Promise Kept

April 14th, 2019

Man of his word.

Joe has decided to document highlights of Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians captured when he coached Arizona during the inaugural season of “All or Nothing,” a “Hard Knocks”-like miniseries by NFL Films that follows a pro or college team throughout a season and is exclusive to Amazon Prime. Joe hopes these highlights will help Bucs fans learn what to expect from the 12th coach in franchise history. This series of posts will appear periodically until the days leading up to the draft later this month.

Bruce Arians is very quick to let a player know he screwed up. And Arians isn’t afraid to confess when he let the team down.

After a loss to the Steelers, Arians had his weekly in-season Monday meeting with Cardinals team brass to address the previous game and to help hatch a battle plan for the next game. This meeting always includes Cardinals president Michael Bidwill.

There, Arians explained to Bidwill how a chunk of the blame on the loss at Pittsburgh should be on his shoulders.

“We played very hard just not very smart,” Arians said. “I have to do a better job of keeping my emotions on the sidelines because I lost it on these guys.”

Bidwill chimes in.

“Hopefully, this doesn’t affect us with where we are at the end of the season in the NFC.”

That wasn’t the only news Arians shared with Bidwill. It seemed a practice squad player, Lawrence Okoye, a former British Olympic discus-thrower, had parked in Arians’ parking spot, a blatant act of insubordination in Arians’ eyes. On the first day of training camp, Arians promised his players he would cut anyone who parked in his spot.

“Tough sh!t bro,” Arians mumbled to Bidwill about Okoye’s fate. “He’s a talented guy but he ought to go to Oxford.”

Bidwill sort of had an oh-well expression on his face and replied, “Follow the rules.”

Defensive tackle Olsen Pierre was signed to replace Okoye and an NFL Films camera found Arians explaining the parking rule to Pierre on the sideline at practice.

“That guy you just replaced? He parked there. We ain’t got many rules.” And Arians then walked away from the chat with a devious chuckle.

The very next scene showed defensive lineman Calais Campbell addressing the team; he said lack of attention to minor details like parking in the wrong spot is hurting the team.

“Right now we are struggling with the small things. That’s one of the reasons why we are losing.”

The Cardinals then hit the practice field and the offense this time is sloppy. Often Arians barks at quarterback Carson Palmer or running back David Johnson to run a play over until it’s completed to Arians’ satisfaction. Strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris walks up to Arians and whispers to him a suggestion to “turn the intensity down.” Arians replies simply, “No.”

Morris tells Arians perhaps he’s getting too intense for the players. Arians ponders the advice for a brief second, looks at Morris and shakes his head saying, “No.”

The next scene shows Arians calmly addressing his team. “We still have those mental lapses where we fall asleep. None of that bullsh!t anymore. We can do it, and go 8-8. That’s fine if that’s what you want. If you want to win the division and set ourselves up, then that sh!t will cease.”

Practices lead to a Monday Night Football game where the Cardinals host the Crows. The Cardinals are sharp early and even Arians can’t help but get excited. At one point when Baltimore has possession, defensive coordinator Jameis Bettcher walks up to Arians and tells him, “It’s third-and-20.” Arians screams at Bettcher what defense to run against Crows quarterback Joe Flacco.

BLITZ THAT MOTHERF*CKER!

The Cardinals barely win that game and when the team returns to practice to face the hapless Browns, Arians makes it clear the Cardinals best not be looking past the Cleveland.

“If I hear a motherf*cker talk about a bye week this week, there will be some serious repercussions,” Arians said. “We ain’t got no f*cking bye week this week. We’ve got the Cleveland Browns. … Every game matters. … We already tricked one of them [game] off. Let’s don’t do it again.”

The Cardinals, after trailing 20-7, rally with a strong second half to beat the Browns and Arians addresses his team at the Cardinals complex before the players head out on their bye week days off.

“Don’t let the individual bullsh!t take over because those motherf*ckers are patting you on the back. … That elevator drops fast when sh!t happens. Penthouse now; sh!thouse in a minute. Don’t lose sight of the big picture.”

The next scene shows Arians at his Georgia lakefront home hopping on his boat and heading out cruising the lake.

“I need it to get through the season,” he said of his happy place tucked away in his little corner of the world.

13 Responses to “Promise Kept”

  1. BringBucsBack Says:

    I hope #3 parks in his spot.

  2. ncbucsfan Says:

    I hope #3 parks in your spot and you see him pulling out with your wife in her robe smiling and waving goodbye! Hater!

  3. Buc’n Since I was 10 Says:

    Hahahahaha NC

  4. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    All talk

  5. BucEmUp Says:

    Bruce is a better version of a Jon Gruden type coach. This guy gets it. Players get him. Drastic turnaround this season.

  6. DB55 Says:

    Don’t let the individual bull take over because those MFs are patting you on the back.
    ——————-
    Oh man, if that’s not a message that needs to be shared especially last year. Too many people playing for themselves around here.

  7. TOM Says:

    Until he wins a SB BA is not a better version of Gruden.

  8. Cobraboy Says:

    @TOM: I am noticing a similarity between the Bucs under Tony Dungy and Koetter.

    The Glazers pulled the plug on Dungy because the window of a solid defense was closing and replaced with an emotional, proven git ‘er done coach.

    Koetter got the apple and roadmap with an offense with a closing window (Winston?) and replaced by an emotional, proven git ‘er done coach.

    Is history repeating itself? I hope so…

  9. RODNEY ALLEN Says:

    NC lmmfao n cobraboy god I hope so would love to see that happen again

  10. Joe Says:

    The Glazers pulled the plug on Dungy because the window of a solid defense was closing and replaced with an emotional, proven git ‘er done coach.

    Koetter got the apple and roadmap with an offense with a closing window (Winston?) and replaced by an emotional, proven git ‘er done coach.

    Is history repeating itself? I hope so…

    Only difference is Koetter lost 27 games in three years and benched the franchise quarterback and let the malcontents take over the locker room.

  11. Cobraboy Says:

    Joe Says:

    Only difference is Koetter lost 27 games in three years and benched the franchise quarterback and let the malcontents take over the locker room.

    Well, of course. There are some differences, but a lot of similarities, too.

    Certainly Dungy > Koetter.

    But when Dungy got the axe, Gruden came in and re-tooled the offense. When Koetter got fires, BA is retooling the defense.

    Had the Buc played even middle-of-the-pack defense, they’d have won many more games under Koetter.

    A team playing top defense but s#!t offense looks a lot better than a team with a top offense and s#!t defense in W’s & L’s.

  12. rrsrq Says:

    A similarity between DK and Tony Dungy, seriously, I am sure you are talking about circumstantially. Tony Dungy came in with a plan and was way more disciplined and the team played that way under TD.

  13. ModHairKen Says:

    Tony Dungy and Dirk Koetter are both very good men. One had Brooks, Sapp and Lynch. The other had David, McCoy and Chris Conte. One had Monte Kiffin. The other had Mike Smith.

    That is why Dungy succeeded and Koetter failed.

    But the point Cobra made was spot on.

 

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