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Bucs HC Arians ready for Rams- “Stopping Gurley is key”

Abbey Radeka



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The Bucs are heading to Hollywood this week to take on the undefeated L.A. Rams. While the Bucs have definitely got their work cut out for them, Bucs HC Bruce Arians believes they’re prepared to bounce back from last weekend’s heartbreaker.

Tampa Bay’s unfortunate 1-2 record is diminishing the real weapons they’ve got on both sides of the ball. Most notably, Shaquil Barrett, who has now tied an NFL record with 8 sacks just three weeks into the season. If he continues this level of pressure, he’s going to greatly hinder the effectiveness of Rams QB Jared Goff, whose offensive line has allowed him to be sacked 5 times in the past two weeks.

However, the Bucs secondary is going to have to improve drastically from last week if they want a chance to pull out an upset. They allowed Giants QB Daniel Jones to throw for over 300 yards and had an 112.7 passer rating.

Arians talked with the media on Wednesday about how important stopping the Rams key offensive players will be if they want to stay in the ball game.

“We have a heck on an opponent this Sunday…they’re really not that complicated, they’re just really good. I’ve talked with defensive lineman about some of the offensive players they know and that always helps.”

He added that it won’t be the schemes that will be hard to beat, it’s how skilled their players are at each position on both sides of the ball.

“They were not very good, and then they became good quick. They had a great draft and they got a quarterback. I think Aaron Donald was a big hit for them…They’ve put some really good pieces together. They’re really strong on both sides of the line of scrimmage and they’re really good on special teams.” 

However, he said the key to the game will be stopping their star RB Todd Gurley.

“It starts with stopping Todd Gurley or the games over for us defensively. We don’t stop him, it’s going to be a long day. We’ve got to plan for it. Rally to the ball. Make more than one guy to make the tackle and force the quarterback to beat us…Todds more of a downhill slasher and you give him any little crease and it’s to the house.”

And while Bucs QB Jameis Winston has some solid downfield targets, especially in Mike Evans coming off of a stellar 3 TD game last week, he’s likely going to have top rely on the run game, as the Rams have been solid in the secondary, totally shutting down Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr.

Winston also spoke to the media on Wednesday about how important the run game has been for them this season, and how it’ll play into this week’s hopeful win.

“It’s such a positive when you’re able to run the football, no matter if it’s first down or what. The more effective we are and if we continue to be efficient, eventually it will open up some big play-action shots for us.”

Abbey is a native Floridan who grew up a fan of all Tampa Bay sports teams. She’s recently graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Media Communication Studies. In her time at FSU, she was an In-Game Host for the Basketball and Baseball teams, and reported for Seminole Sports Magazine, producing feature stories that appeared on Fox Sports Sun. She’s excited to share her perspective on all of Florida’s Football teams, especially the Seminoles.

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Bucs coach Arians again non-committal Tuesday on QB Winston

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It’s become increasingly apparent, that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are ready to move on from potential free agent quarterback Jameis Winston. And Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, coach Bruce Arians gave the latest example that he and the Buccaneers front office will look at the other options available first.

Arians spoke at a podium on numerous subjects, but the most prominent is what Tampa Bay will do in the coming days with Winston?

Arians was asked directly about potential for a franchise tag for his starter a year ago and what the Bucs might proceed to do? But, he refused to endorse that option on the former number one overall pick Winston. And, the Bucs coach maintained that the team will possibly us the franchise tag for defensive end Shaq Barrett.

Further, Arians gave a pointed specific answer on Winston’s poor play last December as the team finished 7-9 and that has the team looking at other options,

Arians has consistently refused back Winston since the off-season began. This included at an NFL coaching seminar earlier this month in Tampa. He said to the media at that time:

“Really nothing has changed,” Arians said. “What’s Door No. 2? You know? Can we make the one we have better? All those things you go through right now.”

“You’re just sitting there waiting to see is there someone available? … Is he a better option? 

The Buccaneers faltered in the middle of the season to drop to 3-7 and then, Winston and Co. blew its final two games to finish 7 – 9 with Winston throwing a career-high 30 interceptions.

After their final loss at home to Atlanta in overtime, where Winston threw the game losing “pick six,” Arians was candid after the final game by saying about Winston’s play that it would have to be evaluated pass by pass and game by game in the off-season. Further, he told the media then, that there “was some great and some terrible…. and you have to decide, if the great outweighs the terrible.”

While Winston did throw for a career-high 5000 + yards in 2019, his interceptions and total turnovers continued to be his downfall throughout the season. The Buccaneers finished 1 – 6 in games against teams with winning records and Winston had 17 total turnovers in those seven games. He finished with the 30 picks that included 10 of them in the Bucs final four games.

Tampa Bay obviously will have the opportunity to go after a free agent quarterback or two, as there is much speculation about the likes of Tom Brady with the Patriots. Plus, Philip Rivers will not be re-signed by the Chargers and is available come March. And, now that Drew Brees has announced he wants to play at least one more year for the Saints, their backup Teddy Bridgewater will be in demand on the market.

The Bucs are also continuing the evaluating the QB class for the Draft the next few days in Indy, which could have some interesting names still available in the second and third rounds and beyond.

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Bucs confirmed Monday they will have new uniforms in 2020

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On Monday, the Bucs confirmed what they have been hinting at, they will have new uniforms in 2020. But the real question is: what does “new” mean in this instance?

First, the team released another video with clues about them intending to change their uniform and potentially alter their logo:

The Bucs also released a statement through their website confirming that April will be the unveiling of the new uniforms, as well as, potential new color scheme, logo, etc. and had these comments from co – owner, Ed Glazer:

“We have heard the feedback from our fans loud and clear and have been working with the NFL and our league partners at Nike to usher in a new look as we enter this next decade of Buccaneers football. We look forward to revealing more details in the near future about our official unveiling event which will take place later this spring.”

As we wrote earlier this month, the Buccaneers have been hinting at trying to enhance their uniforms and there is some belief there will be more orange, the original color of the franchise. There is also educated speculation that the team may go back to a white helmet, which will enable them to have “throwback uniform games” that they’ve not been able to have for the last seven seasons.

This is because under league concussion protocol, players must have the same helmet all season and the Bucs primary one has been pewter in color since their chance in colors and logo in 1997,

The Bucs last altered their uniforms in 2014 by brightening the color red and slightly changing the logo and making it bigger on their pewter helmet. Teammates Ryan Jensen and Mike Evans are shown in the current color scheme, etc. above.

NFL teams have to submit changes in their colors and logos a year in advance. So obviously, this has been in the works for the Glazer family that owns the team for some time.

It should be noted that the Buccaneers NFC South Rivals, the Atlanta Falcons, have already made mention that they are changing their uniforms and color scheme. And, it’s believed that they will go back in 2020 to their original base color of red including possibly red helmets and potentially, primarily gray pants that they wore for over twenty years.

The Falcons have had black helmets for the better part of 30 years going back to Jerry Glanville changing the color scheme to primarily black jerseys in his days at the Falcons coach in the early 1990s.

Back to the Bucs. There is no other team in the NFL that has orange as their primary jersey color. The Bengals Broncos and Browns have occasionally worn orange “alternate jerseys” but not full time.

So, if the Glazers are again embracing a change to mostly orange jerseys, it will be unique. The video Monday showed a red jersey on a sewing machine, which could be a clue or could be misdirection of what the team actually intends to unveil in April.

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