players make their NFL career is usually quite brief. From pop warner to your first pro check is a long, tough stretch. Not giving your all gets noted rather quickly simply because the labor pool is so vast. All in, there are about 1500 slots on the planet. That is motovation enough, I would think. For every player that gets signed there are literally thousands who did not. Your arse better be motovated. So coaching is really about refinging the skills that earned you a chance to wear a NFL uniform. I, for one think the Bucs a blessed. I remember the Lost Decade very well.
    Bruce Arians erased that stain the moment he walked through the door of One Buc place. Thank you BA, and equally important kudos to our terrific GM Jason Licht. For all those detractors throwing stones I say SHTFU.
    GO BUCS!

  37. PassingThru Says:

    For those of you who missed the first quarter, two point conversion, Belichick was sending a message to McDermott: “You can’t stop our run”.

  38. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Jimmy Jack, that’s all it takes is less penalties? You didn’t address the type and timing of penalties and the play calling. It’s a miracle, if Bucs keep penalties to a minimum they walk into the SB. Seriously these are professional players that were embarrassing themselves week after week they need a coach to tell them to clean their shat up.

  39. Ronnie D Says:

    So what’s the deal with O.J Howard & Scotty Miller, these last couple of games they’ve been they haven’t been a part of the offense 🤔 I think O.J is our best tight end & Scott can take the top off so why are they M.I.A…?

  40. Ronnie D Says:

    So what’s the deal with O.J Howard & Scotty Miller, these last couple of games they’ve been a no show. They haven’t been a part of the offense 🤔 I think O.J is our best tight end & Scotty can take the top off so why are they M.I.A…?

  41. Joe Says:

    So what’s the deal with O.J Howard & Scotty Miller.

    There are two separate stories that appeared today that should answer your questions.