Big transitions are underway and the Buccaneers players are going to have a lot on their plates in the coming months. Bruce Arians spoke about several things during his almost hour-long Q&A at the owners meeting earlier this week, but he put emphasis several times over about wanting to see everyone in pads. While he and his staff have undoubtedly spent several weeks looking over play tape and evaluating players, it doesn’t take away from seeing them display their skill set in person. He puts emphasis on that in regards to his secondary talent:
“CAN THEY PLAY MAN-TO-MAN? THAT’S THE BIG QUESTION. CAN THEY MATCH UP ON BACK AND TIGHT ENDS? CAN THEY GET IN THE BOX?”
So, for everything he’s seen so far he seems very eager to see more. It’s one thing to evaluate a player off of another man’s playbook, but he’s chomping at the bit to see them in action in his schemes. Continuing on his point:
“I WANT TO SEE THOSE YOUNG GUYS ON THE GRASS. HOW MUCH VOLUME CAN THEY LEARN? BECAUSE WE’VE GOT A BIG PLAYBOOK.”
So, for everything the media have begun to talk about, the changes haven’t even begun yet. The free agency signings point to versatility as far as player technique. Whether or not we see the changes on the defense before the ball is snapped will remain to be seen, but they will be taking place and the Buccaneers new head coach wants everyone there when OTAs begin to become adjusted to them. The winds of change are blowing over Tampa Bay.