Bruce Arians Confirms “High Ankle Sprain” For Tristan Wirfs, Talks Ryan Jensen Prospects

January 18th, 2022

More injury specifics emerge

Have two ankles ever been more of a focus for Tampa Bay fans?

That’s what happens when your Pro Bowl center and All-Pro right tackle go down with ankle sprains in the opening round of the playoffs.

Per the chatter from Bucco Bruce Arians last night on his team radio show, Tristan Wirfs has “a high ankle sprain,” which is terrible news. Arians described how trainers told Wirfs he could return to the game against the Eagles but Wirfs was incapable of performing.

Center Ryan Jensen’s ankle injury was less severe, Arians said, obvious since Jensen didn’t miss a snap. But Arians explained that both players will first attempt normal walking on Friday as they both are wearing the dreaded boot.

“I probably won’t know anything til Friday. It’s going to take take that long for, you know, to get’em out of the boot, get’em walking on it, and see how they can play,” Arians said.

So Bucs fans will wait.

Joe admits to being depressed about Wirfs having a “high-ankle” sprain. That almost always costs a player a couple of games, at least.

Former Bucs guard Logan Mankins played through a torn ACL when he was with the Patriots, so Joe hasn’t lost hope for Wirfs balling out on Sunday against the Rams.

104 Responses to “Bruce Arians Confirms “High Ankle Sprain” For Tristan Wirfs, Talks Ryan Jensen Prospects”

  1. Francisco Guzman Says:

    A high ankle for Wirfs? I thought it was the other kid. Oh boy.

  2. Francisco Guzman Says:

    If it’s a high ankle sprain he’s probably done.🥺😢This team has been done in by injuries this year. Gonna need someone to help Wells on the right side.

  3. Coburn Says:

    Ywah unfortunately I don’t think we see wirfs until next season… It he plays his effectiveness will be questionable. Jensen may play, but again how well?

  4. Robert Says:

    Wirf was clearly hurting and is a liability if he even looks 1/2 as bad as he did after coming back in.

    Wells……man he got blown up. I like the Idea they have for moving the gaurd to tackle and letting Stinnie start.

    Wirfs or wells will get TB KO’d. You can bet the Bucs are changing their game plan around this.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Can’t they simply amputate the ankle and let him play…..a ankle-less Wirfs is better than most.

  6. SlyPirate Says:

    “Play” and “play well” are two different things.

    With or without Wirfs, I’m expecting a heavy dose of the heavy package to give TB12 additional time.

  7. TheBucsAnthem Says:


    ……this is beyond bad.

    The Chiefs were missing all their good lineman and look how the bucs harassed and DESTROYED a very very very mobile QB!

    Tom Brady is a statue back there….FML!!!!

    It was already bad enough losing AB and CG….

    I may have to start drinking early this Sunday now 😬

  8. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Well the Bucs won’t be able to run the ball now……

    So we’re going to see Captain Dink n Dunk Tom Brady because of the Rams pass rush for sure ….

    If the Bucs defense can play lights out and turn this into a very ugly game with not alot of points being scored….then maybe the Bucs have a chance…..

    But everyone forgets that Bucs DBs aren’t exactly great against good receivers like Cooper Kupp or O’Dell Beckham……

    I’m cringing already

  9. Ed Says:

    Stennie is a decent guard and Cappa played tackle in college. He’s nothing like Wirfs but is better than Wells, even playing out of position. This is a real challenge for the Bucs. Lets see if for one game they can make adjustments to alter the Rams pass rush. One way to do it is to run and get the ball out quickly which they can do both.

    Even more important is that whoever does play on the lines has to beat up on the opponents. The Rams have been sucker punching the Bucs in the last 2 meetings.

    Playing at home, these Buc linemen need to play as mean and nasty as they have ever played. Leftwich needs to play “keep away” from the Rams offense by running the ball and going over the middle. Rotate Vaughn and Bernard in and out and keep the Rams guessing.

    Putting Brady in the shotgun with empty backfield looking for deep shots is a disaster unless the Bucs offensive line can dominate.

  10. John Sinclear Says:

    “Can’t they just amputate the ankle and let him play”?? So TTBBF, what is your suggestion for concussion protocol – amputate the head?

  11. mark2001 Says:

    Just like most games the last third of this year… if we can just find a way to get all guys but for Godwin healthy by the NFC championship, and find a way to squeek by in this game, I’d be estatic. If we rush him and don’t have him available for the championship game because we rush him, I don’t know how much that accomplishes.

  12. LostDecadeSurvivor Says:

    Brady has done more with less. The health of the D matters more, and it looks like we have that.

    If we get one of the two OL back I think we can figure out a way to win.

    The Cardinals defense held up decently until it was clear that their offense would not be contributing.

    The Bucs were without SMB and Dean for most of the match up in the regular season. Defense will come to play.

    “Rams will dominate the Bucs” narrative is starting to sound like “the Eagles will run the ball down the throat of the Bucs”

  13. Francisco Guzman Says:

    I don’t why people are bringing Brady into the conversation. Again just add someone on the right side to help Wells. Gronk is a good blocker but we need him to be a weapon.

  14. BucsFanSince1976 Says:

    Michael Oher can strap it up for a couple of games-he is in shape-sign him now!!

  15. mark2001 Says:

    Before some of you guys start waving the white flag, remember that we had to replace Cappa last year, and the next man up seemed to do an admirable job. Hate to lose All Pro Wirfs. Certainly a big ding to our chances. But this current group of Bucs players and coaches seem to have a “can do”, “next man” attitude, and as long as we are playing, I’ll believe that as well until they prove us all wrong.

  16. Francisco Guzman Says:

    The bucs better not play finesse. Can they play a physical game with the rams is the question. The start of this game is very important. They cannot get off to a slow start.

  17. Bruce Blahak Says:

    Cappa at right tackle is the worry.

  18. Bruce Blahak Says:

    If jensen can’t go….oh my fn hell!

  19. PassingThru Says:

    That’s terrible news. While we don’t know the severity, high-ankle sprains tend to take you out for weeks at a time. It can take a year (or longer) to fully recover from a severe one.

    Sorry mark2001, but it is easier to replace an IOL than a OT.

  20. mark2001 Says:

    Consider… Arians basically said the other day that he hasn’t had or seen (I can’t remember which) a team this hit by injuries like we have this year that is better than about 8-8. This team with their “next man up” philosophy has far exceeded that. So we all need to just hang in there and hope for the best.

  21. Francisco Guzman Says:

    PassingThru looks like the injuries could catch up to them. They will be tested. I just hope Jensen can play. All they need is someone to help on Wells’s side.

  22. Francisco Guzman Says:

    This game will come down to our defense. Can they hold the rams to 24 or less. Can they get a pass rush? Also the corners have to play well.

  23. mark2001 Says:

    Passing…that is true. But we can make some adjustments to mitigate the problem. I’m not discounting what Wirfs brings to the team. After all… “All Pro” in his credentials says it all. But with the culture we now have, and the coaching staff, I think it a too early to throw our hands up and say “woe is us… we can’t overcome this”.

  24. tampabayallday Says:

    If we don’t use more up tempo/ hurry up/ play action we are going to look worse than the cardinals did.

  25. mark2001 Says:

    Francisco… if this team could play D like we did at the end of last year, stop the run, and rattle Stafford, this game could certainly go our way. The D has to really step up.

  26. Mike C Says:

    Well, I guess we should just tell the Rams they win by default and just start preparing for the draft. Smh some of the people in these comments.

  27. Bucnjim Says:

    A lot of gloom and doom from fans after we just stomped the Eagles. It was never close! Now the Rams have to travel to Tampa and figure out how to stop Brady from doing Brady things. The Cards folded it up after the first series so we’ll see how the Rams respond to pressure on both sides of the ball for an entire game. Stop the run slow Kupp and pressure Stafford. I like our chances!

  28. Mike Says:

    This means we will get a lot of Gronk staying in to chip and help out on pass blocking, so hopefully Grayson makes it back because we need another dynamic pass catching threat.

  29. gotbbucs Says:

    Thank God the league in all their wisdom decided to add that 7th team to the playoffs. This way instead of the 2nd best team in the tournament getting a 1st round bye, they get to play a trash team like the Eagles in a meaningless game and get important players injured.

  30. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Yep Defense wins Championships. Gonna need them this week. If we can keep Akers and Michel in check.. Stafford can be rattled into throwing picks.

    OLine problems now suck for sure, but there’s nobody better at making an Oline look good than TB12. Having a house full of Buc fans couldn’t hurt either.

    Unfortunately, if the shield wants the Rams to play in an LA Super Bowl, we won’t be able to overcome that.

  31. SB~LV Says:

    Lots of pain killer next Sunday….

  32. gotbbucs Says:

    Eagles, Cardinals, Patriots, and Steelers had no business being in the playoffs. 2 seed is almost always going to destroy that 7 seed. Stupid.

  33. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    We need to start fast, because if we get behind, the Rams are very dangerous.
    Arizona was playing catchup all game, and look what happened to them ?
    And, they have a mobile QB

  34. Tackleblockwin Says:

    Fans in stadium are going to need to bring the noise Sunday. I’m a firm believer that energy from the stands can help a little bit. On offense we are going to need to find a way to run the ball. Having Brady throw too much is a recipe for disaster. I’m confident the D will come to play. It will be a tough game, but it is doable.

  35. Mcruzer Says:

    Everyone knows if you blitz Brady, he makes you pay. Therefore, I remain optimistic.

  36. Yellow Cornflakes Says:

    Need to edit Joe. Jensen has a back injury, not ankle.

  37. Destinjohnny Says:

    Not good

  38. VSyl Says:

    Yesterday’s game was not scary at all. It was not the case that the rams just played so well, but the fact that the cardinals just played blatantly bad. Totally unprepared team, nervous QB, lack of leadership, etc. That will not happen with the bucs, bucs have all of this. They may lose, mainly because of the injuries, yes, but it will be a great game.

  39. Bobby M. Says:

    Wirfs is super young….he may respond better than expected. If not, at least the game plan will be geared toward helping that side out. I would assume that wasnt so easy to do on the fly last week.

  40. Buc4evr Says:

    No huddle, shotgun, lots of motion, Brady may need to roll out, Three tight ends. Bucs need to play the short game as Brady won’t have enough to time for long passes. Bucs better work in trick plays to negate the Rams aggressive rush. It can be done , the Bucs are not giving up!!!

  41. Listnfrmafar Says:

    I wonder how bad it was before the trainers put him back in. So now we have all the hamstring issues, Gronk, LVD, Godwin running down the sidelines, Wirf & Wells, possibly AB. Naa, the teams trainers aren’t questionable. I hope if this is Brady’s last game he’s not taken out in a body bag.

  42. Tackleblockwin Says:

    Wow, Bucs open -3.5 vs Rams. That line is going to move for sure, right?

  43. Bucsfanman Says:

    It’s not like we haven’t encountered injury issues before. Heck, we’ve played with none of our starting secondary for extended periods.

    We have seen back-up OL come in and play admirably. Stinnie played for Cappa for some important games so it’s not all bad.

    IMO, coaching will be very important in this game. If we are to put OL in position to protect Brady dropping back 40+ times, that is not going to end well.

  44. Thomas Edrington Says:

    Will stick with my thoughts all along that the Bucs are a win one and done….just didn’t weren’t fortunate enough this year, too many injuries, losing Godwin was the worst, now losing Wirfs, well, they better be able to run the football to have a chance on Sunday…..

  45. Buddha Says:

    Stop overthinking. Sometimes things are really quite simple. It’s Brady vs. Stafford. Stafford once had the best receiver in football and what did he do with it. I’ll take the guy with 38 playoff wins playing at home, the guy who spotted Atlanta 26 points in the Super Bowl Buccaneers 30-Rams 26.

  46. Coburn Says:

    If it was an interior lineman I’d be less worried. We have a coupe guys that can play any of the 3 inside positions. We don’t have that luxury at ttackle. I also worry less about skill positions than the line. If Brady starts getting hit could be like the saints game. Like to think being playoffs we will sormhow still be competitive

  47. bucschamp Says:

    Cardinals were afraid of the rams. they played like high school ball. they ere never the same when AH went down.

    bucs got experience and swagger. defense is back! bucs have zero fear in this game. Tom will be savage

  48. TiredBucsFan Says:

    Come on people, enough doom here. Yes, maybe going to be tough, it’s the playoffs. We need to claw out a win! We’ve done it before.


  49. David Says:

    Smith Marpet Jensen Stinnie Cappa

    This is probably what we’re looking at if Jensen can go because it does not sound like Wirfs will.
    A whole lot of the TEs & RBs helping out between Miller and Donald.

    I hope Lenny is back. He’s a good blocker and there will be a lot of running

  50. Bojim Says:

    We’ll be alright.

  51. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Ironic, AZ’s D was ranked 2nd and 8th ranked against the pass. Higher than Rams defense ranked 13th. Murray was afraid moment was too big. Keep it close and see if Stafford has what it takes to go on a game winning drive in the playoffs. I saw a LOT of Floyd blitzing from the outside last night.

  52. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    There’s something I like about these Bucs with their backs against the wall. However, a dominant defensive game will be necessary on Sunday while Bowles has TWO head coach interviews this week. Hopefully they’re zoom meetings and he simply tells them to watch the game on Sunday and gets back to work. The odds are really starting to stack against us. I’m terrified and pumped up at the same time. Go Bucs!

  53. Infomeplease Says:

    Cappa has all week to prepare to play RT. He is a highly skilled lineman! Stinnie can hold his own! The coaches will have contingencies!! TB12 can get the ball out fast!! We have plenty of playmakers too!! If all else fails, we have Divine intervention on our side( just think about the weather forecast last week… 80 % chance of rain -20-35mph wind gusts!)!!! GO BUCS!!!!

  54. SOEbuc Says:

    If Jensen can’t go, Ali would be rotated to center and Stinnie would once again return for the playoffs.

  55. Jerry Says:

    It’s just too many injuries. The roster never got healthy all year. It’s going to catch up to this team now that the OL is going down. Brady is not a mobile QB. And he tends to be at his weakest when under duress and rattled. The Saints did this both times. The Rams did it in week 3. The Eagles got 4 sacks Sunday. The Rams will do that and more.

  56. Mike Johnson Says:

    Spin it anyways you like..If we don’t have these 2 linemen at at least 90% come Sunday? We lose..period. Rams defense is impressive. They have 2 absolute Beast rushing the passer. Take Brady off his spots and we are doomed. At what point do all of the seasons injuries catch up with us? Might be Sunday. LA is hittin on all cylinders Buc fans. They look impressive and hungry. Now we shall see what we truly have against very stiff competition. Ruck up Bucs and get after it.

  57. Eric Says:

    bad news of course but Brady is the master of the quick out, crossing route, and screen. D is gonna have to be extra stout.

    we did persevere through 3 straight playoff road games last year.

    go bucs

  58. Steven007 Says:

    Let’s not make it too complicated. We faced the Rams earlier this season and didn’t play them well. Our secondary was decimated at that time. Not the case this time so Stafford should have to spend a bit more time finding the open guy. Pass rush obviously has to get there. And like last week we need to get back to stopping the run. Offensively, aside from the line playing well obviously, which is a concern granted given the possible outs, we should still be able to move the ball and score. The teams are fairly evenly matched. I truly think it comes down to who wants it more. And I like the experience on our side.

  59. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    I didn’t hear anyone showing sympathy to the other teams with injured olines last year. Bucs need show they are the champ and win in spite of the injuries…the Bucs themselves ain’t gonna make any excuses, so suck it up fans and have faith that our team gets it done! Make it to the super bowl and we get Wirfs back by then…keep winning like they did to get VEA back last year!!!
    Go Bucs!!

  60. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Is Hainsey not a right tackle?

  61. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    The Bucs have to win.
    I’ve already scheduled the caterer for the Bucs Super Bowl party.

  62. Buc1987 Says:

    Doom and gloom.


    Go Bucs!!!

  63. Fishhawkbuc Says:

    Wirfs ain’t playing. High Ankle sprain couple with carrying 330 LBs will have him out for a couple weeks.

  64. DG060 Says:

    If not for horrible shyty luck this team would have none at all. Just unbelievable. To the bitter end w these injuries.

  65. Bruce Blahak Says:

    Gravediggers alert! Time to dig deeper. Gio needs to do the james white thing.

  66. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    Yep, I’m afraid it’s just wishful thinking, to expect Wirfs to play.

    Bucs prolly going to plan-B or plan-C

  67. View from 132 Says:

    I like Wirfs, and he’s been a stud, but I have trouble believing that losing ONE lineman means this team is non-competitive. The team has used about 19 DBs and a dozen running backs, played through Vita Vea missing time last year… if he’s that important, you have a single point of failure which is a bad look for Licht.

    This game is on the defense. If they let the Rams go wild, our offense is too beat up to win a track meet. Second to that is the running game.

    Stafford could still completely implode, too. Yes he’s won a playoff game now, but its Matt Stafford, at home, against a Cards team that was unraveling. This is not the same test.

  68. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    The good news : I’m sure TB12 was up all night studying the Rams defense, looking for loopholes.

  69. ModHairKen Says:

    Mike C.

    Well, I guess we should just tell the Rams they win by default and just start preparing for the draft. Smh some of the people in these comments.

    Right? Bunch of Chicken Littles on this site. Everyone has injuries. Deal with it.

  70. stone crab sam Says:

    I wonder if Brady can get logan mankins to out of retirement for a game or 2?
    We could sure use him…

  71. Colonel Angus Says:

    Defense has to man up, can’t let the Rams screen us to death. Need to see gang tackling, multiple hats in the ball. Gotta get some turnovers. The offense will figure it out, this game is gonna be decided by our defense. Need the crowd juiced up, it’s ok to make noise on 1st and 2nd downs!

  72. Duane Says:

    Another test for the next man up, after the next man up for this team. At least there is time to prepare for the most probable outcome. This game was likely to be ugly and contested, and we have come out on top in most of those. Im expecting the defense to continue to heat up and help carry the load this weekend.

  73. LakelandSteve Says:

    Cappa at right tackle is not good news. He seems to get beat once or twice a game playing guard. Putting him out there at tackle is going to be extremely tough. The Bucs are going to have to put Gronk over there to help or make sure a back chips the defensive end. Our defense is going to need to have a monster game for us to win this one.

  74. PassingThru Says:

    Is Hainsey not a right tackle?

    He was in college. Can he play RT in the pros? Uncertain. NFL teams draft OTs but use them as IOL. Why? Because college OTs are much more athletic and move better than college IOLs. They typically just need to gain a bit more weight and strength.

    When Hainsey was drafted, I thought he might be a Swiss Army knife on the OL, but that was just a guess. Maybe he’ll be a viable backup OT next season, but I’m pretty sure you won’t see that Sunday. Arians preferred an injured Josh Wells over a healthy Hainsey when Wirfs went down, even though it was apparent Wells was really struggling out there. That speaks volumes as to where Hainsey fits on the depth chart.

  75. GrendleBuc Says:

    Didn’t Hainsey play RT for ND? I know we want him at Center but he didn’t exactly play against puff DE’s or OLB’s all the time while in college. He did a great job in mop up duty and has been cross training hasn’t he?

    I did just look at Cappa’s Senior year video from Humbolt. He is straight up man handling fools at the LT position. This might work out okay.

  76. Mike C Says:

    I am going to do my part to make sure the environment is as Hostile as it can possibly be for the Rams, Tom Brady makes everyone accountable, including fans, do your job. L F G!

  77. cmurda Says:

    Seeing how rough of shape he was in when he came back in and played on it, it’s probably a longshot. Yes, it’s awful just like Lenny and Godwin and Shirtless Jumping Jack Man but the next man up cliché is real talk. Let’s do this. If we go deep into the playoffs, I think Wirfs could be ready to come back but this week against an elite defense is a lot to ask.

  78. Cobraboy Says:

    Hainsey is NOT an NFL RT. Right now he is much too small for the job. He needs an offseason strength program and another 30lbs for RT.

  79. cmurda Says:

    Good point passing thru. Once it was evident that Wells was injured, Arians said at halftime we just need him to gut it out. That really does speak to the confidence of Hainsey to step right in. I think Hainsey was a good pick and can be cvaluable but I don’t know about tackle with this competition.

  80. Rob In Land O Lakes Says:

    Breathe in Breathe out. As much as this team will miss Wirfs, Jensen is the key. If Jensen can go, you put Stinnie at RG and bump Cappa to RT. That will absolutely be functional from a running game perspective. The key is whether Cappa can pass block on the edge against Leonard Floyd. If TB12 is upright and not harassed, the Bucs have a chance.

  81. Scooter Says:

    49ers have beaten Rams 6 straight games. Patriots defense held Goff and Rams offense to 3 points in that SB. Bucs coaches should be looking at these films. Both Goff and Stafford have beaten Bucs, I feel its more the Rams offensive play calling that has kept the Bucs defense off balance.

  82. alton d green Says:

    Number 99 HAS TO BE licking his chops hahahahaha

  83. Izod Says:

    Maybe they can move Wirfs inside and slide someone else over? Thanks BA for allowing a clearly injured Wirfs to go back into the game, likely aggravating the injury, when we were already up three scores and had the game fully in control! Great coaching!!

  84. Ben green Says:

    Ben was waiting for the inevitable o line injuries. Thank the NFL for the extra game. They played well all year. The Rams are a different animal though. They pressured Brady relentlessly in the regular season matchup. Better pray that LF can play, and is effective. When Tommy is pressured consistently, he becomes quite mortal. With Donald, and miller, the Rams have the formula to defeat Brady. Pressure with four is key, and the Rams can do it. The only two advantage the bucs have in this game are, it’s at home, and Matt Stafford is a quite capable of urinating down his leg. Ben predicts the bucs will only score 24. If Stafford can manage to hold his water, the bucs could get embarrassed

  85. Cobraboy Says:

    I predict bun green can only score at a glory hole.

  86. Ben green Says:

    Y’all can thank your stupid coach for putting injured players back into a blowout game. Brady can’t stand Arians, and he makes Brady’s job harder. If the bucs don’t get rid of Arians, Brady will retire. It’s a foregone conclusion. Who whould you rather have, a seemingly ageless, and tremendous QB? or an old drunk, who literally can’t perform the job. Evidenced by his golf cart, and Darth Vader like battery pack

  87. Ben green Says:

    Only if you’re on the other side cobra girl.

  88. Ben green Says:

    Where am I wrong cobra? Enlightened Ben

  89. Eddie Marz Says:

    Hey guys don’t forget our defense. We should pressure the crap out of Stafford. He’s not a runner like some of these QB’s that we’ve faced like last week. Force him into mistakes and protect the ball, we’ll be fine.

  90. Primo Says:

    Why does BA give so much injury information. Just give as little info as possible.

  91. mark2001 Says:

    Agree with Cobra that Hainsey isn’t strong enough yet to hold up for any length of time. I further, think Cappa might be the best option at this point in time, and replace him at Guard with Stinnie.

  92. Joe Says:

    Why does BA give so much injury information. Just give as little info as possible.

    Why not? Joe appreciates a man who is honest and upfront.

  93. Mike C Says:

    Hey Ben, who do the Pat’s play this weekend?

  94. Nprbuc Says:

    Re: Mike C. We have a winner for this thread!🤪🤪🤪

  95. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Joe, because opposing coaches don’t get a leg up.

  96. BraumCarr Says:

    I have followed Tom Brady his entire career, this man has played and won with less. Tom Brady is the master, the freaking Goat!! He loves it when folks count him down and out. My grandmother could be on that offensive line Sunday and Tom would find a way to win. He is on a whole different level. O ye of little faith my goodness men pull up your straps and get with the program!!! The Bucs will win… I will say it again.. The Bucs will win!!! Let’s Goooooooooooo!

  97. bucschamp Says:

    bucs need to be creative running the ball. 49ers ran side to side not in the middle .

  98. Cobraboy Says:

    bun, you’ve been talking weak PeeWee Herman bullPelosi for weeks.

    And you have been consistently wrong.

    Go somewhere else for your one-boy circle jerk.

    Surely the Combat Zone in Boston is more your taste than a Bucs fan site.

  99. bucschamp Says:

    vs. Titans Stafford was sacked 4x and threw 2 picks all in the 1st half. their OL have holes

  100. Pete Says:

    We have TB. We’ll be alright. If the D plays like they did in the playoffs last year and last week, I like our chances.

  101. Masterlock majic Says:

    Staff infection is erratic the bucs d will dominate him make him rush throws and harass him..brady finds a way to win with alot less

  102. New England Patriots Fan Says:

    I called Tampa losing Round 1 or 2 when AB ran off the field, and I called NE season was over the day they lost to Buffalo in week 16, as Bill cannot win from the wildcard with Mac. Brady leaving is the only reason I followed Tampa for 2 years as in NE for 2010-2019 winning came from 75% Brady and 20% Bill and 5% Gronk with some Patriots cheating to push it over the edge. Rams have the better HC compared to Tampa and the better overall roster as of this week and they dominated Tampa with Brady in their last two matchups. With all that being said. If Gronk shows up Tampa will win. Tom will always show up, but Gronk can take over a game if he plays all out on blocking and after the catch and seem routes which I think he will. So even me who said they were done when they faced their first good team post AB, is still picking Tampa now, irrespective of who plays Center or Tackle, because in the end if Tom gets his connection with Gronk going he will get 14 pts just off Gronk and probably 7 from a RB and 7 from a surprise WR. The Defense at home should keep Rams under 24.

  103. geno711 Says:

    I agree with Cobraboy that Hainsey looks still too small for an NFL tackle.

    What is funny to me is that so many fans suggest that Cappa should move to right tackle with him not taking a regular season snap there yet.

    Maybe they are correct but really the Buc’s know which guy is most capable of playing right tackle for them if Wirfs cannot go.

    And really is there any position that deserves more benefit of the doubt from our coaching staff than offensive line? This staff took them from a below average unit to a top three unit.

  104. Matt Ware Says:

    Please understand that in Life as well as Football the only thing constant is Change, because when unexpected Change occurs certain Adjustments become necessary in order to provide Maximum Protection for QB12 which means adding OJ Howard along with Playoff Lenny in the backfield on a number of the packages (called unexpected Change) which will slow the Rams aggressive front and will allow for an advantage during certain run formations short passes including screen. controlling the Time of Possession is the Key for continuing to The Next Challenge, which will allow for the Offensive Line to recover, GO BUCS!!