Bruce Arians: I’ll Change The Entire Philosophy Of The Whole Organization

January 27th, 2019

New head coach Bucco Bruce Arians isn’t speaking softly and he’s definitely carrying a very big stick.

Joe’s loving every minute of it, especially after hearing Arians speak last week about an organizational overhaul.

That is needed.

By August, defensive coordinator Mike Smith had mailed it in. Shame on him. The dude didn’t even have a decent word to say about Bucs fans, players or ownership when teed up with a question on SiriusXM NFL Radio this month. Thanks, Mike.

Dirk Koetter? He conjured up thoughts of the “misery index” made popular during the Carter Administration. Koetter personified dead man walking for too many weeks and had the gall to torture innocent Bucs fans with Ryan Fitzpatrick after Fitz put three points on the scoreboard against the Redskins at home.

Koetter also should be eternally embarrassed that he gave Smith the green light to take down this team with passive, atrocious defense, and that he allowed DeSean Jackson decide when he got to return punts, kind of like how Koetter let Donovan Smith decide when he wanted to play to the whistle.

What next, allow a crap kicker to ruin another season? Oh, yeah, Koetter did that by continuing to run Chandler Catanzaro on to the field when legions of Bucs fans knew the guy was no better than the five unemployed guys who kicked before him.

Big-time change is here and Arians himself said it on CBS Sports Radio last week. He’s ready to burn the house down when it comes to the heartbeat at One Buc Palace.

“Change the entire philosophy of the defense and really the whole organization — is that we’re gonna attack,” Arians said. “And we’re not going to read and react; we’re going to attack. So hopefully we’re going to let some of these young kids play man-to-man and get more aggressive.”

Again, Joe is jacked up hearing Arians speak of aggressive organizational change.

Greg Schiano had a total attack mindset on defense and special teams, but it didn’t apply to offense. Lovie Smith was passive all around. Dirk Koetter was only aggressive offensively. Raheem Morris had the magic touch in all phases for a 25-game stretch, but it all came crashing down in a hurry.

It’s been a freaking generation since the Bucs had a fearless warrior calling the shots. Joe hopes Jason Licht joins the party and isn’t afraid to pluck the weeds on his roster.

37 Responses to “Bruce Arians: I’ll Change The Entire Philosophy Of The Whole Organization”

  1. nick Says:

    As it turns out, Raheem Morris is one of the best Bucs coaches we’ve ever had. Problem was, 1) the Bucs front office didn’t give him the veteran presence in the locker rook to control the runaway youngsters, and 2) maybe was too young in his career to do so. Mark my words, Raheem Morris will be a winning coach one day.

  2. Barack's Crack Pipe Says:

    BA is going full Leninist. Burn it down!!! Then build it back up your way.

  3. RODNEY J ALLEN Says:

    I’m telling u joes I have a really good feeling about this one. We might lose a couple or few of our favorites but I think this is going to work. #itsabucslifemightberelevantagain 🤞🤞🤞🤷‍♂️

  4. adam from ny Says:

    speak loud and rock a kangol

  5. Defense Rules Says:

    Oh Joe, THIS is THE ARTICLE I’ve been waiting to read on JBF: ‘Coach Arians vows to change the ENTIRE PHILOSOPHY of the WHOLE Bucs’ Organization’. (The lead-in about Koetter & Smitty & previous coaches was unnecessary … we were all there (unfortunately) … but I digress).

    Both you & I are “jacked up hearing Arians speak of aggressive organizational change”. Doesn’t sound like someone who’s gonna be satisfied with just ‘tweaking’ the roster, does it. No more ‘weak links’ out there only because Jason didn’t work his ass off to bring in some real TALENT with a warrior mentality.

    IS THERE ANY DOUBT WHO’S IN CHARGE? I thought your line “Joe hopes Jason Licht joins the party and isn’t afraid to pluck the weeds on his roster” was amusing because we both know there’s only one reason Licht is even at the party. It WAS his roster, as Koetter & Smitty are painfully aware I’m sure. There’s a new sheriff in town. This whole organization better be prepared for him to kick ass & take names.

  6. Not there yet Says:

    There are a lot of words to describe Koetter aggressive is not one of them

  7. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Yes, DR
    I look forward to Jason Licht picking the weeds ,rather than planting them on the roster. That would be a welcome change in philosophy. I thought I read Licht still had control of the roster but its nice to know that Arians is not going to tolerate
    mediocrity.

  8. down in the dirt Doug Says:

    Koeter was a cup of tea with milk and dainty little finger cookies.Ba is a strong beer in an extra tall glass and a nearly raw 24 oz steak.

  9. NPRSageBoy Says:

    It’s about time we have a HC with the balz to torch this freaking circus. Go Bucs!

  10. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Arians needs to sit Licht down and explain what is needed at different positions.
    He has to get more picks right in the draft and bring in quality free agents
    without injury histories. Players are part timers for a reason , and this is often
    a problem with Licht’s picks in free agency. They stay part time , because of injuries or mediocre play.

  11. Jonathan Lipnicki Says:

    The Bruce is on the Loose! This is a beautiful thing! I smirk when I think of Dirk…and the one time he showed emotion with the stick carrying thing…( I believe Pickled Pawlowskies changed the name of his “movement”…anyways…)

    A New Day in Tampa Bay…my snark and cynicism is slowing being curbed. 🙂

  12. Defense Rules Says:

    Bob in Valrico … Coach Arians is letting EVERYONE know right now who’s in charge. Like Jonathan said, “The Bruce is on the Loose!” (Great line BTW).

    Excellent point about “Players being part-timers for a reason”. Our GM seems to have this propensity for finding ‘bargains’ with either injury histories (e.g., Unrein?) or who’ve never been full-timers (e.g., Allen & Curry?) or players with only 1-year experience in the position we signed them for (e.g., Jensen?) or players nearing the end of their careers who are just bridge players (e.g., Grimes & JPP?).

    Bridge-players like JPP acquired in FA are admittedly essential to teams like the Bucs for obvious reasons, but we should’ve been developing our own HIGH-LEVEL PERFORMERS & LEADERS like them all along. Sadly we’ve failed miserably, in BOTH player selection (via the draft) AND in development (via our musical chairs coaches). DE is the classic example … Noah Spence & Will Gholston serve as evidence of that.

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Attack…..now that’s a plan that most NFL players probably love……but it doesn’t sound like Grimes, Djax and a few others were in that mode.
    Attack is what you can do with younger, aggressive players.
    I think we have a few…..on offense…..Evans, Godwin, Howard, Marpet, Jensen…..and yes Jameis.

    On defense…..Beckwith, Nassib, Whitehead, Evans, Davis & even MJ Stewart….

    Arians has relationships with some FAs……here is a quote two days ago from DJ Swearinger:

    ” Swearinger wrote. “I’ve seen championship swagger from a coach [Bruce Arians] he a OG. That coach y’all have will never win big cause it ain it him to coach discipline. it ain in him to chew somebody out in practice cause they lacking. when u say I’m a cancer for wanting to practice harder or wanting to get coached harder just to win then winning prolly not for you or you don’t understand that hard work pays off. Mediocre work get you beat! Remember This winners are born but champions are made. A strong leader of men make others around him better. Spread Peace Love And Elevation In everything you do lil brudda! Be Easy!!”

    Now……here is a guy that won’t be expensive that can help us ATTACK!!!

  14. OneBuc55 Says:

    Coach Bruce is gonna shake things up and reset the mindset of everyone at OBP top to bottom…that’s exactly what we need around here…

    My favorite line was “we’re not going to read and react; we’re going to attack”…It took awhile for “the stars to align” but couldn’t be happier with having a coach here like BA who won’t lie down and allow his team to curb stomped every other Sunday…

  15. Buc believer Says:

    Def NOT sticking up for Koetter I disliked his last year more than anyone but to pin Catanzaror on him is blatantly unfair. Forest Licht is the one who signed him. The ONLY reason im giving this Neanderthal looking dope any leniency is because of Arians. Let’s see how that pans out.

  16. Pickgrin Says:

    “we’re not going to read and react; we’re going to attack”

    After so much suffering watching Lovie’s and Mike Smith’s passive schemes get drug up and down the field the last 5 years, that mission statement is obviously music to Bucs fan’s ears.

  17. Jean Lafitte Says:

    isn’t afraid to pluck the weeds on his roster. <— this is so important. Many GM's want their selections to pan out that they keep them for to long when they are a liability. I think Head Coach's should have more say on what players they bring in and what players we sign.

  18. thunderchunkyPA Says:

    It’s about DAMN time. This team has a funk and stench on it for over 10 years now. Some players are OK with losses as long as they check clears. We need more gritty players, more players that want to win and hate to lose. I am interested to see if Bruce does clean house, and who will be left standing. I do believe there will be more then one big name guy sent packing, and it’s long overdue.

  19. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Yeah…What Swearinger said…lol..SMDH!

  20. Go Bucs 72 Says:

    Start by cutting McCrybaby, the team will immediately be tougher. The only thing he can attack is a box of tissues. I’m sure he’d make a great Kindergarten teacher, tough aggressive football player, nope. Never had it never will.

  21. Destinjohnny Says:

    Awesome I can’t wait to see all our marginally talented players become all pros
    Ronald jones leads the nfl in rushing
    Donovan Smith is the best left tackle
    MJ Stewart and Vh3 become pro bowlers
    Justin Evans d Kwon start taking great angles
    Ryan Phillips goes from the worst center to the best
    Dotson becomes young again
    Calib becomes the best guard in the league
    Jameis becomes a top 5 qb
    These things have to happen for us to go 10-6
    Does anyone really think they will happen?

  22. stpetebucsfan Says:

    So Koetter worked for Smitty and they were “supposedly” good buds.

    Smitty pretty much trashed Koetter’s HC career so I’m wondering if they’re still good friends?

    As for Licht…hard to believe at this point that he has the final word on FA’s and draft picks. He and the scouting staff may do the lion’s share of work locating candidates but I gotta believe or at minimum HOPE BA will have the final word. And since BA loves to delegate and give his assistants a chance to shine and advance I also believe that Bowles will have more to say about defensive picks than Licht. And that’s a good thing.

  23. AlteredEgo Says:

    The HC,whomever/whichever team, can say all he means and law down the law…unless there is core leadership in the locker room calling out and holding players accountable might as well slip in a DVD 101 motivational coaching….time will tell how the next roster and locker room respondes

  24. The Buc Realist Says:

    So funny to hear “who is in charge” when said person had to agree to all the concessions to take the job in the first place!!!!!!!! I really hope that this regime can do that, But there are elements that already are off-limits!!!!!!!! How can someone change everything when you can’t change everthing?????????????

    The 2019 season will reveal answers to the sheep, that the “real” fans already know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. quickdrw21 Says:

    Raheem was a good coach. Best we have had since Chucky by far. His 2010 team was also the best team we have had. Arians should be able to turn this lousy team around despite Winston being a bad quarterback. Winston will come song for the ride and improve or he will be replaced. We all want to believe he will change, that he will make better decisions, that he will throw the ball away and not give it to the other club, that he will be smart. History says he won’t and that he is who he is who he is. None of the coaches he played under told him to force the ball. But let’s hope he does well enough to let the other players carry us past 500

  26. tmaxcon Says:

    every year its the same excuses and BS… coaches get hired they are the greatest hope and best coaches every to patrol a field yet in 2 years they are complete garbage… the mind of a bucfan is beyond laughable… between the low standards and laughable ring of underachievement this organization has trained it’s fans well on the art of losing and excuse making.

  27. Owlykat Says:

    Best news in a long long time, Joe! Thanks!

  28. The Buc Realist Says:

    Tmaxcon is on point as always!!!!!!!!!!!! Its incredible that the so-called fan base falls for it everytime!!!!!!!!!!!!!! all they see is something shining and new, and if the owners would sell playoff tickets right now they would form a line to put money down!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then they will slowly turn on them as time passes!!!!! they don’t see what really is going on!!!! Like telling the fan base that “they are about winning and championships” but will trade a home game so they can host superbowl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Good luck new coaches, you are going to need it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The 2019 season will reveal answers to the sheep, that the “real” fans already know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. SW500Cal Says:

    From here on out Licht will NOT make boneheaded decisions concerning the draft!! BA will be calling the shots and bring in his type of players. Attitude changes and you better earn your paycheck! BA is about to do to the Bucs what Yzerman did to the Lightning. Build thru the draft and bring in ass kickin FA’s. Sick of fing losing and half ass efforts. Sick of poor leadership and soft ass coaches. To hell with ping pong tables, loud music and diva players that don’t produce or decide they will play on their terms. This is a team game and we only want team players! My Bucs tickets did not get any relief but would like to see the beer prices reduced.
    GO BUCS & BA!!!

  30. DB55 Says:

    Good story but only one problem the NFC south will be the hardest division BA has ever coached in. So my immediate question is who’s going to guard Julio Jones and Michael Thomas 1 on 1?

    The panthers and falcons olines are stronger than our dline so what’s he going to do there?

    Did we get a new online coach? If not then htf are we going to attack?

    Nice words but much easier said than done but wtfdik

  31. ufcguy Says:

    i was really not going to renew this year as im sick of being subjected to the torture of this team lol. but bruce does have my hopes up. im actually really excited to see how this team shapes up. it will look vastly different under him and bowles. these are proven winners. bowles has had successful defenses. much like wade phillips was a bad head coach but man his defenses give u hell. im thinking this dline and lb core will be attacking these offenses…truthfully thats what always gives them problems. brees, matty ice, newton, ….when they face pittsburgh defenses or those type they get hammered. and our offense will be scoring and not just moving the ball. using jameis on roll outs and bringing oj across the formation…good freaking luck stopping it. we have the right pieces at the skill positions. we just need the lines and a rb who can take it the distance and catch the ball

  32. Jmarkbuc Says:

    What are we to do Tmax?

    Tom Flores is 82

  33. rrsrq Says:

    Let these young’s guys press and play aggressive defense – that’s all.
    What do your players do best and let them go out and do it

  34. Anonymous Says:

    Aggressive😡😡😡. Gyeeaahhh..

  35. DalvinCookRules Says:

    Some serious koolaid being served here. The only time in Bucs history they had a great coach was when Tony Dungy was here. That is literally the ONLY TIME…. so the Bucs did the natural thing and canned him, CAN’T HAVE THAT (the next guy won a SB with Dungy’s team and proved he couldn’t do it on his own).

    This organization simply cannot attract a truly great mind to the city of Tampa. I have lived in some major sports cities like New York, Boston, and Los Angeles, and I will tell you what sets these cities apart from a place like Tampa: M-O-N-E-Y!!

    A truly great billionaire would rather live in these cities than Tampa because the business ecosystems are much stronger, even if Tampa has better weather and scenery.

    We need to find a smarter ownership group than the Glazers, people with REAL business acumen. These Glazers just make one mistake after another ever since Daddy Glazer passed on.

  36. Sierra119 Says:

    So excited for the upcoming season and seeing what the Licht/Arians regime puts on the field. That’s right, I said the LICHT/ARIANS regime. All you fans still banging on Licht and his picks are in for a big surprise. The difference will be coaching, and bringing out the best in all your players.

    Every team Licht has been the player personnel director with have all been to Super Bowls (Pats, Eagles,Cardinals). The difference ? Great coaching with each team (Belichek, Reid,Arians). Look at how our defense played after Smith was fired, utilizing the SAME players. The difference is coaching.

    Sure there are some holes to be filled. Every team has them every year. A miss in the draft here and there. Every GM has them. And for Gods sake, get over the Aguayo thing. 31 GM’s passed on Tom Brady 5 times in the same draft. Licht has done a very good job, and coupled with a great head coach, the groundwork is now laid to change the culture for good. Go Bucs !!!

  37. Greg Says:

    Man, I hope he practices what he preaches, but I can’t help but feel like this is going to wind up just like Lovie Smith’s reign.