“I Don’t Care How Old He Is, He Relates To Young Players.”

January 8th, 2019

In a hiring season dominated by a get-the-hot-young-guy mentality, the Buccaneers went with the grandpa of candidates with a long list of health-related baggage.

It’s a beautiful thing.

Why is it great? Because Bruce Arians isn’t your typical coaching geezer. In fact, he’s known for how he connects with people of all ages and backgrounds, and he’s known for what they called a “booze culture” quite often this week on Arizona sports radio. Yes, Arians is not the guy home in bed watching re-runs of Everybody Loves Raymond and asking players to watch their language like Lovie Smith did.

SiriusXM NFL Radio host Pat Kirwan, the former Jets coach and personnel chief (and Bucs scout) was talking on-air today about how at his annual training camp tour with co-host and ex-NFL QB Jim Miller, he saw first-hand how Arians’ relationships with players runs deep.

“I don’t care how old he is; he relates to young players,” Kirwan said, emphasizing that he’s watched it for years with his own eyes.

The Bucs sure have missed that in their last three head coaches, and it likely will be an important element to what’s hopefully a fast turnaround.

Kirwan also stressed how hard Arians will coach Jameis Winston from Day 1 and how good he’ll be for Jameis.

43 Responses to ““I Don’t Care How Old He Is, He Relates To Young Players.””

  1. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Arians has a four-year deal with a fifth-year option, a source told Rapoport.

  2. Geno Says:

    Like the fact that he lets the players bring their family to the Saturday walk thru’s on the home games. Creates a great atmosphere for those guys.

  3. Ray Rice Says:

    Has to be the pimpin a$$$ Kangols. #TheMac

  4. Geno Says:

    Sorry if this is a report but I love the fact that he lets his players bring their families to the Saturday walk thru. He is a serious coach who is also good with all of his players.

  5. HeavyE Says:

    Look out NFL! The Bucs are back! Go Bucs!!! Bucs4life!!!

  6. Buccnbeliever Says:

    Booze culture????

  7. HeavyE Says:

    Look out NFL, the Bucs are back! Go Bucs! Bucs4life!!!

  8. Jeffbuc Says:

    You just see it a lot with teams that are good. Chest bumping there coaches high fiving. Then all the players get excited to make a play for there coach. Better than the last guy that just had the same expressionless look with his mother goose glasses down on his nose with his pointer finger over his top lip.

  9. old time buc Says:

    He will be much better then what we had!

  10. ben Says:

    .so real men and women should curse whenever they can? Using bad language is a sign of intelligence ??

  11. WutdaBucisthis Says:

    Man this is big time. I’m hoping that the FAs brought in now will wanna play for a chip and not a paycheck. This is it. With Bowles as D.C. now we good… imo. I’m hoping Kendall can come back, that Noah can get going. Screw what anybody says.
    King David
    Alexander the GREAT
    Beckwith… lol no nickname I know of
    Great start to Bowles 3-4 look he’ll show sometimes. With The Mount Vea up front, JPP. Yea me likes

  12. BucFan3 Says:

    Well done Bucs brass! Jameis has the perfect football father figure on the big stage now.

  13. TB559920 Says:

    My only concern is his health, interested to see who will be his heir when he moves upstairs

  14. ItsKirbyson Says:

    I am beyond excited fr this influx of coaching staff. Lets go grab this playoff seed! #GOBUCS

  15. PSLBob Says:

    Hope this doesn’t turn out to be another hypen followed by a typical let down once the season gets rolling. Don’t think it will be, but when you’ve been burned as often as we have, optimism is hard to come by.

  16. PA Fan Says:

    Can we score honey badger and p. peterson? Would be a huge boost to our defense and a great start to transition to a 3-4. Trade McCoy and Jackson if possible. Need to fix this defense and find a rb in the process.

  17. Greg Says:

    I highly recommend watching A football life – Bruce Arians on YouTube. We got a fantastic man/coach!!!!

  18. Grt1 Says:

    Super Bowl

  19. BucEmUp Says:

    Man I’m geeked about this! I’d give my left nut for a time machine right now!!!

  20. GoBuxFla Says:

    This is such an offseason win for once. This has to be the first time since the Gruden fiasco that I’m not depressed about our coaching staff. If Bowles just gets our Defense into the middle of the pack, with that offense we get 9 to 11 wins.

  21. Easy Says:

    I wanna be excited about this hire but until a coach actually wins some freaking meaningful games I’ll hold my enthusiasm

  22. SOEbuc Says:


  23. Easy Says:

    I want to see him win some games. That’s all I care about

  24. EA Says:

    Looking forward to his introductory presser.

  25. El_Buc941 Says:

    The NFC South just got a helluva more intense!if this Kangol wearing cane draggin everyone’s cool Uncle Joe is everything we are hoping and expecting Jameis Winston and Co will be this year’s new kids on the block!move over Patrick mahomes,get out the way LA Rams! There’s new kids on the block and they’re taking over!

    Also I think with this hire Desean Jackson stays and gets moved to the slot position and I’m almost certain we sign Leveon Bell and trade Gmac in a trade that is player for player.

  26. Joe Says:

    Finally a legitimate head coach. Clearly the glazer boys weren’t involved in this decision.

  27. lokog Says:

    man I hope this teams bad luck turns for wins maybe even a wildcard. how hard is it to win, it cant be “its the nfl its on another level” all the time at somepoint you gotta play without fear of injury or watever these athletes fear

  28. Deez Bucs Says:

    still can’t believe we pulled this off

  29. Buc believer Says:

    All the Jameis haters will be made to eat crow!! I can’t freeking wait!

  30. Clodhopper Says:

    Millennial whisperer

  31. DB55 Says:

    Dude has balls! That’s why men follow him. Simple as that!!

    Alphas only need apply.

    That means McIceCream is bye-bye

  32. JimmyJack Says:

    The Bucs finally have done it. They have been chasing the big fish HC hire decades. This is the splash we have long awaited!!!!

    Somewhere above Malcolm is very proud of his boys doing what he never could.

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  33. tmaxcon Says:

    hopefully, he does not try and waste his time trying to relate to the doll playing career loser and the undisputed face of the basement years cancer93 the most overrated crybaby in bucs history. ship that useless pos out of brucey !!!!

  34. firethecannons Says:

    as good as it gets!
    We scored the very best head coach available by and far!
    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!

  35. DB55 Says:

    Agreed McCoy’s trade should be announced tomorrow

    He can put his Batman statue inbetween Gruden, Sapp, Brooks, Lynch’s victory statue at OBP. It will fit right in.

  36. JimmyJack Says:

    Agreed. Get McCoy out and use that money on a real #1 CB…….real as in not “two hand touch Grimes”……..and we will be much better off.

  37. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Tell us the story again coach about the day y’all wore leather helmets with no face protector?

  38. Trench War Says:

    I think Bruce should grow his hair out like David Crosby and wear an eyepatch on the sideline.

  39. Say what Says:

    This is a win win for the Glazers.They don’t have to worry about firing the guy. win or lose he will be gone in 3 years either way. Smart move!

  40. Captain Dan Lawrence Says:

    Still taking pot shots at our former coach. I’ll just say that he had much more class, and related better to people that does JBF!

  41. stpetebucsfan Says:

    PA Fan

    Doubt we’ll come up with Patrick Peterson…although I understand that desire.

    But…there is a good chance Greedy Williams will still be on the board at 5 although rumors exist that the Niners may take him at 3.

    So what do we want…another stud OL…DL…why yes of course…but our defensive backfield could be transformed overnight with Greedy…a 6-3 shutdown corner with attitude.

    He’s the opposite of Brent Grimes in almost every way….5 inches taller…and fearless. He wants QB’s to throw it at him.

    If we take an OL or DL I surely will understand…but it would be fun to finally have a shutdown corner to trot out against NFC South WR’s.

  42. Anonymous Says:

    stpetebucsfan Says:
    “…there is a good chance Greedy Williams will still be on the board at 5
    … our defensive backfield could be transformed overnight with Greedy…a 6-3 shutdown corner with attitude.”


    Fantastic points spbf, and yes that would be incredible to finally get a shutdown corner in here to go along with a more aggressive D.

  43. TOM Says:

    The #5 pick should be Jonas Williams & then trade McCoy for P Peterson. Also since BA has such a good relationship with players maybe checking out Hunt wouldn’t be a bad move. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.