Bruce Arians: I took late delay of game on purpose to move our kicker back

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When Jameis Winston hit Mike Evans for a 44-yard pass to the Giants’ 9-yard line with 30 seconds left in today’s game, it appeared that the Buccaneers were about to pull out a last-second win. But things did not go according to plan.

After spiking the ball to stop the clock, the Bucs took a delay of game penalty, then lost two yards on a play to center the ball. That’s when they tried the field goal and missed.

We’ll never know what would have happened if the Buccaneers had tried to score a touchdown, or tried to gain a few yards to make the field goal easier. But what we do know is that delay of game was no accident: Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians told his team to take it.

“I just took it on purpose. He’s better back there. That field goal is easier back five yards,” Arians said. “We wanted to move the ball, put it in the middle and make it easier.”

That explanation doesn’t make a lot of sense. It’s not easier to kick a football farther. Buccaneers kicker Matt Gay had already missed two extra points in the game, so he was no sure thing to make a field goal from any distance, but the closer he was the easier it would be. Arians made an unwise choice to take a penalty on purpose.

31 responses to “Bruce Arians: I took late delay of game on purpose to move our kicker back

  1. “I just took it on purpose. He’s better back there. That field goal is easier back five yards,” Arians said. “We wanted to move the ball, put it in the middle and make it easier.”

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    They also ran the ball 7x in a row with 7 minutes left in the game because it kept the clock running.

    Imagine if on any of their last 3 drives they had tried to score instead of trying to run out the clock. I know you don’t trust your QB not to throw a pick but that is some ultraconservative play calling.

  2. The first rule in football should be never trust a kicker to win a game for you. They should’ve at least taken one chance on a touchdown pass.

  3. He’s 100% correct. The kicker is to blame. Some things in life aren’t complicated. You keep the timeout in case of a botched snap or something catastrophic. This was the difference between the equivalence of an XP or a 29 yarder where he pushed it to the right, not a difference between 50 and 55 yards, and you’re questioning the coach when there was like 10 seconds left in the game after that play. I guess people have to write about something.

  4. Yes, due to the angle of the kick if it is on a hashmark, sometimes it is easier to be backed up a bit and not have to hit as sharp an angle. This is basic football knowledge, it’s not like it was a 55 yard FG.

  5. Moronic thing to say. Just trying to cover his ass for egregious error. He intentionally goes back 8-yards – to get his struggling kicker to the EXACT distance of a PAT – two of which he’s already missed in the game.

    That kick is “Good” from 5-yards closer. And then he throws the kid under the bus by saying it’s easier from further out. Arians has been a bad coach throughout his career. Media loves him for some reason (2 COY Awards?). Amazed he’s still in the league.

  6. You kicker was a disaster all day, you had 29 seconds, why not spike the ball and at least try to get your kicker closer. Bad coaching overall

  7. cboys4life2014 says:

    September 22, 2019 at 8:50 pm

    Don’t see why Arians should get the blame for this decision. If your kicker can’t make a 33 yard FG then he shouldn’t be your kicker
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    He should get the blame because it was a dumb decision. Yes your kicker should be able to make it from 33 but do you know what’s easier to make than a 33 yard field goal? A 28 yard field goal. Apparently e everyone but you and Arians know that.

  8. This is surely the early leader for the dumbest thing we’ll hear all season, non-Antonio-Brown division.

    Icing your own kicker. Wow. Stick a fork in this team.

  9. A reminder: As a youth, Bruce Arians drank paint under the assumption that it would make him tougher. Twice. When you factor in that kind of reasoning, “Longer field goals are easier” makes sense.

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