By HCR Staff | Sept. 13, 2019
Bruce Arians is an unabashedly confident head coach. Some find his style a bit off-putting, but he is himself and consistent – unafraid to let it all out there. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers reflected Arians’ style in their win against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night. It wasn’t necessarily dominant or flashy, but they trusted what they had, came with a plan and executed that plan.
For Arians, it was a trifecta of victories. The Bucs defeated a divisional foe, on a short week, and came away with a road win, snapping a seven-game road losing streak. There were three things that we liked that helped the Bucs achieve that perfect trifecta.
- In his postgame interview, Arians had several positive things to say about QB Jameis Winston. A big question heading into Thursday night was whether Winston could avoid turnovers after he threw two pick sixes last week. Still, Arians showed confidence in his quarterback, and the commitment to develop his quarterback was shown through the patience of the offense. Even when Winston had “negative” plays, playcalling continued to show confidence in him.
- Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles’ playcalling was impressive. There were times they had trouble lining up (as they are adjusting to a new scheme), but at each key moment, Bowles had an answer. The Bucs defense earned the offense’s trust which allowed them to hold the ball and play at their own pace. It was the definition of complementary football. In two weeks, the new Bucs defense has only allowed one touchdown.
- We also liked the energy shown by the Bucs. It’s hard to do on a short week road trip, and add in a weather delay on top of that. Credit to the Bucs’ conditioning staff – they played with good energy all night, especially WR Chris Godwin and LB Shaq Barrett.