Bruce Arians: “If You’re Up There Too Much, You’re Either Too Dumb To Play Here Or You Don’t Give A Sh*t.”

January 10th, 2019

Joe had one very specific question ready for Bucco Bruce Arians when the new Tampa Bay head coach sat down with Joe and other media away from the TV and team cameras today.

And Joe got one helluva an answer. 

Here’s the exchange: Coach, do you have a general way that you handle, if you’re watching film after a game, and you see a guy who took maybe a couple of plays off or didn’t play to the whistle, is there a way you handle that with everybody?

Bruce Arians: Yeah, I’ll show it up  on film and ask him what he’s doing in front of the team. I don’t have a problem with that. If you can’t play hard, you can’t play here. That’s not acceptable. We’ll have an accountability sheet, I call it. Every mental error, every penalty in practice, that’s how we start every day, with the accountability sheet. Now if you’re up there too much, you’re either too dumb to play here or you don’t give a sh*t. Alright, so you can’t be a Buc.

What sweet music to the ears of Bucs fans. But the best part is that Arians is not BSing.

This is how it will be — and should be.

77 Responses to “Bruce Arians: “If You’re Up There Too Much, You’re Either Too Dumb To Play Here Or You Don’t Give A Sh*t.””

  1. Wright Says:

    Hey, no free passes for anyone. I love this. Fair is fair.

  2. Dano220 Says:

    Music to Bucs fans ears, finally some accountability!

  3. Chris Reeves Says:

    Nice. How refreshing it is to have a legit head coach who will treat men like they should be treated; like men.

  4. William Walls Says:

    I think I just accidentally drooled into my napkin. Glad I had one handy.

  5. Clw JB Says:

    OMG I AM ALREADY IN LOVE! DSmith better wake up!!!!!!

  6. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Why is there a picture of me in this thread”

    Donovon Smith

  7. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    Bruce Arians is getting my panties wet…

    Can’t wait until he boots big fat slug Donavan Smith and big fat softie Gerald McCoy!!!

  8. bucsfaninchina Says:


  9. Mann in Memphis Says:

    Oh yeah.. Rude awakening. .. I can already think of about 3 players not returning.

  10. johnnybuc Says:


  11. AlteredEgo Says:

    Can we have that rule for posters…. 😉

  12. Bucnjim Says:

    There are some offensive and defensive Tackles on this team who play until they’re beat then give up.

  13. Bucsfanman Says:

    YES SIR! Any questions?!

  14. Bobby M. Says:

    Smith will be replaced…..His film wont justify not bringing in competition and his ego will likely have him believe if the Bucs wont pay him….someone will. He should ask Josh Freeman how that mindset worked out.

  15. Rob Tanner Says:

    Very excited!!!
    We have gone from #StickCarriers to #BucsMob and now we are #BiscuitEaters !!!

  16. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    “A staff of fantastic teachers” – Bruce Arians

    God I love it!

  17. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Lots of house cleaning for BA & licht, seems like a good hire but bucs winning off season and going 5-11 is getting old

  18. Lord Cornelius Says:

    I feel like someone just stabbed me with an adrenaline shot lol

  19. Weezerme Says:

    You mean he won’t make them a captain for the week?

  20. Steve in Mad Beach Says:

    Well it’s about effing time someone had that attitude around here.

    A huge theme over the lost decade is lack of accountability!

  21. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    “We’re gonna build a system around what our players can do” – Bruce Arians

    AKA next season’s coach of the year

  22. SchwiftyBuc Says:

    Koetter would have just blathered on about how great everyone is…

  23. Ray Rice Says:

    And you MF’s complained about Schiano? This MF right here is a beast. Don’t run him off you soft a$$e$. It will take time to weed out the Aunt Geraldine’s of the world. But it will get done. #SQSmooth

  24. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    “I’ve always thought it was my job to get the next group of great coaches ready” – Bruce Arians

    Yep don’t have to worry about his old age, whoever his replacement is will be ready!

  25. donuts Says:

    Bring on the ACCOUNTABILITY!!! I am starting to like old school Arians…just what the Buc locker room and players needed.

  26. Barack's Crack Pipe Says:

    Compare that to Dirk’s “I don’t think you guys realize how tough it is out there, and how hard [that player] really plays.”

  27. Sunny Says:

    Licht drafted D Smith , and will try to keep and make it work with BA

  28. Tony LA Says:

    Buc fans are desperate when “panties are getting wet” over the word “accountability”.

    I hear it all the time from Super Bowl winners… “we won today because of accountability!!!”

    Arians is GREAT, love him, but I’ll just settle for some good old fashioned WINS.

  29. stpetebucsfan Says:

    WOW. BA better ease up a little…he’s already got a significant portion of JBF with premature ejaculation. We can’t wait until the season! How much better can this get? Just win baby and BA will OWN THIS TOWN!

  30. Iron Wombat Says:

    Yup sounds like we won’t have to worry about them resigning our current soon to be free agent left tackle. No way that guys film passes muster. The coming roster moves on this team are going to be a massive indictment of Koetter’s staff. If D Smith was still on his rookie deal they might bring him into camp and see if they could beat the stupid out of him but no chance they spend big money bringing him back. We all know someones going to over pay him. It’ll be interesting to see what happens to Benenoch/Cappa They both get cut and it looks bad for Koetter and Warhop or the new staff makes real players out of them which I think would look worse and in that case Warhop should be charged with grand larceny.

  31. westernbuc Says:

    I remember when the media loved Koetters candid press conferences

  32. tmaxcon Says:

    great question joe and better answer from the old dude.

    accountability and toes on the line works for about 5 minutes in tampa then the crying clown and lvd march into glazers office crying like little girls. that old guy is a big meanie then toes on the line reverts right back to cancer93’s fun house.

    cancer93 should just retire he has embarrassed himself, the sport of football and masculinity long enough…. a decade and not a single meaningful win for the face of the basement years. he has never made it through a single game without taking at least a quarter of the game off… nurseing boo boos and lolly gagging or getting #metoo’ed in the run game

  33. AfrikaThaRapper Says:

    Hallelujah and amen !!!!!!!!! Go Bucs !!!!!!!!!

  34. Negative Nancy Says:

    Doesn’t pretty much every team do something similar to that though?

  35. Deez Bucs Says:


  36. DB55 Says:

    O M G

    This dude, I luv him!!!!

  37. TexBuc Says:

    Almost forgot what a real coach sounds like.

    The Bruce is Here!

  38. 813bucboi Says:


    shots fired D. SMITH!!!!!….LOL…

    GO BUCS!!!!

  39. Clodhopper Says:

    I just had flashbacks of “Buccaneer Men”

  40. GoBuxFla Says:

    Oh hell yeah…love this guy!

  41. Buc1987 Says:

    “you’re either too dumb to play here or you don’t give a sh*t.’

    Holy crap there ya have it folks.

    With that being said he’s got his work cut out for him. This team has lot’s of both. Might have to turnover 75% of the roster.

    No wonder this guy is a Winston fan….

  42. Bradley Clement Says:

    There’s your answer for Donovan Smith… bye bye

  43. Slugglife Says:

    Yup- the O line is in deep sht.

  44. Slugglife Says:

    Jensen seems safe. Even the whistle doesn’t stop him.

  45. Slugglife Says:


    You forgot your hashtags.

  46. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Accountability Sheet – 9
    Donovan Smith – 0

  47. unbelievable Says:

    Love that!

    Lol Demon. Yea D Smith is about to get his a$$ whipped if he’s still on the roster.

  48. Tampa Bay Demon Says:


    I like hashtag-less 813.
    He don’t need ’em.

    One of my very favorite posters here on JBF….
    whether we agree or disagree..

    Hope to raise a beer with ya soon, brother, during a BUCS win.

  49. Joel Says:

    So this list will actually be:

    – McCoy (since he got here)
    – Smith

    Those two are masters at taking plays off.

    Good riddance.

  50. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    No doubt, unbelievable!
    There is a part of me now that kinda hopes he makes it. Donovan, without the loaf plays, might actually be pretty damn good!

  51. Buccaneerscotty Says:


  52. CaliBuc Says:


  53. AKickInTheBucNuts Says:

    Dilly! Dilly!

  54. Gman Says:

    I may have to change my shorts….

  55. BucEmUp Says:

    Hoky crap I cant Wait….imagine in patrick peterson and the honey badger both come to tampa!! Good thing Jason licht wasnt fired huh??!!!

  56. SOEbuc Says:


  57. SteveK Says:

    Amen 🙏

  58. Hodad Says:

    Problem on this team has been who do you replace the dumb asses, and slackers with? If Licht can’t find smart, good players who care, then what? Swaggy, D Jax, Berto, Cappa, Grimes, should I go on? You draft, or sign guys to big contracts, who are dumb, suck, or don’t care there in lies the problem.

  59. Danglin71 Says:

    GOD I LOVE IT!!!! Arians is going to clear a lot of players out of TB , that can’t be a BUC!! This guy doesn’t hold back! Going to be a lot of sad faces come training camp!

  60. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Hodad right on and lichts bs players go on and on, snoops nephew or whatever that couldnt read a playbook…. cant wait for BA to flip the roster

  61. Defense Rules Says:

    Hodad & Duthsty … Arians knows exactly what he wants & will be TELLING Licht who to get. Jason might be all smiles right now, but there’s NO DOUBT in my mind who’s running the show from this point on. New Jefe in town … Lovin’ it.

  62. DB55 Says:


    2 practices though Joe that’s fckn genius!

  63. Architek Says:

    Soooooo, why has it taken 12 years for this level of professional accountability?

    I’m grateful for this feedback as a fan.

  64. Caleb Harms Says:

    Haha! you guys are funny, acting like every coach in the NFL doesn’t have this idea set in place. Let’s not get too worked up over something we know nothing about what previous coach’s have done or do. “Accountability” a word that gets thrown around a lot when a new coach gets hired, every time. I can point to coach Schiano, everyone said he came in trying to hold players accountable… how that work out?

    Go BUCS!

  65. Old School Athlete Says:

    The more I hear from Bucco Bruce, the more I like him. Thank you, Joe, for asking a question that all of would have asked if we had the chance. I’ve read hundreds of posts on here about the need for culture change. It appears it is already underway. The 2018 team had potential to win a lot more than 5 games. We saw that potential in the first two games that basically no one was giving us a chance to win. Then the typical and predictable Buc malaise took over. Guys got their feelings hurt or decided they weren’t getting paid enough. I believe this staff will keep players focused on the task at hand; that is to EARN Team Glazer loot and not STEAL it.

  66. TexBuc Says:

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  67. Wombat Says:

    I think you guys are wrong. I think a lot of these guys that have been brought in here have it, it hasn’t been coached up. Don’t get me wrong, we have a lot of lazy players and that is a culture.
    Donovon Smith 2020 Pro Bowl Player…….

  68. Tampa Bay Demon Says:


    Is the Texas Bucs Fan Association currently accepting members from FL?

    Because I can definitely get behind the movement.


  69. TexBuc Says:


    We accept all bucs fans it is lonely here in cowgirl country

  70. Barack's Crack Pipe Says:

    “getting #metoo’ed in the run game”


  71. 2002WasALongTimeAgo Says:

    My favorite question, and love the reply. So, we won’t be seeing any more player tweets that say they really don’t care if fans show up for the games, because they’ll get paid anyway…?

  72. Rafterman61 Says:

    I thought today’s players don’t go for the old style General Patton blood and Guts marine corps drill instructor BS

  73. Bucsace Says:

    This sounds like a scene from North Dallas Forty …..Very cool Bruce!!!!

  74. TampaTown Says:

    Did you ask him about his cell phones during halftime policy?

  75. Tom Edrington Says:

    Is Jason Licht accountable as well?

    That’s the question that should be addressed……now, if we had enough time (we don’t), we list the long list of bums put on the field by the Buccaneer GM……..Bleah

  76. TOM Says:

    I just hope BA isn’t hesident about getting rid of lazy ass D Smith. Also how bad Bennoch is. As well as aging Dotson. IMO Grimes & DeJacks should have already been released. BA once said what a good job Leidke played in place of lazy ass Smith.

  77. TbT813 Says:

    Finally a coach that will hold his players accountable!! Maybe the captains should hold their teammates accountable too.