“They Know How To Raise The Level”

January 10th, 2022

Can our beloved Buccaneers flip a switch?

It’s fair if you think they must.

Bucco Bruce Arians went there today, though he didn’t reference the team’s recent sluggish starts in games against the Panthers and Jets.

The head coach was asked about taking a veteran Super Bowl team to the postseason this year, versus a lot of wide-eyed dudes last season.

“They know how to raise the level, I think,” Arians said. “And I’m anxious to see us on the practice field this week. You know, last year we almost practiced too hard [during the playoffs] because [we were] so excited. You raise your level of everything, preparation, practice, everything, for the playoffs. And I can’t wait to see us Wednesday.”

Again, Joe has to point to Tom Brady, who is the perfect guy to measure the pulse of the team and its focus.

Thankfully, the Bucs landed the Eagles to open the playoffs. Joe’s confident the Bucs won’t have to play their very best game to win.

27 Responses to ““They Know How To Raise The Level””

  1. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Could’ve done without that last sentence, Jinxy Joe.

  2. Bird Says:

    Their success will depend on getting our studs back
    We need all of them (except grayson which likely out)

    But look at teams in playoffs: we beat cowboys , pats, bills, eagles
    And beat colts and fins who were close

    We got to have good game plan for eagles cause darious slay will be put on mike evans and a lot of qbs do not throw slay’s way. And would try to slow down gronk. Other guys will need to show up

  3. Miller5252 Says:

    Like White last year, let’s hope Shaq, JPP, Lenny and possibly David come back with huge performances. The D really needs the help going against one of the best running teams in the league.

  4. Mike Johnson Says:

    Remember what they say about those easy looking games on paper. They sometimes are the hardest. We should..be able to handle the Eagles though.

  5. SB~LV Says:

    They better!
    The most consistent thing about this team has been inconsistency!

  6. Buddhaboy19 Says:

    Eagles are playing well, they have won 6 of 7.

    Probably need a spy on their QB, and we need to shore up that 3 and long defense. Defense will probably need a turnover to win.

  7. Bucs Guy Says:

    Is Ronde available for the Eagles game?

  8. DarenGibo Says:

    I remember thinking how easy WFT would be in first round last year! Any given Sunday! Tampa has to come out 100% focused, no slow start, and be ready to bust out the hurry up offense as that is such a weapon with Brady!

  9. PassingThru Says:

    Well Phili is on a roll of sorts, having turned their season around after a poor start.

    But then the Aints are the only team they’ve beaten with a winning record this season.

  10. HC Grover Says:

    The Souper Bowl is now On the Table. I raise you a Brady and Gronk.

  11. HC Grover Says:

    Anybody know how to get the game program online?

  12. Coburn Says:

    Isn’t that what playoffs are about? Throw away whatever you did I regular season.. it’s all about whether you xan elevate your game and get hot. Hence why if it’s the eagles none of what they did before matters

  13. David Says:

    I know a lot of people are pointing at the Eagles coming back earlier in the year to make it close. And pointing out some of what the eagles do on defense that is troublesome.
    The bottom line is the Buccaneers can be a balanced offense, a pass heavy offense, or a run heavy offense. Whatever they feel is needed. Dallas just hung 51 on the Eagles. There is no doubt in my mind the Buccaneers will score at least 30.
    On defense, they need to double-team Smith and have everyone else ready to stop the run.
    This should be 41 to 17

  14. BradyBucs Says:


    Seems like so many of these recent games we let the other team score first and then we play catchup.

    Let’s score 7 first and put the pressure on Philly… and get a stop and then score again and get them panicking and pull them out of that run game to will only eat clock and work against them if they fall behind.

  15. ItzOK Says:

    in Brady we trust. I’m not worried as long as we have the 7 star general at the helm

  16. SlyPirate Says:

    Washington was the most difficult game during last year’s playoff run. Philly will put up a fight but the Buc’s will prevail.

  17. captivajim Says:

    very Surprised to read that last sentence Joe !!!!!..

    We need the Bucs “A” team to play an “A” game for ALL 60 minutes.. If we start off flat as we’ve been doing for last 2 games—our playoff run will be over

  18. Stone crab sam Says:

    Itzok that’s ‘7 ring general’ at the helm😂

  19. BBro Says:

    Let’s hope so because lately we’re not even playing for three quarters but yesterday was an improvement after the first fugly quarter

  20. Ed Says:

    I expect Philly to be defensively good against the Bucs. As long as our line holds up and Mike Evans can play possessed like he did vs Carolina I feel good.

    What will make me not feel good is if our defense starts out poorly and allows all of those 3rd down completions. Philly is run heavy. If David doesn’t play I expect them to run at Minter on the edges. Maybe they bring Whitehead in to help out like a LB.

    Hurts is still a running quarterback and last time we played him he got hit a lot. Pass rush wasn’t effective against Darnold other than collapsing the pocket.

    Balanced Buc offense can get the job done if the defense can force more punts.

  21. Anonymous Says:

    Very skeptical they can raise the level. Brady can continue to play well but anyone else doing the same is a guessing game. Fournette will not be ready Sunday.

  22. Ed Says:

    We don’t need no Fournette, Scotty Miller can run the sweeps and K Vaughn gets tough grind it out yards. If they need receiving back they got Bell. I’d rather play the guys that have played the last couple of weeks than a rusty Fournette coming off a quad injury.

  23. unbelievable Says:

    Agree jmark.

    Joe likes to tempt fate and play around with putting curses on us every week 😂

  24. unbelievable Says:

    I’m worried about our defense. We’ve been gashed in the run game by much worse teams than Philly….

  25. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Ronde should introduce the team then play the most important play in Buccaneers history on the Jumbotron!

  26. Ryan k Says:

    Stop with the “jinx” talk and have confidence boys! Bucs by 50.

  27. alton d green Says:

    it all depends on which Bucs team shows up. PERIOD!!