Bruce Arians’ Son Talks About The Buccaneers’ Head Coach Opening

January 6th, 2019

Bruce Arians

Like every other Bucs fan, Joe can’t wait to hear the imminent coaching announcement at One Buc Palace, the one Joe wrote about on Friday afternoon.

If Bruce Arians signs the contract to be the 12th head coach of the Buccaneers, he’ll bring with him a philosophy that his son Jake, the former Buffalo Bills kicker, talked about last week on his TDFantasy Podcast.

The younger Arians said his dad’s noted aggressive philosophy on offense was really a team-wide mindset and approach.

“No Risk It, No Biscuit wasn’t just on offense. They blitzed more than anyone in the league and they made sure they stopped the run. It was what we do,” Arians said as the podcast co-host.

That got Joe thinking. Was there even a Dirk Koetter philosophy for the Bucs? A guiding principle?

Last year, Koetter came up with “Discipline Driven,” and the offense entered the season finale with the second-most penalties in the NFL despite a veteran unit in Year 4 of the system.

Interestingly, Jake Arians also ranked this year’s NFL head coach openings in terms of their attractiveness. He pegged the Bucs’ as third-best among the eight behind the Browns (No. 1) and Jets (No. 2).

“I think Jameis Winston is a franchise quarterback. He just needs the right tutelage and they’ve got some pieces,” he said. “[The Bucs] have a little bit more realistic expectations of what they are,” versus working for John Elway in a Super Bowl-or-bust situation in Denver.

Joe’s going to guess that Arians would be very eager to free Lavonte David and set him up to be an elite blitzer as he was years ago.

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35 Responses to “Bruce Arians’ Son Talks About The Buccaneers’ Head Coach Opening”

  1. AlteredEgo Says:

    It’ll be interesting to say the least ….I hope Jameis is fixable…

  2. Tbbucs3 Says:

    YES!! No more conservative coaching in Tampa Bay!!

  3. Kobe Faker Says:

    “BA is a born leader and cant be taught. Klueless doesnt know how to spell it.

    JW wants to be coached hard but correctly. BA is the greatest QB whisperer. Peyton Manning, Big Ben and Andrew Luck

    We will witness the greatest offense (acquisition of duel threat runningback) next year”

    Kobe Faker

  4. Elita Vita Says:

    Weren’t we carrying a big stick but speaking softly under Koetter? (Only somewhere we lost the big stick)

  5. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    “No risk it, no biscuit” philosophy got Jamies how many turnovers?????

    Geezus christ this is not what Jamies needs.

    Arians needs to teach dumb dumb Jamies “situational awareness” first before dumb dumb Jamies takes “calculated risks”

  6. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    haha the misguided stick carriers, was that group fired too?

  7. AlteredEgo Says:

    Bucs Fan #7423 Says:
    January 6th, 2019 at 8:45 am
    “No risk it, no biscuit” philosophy got Jamies how many turnovers?????

    Geezus christ this is not what Jamies needs.

    Arians needs to teach dumb dumb Jamies “situational awareness” first before dumb dumb Jamies takes “calculated risks”

    Jameis could give Arians one of Urban Meyer’s medical conditions……

  8. TexBuc Says:

    Arians and Koetter both run a variation of the 4 Vertical offensive with its roots going back to Air Coryell. Arians core belief is take the big play when it is there for the taking, but if covered gain positive yards on the play. Arians involves the RB both in running and passing game much more than Koetter. As Monken demonstrated when a call is played is very important to the outcome.

  9. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I think the Stick Carriers should have kept their name. It’s not like Koetter invented the phrase. Walking Tall had it too, but it was a common phrase. The Stick Carriers, in the end, demonstrated that they were quitters.

    As to Bruce Arians being more aggressive on defense, that is what Winston prefers. But it will also keep his picks high, unless Arians can fix his decision making.

  10. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Cliche time….experience is the best teacher.

    Let’s face it…poor DK was a rookie HC working with a young team. He just wasn’t ready and a significant number here have seen enough to believe he’ll never be ready to be an HC.

    Could there be a more polar opposite coach than Bruce Arians.

    Yeah I like all the attitude change, QB whisperer talk but what excites me at 71 after many years of my own experience is that this is not Arian’s first rodeo. He has seen all of this before.

    I get the excitement of discovering a new young guy but think about Belichek…did he come to the Patriots as hot young coordinator…no he came to the Pats as a failed HC. Pete Carroll had his issues when he arrived in Seattle.

    The negatives can be addressed…he can find a successor in his first year to erase his health questions…he can find the right assistants to deal with the players….younger guys who know what “todays” players expect.

    I hope I’m not just getting teased because the more I read the more I think about it the more I want BA.

  11. passthebuc Says:

    is there a scenario where Arians may be made head of football operations vs. head coach??

  12. kyle Says:

    duthsty…that was funny. I think they took the Koetter/smith groin kick and wilted away…lol

  13. kyle Says:

    been supporting the bucs since 1987. There is no wilt here baby! Go bucs!

  14. Todd Says:

    I decided to go back and binge-watch the Cardinal season on Amazon Prime’s All or Nothing.

    Better than porn.

    Man I hope we land BA!

  15. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    passthebuc Says
    “is there a scenario where Arians may be made head of football operations vs. head coach?? ”

    If there is, it would be the best scenario. We would not have to give up anything in trade. Although giving DJax to the Cards would be fine with me.

    None of this is confirmed yet. It’s clear Joevthinks it will be Arians, but is that theory…or did someone tell him something off the record and he cannot say it with certainty?

  16. Tnew Says:

    Koetter/Smith absolutely had s philosophy. Make explosive plays and stop explosive plays. This was a stat Koetter was quick to recite. They’d have been better off considering score.

  17. stpetebucsfan Says:


    According to this morning’s paper there is no compensation required for Arians. Joe wrote about this yesterday. –Joe

    When he retired they kept 2018 in force but released him from 2019. Maybe that’s a reason how this all went so fast.

  18. TexBuc Says:


    BA 2019 was an option year and Arizona already declined it. BA is a free man.

  19. Cgmaster27v Says:

    Bucsfan7423 I think its hysterical you keep calling him dumb dumb. He was academically elligiable to go to Stanford. You wouldn’t even be academically reliable to be a waterboy at Stanford. So stop with the 5 year old nick names and bring some solid debating points troll.

  20. Irishbullies Says:

    At least he has relevance in the league and will hopefully bring a quality staff with him!

  21. DB55 Says:

    Wait! He has a son that’s a kicker?! YEY we get a kicker!

  22. tickrdr Says:


    You gotta love some good “intelligence” smack!


  23. TOM Says:

    I hope BA is the man. As far as health issues, I’m sure he was given a clean billof health before he decided to get back into coaching. Plus evidently his wife signed off on this or he wouldn’t have done it. I think if he becomes HC that he will delegate more responsibility to his coaches.

  24. AJ Says:

    As excited as I am about getting Arians. I am just as excited about the package deal of getting Todd Bowles here to run defense. How that comes through.. What is chance of Arizona trading David Johnson for a 2nd round pick?

  25. Rob in Land O Lakes Says:

    “Plus evidently his wife signed off on this or he wouldn’t have done it. I think if he becomes HC that he will delegate more responsibility to his coaches.”

    I took a cue and watched “Bruce Arians – A Football Life” on YouTube again and his wife was hysterically funny, both when he took a job on Bear Bryant’s staff and never asked about pay and also when Pagano called when they were packing for their retirement home and she “knew he was going to take that job”. Really good watch.

  26. Howard Cosell Says:

    Browns Bucs and Jets are his “best jobs” ?
    I suppose his best places to live are Siberia and Guatemala
    and his favorite drink is lead-water Lol

  27. Defense Rules Says:

    @StPete … “Cliche time….experience is the best teacher.” Yea verily StPete. One of my favorite writers, CS Lewis, penned a variation of that which still sticks in my mind to this day:

    “Experience is a brutal teacher, but you learn. My God do you learn.”

  28. Reach87 Says:

    Cg, thanks. Gets tiring “checking the chumps”. Go Bucs!

  29. SOEbuc Says:

    Bucs Fan #7423

    “Arians needs to teach dumb dumb Jamies “situational awareness” first before dumb dumb Jamies takes “calculated risks”

    Don’t know if you watched the second half of the season but Jameis was finally starting to turn the corner and being much smarter with the ball. Taking the sack, throwing the ball away, and using his running abilities. This is only going to continue but if we got the QB Whisperer, he could be that much smarter. And “situational awareness” is much easier to teach with a guy that can write up a great playbook.

  30. SOEbuc Says:

    Rob in Land O Lakes


  31. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Bruce Arians with Kris Richard as DC/assistant HC would be perfect.

  32. Kyle Says:

    Howard cosell…..dude you’re killing me…haha

  33. RustyRhinos Says:

    I know that the guys in charge of this blog have espoused their love and admiration for a Coach Arians hiring, tempting us lowdown Buccaneers fans with the records that Coach Arians had with the Cardinals. But I went in and looked at the offense and defensive rankings of his teams Glory years (double digit wins) and during his glory years his Defensive rank was never less than 6 in the NFL while the Offensive rankings where not above 22nd in the NFL. Then when Coach Arians was not having successful seasons the rankings flipped, every losing season (his last 3) his Offensive ranking was in the top 8 in the NFL. Yes he had some veteran QB’s Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton, Blaine Galbert* . My wonderment is what will his first season record be as a Buccaneer head coach we do not yet have a top 20 Defensive unit. And coach Arians record shows that without a very strong Defense he has not had success. I hope that if we sign him, whoever he chooses to be our Defensive Coordinator has a good idea how to turn this defense around. And can keep or ranking at or above top 15. Because an 8-8 season followed by a 7-9 season means we will be looking again for a new Head Coach soon there after, especially with this blogs pushing of their views on how a successful coach should have this team in the playoffs in two short years or hit the beach on the Glazers dimes.
    I hope if coach Arians signs with us he has to clear his physical to be fit enough to finish his contract. If not we are looking again for a new head coach.

  34. D1 Says:


    I noticed the substitution of a word , “eligible ” has replaced “accepted”. Took awhile but better late than never. I just don’t understand why you felt it necessary to question the intelligence and/or accuracy of someone’s opinion when you’ve just got the facts correct..

    There’s a different way to approach the same topic. For example,
    Winston’s intelligence off the field has never been questioned. Decision making, maturity have been but not his intelligence. The stanford recruiting has served as proof, not evidence, that winston is elite in the academic and athletic endeavors. But there’s something wrong with the things we see from Winston vs what we hear.

    There is zero evidence, outside the Cardinals card, that Winston is hyper intelligent or in the 90 percentile . Sorry, it’s been 4years and the only reply to people scratching their head after seeing repeated mistakes and starting to notice a discrepancy between what we have been told and what we see is…..Winston at Stanford followed by an insult .

    Maybe, just maybe a few intelligent people will begin to explore the now extremely well documented practice of grade inflation.. There’s been many, many proven cases of entire school districts engaging in outright fraud as it relates to grades. Alabama isn’t nor has it ever been lauded for its superb educational system. So that’s a huge fing red flag that’s overlooked.

    What makes more sense.
    1, Winston is academically elite but a slow learner.
    2. Winston’s high school academic records may be inflated by people in a poor area who see jameis has enormous potential and just want to help him succeed.

    I think the absense of anything else but the stanford defense is impossible to ignore and it’s not a source from which you can derive copious quantities of liquid arrogance from any longer.

  35. Jack Karako Says:

    I am absolutely not impressed with Arians and Bowles (HC and Assoc HC). Yuck