View from the golf cart: Here come the Dolphins

by Gary Shelton on August 12, 2019 · 0 comments

in general, NFL, Tampa Bay Bucs

Arians is looking forward to Miami practices.

Monday, 3 a.m.

Most of the time, he is thinking about the Bucs.

This week, Bruce Arians may be thinking about the Dolphins, too.

Arians' Bucs team will share practices with Miami on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. It should be the Bucs' starters a chance to go against the Dolphins' starters.

"It’s a great thing," Arians said. "We get two full practices against somebody else, getting all of the situations covered against somebody else. And, we don’t have to play our guys as much in the game because we’ll get so much good work together."

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The teams play a preseason game on Friday night.

On other topics, Arians said:

(On his overall thoughts): "I thought the practice – we got the defense set in a really good tempo early in that practice. Offensively, not so much early, but then they picked it up really good in the second half. So overall, [it was] a really good day."

(On the competitiveness of camp): "I think it’s been fantastic. Guys are coming out there, they’ve worked every day in each drill. We’re practicing smart – we had one dumb play today where we went low with no pads on, but other than that it’s been really, really good."

(On a busted assignment by the offensive line in Friday's game): "Yeah, it was not a bust – we just got beat – but Jameis [Winston] made a great play getting out of there [and] getting a first down. It was a well-executed drive."

(On how the younger players handled the mental pressure of their first game): "Not very well for the young guys. For the starters and most of our second team, it was pretty solid. Our young receivers had a really bad night. We had 37 mental errors on offense. They had probably 21 of them, so they better pick their stuff up for this next game."

(On the offensive tempo Friday night): "When you have 95 snaps on offense in a preseason game, that’s hard to believe, but our guys got up, they got rolling – we were in a two-minute situation so that kind of sped that clock up a little bit. We were in half [of the third quarter] and the whole fourth quarter.”

(On keeping three quarterbacks): “Definitely – Griff (Ryan Griffin) has shown that if he continues to play like that, that it’s going to be a hard decision.”

(On what he expects Friday night): "Consistency. Same thing – we’ll see something different in Miami. (We) get to practice against them all week. (I) don’t know how much they’ll play because of all that practice time against them. We’ll just see how that goes.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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