Bruce Arians: History On Jameis’ Side

August 23rd, 2018


There are few NFL coaches, past or present, who have a quarterback resume like Bruce Arians.

Virtually everywhere he went during his long NFL tenure, he had a magic touch with quarterbacks. From Peyton Manning to Ben Roethlisberger to Andrew Luck to Carson Palmer, Arians had a Midas touch with signal-callers.

There is also a young quarterback Arians tutored in a football camp as a sophomore in high school back in Alabama. Bucs fans may have heard of him.

Jameis Winston.

Maybe the youngest NFL quarterback in line that Arians had some sort of connect with, America’s Quarterback won’t be playing the first three games of the season due to a sentence handed down by NFL strongman Roger Goodell.

This could, in the end, kill the Bucs’ season. But perhaps the most positive spin on how this suspension may impact the Bucs comes from Arians, who will be part of the CBS broadcast team that will call the Lions-Bucs game Friday night.

In speaking with Greg Auman of The Athletic, Arians said that history is on Jameis’ side.

“I told somebody the other day if [the Bucs] can scratch out one or two [wins] until Jameis gets back, the last two guys who got suspended got to the Super Bowl in Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger,” Arians said.

If that actually comes true, movies will be produced and untold number of books written about how Jameis rose from the ashes to restore glory to a moribund franchise.

Is Jameis having a damn good training camp and preseason? He sure is. But preseason is just a cruel tease to the real thing that kicks off Sept. 9 in New Orleans. Unfortunately for Jameis, his season doesn’t begin until Sept. 30 at Chicago.

As for Jameis, he could do a whole lot worse than to cut Arians a check and have Arians put him through three weeks of daily drills to keep him sharp for his return.

23 Responses to “Bruce Arians: History On Jameis’ Side”

  1. Tampaspicer Says:

    Lets make it to the playoffs first before we start talking Super Bowl.

  2. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … “As for Jameis, he could do a whole lot worse than to cut Arians a check and have Arians put him through three weeks of daily drills to keep him sharp for his return.” I love that idea Joe. Arians has a fascinating background, and I’ve got a feeling that he could help Jameis in a lot of other ways too besides just throwing the football.

    Got curious about his background & turns out he retired quite early (he’s still ‘only’ 65). As the Va Tech QB in college, he was the first white player to room with a black player in VT history … his roommate was a player named James Barber, Ronde & Tiki Barber’s father. Oh and he also coached RBs under some Alabama coach named Bear Bryant. What an incredible resume.

  3. Bird Says:

    That would be wise

  4. Walter Seidel Says:

    Bet the house on it!!! LOL

  5. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Undoubtedly one your best ideas yet Joe. Nothing wrong with drills,but I would prefer to have Jameis and Ariens watch tape together. There is much to learn
    from an offensive guru like Ariens. And Jameis has always shown a willingness
    to seek advice from others.

  6. Godeep66 Says:

    Arians just might be getting the itch to take on a HC position next year. Appears as if he is saying the right things about players on certain organizations in order to position himself for another big payday. If he truly spent ANY time with Winocheo he would know that he possesses an extra chromosome.

  7. HowToSpellRhonde Says:

    “movies will be produced and untold number of books written“

    You stoned, Joe?

  8. El Buco Realisto Says:

    Jw3 is having a damn good preseason in the preseason games!!!! And the “real” fans want to see that turn into consistency!!!!! Funny think about Mr. Arains, a couple of days ago on nfl SiriusXM radio, they were talking about him!!!! and how he allowed young coordinator and position coaches to call plays in pre-season and then he would take over play-calling duties during the start of the regular season!!!!!!! Seems like their is already president!!!!!!!!!!

    #trust the coaches!!!!!!!! Fix the “real” problem, the roster!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    This raises a good question as to what Jameis will be doing to stay sharp during the suspension……please find out if he has made any plans yet, Joe.

  10. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Once in a while can actually agree with realist. Jameis is having a great preseason. Moore calm and collected more composed in the pocket. The thing about this is in his prior preseasons he either under performed or sucked but then went on to have record seeing seasons albeit not great or perfect but get this if he did that then what does that say about now? Every year he got better in most qb categories and now he’s having the best preseason we’ve ever seen a Bucs qb have ever so I believe we are going to see something special from him this year. Look how many years it took Brees and Ryan to reach the Superbowl, it took Scam Newton 4 years. It’s Jameis’ 4th so it’s time!

  11. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Whatever joe

    ……keep dreaming

  12. Durango 95 Says:

    As much as I like the idea of Arians tutoring Jameis during his suspension. Can’t see how that would work if Arians is working his announcers gig for CBS this season.

  13. rrsrq Says:

    The hate would be unreal, outside of most, not all Bucs fans, this team with Jameis at the the helm in the playoffs, let alone the Superbowl, because everything will be about an incident that maybe or maybe not have happened 2 years ago, or about BK and a soda machine, let alone Publix, but at least they could have crab legs on sale for SB parties.
    The good thing, I believe Jameis would be mature enough to handle it, if not he can do a Marshawn Lynch “I’m just here so I don’t get fined” when they fire all the questions –

    in the words of Biggie though “It was all a dream” Wreck Havoc, Go Bucs

  14. miken Says:

    One thing about this story… ugh, if only Bruce could coach JW. Bruce is a master with the qb.

  15. miken Says:

    @rrsrq…. not really. When you win big, thats all you are known for, see big Ben, Kobe, ect ect….

  16. rrsrq Says:


    people already dislike Jameis nationally, because all they know is what has been reported since his FSU days, they have no idea of his community service and with Big Ben and Kobe, social media is so much bigger now than it was then.

  17. miken Says:

    @rrsrq Most NFL stars do a lot in the community. When you win big, all the good will be in the spot light. The Bucs have no real national following, that will change if we ever win again. When you finish last most of the time for a decade, there is really nothing to focus on nationaly except the negative.

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  19. BucNole Says:

    Perhaps the team could hire Bruce to be our long needed Director of Football Operations. . .
    The one thing I always think of when I think of Arians – is his first speech to the team a few years back – on a Hard Knocks type series.
    He said “We have one goal, a Super Bowl ring!”
    Now that is how you set the tone and let everyone know what the goal is baby!!!

    Come on Glazers – get his agent on the phone and sign him now!!

  20. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    rrsq & miken true and that! He leads us to the Superbowl or even at least one playoff win and is a model citizen it will put the Bucs in the national spotlight but also spotlight the irrational hatred that people across the land who don’t even follow the the Bucs have for Jameis but even more the so called fans who hate him though never convicted of crimes, things did years ago in or fresh out off college. It will surely show the NFL world how bad Buc fans are. They whine and cry, tear down ownership coaches, players and the very team they root for and still mitt pick when things go good. They make the Bucs worse than the Cleveland Browns who’s fans love and pack their stadium every Sunday!They truly make it hard on fans who love their Bucs no matter what. So here’s hoping Jameis HELPS lead or Bucs to a great Superbowl room because he’s not the ONLY player on this team!

  21. Season Is Over Says:

    If that actually comes true, movies will be produced and untold number of books written about how Jameis rose from the ashes to restore glory to a moribund franchise.

    Haha. You could nickname him “The Phoenix”. What a fantasy this writer has with Winston. I am wondering who is going to fund the movies and untold number of books. “Ze plane! Ze plane!”

  22. Ghastly Bucs Says:

    I needed the laugh today.


    Comparing the suspension of 2 good QBs to that of a mediocre one doesn’t make it so. Also, Terrelle Pryor was suspended after Big Ben was and they didn’t go to the SB. So technically, the last two guys to be suspended were Terrelle and Tom. One didn’t make it and the other did.

  23. BucTrooper Says:

    I’m one of the few people who really pays attention to preseason and for the past four years the Bucs have been WRETCHED in preseason. And this blog specifically tried to calm the fears of the fans with multiple platitudes like “Well they don’t want to rip their hand and give other teams tape,” and “They’re purposely keeping it vanilla,” and “It’s only preseason and it doesn’t MEAN anything.” Well is DID mean something. They played like garbage and their season was garbage.

    Now, they actually look pretty decent in the preseason (rusty, but decent) and what does this blog say? “But preseason is just a cruel tease to the real thing that kicks off Sept. 9 in New Orleans.”

    So you can’t win… play bad, well it’s preseason. Play well? Well it’s just preseason.