Bruce Arians Talks About “Lacking” Leadership

October 24th, 2019

Here’s another Buccaneers red flag when it comes to the state of the team, via the mouth of Bucco Bruce Arians.

Joe’s been having trouble keeping up with all of them lately.

(And Joe’s got more later.)

Yesterday, Arians raved about Jason Pierre-Paul’s leadership at his news conference. But afterwards on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Arians said of JPP’s call-you-out leadership style: “That’s one thing we’ve really missed.”

Considering Arians approved the entire roster, why is he missing what he considers key leadership?

Whose fault is that?

Arians went out of his way to ask Jameis Winston to stop trying to lead the team in ways other than setting a good example and playing his position well. General manager Jason Licht even publicly celebrated the new Jameis, the guy who would no longer be the rah-rah, emotional force Licht cheered and adored during Jameis’ early years on the roster. So Jameis wasn’t going to be that guy this season.

But what about the rest of the roster? We heard Devin White would be that guy. If this vocal, in-your-face leadership was lacking and so needed, couldn’t Arians have asked one of his veterans to step out of themselves and into that role?

Or how about the coach(es) just make up the alleged leadership/accountability void and bench players who screw up too often?

Joe has often written that leadership from players is overblown. Sure, it is effective in spots, but it is definitely very limited in what it can accomplish. Now leadership from coaching is a different animal. That’s far more powerful, in part because strong can coaching can manufacture/empower leadership from players.

“His biggest tool is he will call you out. He takes no prisoners, he doesn’t discriminate and he leads by example. … He always has your back and he is just a realist. He is a realist with you.”” Arians said of JPP’s leadership.

That sounds great, but again, if it really was that important, then the Bucs should have had at least one guy on the roster able to communicate like JPP. Regardless, what good did JPP’s leadership do for the 2018 Bucs defense?

33 Responses to “Bruce Arians Talks About “Lacking” Leadership”

  1. mike Says:

    We haven’t had many good players that were leader in the last decade. Thats why this franchise is at the bottom

  2. Buc believer Says:

    Arians is already getting his excuses ready for the disaster about to hit us. Looks like he and his golf cart are going to be riding into the sunset.

  3. ancientasbuc Says:

    I’m not sure, that BA was just lauding JPP and not making a comment about the rest of the team’s leaders or lack of leadership. You can remark on a positive without inferring a negative.

  4. BA FAN Says:

    It would have been worse last year without JPP’s leadership. He also leads by example. Had he not been injured our opponents would not have been able to double up on Barret to effectively shut him out. That will be a key in the defense of the Bucs against the Titans! If we play man to man and jam their receivers and either JPP or Barret gets through to pressure their QB, we will get more turnovers and can defend the pass better. We know our run defense will make the Titan’s one dimentional.

  5. Sharthappens Says:

    All you need to do is take a look at our team captains. I describe and you figure out the names.
    + No one can trust, dishonest, womanizer.
    + cry baby when calls don’t go his way. Bad temper. Refs don’t like him.
    + he is not “all there”. High motor guys are not leaders.
    + not a team guy. All about him. Often injured. Won’t teach White anything.
    + this guy May be the only leader of the bunch. Small skl. Uphill battle. Although, he may not be a leader of men…. Play the ukulele

  6. Sharthappens Says:

    ^^ I bet the team captains would change drastically if a revote were held today.

  7. Ndog Says:

    It’s funny all of this would not even be talked about if we could just get olinemen who could block, corners that could cover and more than one pass rusher.

    All of this noise would be completely gone.

  8. Capt. Tim Says:

    Leadership starts at the Top, Coach

  9. tmaxcon Says:

    Bucs have not had a single leader on the roster since sapp walked out the door this is NOT new information… there is not a SINGLE Damn leader in the that building… results prove it!

  10. SchlomieBarmitzvahCircumScissorStein Says:

    Arians will indicate prior to the end of the season, that he plans on formally resigning at the end of the season.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    Bucco Bruce….throw it all at the wall and see what sticks. He is going to be out of excused soon. And he’s so scatterbrained lately he’s going to start using some twice.

  12. BUC CHEEKS Says:


    That was easy!

  13. BUC CHEEKS Says:

    Tick tock tick tock…… WHERE’s OUR DB HELP AT??????????

  14. tmaxcon Says:


    when does BA bail before the end of the season or right after super bowl????

  15. Waterboy Says:

    The Bucs don’t have many guys who do their own jobs consistently well let alone leading others. Do your job consistently at a high level and respect from others will come and at that point you will have the ability to influence others.

  16. JJV Says:

    The more I see and hear from the “new” Bruce Arians the more I fear.hope I’m wrong but my gut feeling is telling me I am not. Time will tell.

  17. Rayjay1122 Says:

    The team is lacking leadership starting with the coaching staff.

  18. Bird Says:

    What team doesn’t ask their QB to be a leader ?
    That’s part of their job description whether they are good or bad.

    This is just weird

    But again it’s the Bucs so what is new?

  19. Bird Says:

    Ah yah. I’m back in moderation

  20. tmaxcon Says:


    i bet your wife / husband wakes up every damn morning wishing for a do over…

  21. Son of Kobe Faker Says:

    “The BSer is lining up his ducks

    It cant be him not calling the plays and instead of having a recent fired OC wannabe Intern?

    BA is never wrong

    BA is the victim

    So it must be somebody else who is to blame

    The delegator is also a Narc Intiminator

    *My Dad and I cringe when JBF asks softball questions at press conferences. No one at the press conference has balls except Jenna Laine

    When with the Tampa bay Buc sheep fans finally realize that BA is all BS?

    In 3 weeks”

    Son of Shaman Faker

  22. Pewter power Says:

    Damn why are people literal. He just got these players and it’s fine to show leadership in training camp but in typical fashion not show up in games. How would he know who the leader before getting in season? Those guys are found on game day not damn training camp. Who knew Evans would be half arsing it? White is a goofy leader but you dont overstep lavonte day 1 as the leader

  23. tmaxcon Says:

    Pewter power

    using leader and the mentally weak lvd in the same sentence is absolutely hilarious…. the same lvd who ADMITS that he can not recover from bad calls and big plays a leader LOL…. low standard bucfan is adorable with their love of sports terms that they don’t understand and use randomly on bad mediocre and bad players.

    let me help with some definitions

    beasts don’t need excuses
    legends have more than one 1 ring and 5 playoff wins
    leaders are worried about results not feelings.

  24. Sleepy903 Says:

    LOL at the fact of your saying he approved the roster. Two things about vocal in your face leaders.

    1) You either are or youre not.
    2) You cant just bring somebody off the street for their in your face leadership.

    Most leaders like that have to be a starter and you need a couple on both sides of the ball for football.

    Typically on D you want a D-lineman/LB and somebody in the secondary. Devin White may be that but usually as a Rookie you take more of a backseat approach because you still arent 100% comfortable. 2nd year should be his time to take over that role. Kwon was that person but of course they let him go.

    On offense its normally the QB and an offensive lineman. Winston probably will never be that in your face leader he’s more of an encourage you type. Jensen may be that for the Oline but I cant say for sure.

  25. Old Sombrero Says:

    There is nobody on this team with the credibility to hold anyone accountable with the exception of Godwin. Just one consistently producing player who can talk the talk because he can walk the walk. Each team unit needs a leader that produces who holds himself and others equally accountable. We don’t have that. Haven’t since the good ole days.

  26. Swampbuc Says:

    The Arians thing is a fraud. He’s not working hard and getting money for letting others do a lousy job. I’m not even watching the game on Sunday.

  27. Scorps1 Says:

    We have like 1 coach for every 2 players. They need to be leading the players need to be following. Quite honestly I have seen many issues this year attributable to poor coaching. I drank the Kool aid too.

  28. Oregonbucsfan Says:

    Just got erased because of:
    1. Negative Bucs feelings for this year
    2. Dig at NOSBOS

    Joe, you can explain here if you like.

  29. Buczilla Says:

    Wasn’t one of Eugene Marve Junior’s strongest assets the ability to come right in fresh out of college and lead veteran players? That was one of the selling points for taking a middle linebacker for gosh sakes at 5th overall. The kid is a liability in coverage right now and according to Arians is not a leader. Gosh damn clown show.

    Every analyst and their mother hyped this kid so I’m hoping for the best, but we were sold a false bill of goods by Arians and Licht.

  30. sincethebeginning Says:

    Damn right, Joe. For once I am in complete agreement. This is a massive red flag indeed. WTF

  31. SJ_Bucsfan Says:

    All I can say is after many sideline camera shots if Bucco “BA” Ariens & the complete look of absolute bewilderment. All I could say to the TV was “Welcome to Tampa” then I turned the TV to another channel. I expect to see the same this week…

  32. EA Says:

    I really thought the main reason BA was brought here was because this team had talent but was lacking leadership, BA mentioned such himself that he always thought the bucs had the talent to compete. I’m seeing players not playing hard out there , very inconsistent, no different from previous years.
    I’m starting not to buy BA’s BS, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is. QB whisperer “Jameis has all the tools to be great in this league”.
    ” Secondary is totally fixed”. I was excited when they brought Bruce because I thought guys would play hard for him, I’m not seeing it yet, I don’t see a difference from Koetter regime.

  33. richbucsfan Says:

    Let’s face it, if you are looking for shock trade or pickup, it will be a garbage heap player, not a difference-maker. There is NO money for anything better. We’ve seen several teams sign DBs lately…not the Bucs…we’re good, no needs…all because there is NO money. That is 100% on Licht. Very poor ‘leaership’ in the FO. One question…why should the Glasers care whether the team wins or loses or if the stadium is filled when they get multimillions from TV and other revenues? Field a team of second rate losers, have an unhappy fan-base, who cares, they are raking it in. What a scam…