Bruce Arians: Bucs went for two late in game so Jets wouldn’t block kick and return it for score

NFL: JAN 02 Buccaneers at Jets
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With 15 seconds left on Sunday, the Buccaneers scored a touchdown to take a 26-24 lead over the Jets. Then Bucs coach Bruce Arians did something surprising: He kept the offense on the field to go for two.

Buccaneers running back Le'Veon Bell took a handoff up the middle and scored the two-point conversion to give the Bucs a 28-24 lead. Many commentators thought Arians’ reasoning was that he wanted to go up by four so that the Jets couldn’t send the game into overtime with a field goal, but Arians said his actual reasoning was not wanting to put the Jets in a position where they could block the kick, return it for two points, and tie the game.

Arians said he called for a run up the middle, and not a pass, because he didn’t want the Jets to intercept a pass and run it back for two.

“The only way they could score would be block the kick. We were not gonna throw it, we were gonna run the ball, and obviously we got it. But just take away their only scoring opportunity,” Arians said.

It was a smart call from Arians, and one that other coaches should emulate. Kicking the extra point is sometimes referred to as “taking the automatic point,” but the reality is there’s nothing automatic about an extra point. Something could go wrong, and Arians gave his team the best chance to win.

10 responses to “Bruce Arians: Bucs went for two late in game so Jets wouldn’t block kick and return it for score

  1. Pros: Jets need to score a TD, XP cannot be blocked.

    Cons: Jets can win with FG

    Decision worked in the end is all it matters, but some of these coaches are overthinking and costing their teams points.

  2. Bruce and smart in the same sentence is sorta of a rarity for him these days. But yes it was a smarty move.

  3. I know it’s the Jets and what not but it’s really incredible how calm and collected TB12 lead his team back from two scores down and an idiot that walked out on his team and started doing jumping jacks in the end zone. 15 seconds left and landed a dinger, almost 45 years old and still the cream of the crop.

  4. When does the canonization of Tom “THE GOD” Brady take place?
    He is super human

  5. He comes out with this the day after the game. As ridiculous as it seems, he made this up to try and make himself look smart. Everyone goes for 2 in that situation Bruce. Sit down, shut up and let Tommy coach the team. Be happy to be along for the ride!!!

  6. Bruce made some questionable decisions, including the one where he fired a player during the game, but clearly didn’t actually have the authority to do so, and he’s still on the team. Arians talks tough but clearly people can see through it. Since Brown is factually still on the team, will you take questions on him now? Or do you still need to hide under that tough talking umbrella that know one else believes.

  7. That doesn’t make sense. Whether extra point try, pass, or run, running back a blocked kick, interception or fumble return would still have ended up with New York tying with that failed conversion.
    Doesn’t have much faith in his squad if he thinks the Jets of all teams could pull off that type of miraculous play.
    I mean, c’mon.
    It’s the Jets…

  8. Bruce made some questionable decisions, including the one where he fired a player during the game, but clearly didn’t actually have the authority to do so, and he’s still on the team. Arians talks tough but clearly people can see through it. Since Brown is factually still on the team, will you take questions on him now? Or do you still need to hide under that tough talking umbrella that know one else believes.
    ——————–
    He didn’t fire a player during the game. He told a player who was refusing to play to get off of the field. They will dismiss him officially after they receive guidance from the NFL on their options as they clearly don’t want to release him so that some idiot team could pick him up for the playoff push. If “know” one believes this scenario then they don’t understand logic.

  9. He had this done to in the Washington game – a game they lost by being awful on both sides of the ball.

  10. He was worried a crazed phantom player might suddenly appear on the field and do something unexpected

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