Tiki Barber Talks Weekend Conversation With Bruce Arians

January 8th, 2019

Bruce Arians

For those unaware, the famous Barber twins of NFL fame have a long history with heir apparent Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians.

Ronde and Tiki Barber together have talked about that relationship various times on Tiki’s CBS national radio shows and podcasts. Arians was a college teammate and close friend of their father. They’ve also discussed how their dad walked out out on their lives but Arians stayed in it. (Joe will leave the sensitive family matters there.)

So yesterday, it was no surprise that Tiki Barber was talking Arians-to-the-Bucs on CBS Sports Radio.

He said Ronde Barber talked to Arians over the weekend and shared that Arians is very interested in the Bucs job. And the strong implication was their conversation was after Arians stripped down to his underwear at a local Tampa hospital as part of his Team Glazer interview.

Tiki went on to talk about how Arians is the ideal coach to help Jameis Winston understand the subtle nuances of when to take risks on the football field. He stressed that Arians is a master at that fine line of having a take-big-shots offense that is under control but doesn’t stifle a QB.

Tiki added that under Arians completion percentage likely would drop for Jameis but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Aside from Arians knowing how to coach a team, whereas Dirk Koetter only knew how to successfully manage an offense, Team Glazer and fans will be able to rest easily knowing that Jameis is in perfectly skilled hands. Arians will get the most out of 25-year-old Jameis — whatever that is — in a hurry, which is exactly what the Bucs need now.

55 Responses to “Tiki Barber Talks Weekend Conversation With Bruce Arians”

  1. StoutGospel Says:

    Mannn, did you all hear Peter King’s extended piece this morning on PFT Live with Florio on JOHN HARBAUGH?? Peter’s elaboration on JOHN and why he is worth every pursuit and EVERY toward an organization was well articulated and SPOT ON!!

    Hopefully the Glazers heard it, and are still working behind the scenes!


  2. StoutGospel Says:

    *EVERY penny

  3. Bird Says:

    Arians new head coach and Bowles coming with him. I’m sure Buckner is stoked to be able to stay

    The joes called it. Sounds like announced shortly

  4. TexBuc Says:

    Feels like Christmas again here in Texas

  5. Bucsace Says:

    Arians, Bowles and TREVOR LAWRENCE!!!!

  6. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    StoutGospel, there comes a time when you have to let it go. You want John Harbaugh. I want Mike McCarthy. Neither of us are going to get what we want.

    It is going to be Bruce Arians…for better or worse.

    The Lovie Smith experience didn’t work out…I hope this retread does.

  7. BucFamous Says:


    Jesus man—stop beating that horse, it’s dead.


  8. lokog Says:

    whoever it is I hope they dont allow those cancer players.

  9. 813bucboi Says:

    so ronde talked to bruce not tiki…lol…sounds like a bunch of he say she say….lol…

    joe says, that tiki said what ronde thinks….lol…


  10. Bird Says:

    No really guys.

    It’s arians. They will announce shortly. Confirmed

  11. Bird Says:

    And Bowles coming too it sounds like

  12. 813bucboi Says:


    confirmed by what source?…..


  13. Jonathan Lipnicki Says:

    Mike McCarthy wouldn’t be a retread but Arians would be? 3rd round picks are “late round”? Petey…you off your meds again?

  14. Stevbobucfan Says:

    I don’t believe nothing Pete King says. Yes I also like Harbaugh but are you going to mortgage your franchise for a coach. Remember no coach can win without decent players and you need draft picks to get players.

  15. Sunday_44 Says:

    Yeah Arians AND Bowles seems like a foregone conclusion.
    Can’t wait for Free Agency and the draft.

    I’m wanting to see if the picks are more consistent with what the fans want or what.

    Hoping we see an obvious change in evaluation of talent that confirms Koetter just wasn’t on board with some players Licht wanted.

  16. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Yea, I can’t find anything confirmed either.
    NBC reported it as “Bucs closing in on Arians” 21 minutes ago, but I don’t see anything confirmed.

  17. I’m a Tandyman Bucs Fan Says:

    Getting a little giddish Bucs Fans?? Looks like if the higher ups were all Bruce they would have already named him this morning!! Think they may be thinking about Harbaugh??? Probably need to bring Dabo in!!!!

  18. Nostradamus Says:

    Jenna Laine is saying we’re interested in Jim Caldwell. I might bite the bullet and finally end my life if that happens.

  19. StoutGospel Says:

    You simple stooges….we shall see.

    And btw, even if the Glazers do sign off on the lazy way out with Arians, it doesn’t mean, they made the right choice of true head coach and the future of the organization. JOHN is a much more sound stalwart of future success for the Buccaneers.

    Reflect back on Licht in last year’s draft for example, as fact. Picking at #7, Licht decided NOT to trade up for SAQUON, thinking he knew better. Let’s look at that…

    Which would you pursue????…

    SAQUON….OR….Vea, Stewart, Davis, Jones, Cappa, Whitehead, plus 2019 2nd round pick.

    Follow the consensus, and it leads to mediocrity. Geee, SAQUON may have made a difference in allll those close games in 2018. WHERE’S LICHT’S “VALUE” NOW, huh ???

    Point being….as always….you go get what the EFF you want and should have.

  20. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Stout, John Harbaugh is a good coach and I like him. But I don’t feel like Bruce Arians is “settling”. I definitely prefer him and feel he is the perfect fit here.

  21. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    To clarify, I meant to say that I don’t feel like WE are settling.

  22. StoutGospel Says:

    Look at the last 3 years of the Eagles and Rams. You GO GET what the EFF you want, as GM, and as an organizational philosophy. Period.

  23. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    I agree completely with you about getting what the EFF you want. But that for me is Arians, not Harbaugh.

  24. Old School Athlete Says:

    How do we define “retread”? The game has changed. There are new rules and interpretations of rules. Offensive schemes have evolved. Players are coming out of college with different skill sets. An older coach who is willing and able to adapt to the modern game is not a retread. An older coach who insists on doing what worked in the 90’s and tries to prove himself to be the smartest guy in the room, is a retread. I remember. We had one of those a few years back.

  25. The Real Malloy Says:


    Trevor Lawrence is a freshman. He’s like 18.

  26. Sunday_44 Says:

    Hopefully Arians knows what a Jet Sweep is!!

    Koetter obviously thinks it’s an Airplane Cleaning Service.

  27. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    ^^^ LMAO Sunday_44 !!

  28. VegasBuc Says:

    Bucsace Says:
    January 8th, 2019 at 10:26 am
    Arians, Bowles and TREVOR LAWRENCE!!!!
    Lawrence can’t enter draft until 2021. If we have the first pick then, it won’t be with Arians. I’ll be drafting Jameis in 2019 as my fantasy QB.

  29. Bucsdelight Says:

    Keeping that Clemson kid on the radar. If he plays the next two years like this year. #1 overall easily.

  30. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Reflect back on Licht in last year’s draft for example, as fact. Picking at #7, Licht decided NOT to trade up for SAQUON, thinking he knew better. Let’s look at that…


    Wtf are you talking about? Were you the draft room?

    Do you not remember this draft? The Giants needed a QB and still passed at #2 for Barkley. They weren’t moving off of that pick for anyone. If a big trade occurred it likely would have been a team paying a kings random of like 3 1st rounders to get their QB.

    So basically you have no idea what hte asking price was; but by all accounts it was insane. Probably at least the 7th pick and 1st in 2019 and 1st in 2020.

    So instead of Vea + all the players mentioned. We’d have Saquon barkley + one 2nd round pick from 2018 and no 1st rounder this year or next. Our team would be f*cked in terms of depth and the ability to rebuild the defense.

    In general no one here knows exactly who was the final mastermind behind every personnel move. Even the Joes don’t know who had final say on why we took Aguayo or why we targetted short zone corners that fit Mike Smith’s system (was that Smitty or completely Licht).

    Maybe Licht is terrible. Maybe he’s average. Maybe he’s better than average but has been held back by coaches with terrible team building visions and philosphy. I personally don’t know.

  31. admin Says:

    Lawrence can’t enter draft until 2021. If we have the first pick then, it won’t be with Arians.

    If the Bucs have the first pick in the draft in 2021, barring a blockbuster trade, the only person still left in the organization from the current pool of employees will be named “Glazer.”

  32. BucEmUp Says:

    Guys….retreds are coaches who.previously failed and being given another shot.

    Arains has never been a failure or.fired.in the profesional level.

    Am I the only one hoping this hospital trip wasnt awkward and the cause for Bruce to bail at the last minute

  33. Joe Says:

    Jenna Laine is saying we’re interested in Jim Caldwell.

    It pays to read JoeBucsFan.com.

  34. VFL98 Says:

    If they are going to hire Arians today do you think it will be before he eats dinner at 4 or before he goes to bed at 6?. Sure would hate to see them have to wait another day.

  35. Bird Says:

    Yahoo as well

  36. Lord Cornelius Says:

    I hope Arians has been paying attention the modern NFL. My fear would be that he has a similar offense to Dirk.

    However – if you look at ALL of Dirk’s offenses – they historically are almost always top 10 in yardage, but very rarely ever top 10 in scoring. I think maybe once in 8+ years of what I looked at did the scoring ranking actually match or better the yards. On average he produces a top 8 yardage offense but a top 16-20 scoring offense.


    2012 Colts – 14th in PPG / 15th in Yards
    2013 Cardinals – 16th in PPG / 12th in Yards
    2014 Cardinals – 24th / 24th
    2015 Cardinals – 2nd / 1st
    2016 Cardinals – 6th / 9th
    2017 Cardinals – 25th / 22nd

    In general his scoring lines up with how his teams move the ball; which has not been the story of Koetter’s career. So that’s some hope.

    He also had good defense on a lot of these teams. The 2014 team went 10-6 despite Palmer being lost for the season by week 10. The 2017 team also lost Palmer for the season – and those are the only 2 years his teams weren’t in the top 1/2 of scoring in the league.

    Then again none of this matters vs what he can do here in 2019.

  37. Bird Says:

    Sorry joes

    Is that a competitor? They not nothing on you guys.

  38. Bucsdelight Says:

    We could always trade up for Lawrence if need be. Regardless, I don’t think everyone would be gone in the organization. But to not keeping him on your radar would be foolish.

  39. BucBiebz Says:

    If we chose Jim Caldwell over Bruce Arians we’d be even dumber than we already are. That’s pretty hard to do given our track record.

  40. JabooBuc Says:

    think about how screwed up a system it is that a kid like Trevor Lawrence is denied the possibility of being a #1 pick in the draft now and earning a huge pay day setting him up for life due to a stupid rule. He now faces the possibility of getting injured and ruining his career with very little compensation.

    Some free market eh?

  41. tnew Says:

    Jaboo.. Put Justyn Ross on that list as well. He looks every bit like he is a top 10 pick.

  42. Phil Says:

    OK I thought they were going to announce Arians as coach today. Is that still going to happen?

  43. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    VegasBuc I had Jameis as my starting QB the majority of last year and I won my league. He was a big reason for it. The JW haters are just blinded by their hate.

  44. RustyRhinos Says:

    Time will tell if coach Arians is overjoyed and excited about a 5th year QB who consistently turns the ball over. Like he did in college and that trait has followed him into the NFL. If the “QB” whisperer has a few games of 2-3-4 turnovers in a game missed opportunities with overthrows, underthrown, totally missing wide open recivers then my money says he will sit the franchise down again. Because coaches get paid to win and turning the ball over is not conducive to Winning. I hope coach Arians can teach better accuracy, but you either have that or you do not. Fingers crossed.
    Go! Bucs!

  45. VFL98 Says:

    Maybe after Arians nap Phil!

  46. StoutGospel Says:

    LOL….@VFL98 on the first one. So true..well done sir.

  47. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Yeah VFL that one made me laugh! We need a like button on these posts

  48. DB55 Says:

    Truth be told I’d rather have Rex Ryan as DC cuz what has Bowles really accomplished?

  49. Jerry Jones Says:

    I mean, they gave him a physical, are they gonna make Arians do a mini combine now? Hire him already!

  50. Jean Lafitte Says:

    All we need Schiano screaming “toes on the line Bruce” on his wind sprints

  51. Owlykat Says:

    Reuter’s News announced today the Bucs will announce Bruce Arians as their HC within 24 to 48 hours. Hope they are right!

  52. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … “Team Glazer and fans will be able to rest easily knowing that Jameis is in perfectly skilled hands.” Uhhh, does that mean there’d me no more excuses Joe? No more ‘Our OLine didn’t protect him.” No more ‘No running game.” No more ‘Our OC’s play-calling sucks’ or ‘Our WRs weren’t on the same page as Jameis’. But I’m with you … Here’s hoping that BA can ‘fix Jameis’ because in all reality Bucs don’t have a Plan B.

    Lord C … Progressions like BA’s in Arizona intrigue me. Arian’s team went 11-5 in 2014 but had a very mediocre offense (#24 in Pts Scored … a measly 310 pts) but their defense kicked ass (#5 in Pts Allowed … a very nice 299 pts). No question that losing Palmer hurt (he was 6-0 that season).

    But then in 2015 the Cardinals won the division with a 13-3 record. Their offense was awesome like you noted (#2 in Pts Scored … an incredible improvement to 489 pts) and their defense stayed solid (#7 in Pts Allowed … a very good 313 pts). Palmer was able to start all 16 games and did great. Even their kicker … Chandler Catanzaro … went 28-of-31 on FGs.

    Then in 2016 (7-8-1) & 2017 (8-8) the wheels came off. Palmer’s QBR dropped a bunch in 2016, sacks given up skyrocketed, but the running game stayed reasonably strong (fewer yds but more TDs). The offense regressed somewhat (still were #6 in Pts Scored with 418 pts) as did the defense (fell to #14 in Pts Allowed … 362 pts). Still pretty decent numbers for a 7-8-1 record (tough schedule it looks like). But in 2017 the wheels REALLY came off … offensively (Cardinals defense stayed at 362 pts allowed). But the Cards offense only scored 295 pts in 2017 (#25). Palmer only played 7 games (going 3-4), but it looks like their running game really petered out, and sacks allowed rose even higher. Hmmm, strange how some of those things tie together.

  53. Lord Cornelius Says:


    For sure. The optimistic person in me would say the BA seemed like a coach who found different ways to win with different team make ups. A coach who when everything went to sh1t – coming off Cancer, mentally shaken, with a declining over the hill hurt QB- he still almost had a winning record.

    The Cards O-line was an issue in those later years if I recall because they’re still trying to fix it now. Much worse situation than here, where we are 2 just decent starting O-lineman away from a top 10 unit IMO.

  54. StoutGospel Says:

    Lord Corn you’re a fool. Hack opinion. Noisy.

  55. SOFIERCE Says:

    Looking forward in raising my Bucs flag over here in Cumming, Ga.