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Five Outstanding Quotes From The NFL Owners Meetings

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There was plenty to be said on Tuesday.

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Bruce Arians was pretty candid on a variety of topics.
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As the NFL offseason continues to move forward, we have now arrived at the annual Owners’ Meetings, where coaches and owners throughout the NFL meet and complain decide on rule changes, roster limits, and more.

But the best thing about the Owners’ Meetings is that we are only a month away from the NFL Draft.

That’s neither here nor there, though. Sorry, I get distracted easily at times.

It’s always interesting to track the latest news and developments coming out of Arizona, but for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - along with fans and the media - there’s a different feel to this year. With a new coaching staff in town, this is the first time that Bruce Arians or Jason Licht have addressed the team in-depth since Arians was first hired.

To no surprise, they had a lot to say. Thanks to outstanding coverage from the Atheltic’s Greg Auman, Pewter Report, and the Tampa Bay Time’s Rick Stroud, I was able to pick out the five most interesting quotes from Tuesday.

What stood out to you? Let us know in the comments below!

No more soft coverage?

This. THIS. OH MY GOD. THIS.

Don’t get me wrong, off-man has its benefits, but it’s clearly not the right system for the group of corners that the Bucs currently have on their roster.

Carlton Davis III and Vernon Hargreaves III both excel when they are in press/man coverage. The tape doesn’t lie and there is plenty of evidence that shows these two ballin’ out when they are allowed to put their hands on folks.

But what I love most about this quote is that it means Tampa Bay will be an aggressive defense in 2019. This was obvious when Arians brought in Todd Bowles, but to hear him actually confirm the theory should make Bucs fans very, very happy.

Accountability

It’s pretty obvious there was no accountability under Dirk Koetter.

From Desean Jackson to Brent Grimes, certain players were constantly either putting themselves before the team or hurting it in other ways.

And what became of any of it? Nada.

Outside of Jameis Winston’s suspension - which was brought down by the NFL - Koetter never held any players accountable. It was the same with his coaching staff as well. He waited until the very last second to fire former defensive coordinator Mike Smith, who’s defensive schemes and ideologies rendered the Bucs as the worst defensive team in football for a year and a half.

Speaking of Winston, Koetter did in fact bench him during a poor performance against the Cincinnati Bengals, so there is that. But at the same time, it’s apparent there was some kind of rift between Koetter and Winston, so being petty doesn’t really qualify as holding someone accountable to an extent.

The saga continues...

We all know the situation with Gerald McCoy by now, but to hear the phrase “if he’s here” actually come out of Arians’ mouth should have everyone’s antennas up.

A plan for the secondary

We’ve also seen where they have talked about moving M.J. Stewart to safety, which not only makes sense, but gives the team depth at a position ravaged by injuries a year ago.

While Tampa Bay’s secondary has been pretty bad over the past few years, there’s still room for improvement within the young group.

I know that sounds crazy after what we’ve witnessed, but injuries, a bad scheme, and bad coaching had a large role to play in the secondary’s demise.

The Bucs have a lot of talent in the defensive backfield and if used correctly, it could turn into a solid position group. It seems like Arians and Bowles have an idea of what they want to do and based off what they’re saying - there’s plenty of reason to be excited.

Time for a breakthrough

The best receiver on the team not named Mike Evans is due for a breakout year and it looks like he has the perfect coach to help him achieve that goal.

Chris Godwin finished with a 59/842/7 line in 2017. Those numbers were good enough to place him fifth in receptions, fourth in yards, and tie for second amongst all second-year wideouts in the NFL. Only Corey Davis, Kenny Golladay, and JuJu Smith-Schuster finished with more yards and receptions. Mike Williams scored 10 touchdowns in 2018.

Now that Adam Humphries and Desean Jackson are gone, those numbers should increase dramatically and Arians’ words reflect that sentiment.

Fire up Godzilla, it’s time to let him loose.


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