“I Thought He Progressed Greatly”

August 30th, 2022

The door was open for Bucco Bruce Arians to make a bold statement on third-string quarterback Kyle Trask.

The best head coach in Bucs history didn’t run through it with his hair on fire.

Arians went on a media tour today promoting September’s National Cholesterol Education month (is it ok to feast at Burger Monger while you educate?) and joined The Rich Eisen Showwhich Joe heard on SiriusXM.

There he was asked about Trask, the Bucs’ second-round draft pick in 2021 Joe was hoping Arians would say something like, “Kyle is on track to be a starter next year ” or “Trask would be the No. 2 quarterback on nearly every team in the NFL,” but Arians didn’t go there with the Trask love.

“I thought he progressed greatly,” Arians said, noting that Trask got a lot of reps this summer and played well at the University of Florida in 2020.

Arians also added that he likes Trask’s feel for the deep ball and that Trask has every question answered for him in the Bucs’ deep quarterback room.

It wasn’t the endorsement Joe was hoping to hear. Yeah, Joe’s being picky, but considering Trask is about to disappear for several months Joe’s diving into what might be the last public morsel on Trask in a long time.

30 Responses to ““I Thought He Progressed Greatly””

  1. Letsbucinggo Says:

    Should have cut Gabbert instead of Ryan. This team has no future with Gabbert none of the other 31 teams would not even pick if he was released.

  2. Beej Says:

    At this moment–If Brady gets a concussion or something–Gabbert would be a more effective QB by far

  3. Listnfrmafar Says:

    BA likes his guys and unfortunately is to loyal to them Gabbert & Darden. Both should be gone, Trask was average at best but better than Gabbert. This team is SCREWED next season. Neither of those guys should be on this roster. If Brady goes down run with Trask, that way Bucs know what they have or don’t have for the future. Twelve years is a good enough sample size.

  4. DoooshLaRue Says:



  5. SB~LV Says:

    If he can improve that much in 2022
    Well that is the inflation adjusted $64,000 question

  6. Buc92’ Says:

    The man said Trask answered every question that needed to be answered in a deep qb room … what more of an endorsement by BA do you need lol


  7. BucBoy Says:

    Dumb, Joe. Arians is never gonna say that Trask surpassed Arians’ pal Goobert, which he did.

  8. BucBoy Says:

    Joe is always looking for the negative in Trask. That’s why Joe has ignored that Trask had a higher quarterback rating than BOTH Brady and Goobert on Saturday night. Didn’t fit the narrative Joe likes to push.

  9. D Says:

    The deceitful title had me thinking Joe might have actually posted a positive article about Trask. Should have known…

  10. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    All of BA’s choices didn’t make it……..Tyler Johnson was cut.

  11. Alvafan Says:

    If we had used that pick on an O-lineman we would of had someone we could plug into the line this year that had experience. When you have a top five QB you take your window of opportunity and worry about the rebuild later. Even if he’s given the reins next year it’ll be to get a top 5 pick in the draft. He’s got career back up written all over him.

  12. SB~LV Says:

    Love it!
    Pre season is over and the bickering and passion is picking up!

  13. Rod Munch Says:

    I think people way over value Trask, 2nd and 3rd round QBs rarely end up doing much in the NFL. QBs either go in the 1st, and after that it’s basically a lottery ticket.

    With that said, I thought Trask progressed nicely. The big question about him has always been his arm because of those cupcake slowball rainbows he threw in college, but this preseason, he showed that he can throw with velocity… most of the times. I did notice at the end of the game when he’s either tired or rushing, he goes back to this college powerpuff slowballs, but I think that can be fixed with reps.

    I think he’s shown enough that next year, if Brady isn’t back, and the Bucs are in alleged ‘cap hell’, I’d have no issue with doing a roster reset and just letting Trask play. I don’t think he’ll look all that good, probably lead the Bucs to like a 6-11 season, but that’s OK if it’s a ‘soft rebuild’ just meant to clear up the cap. If Trask doesn’t look like anything, then you just sign a vet or draft someone else the year after. If Trask does look good, then great, you got a QB. Now, conversely, if the Bucs still consider themselves to be contenders and Brady isn’t back, then no way in hell am I turning the team over to Trask, but the deal when we signed Brady was always that you’d pay for it down the road, and I have no issues with that.

  14. Craig Says:

    BA has always preferred trying to rebuild a broken down QB to developing a new one.

    He would only put a big endorsement on Trask if he had a perfect QB rating in all three preseason games. Then he would still reserve a space for Brady and Gabbbert.

    He came as close to glowing as he ever could because Trask has never played with the number 1, 2, or 3 guys. Almost no one he played with is even on the team anymore. Those still left have bigger questions around them than Trask does.

    I think he will 9-8 next season.

  15. BUCman Says:

    Splitting hairs aren’t you Joe! Sounds like a good endorsement to me! You’ve gotta stop listening with your anti Trask ears!

  16. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Why is Joe anti Trask? No one in the Bucs Org is heaping praise on him. He has looked ok, but nothing to write home to momma about lol

    Trask has proven only that he has a long way to go.

    We need a QB after Brady, and so far Trask has not set himself apart from anyone in the NFL accept maybe Ryan Griffin.

    I hope Trask can be the guy, but again he has only proven he is a long way from a starting QB job in the NFL.

    GO BUCS!!!!

  17. David Says:

    Trask has done well so far while playing with garbage players. I am just shocked that he is not inured in these meaningless pre-season games with no protection. No other team draft 2ed round qb and use him the way Bucs do.

  18. David Says:

    Joe, Please do not manipulate BA’s statement to reflect negatively on Trask. This is what BA said ;

    “We selected him in the second round because we wanted a young quarterback on the roster that we really liked. He’s a fighter and has everything you’re looking for in a quarterback – size, arm strength, he’s smart. He’s developing right where we think he should be,” Arians said in an interview with The Spun. “There’s no better situation than sitting behind Tom, and he’s got Blaine Gabbert helping him. Kyle got a ton of reps this year. I thought he progressed exactly like we thought he would.”

  19. GOB Says:

    Brady isn’t in the business of helping a backup. That being said, instead of a 10 day Vaca to get Botox in the Bahamas, or whatever the hell he was doing, he could’ve helped the kid out a little. After all this is his last year, with the bucs anyway. It’s pretty clear that Trask isn’t what they thought he’d be. The plan was probably to turn the operation over to Trask. From what I’ve seen, that’s a recipe for 6-11. They have to good a roster to play it like that

  20. Oneilbuc Says:

    It really doesn’t matter who the bucs have at quarterback after Brady leaves. Rather it’s Trask or they draft another quarterback this fan base on this site will look for fault in the new young quarterback they draft. As soon as he has 1 bad game or throw one pick he’s going to be ran out of Tampa. Kyle Trask was the best quarterback in 2020 according to the stats. He had the most touchdowns and yards and completions and was a hesiman candidate and actually was able to sit behind Brady and learn. The bad part about it he didn’t take a snap in practice the whole year in 2021 and still done well for the players he was playing with. Now everyone is panicking about the offensive line because of Brady but Trask played with a trash o line and no one said nothing and they blame Trask. So if Brady struggles yall need to have that same energy with Brady but I know yall not it will be the team fault not Brady. I’m still waiting for some body to say Brady lost the saints game when he threw a pick 6 and lost the game. Now if that was Jameis or Trask then it would have been their fault why we lost against the saints lol 🤣🤣.

  21. Eddie Marz Says:

    A lot of negativity here. Trask needs reps to develop. The book on him is not over. What your looking for is improvement and the young man has shown it. Brady’s still here, so no need to rush things along. Just hope he’s ready when the bell rings. GOBUCS!

  22. Oneilbuc Says:

    That’s why the bucs has never developed a quarterback and that’s why I believe that as for now Tampa Bay is where young quarterbacks careers come and die until they developed a quarterback.

  23. lambeau Says:

    Is there any doubt that Davis Mills would have been the better pick? BA blew it.

  24. RGA Says:

    The 2-9 David Mills with the 35.5 QBR?

  25. August 1976 Buc Says:

    That’s why the bucs has never developed a quarterback and that’s why I believe that as for now Tampa Bay is where young quarterbacks careers come and die until they developed a quarterback.

    Oneilbuc, you seem to like to say that, but that does not change the fact of Doug Williams

    DOUG WILLIAMS Tampa Bay QB, 1978 Draft

    4th Player in NFL history to throw for 10,000 yards in his first 4 years
    Thats Development.
    1 of only 4 ever at the time, in the history of the NFL at that time.

    So no matter what some say, it is a historical fact what Doug did as a Buc QB

    GO BUCS!!!!

  26. GOB Says:

    August, Steve Young.

  27. BucBoy Says:

    “OneilBuc says: Now everyone is panicking about the offensive line because of Brady but Trask played with a trash o line and no one said nothing and they blame Trask.”


    Trask played with garbage men (nothing against garbage men) and still had quarterback RTGs of 95.3, 75.6, and 99.6 in his 3 preseasons games, for an average RTG of 90.16. Quite good for a de facto rookie. I doubt Brady or Gabbert would do better playing with Trask’s garbage men.

    Another factor I am convinced is race. If Justin Fields had been drafted by the Bucs in 2021, sat out the entire 2021 season, and put up the numbers Trask put up this preseason playing with garbage men, the Bucs fanbase would be screaming that Fields should be #2 this season and definitely should be #1 next season.

  28. August 1976 Buc Says:

    GOB…. Steve Young had a rough 2 years before he was traded to San Fran. In a 1985 game the Bucs played the Packers in a Snow Bowl. The Bucs got trounced in the game. They actually used that game in a Rolaids commercial back in the 80’s. 1 memory from that game is Steve Young picking snow out of his facemask after getting a face full of snow. Steve was developed by the 49’s. Lol Just another lowlight from that era.

    GO BUCS!!!!

  29. BucBoy Says:

    August 1976 Buc,

    Doug Williams had a quarterback rating of 66.2 in his 5 years with the Bucs. That’s not “development”; that sux.

    Later, Williams won a Super Bowl with a loaded Redskins team.

  30. Wild Bill Says:

    @Rod Much. I USUALLY agree with most of your posts, BUT, It took Brady a few years to get his chance. He was not an early round choice either. Trask was basically ignored his entire 1st season. He was not on the old coaches wish list so he sat on the bench all year which is not unusual for a rookie qb who is not a top 3 or so out of college. Suddenly this year Brady retires! Maybe? Or maybe not. Suddenly the OLD coach “retires”. Hmm and shortly after Brady comes back! Total coincidence, right? Also the team top brass realizes they have two experienced dogs as backups and a young guy who was never given much exposure his whole first season , including preseason. Suddenly the new coach says Damm, we gotta see what the kid can do! We’ll I think the kid did pretty dam well considering the lack of experience all of last season. I say Trask showed he has the size and arm strength enough to deserve more chances. Bingo he leap frogs the perrineal dumber 3, the team is shaken by Brady’s will he won’t he dance ! We he stay or will he go soap opera! Trask showed decent potential in preseason. With the Brady soap opera ( Giselle? ) the Bucs need to work Trask as much and as often as they can. Especially since their likely draft position will preclude a highly rated qb in either the draft or by trade without giving up a lot of talent in a trade. The old coach and his love for his old timer mediocre qb have put the bucs in this situation.