Bruce Arians: A-Holes Usually Run In The Wide Receiver Room

January 22nd, 2019

Don’t count on Bucco Bruce Arians wearing a leash while on his new job leading the Tampa Bay franchise.

Outspoken, smooth-talkin’ but raw Arians will not be holding back.

That was the message he delivered recently during an interview with FOX Sports 910 in Phoenix. Arians was in town for an auction benefiting his foundation that assists foster children.

“I’m just going to be me. I can’t stop that. The one thing that I think the Buccaneers like so much is that I am me, and they like that,” Arians said when asked whether he was going to cut his smack talk now that he’s back in the NFL.

Recently, Arians made a diva comment directed at disgruntled Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, and Brown responded on social media. Arians was asked about that and didn’t back down, saying, “I mean, like I said, he’s one of the hardest working guys I’ve ever had. He just needs to go back to where the beginning was.”

Arians coached Brown when he was a rookie, a Steelers sixth-round pick in 2010.

Later in the interview, during a discussion about wealth changing some people, the host noted Arians and his wife aren’t “a-holes,” despite the adulation of fans and fat paychecks.

“Not all are,” Arians said. “It’s just a few. They usually run in the wide receiver room.”

44 Responses to “Bruce Arians: A-Holes Usually Run In The Wide Receiver Room”

  1. Dewey Selmon Says:

    He is going to give John McKay a run for his money when it comes to quotes and quips.

  2. Buc50 Says:

    Nothing he said was wrong. Although, we’ve had a few D-linemen here that fit that description.

  3. IndyBucsFan Says:

    I wonder if he tried to reach out to Djax and this is his way of saying Djax won’t be on the team next year?

  4. Jean Lafitte Says:

    A lot of truth to that statement from looking at past history. WR’s can be the biggest diva’s. T.Owens, K.Johnson, R.Moss, P.Burress, S.Smith, C.Carter etc…etc.

  5. Jim Says:

    A Diva wide receiver? Common as clover. The only question that counts is, is the Bucs offense better with DJax? Our experienced, knowledgable new coach says “yes”.

  6. ben Says:

    Dewey Selmon…got to ask since u mentioned McKay..Are you the same man that played on the bucs with your brother and have a street named after u????

  7. Probably not really Dewey Selmon Says:

    Ben… you new to this Internet thing?

  8. Probably not really Dewey Selmon Says:

    McKay was framed.

  9. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Ben, just a regular schmuck who is a lifelong Bucs fan since 76′. Lee Roy got all the attention and I didn’t want Dewey to be forgotten. My brother Lucious haunts these parts also.

  10. Probably not really Vinny Testaverde Says:

    Is there a street named after me?

  11. Buc believer Says:

    Yup some divas in the WR position along with some comic book loving self promoters along the DL. I expect that that change… wouldn’t you Gerald??

  12. AKickInTheBucNuts Says:

    Love it!

  13. Jean Lafitte is annoying Says:

    Cris Carter was a diva?

  14. tmaxcon Says:

    maybe if the bucs had more divas and fewer choirboys they would be able to fight their way out of the basement…

  15. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Totally agree that WR’s have a higher % of Divas than any other position…it is very common.

    Not sure where you got your info that the team is better with DJAX..or that we need him…or that we plan to keep him.

    BA did say he would reach out to him and all the other smart things…smart because perhaps he does intend to keep him…or smart because he doesn’t wish to devalue trade prospects.

    I honestly do not know but he certainly hasn’t reached out to him according to DJAX himself. How long does it take to make a ten minute phone call?

    I’m not optimistic about a trade. How many teams really want a 32 year old WR with tons of attitude whose only skill set is his speed. VJAX did a lot for us. When his legs began to deteriorate with age he still blocked and was a great team player.

    Other than running by people what does DJAX bring to the table. Has anybody seen him throw a block or make a spectacular catch or ANYTHING that might hurt him? Ten million unless the Bucs are willing to eat some salary. Seems to me they will cut him and then we’ll find out his true market value as of 2019…which IMHO is nowhere near ten MILLION!

  16. Lord Cornelius Says:

    @tmax – not sure if you’re out there but I wanted to check in on the OTs that you think are the worst in the league.

    I don’t think they’re that good. I just don’t think they’re the worst.

    There are 64 starting OTs in the league.

    Per PFF, Demar Dotson was ranked # 44 and an “above average” OT relative to his peers.

    Donavon Smith was ranked #46 and “above average”.

    I don’t agree with “above average”. They’d have to be #32 or better just mathematically by their own scale lol. Average would be #32.

    At the same time – they are in the top 2/3 of starting OTs going by these guys. Which is about what I think they are at this point.

    That’s not good enough but I’d say there are at least 6-8 teams in a worse OT situation.

    Our biggest crater of a hole on the line is at RG. That lines up with PFF’s bad rating of him. I don’t trust the site for much but their ratings line up with my opinion so I’m doing it this time lol.

    I think one OT upgrade and RG upgrade would pay huge dividends. Marpet/Jensen are fine.

  17. Joseph Mamma Says:

    Who was Arians when he was calling games? Cause he was the epitome of boring and lame (from what I heard at least).

  18. Bucs fan #7423 Says:

    Lol I like his trash talk

  19. Jim Says:

    Pretty sure I read here that Arians said the Bucs offense is better with DJax. I KNOW you can listen to a recent Beckles podcast, saying the same. In fact, Beckles makes clear that he in NOT a fan of DJax, but supports Arians by emphasizing the need for any coach to work with various difficult personalities who have talent. DJax has talent in an area of need…

  20. Mike Johnson Says:

    Ok arians. You’re cool and brash. I like that BUTT..Its time to get to work. Back up your demeanor with some vixtories. I’m all in with you. However, game 1 has not been played. Most trash talkers in life..usually meet a bad Karma on down the line…. Most.

  21. JimmyJack Says:

    With them guys coming out this weekend reporting on Djax getting ignored on pass plays it is blatently obvisous he does not want to be here in Tampa Bay.

    It’s never gonna work if the guy don’t wanna be here. You can’t trust a guy like that. He can do some harm to the team if he decides to start requesting more trades or holding out. Bruce will figure that out and have to dump him.

  22. stpetebucsfan Says:


    I do not pay attention to Beckles opinions at all. As far as BA what is he going to say. Rip him like he did Antonio Brown and destroy and value he might have in a trade which IMHO is already next to nothing.

    Again…he had three games at the start of the season that were good. As soon as the rest of the league realize his limited skill set they simply repositioned safeties and made sure they covered him over the top…this is why BOTH Fitzmagic and JW had trouble finding him.

    At 32 with nothing but speed his limited talent is simply not worth ten million…certainly not for the Bucs. He can do ONE thing…stretch the D…until the D adjusts and being a one trick pony he’s dead in the water just like 2018.

    His game fell off the shelf after the 4th game…not a single one hundred yard game and his receptions to targets also dropped dramatically. We can make some excuses but he’s just not worth ten million. We can find another fast guy perhaps without the mental issues and arrogance although I concede your first point that WR’ are frequently DIVAS.

    This is why I loved VJAX…no Diva there and my current favorite…Julio who is an amazing talent with ZERO attitude.

  23. JimmyJack Says:

    StPete…..Good point about Vincent Jackson. I would put Mike Evans into that same cayergory. He has adjusted nicely to becoming a pro.

    But I really wanted to piggyback form your points about Djax production after them first few games. Part of the reason was because teams saw we had no running game. The safety’s didn’t have to creep into the box and were able to defend Jackson more

  24. Drew Says:


    My Wife and I had the distinct opportunity of meeting Ira Kaufman and Tony Dungy this morning at the Village Inn restaurant on N. Dale Mabry. The moment was surreal when I offered my thanks to Coach Dungy for developing the defense that helped win the super bowl. Totally cool moment. Ira is also a class act. There was another gentleman there I regret not also shaking his hand.

  25. Jim Says:

    Pete, I think you’re a good guy and I’m not out to offend anyone, but your point re Beckles is completely unsupported, while your point re Arians is mere speculation. The facts are both said DeJax was a valuable asset. Why the franchise with the worst record in the history of NFL is so eager to drive off talent…

  26. Bird Says:


    Good stuff. Classy

  27. JimmyJack Says:

    Jim…..He was a valuable asset but those are not all the facts. There are other facts that hurt Jackson’s value and hurt the team.

    You are right. We should not just automatically run off a talented player but what if Jackson tells the team that he does not want to be here playing in Tampa?……And it sure sounds like that may be the case.

    At that point I don’t think the Bucs have a choice. I would call that looking out for the best interest of the team. Not driving away talent.

  28. JimmyJack Says:

    IMO you let Jackson do what he wants to do. If he wants to play in Tampa Bay……Great, gear up, do what your told & work your ass off.

    If not you give him the walking papers he want and you forget all about him. Let’s not pretend that this offense is helpless without Jackson….far from it.

  29. Tony LA Says:

    Very weird comment considering the best WR he just coached for numerous seasons was Larry Fitzgerald – arguably the nicest and most respected player in the league.

  30. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:


    Pretty sure Vincent Jackson and Julio Jones became divas when they weren’t getting paid what they wanted

  31. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    All these wide receivers you guys are talking about that aren’t Divas are getting PAID what they wanted

  32. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Lord Cornelius Says: I think one OT upgrade and RG upgrade would pay huge dividends. Marpet/Jensen are fine.

    AGREED. One of those positions could be taken in the draft, the kid from Bama, the other via FA. Like to see what Barber could do with some “above average” blocking.

  33. Bucnjim Says:

    We have our new Jackson his name is Godwin. Not quite as fast but tougher and catches better. Nice compliment to Evans and Humphries.

  34. Bucnjim Says:

    Let’s not forget we also have OJ Howard AND Brate. That is an awesome lineup with or without Jackson.

  35. Edjustshootmebucsfan Says:

    Selling his house and asking for a trade sure sounds like someone that wants to stay.

  36. Stanglassman Says:

    The Bucs are clearly a better TEAM without Me-Jax but even a better team with John Brown. DJax lack of effort on the field and big effort to divide the locker room plus his big cap hit makes him not worth it. He’s not the only WR who can take the top off the defense.

  37. tmaxcon Says:

    Bucnjim Says:
    January 22nd, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Let’s not forget we also have OJ Howard AND Brate. That is an awesome lineup with or without Jackson.

    neither can stay healthy and both coming off major injuries. gambling all the time is yet another example why bucs own the nfc south basement

  38. Stanglassman Says:

    I know Brate had offseason hip surgery and OJ had a late season foot/ankle injury but I haven’t seen any news regarding any details. Where they serious? Can you let me know where you found out more information?

  39. Pat Says:

    John McKay was asked by a reporter after a loss what he thought about his teams execution and he said, “ I’m in favor of it.”
    Another time a reporter asked if he was concerned about Ricky Bell carrying the ball so many times and he said,” Why?, It’s not that heavy”
    He was funny as hell and needed to be with most of those early Bucs teams

  40. BucsFanSpeak Says:

    Bucs Fans want Patrick Peterson At corner Free agency is cumming and Peterson is the perfect fit with our new defense an New Coach bucco bruce not to mention his old an favorite coach The Fans Have Spoken

  41. BucsFanSpeak Says:


  42. BucsFanSpeak Says:

    WE want Patrick Peterson AT DB

  43. SenileSenior Says:

    If my memory serves me correctly C. Carter was a bit of a diva. Later on he mentored R. Moss who was even more so at Minnesota. Carter calmed him down some per the Vikings’ plan, I guess.

    Also today I heard Gary Shelton suggest that Arians’ remarks about Antonio Brown were really meant for Djax. Hmmmmmm. (Kinda relates to your guess, Indybucs.)
    Go Bucs!!!!

  44. TOM Says:

    Just sign Hump, before we lose him.