Bruce Arians: “You’re not going to beat good teams playing this way”

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The Buccaneers have fallen on multiple occasions into double-digit holes this season. They did it again today in Atlanta, and they managed to come back and win. Coach Bruce Arians knows that falling behind isn’t the way to win in January.

“We lost to the Chiefs and the Rams by three,” Arians told reporters. “Both of those games spotting them [points] and playing this way. It’s not going to happen. You’re not going to beat those good teams playing this way. We’ve got to play better in the first half than we played today.”

The Buccaneers trailed 17-0 at intermission before waking up in the second half. It’s a trend that started in Week One (down 17-7 at halftime to the Saints) and that continued in Week Four (down 24-7 in the first half to the Chargers), Week Six (down 10-0 in the first quarter to the Packers), Week Eight (down 14-3 in the first half to the Giants), Week Nine (down 31-0 at halftime to the Saints), Week 11 (down 7-0 in the first quarter to the Rams), Week 12 (down 17-0 in the second quarter to the Chiefs).

And Arians is right, even if his comment includes a slap at an Atlanta team that Tampa faces again in two weeks. The Bucs can’t keep falling behind by double digits and expect to get to the Super Bowl and win it.

Even if that’s precisely what the Chiefs did in the 2019 playoffs.

21 responses to “Bruce Arians: “You’re not going to beat good teams playing this way”

  1. lol you’re the coach. He’s literally been blessed with gifted QBs, from Roethlisberger, Luck, Palmer and Brady. The one year he was saddled with Drew Stanton and Matt Barkley, he suddenly had health issues and quit. Magically he heals up and appears in Tampa with Winston who outside of his INTs, had a career year but still only managed 7 wins. Methinks he’s a bit trumped up as a HC.

  2. Bruce Arians your the Moron not running the ball enough. Now 1-3 in games when YOUR Team rushes less then 20 times and the only reason you won this won is Dirk Koetter is a Bigger Moron then you!!!!!! 13 Rush attempts for the entire game yet had leads of 17-0 and 24-7. STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! With That BS win because neither team rushed it 20 times though the Bucs were more balanced. The Record for the Season of the Under 20 Rush teams is 10-56-1. The Saints another of the idiot teams rushing less then 20 times today. and the Moronic Rams. 29 of the 32 NFL Teams have done it on the yr. The only ones who haven’t the Patriots, Ravens and Browns.

  3. Campcouch the funny thing is Arians was the least pass happy of the Steelers OC and he got them to 2 Superbowls winning 1. The other Bozos in Charge of the Steelers Haley, and Fichtner made the Steelers O-line Soft. The Steelers are 2-2 when rushing less then 20 times. Miracle wins against the Ravens and Cowboys, Losses to Washington and Buffalo.
    Tampa has done it 4 times with 5, 18, 13, and 18 today all with Antonio Brown on the team

  4. Do you know who’s fault that is coach? Yea YOURS!! It’s high time you start pointing the finger at the right people, and those people aren’t the guys on the field. The talent is there they need some better coaching!!

  5. Pretty far turn from that last week declaration of “we can do anything we damn want to” or whatever

  6. People are downplaying him as a coach because his arrogance rubs them the wrong way. Keeping it 100, all the dude has done is win at every stop, and just because he’s had talented QBs doesn’t guarantee wins. See the Bengals with Burrow this year. Or Brees when the Saints defense was abysmal.

  7. Kingmeren, if hired as OC, would run the ball 20 straight times to start the game, and assure himself and his team victory 💪🤣

  8. The announcers were using words like “putrid” to describe The Bucs in the first half. Defense and offense were painfully bad. The difference in the second half was like after Popeye eats the spinach.

  9. It’s cute whining about the lack of run attempts, but “just run the ball” doesn’t do anything for you if you’re bad at it. Every coach (outside of maybe Andy Reid) wishes they could dominate with a run. But Bucs avg 2 yrds or less on most of their attempts. That puts too much pressure on the offense to convert downs. You can’t play that much behind schedule.

    Only casual football fans think “just run” equals wins. You only see the run-win correlation because the run game happened to be successful. If you don’t got it, you don’t got it.

  10. It’s the coaching that will most likely kill the Bucs in the playoffs. Really need to clean out the coaching staff for 2021.

  11. A smart coach will build the offense around the QB’s strength. Ariens is making Brady play more long ball (not Brady’s strength).

  12. Ryan Clark called it perfectly. The first half of Bucs’ games is Arians’ game plan; the second half, Brady takes over & Bucs play winning football.

  13. A good coach ALWAYS says “the loss starts with me” or “I gotta get out my guys in better situations”. I have never heard BA say anything but it was his fault, or the team played bad and even pointing to specific players (TB12 and Big Ben) saying the loss was on them. Not ever admitting his fault. I don’t see anyone on that team running thru a wall for him. I wouldn’t be be suprises if he’s gone next yr.

  14. I’m still rather surprised they kept him on. He outright said he came out of retirement to coach Winston and that was a disaster. If a guy can’t succeed in a situation like that what possessed them to think he’d be a great fit with Brady, who has never played the style of offense that Arians coaches? And I’d give him a lot more of a pass if he was honest and admitted his scheme was high risk/high reward and had some limitations but he ALWAYS comes across like his scheme is perfect and the only thing holding it back is the players.

  15. I have never believed that this guy is head coaching material in the NFL. Does not play to his strengths with the personnel. Hard headed.

  16. I get that you want to play up to a certain standard, but there is so much negativity surrounding a team with the win-loss record the Bucs have. It’s pretty weird.

  17. dasublime69oz says:
    December 21, 2020 at 1:03 am

    People are downplaying him as a coach because his arrogance rubs them the wrong way. Keeping it 100, all the dude has done is win at every stop, and just because he’s had talented QBs doesn’t guarantee wins. See the Bengals with Burrow this year. Or Brees when the Saints defense was abysmal.

    Not counting this year, Arians hasn’t been winning lately:

    2016 – Arizona 7-8-1 (tie)
    2017 – Arizona 8-8
    2018 – retired
    2019 – Tampa: 7-9

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