Tristan Wirfs On Bucs’ New Offense

February 6th, 2023

Bucs RT Tristan Wirfs.

So who knows when the Bucs will have a new offensive coordinator or who it will be.

If the NFL is like baseball, they don’t want hirings taking away from the Super Bowl. The football world is descending upon Phoenix now and the NFL loves hyping the Super Bowl.

Just based on that alone, Joe is guessing the Bucs may not have a new offensive coordinator this week.

So last week at the Pro Bowl Games (?) media availability held inside the Raiders’ Roomba in Las Vegas, Joe asked Tristan Wirfs about learning a new offense for the first time since the Bucs drafted him.

Back then, Wirfs had a pretty good tutor, Tom Brady. Right now, Wirfs doesn’t even know who his quarterback will be much less who will run the offense or what it will be.

Joe asked Wirfs about transitioning to a new offense.

“I don’t know, it will be interesting,” Wirfs said. “But I feel like with OTAs and stuff, it will be no problem at all.”

Wirfs thinks the way he and his fellow linemen hang together away from One Buc Palace, they will figure it out quickly. Warren Sapp used to joke that offensive linemen are like cattle the way they stick to their herd. That sounds like the Bucs’ current group.

“I think all of us — the o-linemen talk all the time — we will get it down pretty quick,” Wirfs said.

Who will be the quarterback? Who will be the offensive coordinator? Who will the Bucs target in the draft? Who will the Bucs keep in free agency? Who will they let walk?

Lot of intrigue over the next three months. A lot.

23 Responses to “Tristan Wirfs On Bucs’ New Offense”

  1. SB~LV Says:

    Nice try …
    Can’t fool a hospice patient

  2. Tye Says:

    Knowing our luck, the Bucs are waiting for a shot at Bieniemy after Super Bowl and he Bucs will be the team that proves Chiefs success was NOT because of him!

  3. stpetebucfan Says:

    The OL could become as strong as it was a few years back. First the two tackles.

    Donavan was hurt from very early in the season. He’s never going to be All Pro but he can be an NFL level tackle. Wirfs who was also injured during the season obviously does have the ability to become All Pro.

    Shaq Mason is a very good RG. And if Jensen regains his health he’s a solid center. That leaves LG and backups.

    I realize some here have the patience of a drunken horn dog on the prowl at 3AM. But everybody should have heard the old saw about not grading a draft class/pick in the first 3 years.
    Let’s illustrate our impatience.

    Everybody justifiablity loves Ryan Jensen. Let’s use him as our prototype.
    He played four years in Baltimore before the Bucs signed him as an FA. In his rookie year Jensen was a tackle who played in ONE game! His second year the position changing started. He played LG in 11 games starting 6. In his 3rd season he was moved again, back at tackle he played in just 7 games starting 3. Wow!!! Pretty lame arse numbers for 3 years. In Bucs fandom that means he played one year too many…our fans want to send em packing after 2 or even 1 season. In his FOURTH YEAR with Baltimore he was moved to Center and the rest as they say is history. He excelled, the Bucs signed him and he got an SB ring.

    THREE YEARS of nothing. So how about our young guys? Do we give up on them already?

    The one who seems to catch the most heat is Hainsey. In ’21 he was a tackle who played in 9 games with no starts. In ’22 he is listed simply as OL because the Bucs used him to fill in for injuries not worrying about his natural position.
    He started all 17 games! Do we imagine that experience might benefit him much as it did Jensen? Do we suppose he’ll workout like a beast in the offseason improving his strength?

    Then there’s Nick Leverett…in’21 he played in a whopping TWO games starting none. In ’22 he played in 11 games starting 10. He’s another improving OL!

    Let’s look at everybody’s whipping boy…ROOKIE Luke Goedeke. Like Jensen at Baltimore Goedeke was NOT NFL ready but FORCED to play out of necessity.
    He played in 11 games starting 8. Is it impossible to imagine that was a decent education for a rookie who came from that powerhouse, that factory of NFL ready players CENTRAL FREAKING MICHIGAN. He looked like a rookie!!

    There are 3 players who can help next year. One or perhaps 2 of them could develop like Jensen who also looked like dooty his first THREE years.


  4. Stebobucsfan Says:

    That my thinking Joe. I think after the Super Bowl we will see all of the Bucs new staff hires come together. Everybody’s talking OC QB, I think the new offensive coach hires are very important also

  5. robert Says:

    I just hope we make it through next season w/o the good players falling into the losing mentallity and/or injury so they will be ready when we get a real coach and OC

  6. Dooley Says:

    I imagine it’ll be like our new OC speaks Portugese, and the player have been speaking Spanish the past 3 years so there may be a little bit of overlap in terms of design, some stuff might be the same, but there’s going to be some curve depending on how nuanced our new OC will be with his new crop of players. At the end of the day, if he cannot get his players on the same page, or raise the importance of sound execution, it’s all gonna look like crap anyway.


    Chris Ault(innovator of the pistol offense) & Brad Childress helped Andy Reid tailor that KC offense back in 2013, Bieniemy was hired to take the wheel from those two and keep the program on the road. Fine coach, but he’s only part of the reason KCs’ offense hums the way it has in the last 5 years. Iirc, Ault after leaving KC went over to Europe to coach football and won a title in over there too.

  7. DBS Says:

    Whole lot of crying and whining still yet to come here. It’s going to be a long spring and summer.

  8. Allbuccedup Says:

    Eric # sleeping with Bieniemy# is not coming here for the same job hes got there. They would be waiting on Brian Johnson the eagles QB coach because of his college experience with Trask.

  9. HC Grover Says:

    Feeling sorry for Wirfs. Stuck in Bowlzoville.

  10. mark2001 Says:

    Yeah…the O line had it down by OTA’s last year and was dominate all season long. Whew…that takes some concerns off my mind.

  11. westernbuc Says:

    Good to hear. Line will be better next year with experience/health. I’d like to see Donavan Smith have a year without a busted elbow and off field stuff before we decide to move on. Add a piece or two and we’ll be fine. Give me pass rushers and weapons!

  12. Beej Says:

    DS had some sort ab tear/strain and missed a game or two, but the implication was there was something else more serious going on nearly the whole season, but it was never announced?

  13. #99 the Big fella Says:

    Hcgrover , love your positive thinking.. we get the same inspirational quotes from you every day. Got to love the fan base.

  14. Buccos Says:

    Move Wirfs to LT, Goedeke to RT, Leverett LG, Jensen at Center and Shaq at RG. Hainsey backs up both guards and center. Like a previous poster said. Patience grasshopper

  15. mark2001 Says:

    Might want to look at Sam Darold’s resume.

  16. Goatfarmer Says:

    One word guarantees every position group gets worse in 2023.

    Toad Blowes.

    I guess that’s two words. If he took the Chiefs roster right now and coached them, they’d finish 6-11.

  17. stpetebucfan Says:


    I like your moves on the OL.

  18. The Anomaly Says:

    Smith won’t be here. He will be a cap casualty

  19. steele Says:

    I like your OL ideas, Bucco, but I don’t think Leverett should be starting LG. Neither should Hainsey. Both are backup caliber. LG might require someone from free agency.

    I don’t see any reason why the OL won’t be better if you remove the JAGs who started his season, and rookies.

    As for Darnold. He is a very likely target, isn’t he. Bowles already knows him. And he performed quite well for the Panthers. I wouldn’t hate seeing him at QB, as long as he’s reasonably cheap and the leash is short.

  20. adam from ny Says:

    you know, if wirfs added the body fat to his body that most o-linemen have, he could potentially play at a weight of 380-390…
    (not saying he should add the weight tho)

    such a beast he is, and with not much body fat…


    also he is smart, well spoken, personable, offers up a great smile, and give great podium…what more can you ask for

  21. Crickett Baker Says:

    I’m just glad Wirfs is OK. When he was interviewed at the Pro Bowl he wasn’t smiling, and he put his hand to his heart and then his neck feeling his pulse and I was worried about him after that move-the-chains event.

  22. Rand Says:

    Why don’t Bruce Arians move into OC role again?

  23. Vern Newsome Says:

    This week did not stop the 49ers or Vikings from naming new Defensive Coordinators. That should not stop our BUCs unless they do not
    know who will take the job