Bruce Arians wishes he had two play calls back against Titans
Eduardo Encina, Tampa Bay Times, published 28 October 2019

The day after the Bucs' ugly 27-23 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Nashville, coach Bruce Arians shouldered responsibility for two failed offensive play calls, including a between-the-tackles run play on fourth and 1 at the Titans' 32-yard line late in the fourth quarter.

Trailing 27-23, the Bucs were driving into Tennessee territory when they had to gain officially 1 yard, but closer to 2, for a first down at the two-minute mark. Running back Peyton Barber tried to find a hole between left guard Ali Marpet and center Ryan Jensen, but Jensen was pushed back by defensive tackle Jurrell Casey. Casey wrapped Barber up by the legs and allowed safety Kenny Vaccaro, who was lined up as a middle linebacker, to fill the cap high and complete the tackle.

Arians said there was a lot wrong with the play, including the decision to call it in the first place. "That's on me, not on (offensive coordinator) Byron (Leftwich)," Arians said. "That's on me to have a better chance of being successful in those two situations. It wasn't blocked properly and we didn't get to the MIKE linebacker. Part of it was design, part of it was the play. Part was our execution of it, and I'll take that one." "They came out in a bear defense and made a good play,” Jensen said after the game.

Arians said he also should have vetoed a third-and-goal play at the 4 earlier in the game in which receiver Breshad Perriman collided with ball-carrier running back Dare Ogunbowale while going in motion. "We screwed that up in practice," Arians said. "We fixed it. We liked the play. I should have vetoed that play."

On the play, Ogunbowale lined up to the left of Winston in the shotgun, and Perriman went in motion from right to left, but crashed into Ogunbowale from the side for a loss of 2 yards.

That play was an example of how much the Bucs struggled in the red zone early. Before hitting Mike Evans for a late first-half touchdown pass for a nine-yard touchdown reception, the Bucs had eight plays in the red zone and netted minus-1 yards on 0-for-5 passing and three rushing plays.