Advertisement
  1. Sports

What’s Bruce Arians’ next move?

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: The mailbag is full of questions about Arians’ speaking volume, new system and potential play-calling. Here’s your answers.
Bucs coach Bruce Arians is looking to avoid the first 0-2 start of his NFL head coaching career Thursday when Tampa Bay plays at Carolina in an 8:25 p.m. game. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Published Sep. 11
Updated Sep. 11

It’s a mailbag episode today. We answer your questions, including:

  • Should Bruce Arians whisper louder to Jameis Winston?
  • Are the Bucs’ offensive struggles the result of the new system?
  • Is there any chance Arians takes back play-calling?
  • Could Jameis Winston be benched at some point this season?
  • What positives can you take from the Bucs’ first game?
  • Who is the Rays’ MVP?
  • And what will motivate the Lightning to play like they did last year during the season.

Listen and subscribe for free on iTunes and the Podcasts app

Contact Rick Stroud at rstroud@tampabay.com. Follow @NFLStroud

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. Notre Dame running back Tony Jones Jr. (6) runs through a hole in the line during the first half against Louisville on Sept. 2. TIMOTHY D. EASLEY  |  AP
    More national college football: Jimbo Fisher, meanwhile, should be hyper focused on his quarterback, who hasn’t looked all that spiffy this season.
  2. Tim Tebow. [Associated Press)] Associated Press
    Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Tom Jones and Rick Stroud debate Tebow, Dickie V, the first-place Bucs and the Rays playoff chase
  3. Notre Dame defensive lineman Jonathan Bonner (55) celebrates a sack of Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm (11) during the second half of 2017 game. Georgia defeated Notre Dame 20-19. MICHAEL CONROY  |  AP
    Unlike last week, Saturday’s slate is loaded. Sit back and enjoy.
  4. The Yankees celebrate after defeating the Angels and clinching the AL East on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. MARY ALTAFFER  |  AP
    New York wins its first division crown since 2012.
  5. Rays host the Red Sox and more sports on the air.
  6. Florida State Seminoles quarterback Alex Hornibrook (12) throws during practice at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times OCTAVIO JONES   |   TIMES  |  Tampa Bay Times
    The Tallahassee Democrat and 247Sports expect the Wisconsin grad transfer to see some time against the Cardinals.
  7. Paul Spicer, left, is now a defensive line coach at the University of South Florida. Skyler Fulton, right, is now a wide receivers coach at Portland State University. University of South Florida | Portland State University
    Former Bucs assistants Paul Spicer and Skyler Fulton faced accusations of violence against women before coaching in Tampa Bay under Dirk Koetter, according to a USA Today investigation.
  8. If the Rays end up popping champagne bottles, like they did in 2013 after beating the Texas Rangers 5-2 in an American League wild-card tiebreaker, don't expect the clincher to come at home. TONY GUTIERREZ  |  AP
    Don’t expect a quick clincher as the team enters its final homestand of the regular season.
  9. Kevin Minter played linebacker for Todd Bowles in Arizona, was released by Bowles last year when Bowles coached the Jets and is starting Sunday for the Bucs' defensive coordinator when Tampa Bay plays host to the New York Giants. DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times
    When rookie linebacker Devin White went down, the Bucs turned to a player who keeps showing up in Todd Bowles’ defenses.
  10. USF guard Enna Pehadzic (0), USF center Shae Leverett (21) and Houston guard Julia Blackshell-Fair (33) battle for A loose ball at the Yuengling Center last season. OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times
    The Bulls also have an afternoon home game the same day as the Gasparilla parade.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement