Bruce Arians on Bucs’ plan: “Win them all”

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The Buccaneers are 3-7, and have lashed themselves to the mast of a quarterback who leads the league in interceptions.

Coach Bruce Arians is not giving up the ship, however.

Via the Associated Press, the Bucs coach had a clear answer when asked his focus for the rest of the season.

Win them all,” Arians said. “You can’t win them all until you win one.”

The Bucs aren’t exactly on a hot streak, having lost five of their last six games. Which means they’re likely to miss the playoffs for a 12th straight year, the one thing consistent about the franchise.

They’re still trying to figure out what to do with Jameis Winston, whose contract year performance has not been stellar (18 picks), and makes it hard to determine next steps.

“This team, we have a gift habit,” Arians said. “We keep giving away points early in games and then try to fight our way back. . . . It’s been a habit, and it’s one that we have to break, no matter whose fault it is.

“It’s frustrating as a coach because I see us practicing and preparing extremely hard. Guys are staying extra hours to prepare, but then it’s not showing up on Sunday. And for me as a coach, it’s my job to figure out why. That’s kind of where we’re at right now.”

Now all he has to do is win the next six games.

16 responses to “Bruce Arians on Bucs’ plan: “Win them all”

  1. Defense doesn’t slump. Neither does o-line. How many top QB picks are in the top 10 these days? Brady, Wilson, Brees, Rodgers, Mahomes, Jackson…none of those guys came at the top of the drafts for their teams. Sinking the time and capital into blue chip QBs proves again and again to be poison for teams. Build a good team, find a quarterback. It still takes some luck and a lot of homework, but it doesn’t put you on the Browns/Bills/Jets/Dolphins track of drafting a QB #1 every 3-5 years.

  2. WOW, another day another quote from the self proclaimed maven of football. When will Bruce simply learn to keep his mouth shut? For all the time he likes to hear himself talk just think if he took that time to concentrate on improving his QB and team.

  3. aj66shanghai says:
    November 19, 2019 at 9:44 am
    Defense doesn’t slump. Neither does o-line. How many top QB picks are in the top 10 these days? Brady, Wilson, Brees, Rodgers, Mahomes, Jackson…none of those guys came at the top of the drafts for their teams. Sinking the time and capital into blue chip QBs proves again and again to be poison for teams. Build a good team, find a quarterback. It still takes some luck and a lot of homework, but it doesn’t put you on the Browns/Bills/Jets/Dolphins track of drafting a QB #1 every 3-5 years.
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    3 of the QB you named literally came at the top of the draft for their teams as the teams used their 1st round pick to draft Rodgers, Mahomes and Jackson and the Chiefs and Ravens traded up to get Jackson and Mahomes, the Chiefs gave up two 1st round picks to get Mahomes. A lot of teams have found extremely gifted franchise QB’s in the top 10 of the draft, most of the young promising QB’s in this league are all top 10-12 1st round picks. Arizona went out and drafted QB Kyler Murray first overall this year who is absolutely killing it showing the talent to quickly become an elite top 5 NFL QB in the near future. If you look at all the franchise QB’s drafted over the last 25yrs you will see that it is proven you have a much better chance of hitting on a franchise caliber QB in round 1 than you do any other round of the draft and your chances drop significantly outside of round 1 and it becomes almost impossible to hit on a QB in the later rounds of the draft in rounds 3-7.
    Your point is valid though that you dont necessarily need a 1st round pick to find your QB as some teams have lucked into finding a franchise QB in rounds 2-6 of the draft but those QB’s are few and far between and it is very HARD to find an elite QB outside of the first round of the draft.

  4. Arians is delusional. Tampa Bay has ZERO chance of winning their last 6 straight games. The Bucs aren’t going to go anywhere until they fix that defense which I imagine is the plan over the off-season and they need to find an answer at QB because Pick 6 Jameis is not the answer with 18INTs this season w/ 5 games left to play. The worst thing Tampa could do is sign Winston to a long term contract extension over the off-season because if he plays this bad while he is trying to get paid imagine how bad he will be once he has 10’s of millions in guaranteed cash coming his way. Being Tampa has a top 10-12 pick in this years draft ( picking somewhere between 8th-12th overall) they should heavily scout Tua being that he is likely to fall a bit due to his injuries. If Tampa has a chance to draft Tua with their pick or trade up 2-3 spots & draft him the Bucs should make that deal and RUN the pick up to the podium because with the offensive skill players Tampa has Tua would BALL OUT in Arians offense & would be a huge upgrade over Jameis.

  5. Win them all….That’s a great plan Bruce I’m sure no other team out there has ever thought about winning them all that’s really groundbreaking and forward thinking…So how do you plan on winning the next one on your way to winning them all with that interception machine you have at quarterback? That is the million dollar question

  6. Every week Arians’ reputation drops another notch. He’s lost. It all started with his delusional belief that Winston could be a good QB. Nothing good will happen in Tampa until Winston is gone. And even after that they’ve got a long road ahead.

  7. “This team, we have a gift habit,” Arians said.

    The Bucs have been in the Christmas spirit all season, apparently.

  8. Normally I’d agree and say professor Porkchop is delusional, but if you look at the schedule it’s doable. Falcons, Jags, Colts, Lions, Texans, Falcons. 3 home, 3 away.

    …then I remembered they have Jamies Winston.

    3 of 6 is the best you’re gonna get spare rib.

  9. Not a fan of Arians, but what is he supposed to say? I hope we win 2 or 3? Get rid of Mr. Turnover, and improve the d.

  10. I look at the Arians quote a different way. I am more inclined to think a reporter asked a dumb/obvious question where about the only answer that Arians should give is “win them all”. As a Bears fan that has often listened to the press conferences, I am used to hearing the media ask dumb/obvious questions or creating a crazy specific scenario that they want the coach to address. Then, all the media can take the quotes without any reference to the questions used to get those answers and make of it what they will.

  11. First, I think Bruce overestimated the Bucs from day one. Listening to him, it seemed the Bucs would easily make the playoffs. I would have though a 9-7 record was more likely and a 10-6 would be outstanding.

    Second, the OL needs better tackles, especially Demar Dotson. Speed rushers run around at will and he’s good for several false starts and holding penalties a game. The OL needs to learn how to pass block as well as run block. Both are part of football.

    I’m not sold that Jamis Winston is a franchise QB, but he has many of the tools. It’s also hard to judge Winston because when he drop backs to pass someone is always in his face in passing situations. I might be inclined to franchise Winston next year instead of giving him a new contract. That may also depend on who might available when the Bucs draft this year.

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