“I think it was the biggest storyline of the week, just because one guy says, ‘I want Tom’ all of a sudden,” he stated throughout a postgame press conference. “They’ve got a great front. Our guys took it to heart – they were going to block them. I thought we blocked them really, really well. They didn’t scare us.”
Despite the boldness, Arians shared his disappointment with the Bucs protection, which he stated underestimated Washington’s Taylor Heinicke.
“I think some of our guys – I don’t think veterans did, but some of our younger guys – might have relaxed when Alex Smith wasn’t playing,” he said. “I kind of kept preaching at them, ‘This kid can run, he can do a lot of things.’ He almost beat us with his legs.”
Arians continued: “I don’t think this is the best our defense has played in a long – I mean it was terrible up until the last eight minutes.”
The Bucs have been on the board early and a 36-yard landing move caught by Antonio Brown gave them a 9-0 lead within the first quarter earlier than one other large catch by Chris Godwin would give Tampa Bay an 11-point lead going into the second half.
Heinicke would chop the lead by simply 5 factors with a little bit below 5 minutes remaining however that is when the Bucs protection stepped in to complete issues off.
The No. 5 seed, Tampa Bay might play the New Orleans Saints subsequent week within the divisional spherical.
Fox News Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.