“You Can See It In The Workouts”

April 26th, 2022

Bucco Bruce Arians peels back the curtain.

An April fire is burning at One Buc Palace.

And it has nothing to do with everyone there seemingly annoyed by ProFootballTalk.com founder and guru Mike Florio.

The flames are tied to the dumpster fire that was the end of the Rams-Bucs playoff game in January.

Bucco Bruce Arians sat down with Mr. Bucs Nation on the YouTube channel that bears his name this week and was asked whether there was extra motivation at team headquarters because of the soul-crushing defeat to the eventual Super Bowl champs.

“Oh, yeah. Especially on defense. Nobody wants to remember those last 42 seconds,” Arians replied.

“Yeah, you can see it in the workouts. A lot of guys are there working out and taking part already. And we get the extra couple of weeks this year because of a new head coach and guys, they’re taking advantage of it.”

Joe was fired up to hear this. April motivation from a veteran team usually leads to greatness in September.

It would be cool to have the defense — and Todd Bowles’ tweaks to the culture — set the early and fresh tone before Tom Brady shows up for mandatory minicamp in June.

Enjoy today’s NFL Draft special on the Ira Kaufman Podcast!

42 Responses to ““You Can See It In The Workouts””


    The last 42 second, yeah, the new head coach made that defensive call that allowed CK to get wide open……..Todd owes everyone — big time

  2. SB~LV Says:

    BA is an afterthought now, Mr Irrelevant of OBP

  3. alton d green Says:

    You nailed it Tom. Remember the play in the SB when Pete Carroll called a pass play???It was 2nd and about 2 I think with Marshawn Lynch as the runner. That was the ultimate stupid call. Not doubling CK was stupid. It sent the Bucs home to watch the SB from their couch, Just like when he didn’t double the fastest player on the planet (the Cheetah), until he burned our secondary for 200 yds in the 1st freak’n qtr. I cringe everytime i hear the media call Todd a genius. Joey is a great President. Caramel Harris is doing a great job at the border. Get it???

  4. Dew Says:

    I recorded that game but haven’t watched the replay even though I have watched all the rest of our games. I do ff thru both NO games though.

  5. Goatfarmer Says:

    Really it was the last 30 seconds.


  6. Jordan Says:

    Sure hope this is true, Rams playoff games was a total nightmare on every level.

    Got completely out coached on offense, defense, and special teams.

    Totally out physicaled on both sides of the ball.

  7. SlyPirate Says:

    Bad play or bad coaching decision? It’s debatable.

    3 points by the offense in the first half isn’t debatable. I still feel BL lost the game in the first half more than Todd in last 42 seconds. Obviously, Licht agrees or BL would be the HC. Hopefully the offense is showing up this offseason and taking the same accountability as the defense.

  8. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    Many moons ago I read a book entitled “Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus”. Similarly in today’s world it is obvious that we have large numbers of people who see the same realities in almost absolutely different terms. 🤩 I am from Arcturus and some other Buc fans are from Alpha Centauri I guess.

    “BA is an afterthought now.” Bruce Arians has stepped above Jason Licht in one sense to become our “vision master” as a consultant. He will try to keep the Buccaneer ship sailing and raiding successfully for many years to come. He will be the “elder” who keeps the brain trust focussed on the big picture as well as highlighting some details from time to time.

    Our franchise has hopefully evolved into a world class organization under the second generation of Glazers. It took a while. The next seven to ten years (post TB) will tell the story, indeed. That’s how I see things here. Perennial contenders, anyone?

  9. Goatfarmer Says:

    The Arians haters never knew the period of ‘83-‘95 or ‘09-‘18.

    Band wagon drinkers of urinous toilet water.

  10. Razor Ramone Says:

    Don’t forget the missed field goal.

  11. Mike Johnson Says:

    Nope. It was the entire game. You wait until you danced with the Grim Reaper for 3 qtrs and try to comeback. The Rams DEFENSE ran all over us. It was insurmountable Our lack of a pass rush is what killed us. Stafford had time to make Pizzas with extra sauce back there. Nobody wants to admit it though. .

  12. Defense Rules Says:

    TOM EDRINGTON … ‘Todd owes everyone — big time’.

    Horsepuckey Tom. He made a defensive call that was poorly executed. IF properly executed it MAY have been a great call; we’ll never know. But I suspect that’s why so many veterans are taking full advantage of the extra 2 weeks because as Joe said ‘April motivation from a veteran team usually leads to greatness in September’.

  13. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Water under the bridge, but it was a bad call- 30 seconds, no time outs, Rams need 20 yards for FG range – the strategy is allow a short completion and keep it in bounds

  14. BigMacAttack Says:

    Since we’re revisiting history can we go ahead and mention the BS personal foul calls by little man Hockily Ref. Suh bs him call. TB12 bs call for calling him out and I think it was White that got the 3’rd. They we all terrible calls that suggested paid off officials that could have made the last 42 seconds irrelevant much earlier in the game. All refs suk

  15. PassingThru Says:

    Still pissed. That foul taste is going to linger for a long time.

  16. Hodad Says:

    Maybe it’s that, or maybe it’s Brady coming back too. The Bucs went from Trask, Gabbert back to Brady. That’s like having your heart started back up after you’re already dead. You don’t always get second chances in life, this Buc team did when Tom unretired. Brady’s deal is for this year only right now. I would hope every player will take advantage of the opportunity to really win it all. That’s what brady brings.

  17. Stanglassman Says:

    Def Rules. It was poorly executed because it didn’t get communicated fast enough. Apparently they didn’t expect them to go no huddle. But I agree the people jumping to straight to ‘bad call’ is not right.

  18. Allbuccedup Says:

    It all comes down to coaching period.

  19. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Workouts, draft choices, tackling…..all of these articles……where is my daily “Brady-BA rift” article or my Brady to Miami article? …..Very disappointed!!!

  20. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    “…set the early and fresh tone before Tom Brady shows up for mandatory minicamp in June.” – Joe

    If Brady wants a ring this year, he’d better show up long before that. His play quality dropped last year for a reason. He needs to focus earlier…and drag the rest of the team with him.

  21. Bucsfan13 Says:

    Too many times this season the offense and defense started out stagnant. There wasn’t any consistency and it was a recipe for disaster against the Saints and Rams. I thought the first half of the Bills game was the best performance by the team on offense and defense. It was impressive because it was against a good team. But, of course, in the second half we were dismal on offense and defense. Sometimes people get caught up in total offense output and total points scored, and don’t consider that the offense sometimes lacked consistency, and the defense allowed offenses to extend drives too many times. That last drive that the D allowed against WFT last year was embarrassing, and we were one offensive miracle drive from Brady from being embarrassed by the Jets. Taylor Heineke owes our defense a debt of gratitude. We made him look like Joe Montana in the Wild Card game. No way the WFT offers him a contract had he not carved us up.

    The last offensive performance against the Saints was also embarrassing. I don’t care if we lost most of our offensive firepower. We should’ve been able to score at least nine points. The defense played really well. That game exposed the biggest flaw in our offensive philosophy. This a quarterback/receiver driven offense. We are entirely dependent on our man beating your man. We can’t scheme people open to save our lives, and we can’t depend on the run game if the passing game is off. I really need to see more offensive efficiency. We got behind the chains too many times and were in obvious passing situations. Teams were able to tee off against Brady. Match constant pressure and receivers who can’t separate you have a disaster. The Rams and Saints games were evident of that. On defense, we need to limit blitzes and get pressure on the QB with 4. That’s why we MUST draft a DL who can get interior pressure. The tackling was awful and we extended too many drives. I think both things are fixable if the coaches are willing to be flexible. Leftwich said nothing will change with the offense, so that might be wishful.

  22. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    “BigMacAttack Says
    “…all terrible calls that suggested paid off officials…”

    I realize sometimes it feels like that in the heat of the moment…but I seriously doubt any of the officials are paid off. I don’t think they need to be.

    Honestly, I think if a team ticks off a ref, he or she will make bad calls against them to get even. Or they simply like the other team more.

  23. SB Says:

    Goatfarmer Says:
    April 26th, 2022 at 5:01 pm
    The Arians haters never knew the period of ‘83-‘95 or ‘09-‘18.

    Band wagon drinkers of urinous toilet water.


    Well at 10 yrs old I was at my first game on Sept. 12th 1976 and didn’t miss a home game for 20 years so I Know you aren’t talking to me.
    Arians and Dungy are neck and neck to me for our “Best coach in history” conversation.

  24. SB Says:

    Oh and “Hi” Tmax out there.

  25. GOB Says:

    What killed the bucs against the Rams, was stupid, untimely blitzes. They were trying so hard to generate pressure, and didn’t need to. Stafford is not a good QB, when seven or more are in coverage. He eats the blitz for lunch, and always has. A simple gameplan adjustment, and it’s a totally different game. Blame who you want for the coaching failure, but it was monumental.

  26. SB~LV Says:

    I was in my mid 20’s when I drove in from Plant City to see the Bucs first preseason game. I saw all the loses at home in a 0-26 years, I saw the first win in the Ole Sombrero. I’ve seen 250 + Buc home games on my dime. I drove up to the parking lot to lay down my season ticket money when it wasn’t certain that the team would play in Tampa the next season. The Bucs rewarded those 20,000 fans with discounted seats in the RayJay…. So
    If I want to say BA Johnny come lately is a “afterthought and Mr Irrelevant “
    I at least have a perspective as an observer 💪

  27. Drunkinybor Says:

    Just thought I would quickly say, I hate you Florio Simms deserves better than you sorry butt.

  28. Bucsfan13 Says:

    @GOB I would like to also add that Shaq Barrett was getting worked the whole game against a backup LT. He has a habit of getting swallowed up at times and disappearing in some games.

  29. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Goatfarmer Says:
    April 26th, 2022 at 5:01 pm
    The Arians haters never knew the period of ‘83-‘95 or ‘09-‘18.

    Band wagon drinkers of urinous toilet water.

    Oh BTW, lets not forget that nasty little 0-26 beginning lol 1976-77

    I can still remember the day they beat the Saints for the first win.

    lol there needs to be a “Real American heroes” made for all the Bucs fans from 1976-77 lol

    I am sure some here remember the Bud “Real American Heroes/ Real men of Genius” commercials.

    “Real Men of Genius, Today we salute you, Mr pickled pigs feet eater” lol

    GO BUCS!!!!

  30. kyle Says:

    ^^^ goatfarmer, AMEN!

  31. GOB Says:

    While we’re all reminiscing about horrible seasons past, don’t forget the fact that the bucs once had Steve Young. The man went on to become the most proficient passer in the league.

  32. Buccos Says:

    Bowles was so busy with his HC interviews in the week leading up to the game that he missed the number one take away about the Rams offense and that is you don’t blitz Matthew Stanford. If he had spent a little more time game planning for the Rams things may have ended up differently. However, quite possibly it was the Rams year. The stars all have to align to win the Super Bowl. With all of our injuries and job interviews we were a day late and a dollar short.

  33. ModHairKen Says:

    It’s over. Move on.

  34. Bruce Blahak Says:

    Severely outplayed the whole game. I’m not counting it as a heartbreaker. They were lucky to be still in it.

  35. DG060 Says:

    Just win it this year and the Rams disaster will be forgotten.

  36. DEEEMO Says:

    I look at it this way…if we would have won the Super Bowl last year would we have Brady, Jensen, or any of the other guys coming back this year? I think that Ram loss only fueled the fire for this year. Remember when the Lightning lost to the Blue Jackets after winning the regular season? It fired them up to make some changes to their game plan and they went on to win back to back Cups. Thinking the Bucs might be doing the same. And to all you Todd Bowels haters…Remember this was the guy who totally shut down the mighty Kansas City Offense in the Super Bowl and everybody was calling him a Defensive Genius…..unreal the hate. LFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. Brandon Says:

    Yes, it was Bowles fault… not Winfield, who knew if he got beat to not be over his head… but yeah, Bowles… meanwhile, boy wonder Winfield gave up well over 100 rating when targeted against the pass while Edwards was 67 rating. For those of you still hating on Jamel Dean, opposing QBs had a rating of 50(!) when throwing Dean’s way. Diggs of Dallas gave up an opposing rating of 55. Dean is our best DB and some of you slugs want him run out of town.

  38. Pewter Power Says:

    That’s something all coaches say, we’ll see if it translates on game day because it means to me we won’t see very many slow starts like all rams games

  39. Peskajumba Says:

    JimbobBucsFan, I’ve wanted all you said to be the case, but we already saw what will happen the second Brady leaves.
    Tony Romo said, right before Brady’s, “way to f’ing go” near the end of the SB, that the culture in Tampa had been changed forever. I wanted that to be true, as well.
    These are still the owners that tried to lie to a court to get BP relief money and then requested it be kept a secret when the attempt failed.
    This is still the Todd Bowles that coached the Jets.
    This is still the organization that seems to have a phobia of having a good secondary.
    This is still the GM that drafted a kicker in the 2nd round.
    These are still the guys that stuck with the 30 for 30 psycho with the “W” diet and the psycho that calls himself a gremlin and holds his own body parts hostage after they did things that supposedly would not be tolerated by the team.

  40. BucYou Says:

    Bucsfan13 had a great assessment of the games and I have the same views. I believe Bucs underutilized Miller and leaned to much on dropping balls Johnson. Even Gronk was out of his element in many games after coming back from the rib injury and the defense extended plays for the opposition because they weren’t in their spots. Over pursuing in the fourth quarter and not spying on the QB made the Bucs D look horrible at times. I believe they will have a different mindset this year and baring injury we will make it to the big game.

  41. FrankieD Says:

    I am a man of my word. I gave you the chance to remove the offensive post. You are not worth my time anymore. I will never grace your racism allowing pages again. Too bad you have no common decency. Makes me think infinitely less of your opinions and a lot less of my team. You will not make one more penny off of me.
    Not seeing what you’re referring to? Not seeing other comments from you.–Joe

  42. FrankieD Says:

    I checked back to see if you replied. Thank you. My other comment was not posted. It relates to the following post from early in the thread. I have edited out the initial part to show only the part I refer to:

    alton d green Says:
    April 26th, 2022 at 4:30 pm
    Caramel Harris is doing a great job at the border. Get it???

    Again, I am hoping to continue coming here for football camaraderie. There is no place for @#&* like this. I await your response, and would like to read news on the draft but will refrain until I hear from you. Thank you for your attention to this.