Bruce Arians tells Bucs: For 98% of you, this is just the next game

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Sunday night’s Buccaneers-Patriots game is one of the most-anticipated regular-season games in NFL history. But Bucs coach Bruce Arians is telling his players that most of them shouldn’t view it that way.

Although Arians obviously recognizes the significance of Tom Brady‘s return to New England, Arians told Sal Paolantonio of ESPN that he told the rest of his players that for them, it’s just another game and an opportunity to bounce back from last week’s loss to the Rams.

“I told them for 98 percent of you, it’s the next game,” Arians texted Paolantonio. “We DON’T lose two in a row if we have the leadership I know we have. This is a team game. Teams win and lose, not individually.”

Arians is right; this is a significant moment in Brady’s career, but for the Buccaneers it’s just Week Four on the schedule. And there’s no reason that they should put more pressure on themselves.

20 responses to “Bruce Arians tells Bucs: For 98% of you, this is just the next game

  1. Over and over we’re told it’s a business, just like anyone else changing jobs for a better paycheck or opportunity, then a game like this comes along and it’s a revenge game! Maybe, maybe not… granted it’s not the same as Carolina playing the Jets. But really, does anyone think the Bucs wouldn’t beat the Patriots without Brady this year? Bench Brady after the first series and the Bucs still win.

  2. If you think about it, all this coverage is crazy. The Patriots need to win this game in order to improve on last season, but with a rookie QB. A QB who never had the luxury of watching and
    learning from the bench a veteran QB.

    The Bucs need this game because they lost last weekend.

    And at the end of the day when Brady goes into the HOF, no one will talk more highly of Brady than BB. And Tom will do the same for BB.

  3. SB Champs playing an irrelevant franchise with no hope of a meaningful playoff run for at least another decade.

  4. Watch Goodell carefully here. If he does it in a SB, he will do it anywhere. If it’s close in the second half, expect shenanigans in favor of Brady.

    That story makes them a lot of money. And you know the owners’ jealousy of BB drafting and developing Brady, has driven them up the wall for 20 years.

    Now, it’s their chance to exact revenge and Goodell surely accomodates when calls are made into his office.

  5. This is one of those games where you wish both teams could lose. Nothing good can come from this game.

  6. This guy loves telling ya what (supposedly) smart thing he told them. Must be painful to endure on the regular.

  7. I get it, Bruce, but think about it: this approach is the opposite of the whole team oriented concept. Your guys should be emotionally juiced by the implications in this game for their leader, not approaching it from a corporate, “I wasn’t wearing the laundry when all this happened,” point of view. They have skin in the game.

    That said, you’ll probably win either way.

  8. touchback6 says:
    October 2, 2021 at 11:13 am
    Watch Goodell carefully here


    So the Bucs will need Goodell to beat the hapless Patriots?

  9. The game is not played in a vacuum devoid of emotion and motivations. Saying it’s just the next game when it CLEARLY is not for the man who is the leader, just lead most of those guys to their first ring. Seems a take filled with naivety to think the guys will just think it’s week 4. IMO

  10. Sure but the Bucs players will run through a wall for Brady. He is respected and loves gigantically. Therefore everyone’s emotions will be running high.

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