Burning Desire In Bruce Arians, Staff

November 6th, 2019

Friends speak up

Joe’s been listening to Arizona sports radio this week and has heard very interesting things.

Former Pro Bowl fullback Ron “Wolf” Wolfley, a superstar special teams player about 30 years ago, is a voice on Cardinals official radio broadcasts and he hosts a popular weekday Phoenix show with Doug Franz. Arians is a friend of their show and Joe assumes Arians is quite friendly with Wolfley.

Any, Wolfley and Franz made a huge deal this week about how Arians will want to stick it to the Cardinals on Sunday in Tampa.

When Arians left the Cardinals after the 2017 season, he retired. Arians gave many reasons, including health-related issues and a desire to spend more time with his grandchildren. Arians had also said his wife told him his son was turning 40 last year and it struck Arians how much time he had missed with family.

(Depending on the day, Arians offers many different reasons why he quit.)

But never did Arians imply that he lost his edge as a coach in any way.

Arians didn’t lose two regular season games in a row through five years in Arizona, however, Arians didn’t have a winning season over his last two years in the desert (15-16-1) after reaching the NFC title game.

In fact, Arians has said his team never fully recovered from its heartbreaking, opening-day loss of the 2016 season on Sunday Night Football. That claim was quite an eye-opener for Joe, and Joe asked Arians about it before this season.

The Arizona radio guys also went on to talk about how former Cardinals coordinators Todd Bowles and Byron Leftwich will feel the same way Arians — yearning to beat the Cardinals.

Joe’s wondering how all this might affect Bucs coaches’ planning — positively or negatively.

Also, Joe’s wondering why the strong comments about super-high intensity from Bucs coaches and a burning desire against their former team. Arians quit and has professed his love for ownership in Arizona. Bowles also quit, and Leftwich got promoted there last year midseason and has been vindicated this year a bit by the Miami meltdown of Josh Rosen.

Joe gets that coaches are competitive, but is there more to the story?

28 Responses to “Burning Desire In Bruce Arians, Staff”

  1. Buc1987 Says:

    Nothing else matters…


  2. doctor_berto Says:

    Who cares, season is over

  3. Matthew Fifer Says:


    Yeah…it’s hard to get excited about anything this team does. Even a big win against LA was not without being guarded about being excited.

    Usually, every week (win or lose), I find myself harking back to the SNL “Debbie Downer” sketches. Probably the best character Rachel Dratch had on the show.

  4. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Arians was hired here and professed his love for our ownership too…

    BA likes to talk.

  5. AKickInTheBucNuts Says:

    The Tampa Bay BucApathy’s.

  6. Mike Johnson Says:

    Be sure also the Cards owners, the Bidwells of AZ want to stick it to Arians also.
    AZ has improved weekly. We’d better be ready for a real Heisman winner at QB..Murray. This kid can ball and move quickly. Its gonna be mostly on Todd Bowles Defense as to whether they can stop him or not. We will score. But can we..stop Him or them?

  7. Jonathan Limpchimpi Says:

    The pain has just begun for BA…next up: a loss to his former team. Welcome to The Licht Years…where winning one outta 3 earns a fella a lanky, lucrative extension.

  8. ATLBuc Says:

    10-6 could make the playoffs

  9. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    BA should have been hired as the GM not the HC and the glazers were duped by licht…you hire BA to be the HC/OC and qb whisperer all the bucs got was a golf cart

  10. ATLBuc Says:

    There is not a game this year that we could not have won. Should not have won

  11. Robert Says:

    year two will be the turnaround. JW will be gone and we’ll have a secondary with some experience. The losing culture /not holding JW accountable will be gone and we can move forward.

  12. Bobby M. Says:

    Loss this week and that’s the nail in the coffin.

  13. Jonathan Limpchimpi Says:


    Dat you ATL? Selling marble bags as a side hustle?!

  14. Robert Says:

    and yeah, they’ll lose sunday. JW fold under pressure, and the pressure of new contract and all… he’ll resort to throwing 3-4 picks a game…..most headed for ME & Godwin and the other team…..

    but someone bumped his arm, the ball was tipped, reciever ran wrong route, bad snap…blah, blah, blah… I expect no less than 3 turnovers from JW this week

  15. Jmarkbuc Says:


    BA has GM? No F’n way… just imagine the BS he would spew from that pulpit., or the cronies he would hire, regardless of their ability…oh, wait.

  16. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    The GM should put a greater emphasis on drafting DB’s…

  17. 2020 What is the bucs future plan? Says:



  18. DBS Says:

    Who do you think played GM this year? Lapdog only did what he was told and got the players he was told to get. And Licht will do the same in 2020.. BA and his BS are in control.

  19. jmarkbuc Says:


    Exactly my point.

  20. Tye Says:

    Yep! basically it is off season for many bucs fans… nothing to do now but pad the win column for other teams, possibly play spoiler (doubtful) to 1 or two teams, see which games they actually win though a win at this point counts for nothing…

    Long way to go before the start of next season when hopefully we’ll have a new QB, DBs, stronger o-line and better backs or it will be all for nothing..

  21. DB55 Says:

    They got ointments for that burn. 🤣🤣🤣🤣

  22. Mister Negative Nancy Says:

    never been a BA fan, sorry

  23. Curse of Gruden Says:

    If the Bucs don’t show improvement in the second half, where will the fan base be next season? It’s already in the dumps, how much lower can it go.

  24. RustyRhinos Says:

    I wish all our “coaches” feel the same way Arians — yearning to beat the {Any NFL team here}! Yes I get that these coaches all want to win. But do they have that “yearning” to beat teams. Not just those they used to coach for. This is the Pro’s and every team is a challenge to win against. Yes even our team. But to hear how our coaches have a yearning to beat their old team, I wonder were is this “yearning” to win the NFC SOUTH? If it was here we would move past the OC experiment. And have the two time NFL coach of the year be our OC, not his hand picked version of himself.

  25. TampaTown Says:

    There’s always more to the story

  26. Hodad Says:

    They all should have a burning desire to beat anybody period. Arain’s retired before they could fire him. He should be happy they kept him as long as they did.

  27. Clw JB Says:

    does it even matter at this point…

    season is over by Halloween again

    an afterthought of a franchise, a joke really

    in BA, misguided trust

    with this front office and staff, who thinks we could turn it around?

    NO ONE

  28. unbelievable Says:

    If Arizona wins, that will be the cherry on top of this punch-in-the-gut sunday of a season…