Old Dude Arians

February 28th, 2019

Every day you learn something. And so Joe did yesterday.

Browsing through a feature typed by Jarrett Bell of USA Today, Joe saw Bell noted that when the Bucs hired Bucco Bruce Arians, he was the oldest head coach to be hired in the NFL. So it is the old meets the young as Arians is tasked with saving the career of America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston.

If anyone can bring out the best in Winston – or any quarterback, for that matter – it figures to Arians. The relationship between the two goes back to the time when Winston was the ninth-grader who attended one of Arians’ football camps in Birmingham, Alabama, which the coach reflected on Wednesday. It was also telling to hear Arians refer to Winston by his nickname, “Jaboo.”

Joe is still of the mind that unless Jameis has a horrific season, he will get tagged a year from now. Why tagged? That’s because the current collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2020 season Who knows what the new CBA will look like?

17 Responses to “Old Dude Arians”

  1. Bird Says:

    100 % agree

    He was the best hire and the best hire for Jameis.
    Arians is the “qb whisperer” . Just curious what he is gonna be whispering in Jameis’s ear

    (Joe is so jealous right now. )

  2. Defense Rules Says:

    Seems funny how so many folks are focused on Coach Arians’ age … “oldest coach to be hired in the NFL”. Who cares? Only thing we should care about is ‘Can he FIX THE BUCS or not? And the answer is … We don’t know yet. Only time will tell.

    Your other question Joe … ‘Can BA FIX Jameis?’ … has the same answer. Much more depends on Jameis himself than on BA ‘Quarterback Whisperer’ skills. Jameis will be spending a LOT more time with his QB coach, Clyde Christensen (and with his OC, Byron Leftwich) than he will with Coach Arians. IMO, Clyde Christensen is the first real QB coach Jameis has had. He’s been a coach now for 40 years, working with QBs named Peyton Manning & Andrew Luck among others. Personally I’m impressed at the results he’s achieved with them. Again though, only time will tell how well Jameis responds to his new coaches. Still, I’m optimistic (OK, cautiously optimistic).

  3. Sport Says:

    Just a friendly reminder…because I have seen this play out with other topics (eg DJax, Manziel Crush, Monikers – see “Jamies Americas quarterback”, Koetters candy preference and any Peter King article) becoming fixated (and yes, I have been well trained….’Joe writes about what Joe finds interesting’),

    Age is a protected class just like ‘race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or disability’. So if you plan on bringing up his age like some other topics, it could appear to.some as though you are feeding a bias.

    Joes, For the record I do not believe you are intending this in any way, I am just hopeful I don’t have to read about ‘Old Man Arians’ , everytime he is mentioned. Because as much as I love having new content to read each time I have a bowel movement, those fixations can be downright annoying.

    Truly love you guys and thank you for your ongoing efforts.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We may have a matchup for POTUS of 78 vs 74 in 2 years….

    I am simply not concerned with Arians’ age when it comes to being HC…..also, he has a huge experienced competent staff……I do believe he delegates and he appears to be the type of guy who has no problem relieving stress (cocktails after games)……and wearing the cool hat.

    Lay off of him being an “Old Man”…..Joe

  5. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    OLD man losing his mind by

    – Trying to bring GMC and DJAX back

    – Trying to do a longterm contract with Donovan Smith

    – Moving Benenoch to LT

    I MEAN WTF?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

  6. Loyaltotheend Says:

    Slow news day

  7. StoutGospel Says:

    Slow news day, slow and disappointing Combine news release to date…just not what it could be.

    Go Bucs!

  8. down in the dirt Doug Says:

    LOVE YA JOE,but have to agree with others—-please don’t use “old man” on a regular basis.Probably doesn’t bother BA,but it is in bad taste.Sometimes people will call me old man and I will say,”stop the old man crap and lets see who can do 25 military pushups.BA is older in body,but is a cool ,strong minded ,younger thinking dude.

  9. Bird Says:

    Guys BA is a big drinker and a big man so he is like

    85 in booze years

  10. BringBucsBack Says:

    Well to be fair guys, Joe did call BA an “Old ‘Dude’”.

  11. Old School Athlete Says:

    Joe, thanks for the article. I’m really excited about the prospect of BA and Jameis working together. Jameis will finally operate in an offense that’s built to suit his strengths. I generally would say it’s not a good thing for a young QB to have to learn a new offense, but in this case, it had to happen.

  12. 813bucboi Says:

    i dont care if he was 90….he’ll still be an upgrade over dirk….


  13. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Well written and well thought out post. Agree completely.

    That may be for the same reason D.R. has also weighed in. We are the two old dudes here.

    For we who still work out, play tennis, take spinning classes, age is just a number. No doubt the aches and pains are more frequent, I can no longer jump and grab a basketball rim, but I prefer to enjoy life and look at the things I CAN do, not obsess on the things I CAN’T do.

    Marv Levy was named NFL Coach of the Year in 1988 and AFC Coach of the Year in 1988, 1993, and 1995. Levy was 63 when he won that first award in ’88, just three years younger than BA. He was 70, four years OLDER than BA, when he won that final award.

    One thing you learn after being here 71 years is that life only occurs in the moment. All of us know plenty of people who left us far too early…teens killed out on the highway…45 year olds who have the “big one”. None of us has a tomorrow guaranteed!

    From all outward appearances BA is still young at heart which is what really counts.

  14. Casey Morgan Says:

    Agree. Joe please stop with “America’s Quarterback.” It makes you sound like an uninformed homer. And let’s allow BA some time here before you start calling him old…

  15. Z31 BUCS Says:

    Loyaltotheend Says:
    “Slow news day”


    You have no credibility.
    Nothing you say matters.

  16. Barack's Crack Pipe Says:

    I make “old” jokes at my mom and dad all the time. They are not offended. They know they’re old.

    The only time I feel bad about my age is when some chic laughs in my face next to the dance floor.

  17. SOEbuc Says:

    Defense Rules

    “‘Can he FIX THE BUCS or not? And the answer is … We don’t know yet.”

    Amen. Fans get excited (not this excited) every time we hire one of these coaches that keep us in the deep, dark pit of the NFC South. All we can do now is wait for mid-September.