Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Buccaneers Transcript: Head Coach Bruce Arians 9-14-20

(On how QB Tom Brady can improve after Sunday's performance)

"He looked like Tom Brady in practice all the time, so it's kind of unusual to see that in the ballgame because they didn't do the things that we didn't get ready for. Everything they did, we thought we were ready for. Some wide receivers have to do a better job of winning one-on-one when he decides to go their way. He put us in the right run checks a couple of times, so it was a learning experience that way. Can't say that we were out of sync because we started out as good as you could start out going right down the field. Then, we don't get any more chunk plays other than pass interference penalties. I think it's a great learning experience. It's just Round 1 of a 16-round fight and we'll learn from it."

(On if struggles early in the season are common when you have a quarterback playing in a new system for the first time)

"It's the situation where all that verbiage when you're under the gun is different and now you're getting hit for the first time, too. It's all different."

(On T Donovan Smith's performance in Sunday's game)

"I was very disappointed in his play. I think every now and then he reverts back to some techniques that are not very good [and] he got beat. He had, probably, the easiest guy to block up there and he did a poor job. It was one of his poorer games and [I] expect for him to bounce back this week, yes."

(On starting offensive drives with poor field position)

"When you look at the drive start, ours was the 18[-yard] line and theirs was the 42. That's a huge, huge advantage. Special teams did have a big part of that – as did the turnovers. We have to do a better job of tackling on punt returns when we're punting the ball. We were getting down there pretty good, but we were just missing tackles. They had a 14-yard average on returns and that put them over the 50[-yard line] twice. We have to do a better job of punting the ball and a better job of covering and tackling."

(On why the team struggled on longer third-down conversion attempts)

"A few of those, guys have to win one-on-one. We didn't do a good job of winning one-on-one and we didn't find the guys that were open. We'll do a better job and continue to grow in that direction."

(On the Saints finding success on special teams)

"It was very disappointing to get that field goal blocked. Our operation time was a little slow. Again, we let penetration over the right guard and that's very disappointing because you never expect that to happen. The muffed kickoff – that's just ridiculous. You never back up in that situation. Guys are out there for the first time, [but] you still don't anticipate that happening when they've been coached not to. We have to get it corrected, that's for sure."

(On what took place that allowed Saints TE Jared Cook to get open on a long pass and if the responsibility to cover Cook was on CB Jamel Dean)

"That was not Jamel Dean's [responsibility]. Jamel Dean was rolled up – he was a cloud corner. The safety – we were in Cover 2 – bit an inside route, which can't happen. It was not Jamel Dean at all."

(On T Tristan Wirfs' performance)

"I thought he played really well for a rookie against an All-Pro. You knew he was going to get beat once, maybe. The [false start] penalty – I didn't like that, but he battled hard and his run blocking was really good."

(On positives and negatives from how the offense ran the ball on Sunday)

"I thought RoJo (Ronald Jones II) was very positive, and Leonard [Fournette]. They both ran the ball well. Negative, our tight ends did not block the edge very well. That was a big part of our gameplan and we got beat at it. We were out-physicaled. I thought our defense was more physical than their offense, but their defense was more physical than our offense. We can't allow that to be happening."

(On if he is confident with Fournette's progress and his expectations for Fournette entering Week 2)

"I think his role will continue to increase. RoJo, I thought, had a really decisive day. He ran hard and made yards when there were no yards to be made a couple of times. Leonard's role will increase and we'll just see how much."

(On Saints DE Cam Jordan potentially throwing a punch on Sunday and C Ryan Jensen's response to it)

"I saw it vividly. He said he was trying to punch the ball out – [that] was his answer to the referee. But, Ryan stood in there and took care of his business pretty good."

(On if Brady's first interception was his responsibility or that of WR Mike Evans)

"No doubt. It wasn't Cover 2, it was quarters coverage and Mike should have been splitting, going down the middle and never stopping."

(On Brady's demeanor following Sunday's loss)

"He's had it before – he knows how to bounce back. He knew he didn't play very well and it's not what he expects from himself, nor what we expect. I would anticipate him to have a little more grit [and] a little more determination this week."

(On his critical evaluation of Brady following the game on Sunday)

"It speaks for itself. If you throw an out route and you don't throw it low and outside – that hasn't been the case up until that one. [He] was a little bit late on it and it probably [would have been] a better decision to go somewhere else with the ball."

(On CB Carlton Davis III's performance)

"I thought [there were] two [bad] plays for him. He played an outstanding game other than [when] they ran what we call the 'Jerry Rice motion'. He comes over and goes back and he missed the tackle and got the facemask. The other one was when he had Michael Thomas covered really well [but] he just had his back arm around him when he batted the ball up and we got the interception. Other than those two plays, I thought he played great."

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