Buccaneers Hire A Retired NFL Official

March 7th, 2019

The wacky interpretations of NFL rules are always changing, so Bucco Bruce Arians has hired a retired NFL official to help him navigate all that and to serve as an in-game, instant-replay guru.

It’s a very wise move.

Arians announced the hire this week during a chat with season ticket holders at One Buc Palace. The newest Buccaneer is Larry Rose, who spent 17 years wearing the zebra jersey in the NFL, calling it quits in 2014.

“We’re doing something different,” Arians said. “He is going to be our liason with New York and the officials because the rules change every week, as we all know. And so the interpretations of the rules and all those things, we’re going to have an ex-official be in charge of that. He’ll be in my ear for instant replay during games.”

Arians added that if Rose gives him a green light on a specific bad call, he’ll scream even louder at referees on the sidelines.

22 Responses to “Buccaneers Hire A Retired NFL Official”

  1. AlteredEgo Says:

    LOL….Kraft and Jerry Jones ” hire” those calling their games ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Leighroy Says:

    Such a simple move, yet so genius. How many other teams hire ex-zeebs?

  3. Jeff Says:

    Such a common sense move here. Insignificant investment that could yield huge rewards. Well done Coach Arians!

  4. BucAllNight Says:

    Way to go BA! Though it is still early, and I’m definitely not one to drink the kool-aid you have to be impressed with the slight tweaks we will see this year which include:
    1) Two practices so rooks aren’t just standing around
    2) Huge staff for more detailed time with players
    3) Coach that believes in and wants our QB to succeed
    4) Ref on staff (who should at least give us a lil more favor with current refs who always seem to have it out for us w flags

    Now let’s see it translate on field and in those close score games!!
    Go Bucs!!

  5. Blogtalkfootball.com Says:

    Kraft wasn’t hiring a zebra, he was looking for a razor model for Gillette commercials…

  6. DB55 Says:

    Weren’t most of the rule changes made after 2014?

  7. Not there yet Says:

    These are the type of moves you can be thinking about when you have a trusted coaching staff and the head coach is competent enough to think beyond useless time wasting stats like explosives.

  8. Joeypoppems Says:

    I love BA

  9. rrsrq Says:

    My guess this is a result of him sitting in the booth as a commentator last year. That is what the commentators did, they always went to Mike Perera or whoever NBC used

  10. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Another great move. This almost tops when Arian hired a kicking specialist for our kicking woes.

  11. AlteredEgo Says:

    Something seriously wrong with the game if the rules are that arbitrary and difficult to understand

  12. Rod Munch Says:

    Hopefully he can teach the angry ginger that if he wants to be a tough guy, how to be a tough guy when the refs can’t see it so he’s not costing the team 15 yards every other game.

  13. 813bucboi Says:

    more shots fired at the incompetent dirk….lol….

    we wont see BA throwing the challenge flag with no T.O.’s….lol….

    wise move by BA….


  14. adam from ny Says:

    i’m liking the whisperer more…much more ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. tickrdr Says:

    LIAISON, not liason, but you’ll probably never need to type that word again in your life.


  16. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    “the rules change every week, as we all know”

    Did he just take a dig at the NFL heads? lol

  17. BucEmUp Says:

    Its a good idea, but I don’t see it doing much. Doesn’t the nfl provide ref’s at practices? Maybe that just training camp. Ehh…I guess it can’t be a bad thing. I dunno.

  18. Demetrios Says:

    It sounds like a great idea and this guy can be right the majority of the time. The problem is, in general, the officiating is so incompetent that it doesn’t matter.

  19. RODNEY J ALLEN Says:

    That’s a smart move wonder if other teams will start that too.

  20. Dapostman Says:

    It doesn’t matter when you can’t challenge pass interference. Maybe the most damaging call in all of pro football and you just have to take it up the kazoo.


    We all know why there isn’t a pass interference challenge. The NFL wants you to argue and complain and keep your emotional attachment to the league. Fairness doesn’t matter.

  21. Mike Says:

    Donโ€™t forget, heโ€™s going to go out of his way to create a position for a woman too! Read this on the Bucs website. This kind of diversity and brilliance will save the day!

  22. Deez Bucs Says:

    Bravo-F’ing-O! This is going to be the move most copycatted in the league starting tomorrow, but BA was the trendsetter. Let’s not forget that when 10-15 sidelines have the same roles filled by ex-officials.

    This is one of those “Why didn’t I think of that” moves that separates the pack. BRILLIANT, BA. Kudos to you!!