Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians
Conference Call with New Orleans Media
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Obviously, you guys went up against the Teddy (Bridgewater) the last time your teams played. Have you noticed anything different about the way their offense operates when it's Drew (Brees) back there instead of Teddy?
“Not really, it's the same offense. That’s the beauty of having a guy like Teddy. He can do it. I think he might be a little more mobile, but I don't see them doing anything differently. They’re still feeding the same three or four guys.”
One of those guys obviously is (Michael) Thomas. As a coach, when you're watching that guy just kind of consistently produce the way he has, what do you see in that? How impressive is that just considering he's been pretty much the guy in that offense?
“It's very impressive. He obviously has a great rapport with Drew (Brees). He also had one with Teddy (Bridgewater), but Drew especially. When you get 15, 18 targets, whatever it was, that's really special to me. It puts a big pressure on your defense to try to handle him.”
Defensively, is there anything that just stands out first and foremost about what New Orleans does?
“They’re just big and physical. They've got a great young secondary, but they're big, strong and physical upfront. Up until this past weekend, it was very hard to run the ball on them.”
Did you see anything that was working for Atlanta being one of the first teams to actually breakthrough in several weeks?
“They did a nice job of getting to the edge and had some little bit of the gimmicky stuff, but it was very effective. But again, I think they just had a really good gameplan.”
How do (Chris) Godwin and (Mike) Evans help each other out just without having to throw the ball to one guy?
“When you have two guys like that, it's hard to rotate to both of them if you’re going to double one. And then that if you put them together you’ve got four DBs on one side of the field. It’s pretty easy for a quarterback to see. Having both is a luxury.”
I think I remember seeing you say at the beginning of the season that you thought (Chris) Godwin could catch a hundred balls in your offense. What stood out about him, just kind of immediately when you got there, why did you feel so strongly about that?
“If he learned to play in the slot, he'd be very dangerous. He did a great job during OTA’s and Training Camp. He was already a very solid outside receiver, but he became a very, very dependable inside guy.”
How difficult is it a gameplanning against a guy like Cam Jordan who's going to be on the field for 95% of the snaps or whatever it is? What does he do that kind of just disrupts just the normal function of an offense?
“He is a powerful pass rusher. You are not sure where he's going to be all the time. They do a good job of making sure you don't you use a back on him a lot. You’ve just got to win your one-on-one matchups and that's a tough one.”
What makes Marshon Lattimore just so difficult to try to go up against?
“I think he had a good game with Mike Evans, but he had a safety behind him almost the entire game. There were very, very few times he's one on one with him, but just getting off man to man guy with a safety behind him, that’s tough coverage.”