Bruce Arians On New Regimes

January 7th, 2019

Yes, if Bruce Arians signs a contract and is calling the shots for the Bucs in a matter of hours, he might need the old MRSA hazmat team from Team Glazer to disinfect the Tampa Bay locker room.

Dirk Koetter often said he had strong leadership in his locker room. He did not.

Whatever strong is, Koetter had something very different.

Arians is a huge believer in locker room strength and unity. Arians shared a little of that philosophy via his son’s fantasy football podcast, per His October words came after watching the crumbling of the Cardinals this season with their new head coach.

Arians said new schemes usually can come together by the start of the season in September. …

“You go through OTAs, you go through training camp, you have some ups and downs,” Arians said of coaching a new team. “As I preached to our guys all the time, if we have a locker room of leadership, we’ll never lose two in a row.”

The more Joe reads and listens to about Arians, the more it’s clear he will bring a high-urgency, high-accountability mindset to the Bucs. The Bucs might have not seen anything like that since Schiano 2013, when the hazmat team literally opened the season.

71 Responses to “Bruce Arians On New Regimes”

  1. Pete I Says:

    sounds good…except the MSRA part…lets hope he still has the fire he had before he walked away. He wasn’t very good has last year in Arizona, not in leadership or accountability. and he walked away because of health…

    Arizona fans don’t seem interested in having him back and he did no other interviews…

    Ah well…it is as it is. Off we go with a retread.

  2. Tommy W Says:

    Pete I,

    I’ve seen plenty of Zona fans pining for Arians back or cursing him for leaving them. Actually just read an article this morning from a local outfit there questioning why he was not interested in coming back to them and how much of a gut punch it is to see him interested in the Bucs.

  3. PaulWartenberg Says:

    of the recycled coaches the Bucs could pursue, Arians is pretty much the best possible candidate with a history of turning around a dispirited franchise and turning losers into winners. I think we’d do better getting a long-time assistant/coordinator to promote upward (how we got Dungy), but if it were Arians I’d be okay with it… wary but okay.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    If we land Arians finally we will have a coach some other teams wanted.

  5. ChanEpic Says:

    LEADERSHIP LEADERSHIP LEADERSHIP. Exactly what I’ve been begging for for 4+ seasons now. Fix the leadership deficit and we can win 3-4 more games with that change alone.

  6. 813bucboi Says:


    like who?….lol…who wants bruce?…..who is he scheduled to interview with?….who else has he interviewed with?…..

    you want the bucs to hire a coach who other teams have no interest in….

    we just got finished being the tampa bay falcons…..lets not become the tampa bay cardinals…..


  7. catcard202 Says:

    Bruce Arians – A football life (youtube link)

  8. 813bucboi Says:

    bruce on his son’s podcast… the media telling the public he’s interested in the browns job(who never call him)….then says he’ll listen if the bucs called….lol…

    sounds like he’s trying to market himself back into coaching….lol…

    if teams want bruce, they’ll reach out to him….he doesnt have to reach out to them….


  9. Pete I Says:

    Other teams wanted 6 years ago, fewer wanted him after his last two years…

  10. Kobe Faker Says:

    “It was, it is and it will always be about the QB position

    BA knew Carson Palmer was broken and finsihed. BA knew a replacement QB ment down in the basement for few years which he didnt want to be involved with…

    BA is looking at JW, OJ, Godwin and MeMe and liking the possiblities”

    Kobe Faker

  11. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    813bucboi Says:
    “who is he scheduled to interview with?”


    Again, 813, he would not have scheduled any other interviews. He wasn’t interested in any job but CLE & TB. — If the Browns were not interested, that does not concern me. Maybe they view others as the right fit for THEM.

    Arians is the right fit for US.

    I know how much you love Chris Richard, but it’s no reason to downgrade Arians capabilities.

    To be honest, 813, if it is NOT Arians, than Chris Richard is definitely my 2nd choice.

  12. ben Says:

    Licht should have been fired so …Maybe Arians will be great for the short term but have to wonder why he is not being interviewed or appear wanted by other teams ..

  13. 813bucboi Says:

    im not downgrading bruce….he is who he is…..

    i find it hard to believe that if someone really wants to coach, they’ll limit themselves to only 2 possibilities…..

    however, its easy to believe that if someone really wants to coach, they’ll create/draw up interest for themselves just to get back into the loop….

    so if the dolphin come calling bruce, and he really wants to coach, you think he’ll turn that down for a team that hasnt called him for an interview or a team that has interviewed 3 other candidates…..

    that makes no sense if he really wants to coach…..licht and the bucs are helping bruce create interest….simple as that…and other teams aint buying it…


  14. Robert Says:

    resume looks good, but does he still have the fire???

    and not fire as in my old shop teacher who would yell “if this was 30 years ago I’d….”

    the fire as in he has a passion to coach and not the excuse of he’s already working in his current media role

    just hope it aint lovie 2.0 i.e collecting a check. This is FL, land of the bluehairs ya know!

  15. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    I think it was in response, 813, to the interest being expressed by so many people on behalf of the Green Bay Packers.

    His name was being mentioned, as it has been many times with other jobs, but he was not interested in the GB job. I can’t blame him.

  16. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Still no rumors about negotiations with the Cardinals?

    I think the Joes want Arians, and so they are running with the info they got about an announcement tomorrow, but I don’t think they were told it is Arians. I think it is wishful thinking.

    If they had already settled on who they were hiring, why would they continue their interviews past the required Rooney Rules?

  17. pepsi Says:

    Im not going to get too excited thinking Arians is a done deal. After watching the football life story on him, its pretty clear that coming out of retirement to be a headcoach again is NOT a decision his family is very fond of, and it seems Arians does get affected pretty hard by stress. His wife didnt even want him to take the job in Indi and that was a while ago now. the family felt relieved that he was retiring after his days in Pitsburg. So he may have been offered the job already, but Im assuming he and his family are thinking long and hard on it. That being said.. im sure the Joes know if hes already thought long and hard and the answer is yes.. but this is just what im guessing based on the lack of inside info i have.

  18. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    ^^ That has been covered. The Cardinals are not getting compensation for Bruce Arians.

  19. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Tampabaybucfan Says
    “If we land Arians finally we will have a coach some other teams wanted.”

    Based on what?

    I know Arians voiced he would like the Browns or the Buccaneers, but did the Browns actually pursue him? So far as I know, only the Buccaneers have.

  20. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    The Packers were interested, but Bruce did not want that job.

  21. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Kobe Faker Says
    “BA knew Carson Palmer was broken and finished. BA knew a replacement QB meant down in the basement for few years which he didn’t want to be involved with…”

    Stop being an idiot. The man had Prostate Cancer and had to go through treatment to beat it…which he did.

    Arians is not my favorite choice, but to accuse or infer that he faked his illness to get out is stupid. He did not even have to fake an illness. He retired. A coach can retire any time he wants. Without reason.

  22. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Tampa Bay Demon Says
    “The Packers were interested, but Bruce did not want that job.”

    Unless they said it publicly, it is nothing but baseless media talk.

  23. TexBuc Says:

    At BA’s age he is not coming back to coach a team without a legitimate QB. My personal belief is if he is coming back and has only shown interest in the Browns and Bucs because he believes he could make a possible super bowl run with either Winston or Mayfield.

  24. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Pete I, so I know you make up stuff about JW because you don’t like him, but why are you making up stuff about Arians too? Is lying just your MO?

  25. Robert Says:

    @ bonzai……

    1) still interviewing out of courstesy. ie. respect for the people vying for the job….they may want them for something else, or simply don’t burn bridges

    2) leverage. we do not know that every t is crossed and i is dotted. until they announce it, they better have a plan B….and if BA get’s testy/want something more and plan B is good enough….go with plan B

  26. Buc4life Says:

    Arians saying he would only take the Brown’s job was just to throw everyone off. He was already talking to Lyght about the Bucs job and didn’t want it to come out. Let’s get Arians, who will then bring Todd Boyles to be his DC and bring winning back to Tampa.

  27. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    As to why Arians would want the Buccaneers or Browns, I think that’s obvious.

    He’s a two time coach of the year, right? He see’s two teams which are only a good coach and maybe one draft away from turning things around.

    On the Buccaneers, being an offensive coach, he see’s a lot he can do with what we have.

    He’s trying to increase his chances of becoming Head Coach of the Year again. That can’t happen if he takes over a good team.

  28. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


    That makes sense. Lord knows, we’ve had multiple big name coaches back out at the last second before.

  29. 813bucboi Says:

    Buccaneer Bonzai Says:
    January 7th, 2019 at 11:26 am
    Tampa Bay Demon Says
    “The Packers were interested, but Bruce did not want that job.”

    Unless they said it publicly, it is nothing but baseless media talk.


    i dont agree with bonzai often but this seems right….


  30. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    LOL 813 & Bonzai,,

    You are obviously both entitled to your opinions and I have mine.

    By all accounts, the only jobs Arians was interested in were Cleveland and Tampa Bay. The reason seems fairly simple. He was only interested in coming out of retirement to coach a YOUNG QB that he believes in.

    None of the other jobs have that.

  31. Kobe Faker Says:


    I was referring to BA and his knowledge and importance of the QB position. BA knows it starts and ends with the success of the QB…

    did not imply of faking illness”

    Kobe Faker

  32. Robert Says:

    @ demon……
    “He was only interested in coming out of retirement to coach a YOUNG QB”

    sounds like some pedo $hit right there….. but seriously

    if you think he’s more interested in working with one of a couple young guys so he can hope and change their future….as oppossed to WINNING

    I got some mountain property in st pete i’d like to talk about

  33. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    That was a pretty creepy statement, Robert, but ok.

    He wants to work with a young QB that he believes in AND winning.

    It’s not like the 2 are mutually exclusive, Robert.
    Cmon man.

  34. Buccernutter Says:

    Arians is the perfect fit for us. QB guru, chemistry with licht, loves Jameis, buck is already on the team and has done very well with the d line, and is a no nonsense type of coach that garners a ton of respect from his players.

    Guys this is a guarantee he will be the guy by the end of tomorrow. I’m sure you think you know the deal and prefer someone else which is fine, but if you think it will be someone else, you’ll be wrong.

    And he will succeed.

  35. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Good thing Publix is an advertiser, maybe they can donate a fleet of their electric scooters for our 67 year old HC to use on the sidelines. I don’t like this pick at all. Just Lovie 2.0

  36. Bird Says:

    I heard same thing that he turned down opportunity with packers job?

    No offense but you turn down packers to work with Bucs. Work with Jameis over Rodgers. Yah right. No chance in hell.

    It’s got to be the pressure. Green Bay expects to win championship now.
    He can one here for a few years.
    Bucs would be happy with 9-7 or 10-6
    Browns would be happy with 9-7 or 10-6 (his other only choice).

    Maybe he feels this job won’t effect health /stress as much ?

  37. Robert Says:

    lol demon

    yeah, it was out of left field……

    but my interpretation with all the packers talk was he wanted a qb over winning, cause..camon aaron rogers, packers is a better shot at winning then this cluster

    we might have the talent, but they have the leadership

  38. TexBuc Says:


    Maybe Arians would rather coach QB’s willing to be coached rather than having to cater to a veteran QB.

  39. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @813 bucboi

    Obviously, the Cardinals wanted him…..he wasn’t fired, he retired…..and as for other team’s interest, he made it clear early on that Cleveland was the only team he had interest in…until recently…..
    I suspect Licht saved himself because of his connection with Arians.

    With 8 teams looking for coaches, I am quite certain if he wanted, Arians would have a couple of choices.

    He was quite successful, well regarded and likely has the ability to attract good coordinators.

    Seeing the crop of losers we just jettisoned and the last 3 head coaches who failed…it’s hard not to be optimistic about the possibilities with Arians.

  40. SOEbuc Says:

    This is the reason WHY Arians is the perfect fit. He’s a proven leader with a .636 winning percentage. And this team hasn’t had any leadership since Chucky. Not gonna put up with any bullspit in the locker room like JPP said there were so many. In any other case, it would be a close call between him and Bienemy. But he can run a team and put together a staff. Assistants and coordinators he calls will come running to TB with Arians coming out of retirement.

  41. stpetebucsfan Says:


    We do not need to negotiate with the Cardinals. A story earlier pointed out that the Cards held Arians to 2018 contractual terms but released him for 2019. He’s no longer under contract.

  42. AJ Says:

    Remember seeing Coach Arians name associated with previous Bucs openings over the years. Boy if we had those to do over again!!

  43. SOEbuc Says:

    I watched this idiot on YouTube talking how he was against Arians bringing in a bunch of his prior personal from coaches to players. Said do you want the Tampa Bay Bucs or the Tampa Bay Bucs??? Uhhh…I want the Tampa Bay Cardinals cus the Tampa Bay Bucs haven’t gone to the playoffs in over a decade.

    And bring on Patrick Peterson all day. I’ve been saying since the first time the stupid a$$ Bucs resigned Grimes that after he leaves we need to sign a top vet CB and can’t just have a secondary full of guys still under rookie contract. Peterson (28 years old), is going to the pro bowl in 2019 and was begging for a trade in 2018.

  44. Tampa Bay Demon Says:


    I understand what you are saying on that. Maybe he kind of wants to work with a younger QB again (like the success he had in the early days of Roethlisburger & Peyton Manning)… instead of working with a veteran like Aaron Rodgers, who some say is not very receptive to coaching.

  45. SOEbuc Says:

    *Said do you want the Tampa Bay Bucs or the Tampa Bay Cardinals???

  46. T REX Says:

    How many playoff wins?


  47. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Also ,at the time Arians showed interest in Cleveland. Hue Jackson was the only coach that had already been fired. The classy way to pursue a coaching job IMO,
    is at least wait until the coach is fired.

  48. 813bucboi Says:


    he retired because he saw the writing on the wall….he was on the hot seat after going 7-8-1 and 8-8…..

    and if he starts to fail again, he’ll pull the health issue BS again….

    when he made that comment, only the browns job was open…..browns never called….other jobs became open….still, no other teams contacted him…..asked about the bucs, and he said he’ll listen….

    obviously, if he was serious about coaching the bucs he wouldve made the same comment about browns….which is, he would coach to browns…..not listen if them called him…..

    bruce is just trying to create some interest around his name….simple as that….


  49. 813bucboi Says:


    interest means nothing….lol…

    bucs were “interested” in kirby smart….did we interview him?…..bucs were “interested” in brian kelly….did we interview him?

    green bay was interested in bruce…did they interview him?…..

    see how it works…


  50. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    813, as I have said a million times, you are entitled to your opinion. I know how ya feel about Richard.

    My opinion differs from yours. It seems clear to me that Arians wants to coach a younger qb with a lot of upside and that is why he is now hopefully going to be here.

    All good man.

  51. TexBuc Says:

    Dear Glazers,

    If my vote counts please mark my vote as:

    1) Bruce Arians
    2) Eric Bienemy

    Thank You

  52. Buccernutter Says:

    Baby buc boy

    You gonna show up when Arians is hired tomorrow and whine all day and cherry pick his flaws?

    You’re more wrong than most. Lol

  53. SOEbuc Says:


    Agreed. Those are my top two, also. Glazers have invested millions of dollars into Jameis and don’t want to let him go onto a better all around team next year and win a Super Bowl. Want to see what he’s got with a great offensive mind. Not gonna be George Edwards. Certainly not Kris Richard.

  54. Bucsfanman Says:

    813- The health “issue” with Bruce is real and is what concerns me most about returning to coaching. I know we like to rail on this “re-tread” coaching thing but Arians is a different breed of coach.
    Regardless of who interviews which coach and why, Arians is by far a superior choice over Koetter AND, I would add, less risky than a coordinator with no HC experience.
    There are benefits to both sides 813. I know you like Richard (you may have hinted such!) and that would also be an intriguing hire.
    I lean towards Arians since he has the chops to be a HC. That doesn’t mean someone else might not be a better fit.
    Whoever comes here HAS to change the culture. IMO, Arians would be the right guy to do it.
    I’m a Bucs fan so I’ll support whoever they hire.

  55. Rich Says:

    Everyone….you too Joe, needs to go to YouTube and search for .. A football life Bruce Arians It is an incredible look at his journey through football and will give the fans a perspective that will leave them yearning for Coach Arians to come to the Bucs. Take a little time and watch the whole episode….this is exactly what is needed here. Remember this phrase taken from Bear Bryant and applied by BA….” COACH THEM TOUGH…HUG THEM LATER”

  56. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Bucsfanman Says:
    “I’m a Bucs fan so I’ll support whoever they hire.”


    With ya, man!

    (…I mean, unless it’s like Kermit the Frog or something…)

  57. GhostofSchiano Says:

    813bucboi Says:

    im not downgrading bruce….he is who he is…..

    i find it hard to believe that if someone really wants to coach, they’ll limit themselves to only 2 possibilities…..

    Exactly.. The Bucs and the Browns when you have a storied franchise like the Packers available ? or the Dolphins. Does not add up.

  58. Joe Says:

    Everyone….you too Joe, needs to go to YouTube and search for .. A football life Bruce Arians

    Watched it on NFL Network couple of years ago.

  59. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    GhostofSchiano Says:
    ” The Bucs and the Browns when you have a storied franchise like the Packers available ? or the Dolphins. Does not add up.”


    Sure it does, Ghost. Neither the Packers or Dolphins have a young qb that anyone wants to coach. The Browns and Buccaneers do. At least for Arians, they do.

  60. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Sorry, should have been

    (typing too fast lol)

  61. Bucsfanman Says:

    What MAY get lost in this “debate” over Arians’ choice of team is that maybe he wants to go somewhere to establish a legacy. Here you have a team that has toiled in the NFL basement so long that people sometimes forget we’re even here. He could literally walk through the doors with good young talent in place, and turn this thing around.
    Think of how beloved Dungy is in this town. Now think of how little time he was here. What do fans conjure up with Tony’s tenure? Culture change!
    While remote, there is the possibility that a coach like Arians would want a legacy.
    We can dream, can’t we?!

  62. 813bucboi Says:


    if thats the case why not the jets….they have a young qb, a high draft pick and the 2nd most cap space in the nfl…..

    or the ARZ….they didnt “fire” him… sure they would want him back….

    it dont add up….


  63. 813bucboi Says:



    i doubt he’s the pick….if he is, so be it…..i’ll root for him….we could do worse like keep dirk…

    but just like when dirk was hired, i wont say i told you so until after the season…..


  64. Buccernutter Says:

    Well it’s definitely you that will be wrong. I have a source that nobody here has and it’s looking like 24 hours or less.

    Sad you’d hope he fails just to say you told me so.

    But you won’t be telling me that. And when he succeeds, will you eat crow and be happy?

  65. Buccernutter Says:

    Not to mention it’s common sense he’s the guy at this point anyway.

  66. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Bucsfanman Says:
    “What MAY get lost in this “debate” over Arians’ choice of team is that maybe he wants to go somewhere to establish a legacy. Here you have a team that has toiled in the NFL basement so long that people sometimes forget we’re even here. He could literally walk through the doors with good young talent in place, and turn this thing around.”


    ABSOLUTELY, man. I could not possibly agree more, and I believe that for someone like Arians, that is why he went to the Arizona Cardinals also. Tampa Bay is just waiting for someone to pull us from the ashes. A great coach would want that challenge.

  67. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    813, fair enough on the Jets having a decent young qb, but I still don’t think it’s a match for Arians. I think Mayfield and JW are the qb’s that he is most anxious to work with.

  68. Anglican Says:

    Leadership in the locker room means Gerald McFraud is G.O.N.E

  69. Gruden4President Says:

    Youre a fool 813Bucboi if you seriously believe Kris Richard is gonna be the headcoach😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  70. 813bucboi Says:


    obviously you dont know kris….going back and fourth with you would be foolish…..a fool, i am not….lol…


  71. Anonymous Says:

    ^ No you definitely are not, 813, and we luv ya man!
    Go BUCS