Advertisement
  1. Sports
  2. /
  3. Bucs

Bruce Arians’ pass interference challenge pays off

Despite early numbers that say overturned calls are rare, Bucs coach gets reversal that leads to late touchdown.
Dolphins defensive back Tyler Patmon (8) was initially flagged for pass interference on Bucs receiver Justin Watson on this incomplete pass in the fourth quarter of Friday's preseason game. The flag was picked up, but Bucs coach Bruce Arians won his challenge after a review. MONICA HERNDON | Times
Published Aug. 17
Updated Aug. 17

TAMPA — Bruce Arians’ biggest gamble in the Bucs’ 16-14 preseason win over the Dolphins on Friday wasn’t a play call.

Instead, Arians — the coach who lives by a “no risk it, no biscuit” mantra — tested one of the NFL’s new rules.

With the score tied at 6 and the Bucs facing third and 8 at the Miami 28-yard line, quarterback Ryan Griffin threw a ball toward the end zone to Justin Watson, who was streaking down the sideline. After lots of contact between Watson and defensive back Tyler Patmon, Watson couldn’t come up with the catch, but a flag was thrown for defensive pass interference.

After the officials conferred, the flag was picked up, no penalty was called, and it was fourth down. Taking advantage of a new rule that allows pass interference calls and no-calls to be reviewed, Arians challenged.

The rule change follows a controversial pass interference no-call in last season’s Rams-Saints NFC Championship Game.

Following Friday’s review, the no-call was overturned, and instead of contemplating a 45-yard field-goal attempt, the Bucs were awarded first and goal at the Miami 4. On the next play, Griffin connected with tight end Tanner Hudson for Tampa Bay’s only touchdown.

If Arians had lost the challenge, he would have lost a timeout. That he didn’t ended up being valuable late in the fourth quarter as Griffin drove the Bucs down the field in the game’s final 34 seconds for what turned out to be the winning field goal.

Overturned calls have been rare in the early days of the new rule.

ESPN says 17 pass-interference-related calls were reviewed in the preseason’s opening week and just two were overturned.

For a call to be overturned, there must be clear video evidence that a player was impeded. Though opening pass-interference calls and no-calls to review allows the call to be overturned both ways, if review officials, for example, saw that Watson had committed a foul Friday, the Bucs could have been flagged.

Big day for Ogunbowale

Running back Dare Ogunbowale opened training camp fourth on the depth chart, but in two preseason games, he has made the most of his opportunities.

Ogunbowale on Friday totaled 88 offensive yards (34 rushing and 54 receiving). Early in the fourth quarter, Ogunbowale took a short pass 41 yards down the sideline before slipping at the 8.

“Obviously, he had the wrong shoes or he scores on the screen,” Arians said. “Then, he also (would have) scored on the one run where he falls down there on the 4. But he has made a real strong case.”

Ogunbowale has shined as a pass catcher, but he’s averaging only 2.9 yards per rush.

Contact Eduardo A. Encina at eencina@tampabay.com. Follow @EddieInTheYard

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. In this Sept. 15 file photo, New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown (17) on the sidelines,during the first half against the Miami Dolphins. The Patriots released Brown on Friday. LYNNE SLADKY  |  AP
    New England had signed Brown this month hours after he was released by Oakland.
  2. New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) breaks away for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) ADAM HUNGER  |  AP
    Coaching staff presents Bucs a Saquon highlight reel in an effort to prevent a sequel from the running back.
  3. Running back Peyton Barber has 31 carries this season, the 11th most over the first two weeks of the NFL season. Is that what's best for the Bucs offense? MONICA HERNDON  |  Times
    In this preview: Why the Giants would have been better off the past four seasons with Jameis Winston instead of Eli Manning. Plus, how the G-Men will attack the Bucs defense and why you should keep an...
  4. It's early, but Jameis Winston (3) and the Bucs defense has Tampa Bay in first place in the NFC South. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco) BRIAN BLANCO  |  AP
    Martin Fennelly: That 1-1 start feels a little ragged, but things are breaking right so far for he Bucs.
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White (45) takes the field for warm ups before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the San Francisco 49ers at Raymond James Stadium on September 8, 2019 in Tampa, Florida.  MONICA HERNDON  |  Times
    Rookie inside linebacker didn’t practice all week.
  6. Bucs running back Peyton Barber will be key in helping Tampa Bay elevate its struggling defense. MIKE MCCARN  |  AP
    New York enters with quarterback Daniel Jones starting his first NFL game
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  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. Cameron Brate (84) tries to get some extra yards during the Bucs' 38-35 loss to the Giants on Nov. 18, 2018, in East Rutherford, N.J. JULIO CORTEZ  |  AP
    Tampa Bay Times staff picks: What the Bucs have in common this week with the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement