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Arians: Bucs have 'lot of soul-searching to do' after loss to WFT

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The Washington Football Team knocked off the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in what was one of the biggest upsets of the 2021 NFL season so far.

After the game, one Washington dominated in time of possession en route to a 29-19 victory, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians did not hold back when discussing the disappointment he had for the way Tampa Bay performed.

"It's very disappointing," Arians said on Tampa Bay's effort on Sunday.

Before the game, Arians told NFL Network's Kim Jones that he felt the Buccaneers had a great week of practice this past week coming off the team's bye. Sunday's game in Washington did not reflect that, as Arians was upset with the team's energy and effort.

"It's very alarming to watch the energy that we practiced with and show up with the lack of execution and energy that it takes to win on Sundays," Arians said. "We've got a lot of soul-searching to do." 

Tampa Bay's defense struggled to get off the field on third downs, as Taylor Heinicke and co. were able to convert 11 of 19 attempts. Washington nearly doubled Tampa Bay's time of possession and ran 24 more offensive plays than the Buccaneers did, too.

And most importantly, the Burgundy and Gold also won the turnover battle. Tom Brady threw a pair of first-half interceptions -- Arians would blame both on his quarterback, too -- that turned into 10 Washington points. Arians did accept responsibility for some of the team's other errors on Sunday, though, saying he and the rest of the coaching staff need to be better moving forward.

 

"It has nothing to do with ability. It's all about execution and being a smart football team," Arians said. "We're a really dumb football team and that's a reflection of the coaches."

Sunday's game was certainly one that the Buccaneers will want to forget, but the defending champions still have everything they want to accomplish out in front of them. Arians is confident that his group -- the same team that peaked at the perfect time late last year -- will turn things around.

"I trust our guys. We've got a lot of character in there. We'll get it fixed," he said.