It’s Time

February 4th, 2020

Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians will turn 68 this season. Previous health issues related to the stress of being an NFL head coach initially drove him to retirement.

So far with the Bucs, Arians has been healthy (that we know). If you are in your late 60s and survive the peaks and valleys that is the roller coaster of Mr. Entertainment, America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, without a stroke, that tells Joe your Lisinopril is working just fine.

Last week when Joe was at the Miami Beach Convention Center and spoke with the preseason TV voice of the Bucs, Chris Myers of FOX Sports, Joe asked him how long he thought Arians might stick around. Few guys pushing 70 are still coaching in the NFL.

JoeBucsFan: How many more years does Bruce Arians have left because it is kind of a win-now for him, isn’t it?

Chris Myers: I thought that they could be — it was a good year in that division — I know the Saints had the good record — but a good chance with the Falcons going down, to take advantage. Carolina [is] going through some changes. I think the division is there to be had for them. Atlanta will be better next year. Yeah, I would say Arians — I was surprised him coming out of retirement but the Bucs were a great opportunity and he was able to put his staff together. I think within the next two years [the Bucs need to win] or else we might see another cycle of change in terms of coach/GM. That’s why the draft and the quarterback [decision] is so big. I think that they are close with the staff they have put together and the kind of players they have.

That’s what Joe believes, in part, cost former Bucs coach Dirk Koetter his job in 2018. The Dixie Chicks stunk that year. The Stinking Panthers fell on their face. The Bucs had a golden opportunity to make a run and stepped on a rake.

Myers is right. This division is wide open. For all we know, the Slimy Saints will be looking for a new quarterback as well as the Stinking Panthers.

Then again, at this point in the NFL calendar, the only sure thing is that the Dixie Chicks will have Matty Ice starting at quarterback for them come September, barring an injury.

28 Responses to “It’s Time”

  1. pryda...sec 147 Says:

    Jameis is going to be back under center for the Bucs.

  2. AlanBucsfan Says:

    Saints will probably keep Hill as their backup if Brees comes back which means Bridgewater will be available.
    Is he worth $20 million + ? or would it be better to draft future QB.
    History shows if Bucs keep Jameis it will be more of same- Stats , Losing season and excuses

  3. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Its been time for over 10 years; the bucs are THE worst run franchise in the NFL. The nfl is set up for success, but the bucs hiring 2 back to back incompetent GMs have buried this team and arians is not some savant when it comes to personnel moves and he has a history of bad moves that prove that just look why the cardinals were buried and got to draft 2 top 10 QBs in the past 3 years

  4. El Buco Realisto Says:

    Since the division is “wide open” and the bucs have the so called “great coaching” and Joe and the sheep have said the roster has the “talent”!!!!!!! Then how do we get this show on “HARD KNOCKS”!!!!!!!!!!!! Surely this “talented” roster and “great coaching” need exposure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Don’t think the Saints will be making any moves. Brees is younger than Brady and only has ONE SB. He keeps himself in terrific shape. The Saints still have all that talent. Brees takes a deep breath and gets over the heartbreak of coming close the past two seasons and thinks the 3rd time will be a charm. And btw it would be Brees 20th season..a nice number to round off his career.

    If I was a betting man..and I’m not..but I think we have a far better chance of Brady coming to the Bucs…a very long shot..than Brees retiring and even longer shot.

    As far as BA’s age…it’s an individual thing. If his body has responded to his meds he could go another five or six if he wanted. I’m totally biased. 72 a couple years removed from my first heart attack, very mild no damage to the heart..and as long as my meds keep the BP down I feel awesome. I do not have the talent to coach in the NFL but if I did I think I could get another five years easy. Again though it’s an individual thing. I play tennis several times a week with a guy who is 77…hit with another guy who is 87. Marv Levy coached until he was 72 and was GM as late as his 80’s.

    The one thing that concerns me about BA is he doesn’t appear to be putting much time in the gym. He’s a butterball and rides around all day in his golf cart. It’s not just the stress of coaching…it’s the lifestyle than can really take a toll.

  6. BrianBucs Says:

    Arians knows that he can’t win with Winston. We’ll see if he can convince Licht to get him a QB that doesn’t play like a rookie and continually give games away.

  7. Doctor_Berto Says:

    Still can’t believe they drafted a mlb with the 5th overall pick

  8. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    It’s funny that Joe calls the other divisional foes “Stinkin Panthers” and “Slimy Saints” and “Dixie Chicks”……and for the last dozen years, all those foes don’t need to resort to crap like that. They simply say “Bucs”…..reputations are earned, and until we dump Winston, it stays.

  9. Mr. Reality Says:

    If my time is limited and I have a choice between Rivers and Winston, I’m taking Rivers every time. If Winston has the same problem again for 2020 that he’s had 2015-2019, then he will make BA and Licht and the Glazers look stupid. Winston already had a chance to give all of the above a winning season and vote of confidence, and he literally THEW the last two games away for the same problems he’s had.

    Winston is done. Arians will ride out a hero if they bring in Rivers, and draft/mentor a new QB of the future. This is a no brainer.

  10. Doctor_Berto Says:

    Morgue, who would you want instead of Winston?

  11. Doctor_Berto Says:

    People that want Rivers obviously did not watch him last season.

  12. Robert Says:

    I trust BA……unless they bring back crabman, then I know he is just collecting a check…

  13. Stevebobucsfan Says:

    I think the Bucs are good enough to beat any team in their division. Yes including the saints. It’s just a matter of consistency. Many don’t think so they put all of the blame o Jameis but, consistency is the key especially field goals penalties

  14. Mr. Reality Says:

    WRT Rivers: He will provide instant hope for fans on the fence to coming back next year. Winston is not selling squat. He is a draw on support. Neither are long term solutions. Rivers has a better resume, and is better to mentor the new guy.

  15. Craig Says:

    His heart would be in better shape with a good rookie than with Jameis.

    You think Jameis is getting it together and then he does something like the last two games of the season. Imagine what those did to Bruce’s blood pressure.

    If you value the coach, let Jameis walk.

  16. Pewter power Says:

    NFL gamepass is wasted again this year. It’s is so hard to watch winston under center. If you see it once the ups and downs aren’t fresh so you dont have perspective but if your watching tape, watching coaches film and the games all over again he basically for every great throw he has like 3-4 head scratchers

    He will get franchised but if BA guy is in the first round you still go get him, either way in 2020 Winston is still playing for a contract because he is too inconsistent. I dont care if he’s back again, it’s only a problem if hes on a long term contract. Winston is average because of his inconsistency and he is the only one who doesnt realize it

  17. Sharthappens Says:

    This is his last year bozos.

  18. Defense Rules Says:

    Pewter Power … Good take on Winston. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jameis with another team this year, but I also wouldn’t be surprised to see him QB the Bucs. Fact is that none of us have a clue at this point.

    What I do believe though is that if Jameis’ salary demands are too high for BA’s blood, he’ll be either transition tagged or released outright. If the Bucs need to hedge their bets (ie, nothing lined up ‘behind the scenes’), they’ll transition tag him by March 10th and either keep him or try to trade him (in which case we could end up with Carr, Trubisky, Brissett or someone else) THEN try to draft a rookie QB (like Eason?) in Rnd 1. So many different possibilities it makes your head spin.

  19. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    Doctor_Berto Says:
    February 4th, 2020 at 1:02 pm
    Morgue, who would you want instead of Winston?

    Hell, I don’t know…maybe ANY FREAKING BODY that doesn’t toss 30 INT’s and 7 pick 6’s for starters??

  20. doctor_berto Says:

    Yeah so just sign someone who is 38, lacking arm strength, and was able to throw 20 ints even with dumping it off to his elite running back tandem all the time. Makes sense lol

  21. BucsFan81 Says:

    I just want an average QB that doesn’t turn the ball over. Who that is I don’t know. What o do know is after watching football for 25 years. What we really need to be doing is building the defense and both defensive and offensive lines.

  22. 813bucboi Says:


    hard knocks?…..

    thats what i ask you to do become entering momma realist’s room!!!!!!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  23. Buc believer Says:

    Wonder if Joe would call the Saints the slimy saints or The Panthers the stinking Panthers if his good buddy the “Sage” or the “King of New Port Richey” was a lifelong fan of either of those teams as he is KC? Fair question.

  24. Buccaneerscotty Says:

    I’ll take a homeless guy off dalemabary over seeing another pick 6 from captain turnover machine!

  25. SirClicksAlot Says:

    Gator_hater, go home you’re drunk.

    I think BA will get another year, even if he can’t win the division next year. Assuming it’s not a regression, he’s brought in a great staff and the team really progressed. I’m betting he’ll get plenty of time to get this team to the promised land. The talent and potential is there is to compete for a wild card right now.

  26. 3isaBust Says:

    Who in their right mind would trade for Jamoist, America’s genital wart, Mr no playoffs, Pro Bowl alternate??? That would be committing franchise suicide. Joe would probably drive off a bridge! 😂😂😂

  27. SB Says:

    Taysom Hill
    The Saints are set.

  28. BucEmUp Says:

    Leftwich has no business calling plays everyone praises him.He makes Jameis look bad while Jameis makes.him look good