Bruce Arians Supports His Medical Staff

January 11th, 2022

Hard to blame trainers.

Joe gets phone calls and texts wanting to know what’s going on inside the walls of One Buc Palace.

Sure, some of these folks say with authority that the Bucs’ medical staff and trainers are asleep at the wheel. Why are they allowing so many players to get injured?

Joe throws up a major caution flag at this type of talk. Joe finds it impossible to believe the medical staff is downright derelict in their duties because a rash of players are getting injured, specifically their hamstrings.

Yesterday Arians was asked about all the hamstring injuries and he was blunt in his defense.

“We have one of the best sports science programs in the league so that stuff just happens,” Arians said. “Cyril [Grayson] is a track guy, he’s warmed up and everything.

“It just takes one little slip and you tweak it. It’s just one of those things.”

Mind you this is the same medical staff that oversaw the Bucs damn near go injury-free last season to win the Super Bowl. The only major injury the Bucs had was Vita Vea’s foot. And the Bucs nursed Vea back for the NFC Championship game.

(Sorry, “this Joe” doesn’t consider O.J. Howard’s Achilles injury last season to be “major” in the sense that it would have sunk the Bucs’ Super Bowl chances, though the injury certainly was major for Howard and appears to be the reason for his potential demise with the Bucs.)

All of these injuries are just regression to the mean this year for all the good luck last year. That and a lot of football played. No team has played more games since the start of the 2021 season; the Bucs have played one more than the Chiefs.

Joe finds it hard to believe the Bucs’ medical staff and trainers simply forgot how to treat players or are dropping the ball. Arians is right, hamstrings happen.

Take the case of Mike Evans. Has he finished a season without a hamstring injury? You know trainers pay extra attention to Evans because of his history of hamstrings, yet they happen. Joe’s going to guess that it is Evans’ DNA and no amount of prevention is going to change that.

Remember the joke that it wasn’t a Bucs training camp unless Evans tweaked his hamstring? This year he was in the best shape of his life. The hamstring just happened in December and not August.

No, Joe doesn’t think you can pin all the injuries on the medical staff. It’s just luck. Bad luck this year.

24 Responses to “Bruce Arians Supports His Medical Staff”

  1. Andy Says:

    FLY EAGLES FLY, Go Eagles, Eagles win baby

  2. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    It’s football. Titans have tons of injuries and they still got the#1 seed. Some years are worse than others. If ANYTHING can be blamed for an increase in league wide injuries it could be the extra game. Coaches around the league adjusted practice habits and added more rest days for certain players. I know it’s only one more game, but coaches and players certainly didn’t see it that way. Unfortunately, the NFL will probably just add more.

  3. Biff Barker Says:

    Cappa had a broken foot Joe. Steine did such a good job you hardly knew Cappa missed the playoffs..

  4. Buc4evr Says:

    If the league is going to go with a 17 game season, does it make sense to increase the active roster more to help negate the impact of injuries ? I know they increased the practice squad due to Covid, but think maybe the active roster should also be expanded.

  5. unbelievable Says:

    As much as I want someone to blame, I have to agree lol.

    Though the number of hamstrings specifically, has been a little bizarre.

    And we had the exact thing happen in 2019 with tons of hammies… so maybe there is something to this medical / training staff lol.

  6. My Momma Says:

    The difference has been the lack of a traditional training camp in 2020 compared to 2019 and 2021.

  7. Buc king Says:

    Eat a fat one Andy..Ronde barber for a td shutting down your pathetic vet…
    Bucs will spank you just like last time your qb isn’t ready for the problems we have for him

  8. Gofortheface30 Says:

    Oh Andy, you’re a 7th seed. You know what that is? I’ll tell you. You’re a charity case. It is a charity invite. An after-birth really. The grosss, useless crap you see after a woman has a child. A 7 seed is like making room at the table for the pudding head nerd in your class that no one wants to talk to. Your bastard 7 seed is 8.5 point dogs against a depleted Bucs team. Siriani and Hurts is not going down to Tampa and beating Brady/Bowles/Arians

  9. Bucs since 76 Says:

    I read on line that 73% of professional football players who injury their hamstring happen on grass fields. Maybe it’s a trade off grass fields may cause more slips which could prevent other types of serious injuries but slips cause hamstring injury. I am no doctor just food for thought.

  10. JimmyJack Says:

    Its some kind of sick disturbed instict fans have. Theres an undying obsession to always have one person to blame for any problem.

    The Saints shutout our offense? Fire BL, it will fix everything(nevermind he is running the best offense in all of football)

    The Jets score 24 on us? Fire Bowles, it will fix everything(nevermind if his defense just went 2 full games with giving up a TD)

    When I hear people blame the trainers I just laugh. The next time one single fan praises the training staff for overseeing the most durable OL in the league will be the only time.

    In the eyes of a fan the training staff is just there to blame injuries on.

  11. captivajim Says:

    I think Conditioning , or lack thereof, is why bucs have had numerous hamstring ,quad pulls ..No amount of conditioning will absolutely prevent all hammys–but conditioning at a high level will prevent most..

    twisted ankles,knee sprains , joint problems are generally a risk that’s that’s always out there on the field..

    Medical staff treat injuries After they happen

  12. Cobraboy Says:

    I suspect more muscle pulls come on grass because it can be slippery and there is no muscle memory for a slip, but more serious joining injuries come on turf…because of no slippage or give.

  13. Bird Says:

    Its amazing how all these random fans from other teams find this site

    Andy is just a messiah cult member in hiding. Prolly a nole

    Like ndog or jameisalmighty

    These guys are cowards. Just being trolls.

  14. Leda Says:

    Ask Alex Guerreiro help. He does miracles with Brady

  15. Jbeachbuc Says:

    Major blessings last year injury wise… definitely challenging this year. However far our Bucs playoff run turns out , Eventually, I’ll end being thankful and proud.
    Thankful & Proud that we are once again “Relevant “.

  16. Mike Johnson Says:

    Speaking of OJ, Sure wish he would step up and ball out instead of the occasional 2 or 3 game flash.

  17. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Bucs, but I think there are more acl injuries on Turf fields. Pick your poison.

  18. Cobraboy Says:

    I wish the Joes would turn on a 5-minute edit switch. Hell, 3 minutes.

  19. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Can you say Rob Gronkowski?

  20. Shark Coast Tactical Says:

    I don’t know man…somethings fishy, me
    And the Wife have been saying it all season.

  21. Joe Says:

    Medical staff treat injuries After they happen

    Maybe in the 1970s. “Medical staff” in the 21st century does a whole lot more than treat injuries.

  22. David Says:

    It is so amusing to me how many people here think the Bucs aren’t conditioning or stretching or training properly and that’s why they have injuries.
    Those comments are probably coming from overweight middle-aged men at home in a lazy boy. LoL.

    The Bucs medical staff is probably just a little bit more knowledgeable. It’s football, injuries happen

  23. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    We have a top notch, “state of the art” sports science staff. We have superb strength & conditioning people. I’m sure they have done everything humanly possible to avoid injuries with our training regimes. What we see are guys returning to the field in spite of all of our bad luck, again and again.

    How many of us have intensively watched how the other 31 teams are doing regarding injuries. Not me. I have only so much time and so the majority of it is devoted to being a Buc fan.

  24. captivajim Says:

    Joe,, Tell me more.. Update me