Bruce Arians Sounds Off on Bucs Being Blown Out: ‘They Kicked Our Ass In Every Phase’ (VIDEO)
Last night, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers played the worst game of the season in their matchup against the New Orleans Saints in Week 9. Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians called the loss “shocking” given how he saw the team perform in the practices leading up to Sunday Night Football.
“It was shocking,” Arians admitted, per Buccaneers.com. “To watch us practice, the way we practiced all week, the confidence we had coming in…we have to go back in look in the mirror as coaches, players, everybody.”
After the game, Arians gave credit to the Saints while being blunt about how poor the Buccaneers played.
“You have to give New Orleans credit, they kicked our ass in every phase,” Arians said.
Brady threw for 209 yards, three interceptions and no touchdowns in the team’s blowout loss.
“It’s about playing better and execution and we all have to do our jobs a lot better,” Brady noted, per Buccaneers.com. “When you play good teams there’s little margin for error. They’ve been a great team for a long time. They’ve got a lot of good players. If we’re going to beat them we’ve got to play a lot better than we did tonight.”
Arians admitted the team has “stunk” in these marquee games and wants the Bucs to examine if there is any correlation with these poor performances under the lights.
“That’s one of the things we have to look at because that’s what we just addressed in the locker room,” Arians noted, via Buccaneers.com. “We have stunk in those games. We won one of them but we should have won the other one but we didn’t. This one we just basically handed it to them.”
“Yeah, we need to perform better at every time,” Brady explained in his postgame press conference. “One o’clock, four o’clock, eight o’clock, Monday night, Sunday night. Doesn’t matter, they are going to schedule the game, and we are going to go out there and play. I don’t think it’s anything magical that’s happening. As players, we got to prepare harder, got to execute better. There’s no excuses for what it is. It’s a poor performance by a team that’s got a lot ahead of it.”