“If I Would Have Had To Coach A Coaching Staff, No, I Probably Wouldn’t Have Gotten Back In.”

February 28th, 2019

Joe has a lot of confidence in new head coach Bucco Bruce Arians, but Joe is starting to wonder where Arians’ focus will be.

Arians will not call plays for the first time in his career and he has said offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and QB coach Clyde Christensen are two of the best quarterback coaches in the NFL, so he won’t have to get be all over America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston.

Also, Arians hired Todd Bowles to run his defense. A measured speaker who doesn’t blow a lot of smoke, Bowles calmly said a big reason he took the job was because Arians told him “I can run whatever I want to run.”

Today on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Arians said of his confidence in Bowles and the defensive staff, “To have somebody [like Todd,] I probably don’t even have to go in that room.”

He also made it clear that not coach shopping and teaching his system to new guys was very critical to his return. “If I would have had to coach a coaching staff, no, I probably wouldn’t have gotten back in coaching,” he told co-host Alex Marvez.

Look, Joe’s not saying Arians is coming to Tampa to coast, but the guy is clearly going to have a lot more time on his hands than he did in Arizona. There he was calling plays, dealing with a coordinator change when Bowles left, and was managing his own health conditions.

Joe hopes Arians’ extreme confidence in his staff will mean he’ll ramp up his involvement on the personnel side of the business and focus on being the kind of CEO-style leader the Bucs haven’t had since Father Dungy roamed the sidelines.

42 Responses to ““If I Would Have Had To Coach A Coaching Staff, No, I Probably Wouldn’t Have Gotten Back In.””

  1. Season Is Over Says:

    Another paid Florida vacation?

  2. Darin Says:

    He would still win more than Klueless if he were on vacation. I hope he finds a nice balance and him and his staff still have time to enjoy life while winning. Too much work isnt good for anyone, except maybe the LT.

  3. DBS Says:

    Sounding more and more like I don’t dare watch. Is he going to have his hands in anything?

  4. Christopher Schiefen Says:

    Obviously he’s basically GM 1A, which thank god, because Licht is almost good but…

  5. 813bucboi Says:

    im not worried…

    some coaches can do it and get great results….some cant….

    imo, BA has a seasoned veteran staff that knows what their doing….couldnt say that about dirk’s staff…


  6. Robert Says:

    ya know. I agree with you ladies that he is starting to sound concerning.

    that being said, we been sold a bill of good with candy coated bunny nuggets for years.

    maybe the guy is just telling it like it is. givin his guys rope.

    doesn’t mean he won’t tighten the noose. do I think he’s taking a last payday yeah.

    I also think Crabman is gonna understand Bubba Gump
    The D coord has the pedigree

    this is ONE HUGE roll of the dice on an old man retiring in FL and a QB 1 binger away from a jumpsuit

    life is like a box a chocolates I guess

  7. Lord Cornelius Says:

    IMO the only big change that I’d worry about is not calling plays. Everything else plays to his favor vs his setup in AZ. Better health / time management.

  8. StoutGospel Says:

    Not Team Glazer, not the hapless @Joe’s, nor many loyal respondent’s here wanted to listen to…THIS GUY…when I said, you identify a good and just thing, and you GO GET JOHN HARBAUGH. For the sanity, the health, the drill sergeant the mid age 50’s longevity, the no-nonsense atmosphere, the strength and conditioning program on the squad, the mentality that exudes…..to every player…you are playing for your job, every down, every game, or we will replace you.
    JOHN.HARBAUGH. For 2 draft picks. You’re all laughable. THAT….was THE answer.
    Clean slate. A total solution. Like all things Tampa Bay, sat on their hands.
    First, why would you insult Joe? Second, you leave no room for the fact that Harbaugh is a grown man with complete say in where he coaches. Perhaps he had no interesting in the Bucs, which would not surprise anyone. –Joe

  9. Defense Rules Says:

    I honestly don’t understand why some folks are so negative about the Bruce Arians hire. Bucs hit the trifecta when he agreed to coach this team. BA brought with him the most impressive coaching staff I can think of since Tony Dungy grabbed the reins (except that this staff is even more experienced to start with). Even more than that, he’s set us up beautifully for the future (when he decides to give up HC responsibilities) … this staff has a great mix of experience & youth. Beyond even that though, we now have an adult in the room … this team is a mess IMO & I can’t think of a more qualified person to FIX IT than Coach Arians. And personally I believe that those were exactly the marching orders that he was given by the Glazers when he signed on.

    I’m convinced BA will only be HC for 2 maybe 3 years, and that Todd Bowles is our next HC-in-waiting. BA will take the heat for the ‘restructuring’ of the Bucs (heaven forbid we should call it rebuilding) for these first couple of years, but 2019 & 2020 could be rather turbulent while this team ‘restructures’. In the interim, BA will have a role IMO very similar to what Bill Belicheck has with the Pats … he’s called ‘Head Coach/de facto General Manager’. That second part is kinda like a President of Football Operations maybe? And my gut tells me that’s what BA will become with the Bucs when he’s through coaching in 2-3 years. Only time will tell.

  10. SOEbuc Says:

    This is concerning because I am far from believing Leftwich is one of the best OCs yet. Very nice how he has brought in coaches that have had success and even better success with him. The best thing about Arians is he’s a proven coach with the b@ll’s to come in and not put up with any BS, whether it be players or coaches.

  11. StoutGospel Says:

    🙂 🙂

    @Joe….in response to your response.

    Let’s all re-read the following quote from your response above…
    “Perhaps he had no interesting in the Bucs”….hmmm. Maybe “interest” there? Just a thought.

    And to you’re larger question to begin with….regarding “why would you insult Joe?”….lol are you serious with that question @Joe????!

    Well, okay….to START WITH….

    1) WE….put food on your table. Whether you try and deny it or not, which you have many times, feebly…..saying you think your “business” is bulletproof. What a farce that is! WITHOUT THE PEOPLE….the regulars actually, who can leave at any time…..you have no washed-up blog dude. You don’t, cuz no advertisers, cuz no clicks. First, why make things up about Joe? There is no such thing as a bulletproof business and Joe doesn’t think or talk that way. But it’s not just you. Joe doesn’t understand the desire to misrepresent but it comes with the territory. Joe enjoys the blog and the business it represents. But if it goes away, it goes away. The point is that Joe isn’t going to alter coverage or the core principles here, which have been in place and the same since Day 1 in 2008. Joe’s approach to the business of JoeBucsFan doesn’t mean Joe is insulting readers. The message is that we’re just going to do our thing and nobody has to like it. And that’s ok. –Joe

    2) And second…..and probably most consistently…CONSISTENTLY…important to the future existence of this (experiment) here at JBF. “Experiment?” There’s nothing experimental going on here. That ship sailed many years ago.–Joe ...is….IF a loyal respondent speaks freely, openly, and creates additional conversation in their free time of “commenting” here (that draws others), and (wait for it) DOES NOT LEGALLY JEOPARDIZE in any way shape or form (via the legal definitions of “malice”, “defamation, libel” or any confirmed actual harmful PROVEN action to the “website” (farce)…..THEN….(wait for it)….any stooge at “JoeBucsFan World Headquarters” as you put it……DOES NOT GET TO PUT ANY COMMENTER ON …..MODERATION. Because you all, don’t like things, don’t like the content, perhaps the contradictory opinions….perhaps much smarter, much more intuitive, or not, opinions that you would rather a public commenter…offer. YOU DO NOT AT ANY TIME…REGULATE SOMEONE’S FREE WILL…when not jeopardizing the website.
    AND NO….none of you have a J.D. there. Joe has explained this many times and has read many legal OPINIONS on the subject of website comments and the responsibility of the publisher, and Joe has sought legal opinion privately. It is Joe’s clear understanding that JoeBucsFan.com is responsible for the content of the comments. Frankly, Joe expects and accepts an inherent responsibility for all comments. Therefore, when those comments make statements about public figures or businesses that are malicious in nature and may not be factual and/or are not phrased as opinion, Joe does not publish them here, or they get deleted if seen. Secondly, Joe limits hate speech between commenters as part of national advertising agreements. Joe has no problem with contradictory opinions and welcomes them. It’s really all about how they are presented. You’d probably have a much clearer picture if you saw what gets filtered out and all the piles of comments that don’t make the cut. Regular commenters, dozens of them, are in moderation because they have misrepresented JoeBucsFan.com in the past and therefore Joe feels the need to protect the site’s reputation by reviewing their comments. That’s pretty reasonable. Many of the best and most loyal commenters here are in permanent moderation.–Joe

    Without the public, THESE public ….you all…don’t eat. Joe appreciates Bucs fans. Joe is a Bucs fan. But if the website stops being successful one day, then Joe will get a job and continue to do this for fun.– Joe. So the childish, beyond childish “moderation” games. There’s really nothing childish about moderation. It would be more childish and irresponsible to have a wild west comment section. Again, this entire approach to comments has been in place since Day 1. -Joe…are your peril, fools. Keep it up. Cause the public, can and will go elsewhere! Joe encourages Bucs fans to visit whatever sites keep them informed and passionate about their football team. –Joe

    Go Bucs!
    Joe thanks you for your patronage. –Joe

  12. SOEbuc Says:

    Stout Gospel

    And we got a 2x coach of the year with the Cardinals giving us total permission to talk to BA compared to paying John Harbaugh and the Ravens a sh!t ton of money and picks.

  13. StoutGospel Says:


    C’mon now. Surely you’re not trying to compare a (then 2X coach of the year) as you put it, with the 67 year old NOW version of BA are you??…Plus, DUDE…IF you think Harbaugh now in his mid 50’s is equivalent to BA NOW at 67…..than that’s you’re intellect killer! Own it!

    AND WTF do you care, about the “money” as you put it?!? That’s Glazer loot, not yours, braniac?!! You should just want the team to get the best it can to lead the franchise forward.

    And PICKS…???…you mean like Aguayo, a 2nd rounder…like that??

    You mean like ROJO…a 2nd rounder??….like that?

    Yeah @SOE….you’re making a ton of sense 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Maybe, just maybe, you can join @Bonzai….in the food court…adjusting and cleaning the tables with the ketchup bottles, the sugar packets, the salt shakers……maybe!

    THIS ….might be posted …by midnight….maybe!

    Go Bucs!

  14. WillieG Says:

    Also, Koetter hired Mike Smith to run his defense. A measured speaker who doesn’t blow a lot of smoke, Smith calmly said a big reason he took the job was because Koetter told him “I can run whatever I want to run.”

    Today on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Koetter said of his confidence in Smith and the defensive staff, “To have somebody [like Smitty,] I probably don’t even have to go in that room.”

  15. Defense Rules Says:

    @SOEbuc … “I am far from believing Leftwich is one of the best OCs yet.” I agree with you SOE, BUT … look at who Byron Leftwich has behind him. For one: Bruce Arians. For another: Harold Goodwin (BA’s OC 2013-2017). For yet another: Clyde Christensen (QB coach, but has pretty good experience as an NFL OC also). IOW, it’s not like Leftwich is dangling out there all by himself with no experienced coaches to lean on. The only question that I still have is how far will BA let him go if things aren’t working.

  16. Nick2 Says:

    I say this is no news. We are going to be worlds better with Arians than Koetter end of story plain and simple.

  17. Loyaltotheend Says:

    This will not end well

  18. Stanglassman Says:

    I don’t understand why you’ll keep repeating that BA is the de facto GM when it’s false. I’ll believe when someone shows me something to indicate that there’s any proof. Jason is the GM and BA is the HC period. Quit making stuff up. Repeating something over and over doesn’t make it more true.

  19. BucNole Says:

    Mike Smith was a 2 time coach of the year too and you see where that lead us. . . . face palm

  20. Z31 BUCS Says:

    How annoying is StoutGospel?

    Fricking go follow PewterStuff or whatever it’s called. Good fluff over there.

    You come across as such a know it all.
    Nobody cares.

  21. StoutGospel Says:

    🙂 🙂 🙂

    Wow….did you ALL read that?!
    Hey @Joe….
    Good thing you’re aspiring to being a (maybe/sort of) version of Mike Florio and the longevity of that. Sad, killer. That was so flippant, and waffling and ….whatever. Good thing, you’re (not) trying so hard to make JBF go, last. Don’t understand the hate. Really just giving you a straight answer.–Joe

    Kinda like the Pinellas County School Board run I guess. Proud of the school board run and the personal goal was met. Great experience and never expected to win since really no time was spent on traditional campaigning or fundraising.–Joe

    Kinda like the “Extreme Home Makeover” hard-hitting articles for the paper, huh. LOL. Joe did not call the shots at The Tampa Tribune.–Joe

    But the folks here deserve to be in moderation, because you/yours don’t “like things”. Effing funny. And no, you’re supposed “sought private counsel” isn’t the actual individuals, every day, on every post, putting loyal Bucs fans here at JBF, in moderation. That’s you people. Because…..you and yours…simply don’t “like” things.

    Go Bucs!

  22. Defense Rules Says:

    Stanglassman … That’s why they call it OPINION. If you don’t agree, that’s fine. That’s also your OPINION.

  23. pick6 Says:

    if you read his book, at Temple and AZ, his head coaching career came to an end due to health issues. i think he had something going on the Andrew Luck year too but can’t recall. He appears to be approaching this job with awareness that if he tries to do too much he literally might kill himself.

    i’ve been on both side of this – where i’m responsible for all the critical things in my business, and where the best thing i can do is pick and lead a team that is capable of doing many of the teams. how it turns out depends on the people you pick and having a clear sense of how you contribute to and lead such an empowered group

  24. SOEbuc Says:


    No clue what age difference of BA and Harbaugh has to do with the Bucs starting to win NOW. You named one major bust in Aquayo. We don’t even know if RoJo is one yet. Would you like me to list the non-busts that have come into this organization since Licht got here??? Believe me there’s plenty. What do you care about Glazer loot??? That might be the dumbest question asked, yet. Obvious to vote NO for StoutGospel for GM.

  25. SOEbuc Says:

    Defense Rules

    What I meant when I said that. BA has put together a hell of a coaching staff, but I’m now wondering what is his exact role gonna be. I hope it’s not just to teach mechanics to Jameis all day. Koetter didn’t know a damn thing about defense, and even though Bowels defensive scheme sh!ts on what Smith’s looked like, I didn’t like when he said “I might not even go into the defense room.” When I think of a good HC, I think of a coach that is thoroughly involved in every part of the team, even if your defensive or offensive minded and have a good coaching squad.

  26. Stanglassman Says:

    An opinion is whether or not you think Jameis will be a successful Qb in the future. I can say Jason Licht was the head coach of the Tampa bay buccaneers. It factually inaccurate. Just like you and others going around and saying BA is the GM.. you and I have that right to say it but it’s not a opinion. It’s at most unsubstantiated speculation that’s based on zero facts.

    Saying ‘I think secretly the Bucs owners stripped Jason L. of his GM job and are keeping him around as a sock puppet for BA who has all the GM and coaching responsibilities.’ That’s a way of making your view into a opinion. But you and others are stating it like a fact that somehow you’ll know that no one else knows.

  27. Defense Rules Says:

    Stanglassman … Dictionary defines OPINION as ‘A view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge’. Do me a favor; write to those folks & get them squared away. And while you’re at it, why don’t you discuss with them the meaning of the phrase ‘de facto’ as I used it in ‘de facto GM’. In every organization I’ve ever been in, SOMEBODY has the final say in decision-making, even when most decisions are arrived at through consensus. If you want to believe Licht will have the final say in selecting FAs & in the draft … fine. I happen to believe that’ll be Bruce Arians going forward. You’ve got your OPINION, I’ve got my OPINION. Do me another favor; don’t tell me what my OPINION is.

  28. The Coroner Says:

    What is the use of coordinators if they are just scut messengers? Good leaders pick good people and elevate them to be good leaders. Micromanaging dilutes effort.
    The Bucs finally seem to have good coaches for the first time since the Gruden era. We’ll see.

  29. Not there yet Says:

    Oh I love it because he can focus on the things some of these weak minded players need most. Motivation, attitude and accountability. All he needs to do is motivate and grt on these guys for timid play. Let the assistant coaches be his voice in practice

  30. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Bruce Arians can SAY whatever he wants, but these are NOT the exact same coaches he had in Arizona. Totally different offensive and defensive coordinators here in Tampa, vs the ones he had in Arizona. Tom Moore was his O Coordinator in Arizona, but Buckner was with him in Arizona ….. Wait a freaking minute, he got rid of Buckner ….
    Still, like any Buc Fan, I am hopeful Bruce Arians can turn this sunk ship around!
    Go Bucs !!!!!!!!!!!

  31. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Given the fact that Licht often has to go out and sign players in mid season and pluck players from practice squad would lead some to believe he hasn’t done very well in free agency period. His selections often don’t fit in, are frequently injured or have’t been vetted properly. Personally have issues with Licht choosing where a player should play. Imo, swapping positions ala Marpet to center ,Ryan Smith to safety are decisions that should be made by a competent coaching staff. Every HC should have control of the roster after players are signed . Have to agree with defense rules Licht could use some oversight ,IMO.

  32. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Stout Gospel

    I posted this earlier but perhaps you missed it.

    Marv Levy won FOUR Coach of the Year awards from the age of 63 to 70 for his final win.

    But negative nellie that you seem to be I suspect you’d like to point out that he reached four straight SB’s and lost them all.

    Tell you what…if BA reaches the SB four consecutive years and fails to win one it will be light years ahead of where this franchise has EVER been.

  33. DB55 Says:

    This was the worst set of comments I’ve ever read on jbf and I was here during the -Josh McCown is an nfl starter debate-. #Your

  34. DB55 Says:

    So I guess I’ll be the one to say it.

    BA’s entire staff is black. Well mostly but no other HC has a black OC, DC and ST coordinator. And a black QB. Now if he fires Licht and hires Ozzie Newsome we’re in business.

  35. SteveK Says:

    Joe and Stout Gospel,

    Great back and forth.

    I will defend Joe here. From day one, Joe has been consistent. Joe also embraces a free speech comments section, but at the end of the day Joe is responsible for the posts in the board.

    One thing I appreciate about Joe- they are Buc Fans and they do right.

    I don’t always agree with Joe, but they are good journalists, and Buc Fans that are entitled to their opinions.

    I really appreciate Joe from the Josh Freeman end of days. I was lighting up the comment boards on this site and The Bucs site on SB Nation, but the SB blog was by and large full of snow flakes that would sh** bricks of you tried to have an honest, intelligent conversation.

    As far as business goes, Joes got a great one run by genuine dudes.

    Now, where is my Ira podcast? Tick tock, gentlemen.

  36. Barack's Crack Pipe Says:

    Too-many-Stouts Gospel & the Glass Man must be drinking together.

  37. Barack's Crack Pipe Says:

    DB55 Says:
    February 28th, 2019 at 8:55 pm
    So I guess I’ll be the one to say it.

    BA’s entire staff is black. Well mostly but no other HC has a black OC, DC and ST coordinator. And a black QB. Now if he fires Licht and hires Ozzie Newsome we’re in business.

    Wow, Dude. Sounds like you really embrace the hate. The whole civil rights Era was about stopping people from thinking like you. Oops I guess that was only for white people.


  38. Howard Cosell Says:

    Barry Melrose v2.0


    Oh no! We suck again.

    Lol…the jig is up glazers….you’ve lost absolutely all credibility

  39. Warrenfb12 Says:

    Eh I don’t like it man. Dude is cashing in trying to do minimal actual work. He was checked out in Arizona before he left.

  40. cmurda Says:

    LMAO @DB. You should have dropped the #WTFDIK instead at the end but I still chalk this up as one of the better comments I’ve read on JBF.

    I have news for the rest of our fanbase. These black coaches that you speak of are light years better than any staff we’ve had in at least a decade. Personally, I’m juiced up to see Byron call the plays. I thought he looked the part in Arizona. So much so that I think the Cards screwed up not locking him up. I was always a Leftwich fan and continue to be. Todd Bowles is a steal. I mean, we stole him, and I wasn’t sure we were going to land him. He won’t allow us to be as soft on D as we have been the last few years. I’m as excited for these 2 as I am B.A.

  41. TOM Says:

    Yes I am concerned. Not so much as BA as HC, but turning so much resonsibility over to his coaches. Especially Leftwich call plays. He may be a little concerned about his health which of course comes first. Just trying to relieve himself of some of as much stress as possible. I guess we’ll just wait and see.

  42. unbelievable Says:

    Holy StoutMeltdown lol.

    Someone has an axe to grind, eh?