Arians Speaks Of A Changed Arians

May 9th, 2020

From what Joe’s heard first-hand and via other sources, every player and coach who’s been associated with Bucco Bruce Arians in Tampa and his other Arizona and Indianapolis coaching stops say he’s still the same guy.

But on Thursday, Arians explained that he’s not.

Joe’s not sure whether that’s good or bad. Arians hasn’t had a winning season since 2015, so perhaps it’s a good thing.

Arians told The Pat McAfee Show this week that he’s not the same guy in practice, when asked if he “gets after it” in practice with Todd Bowles.

“I’ve calmed down a little bit, you know.” Arians said. “I let Byron [Leftwich] run the offense now. So I don’t chirp as much as I used to. But it’s still fun. I chirp more at the offensive guys.”

Joe suspects Arians will “chirp” less at the offense this season given the arrival of Tom Brady, who Arians expects to provide supreme leadership and accountability.

So where will Arians redirect some of that energy? Joe hopes it lands on the defensive side of the ball. It’s the weak link on the team (sorry, cold reality) and Joe is confident Arians’ influence would be valuable.

When Dirk Koetter was here, he was fond of saying that he wouldn’t assert himself on defense because he’d just mess things up. Joe thought that was horrendous logic, and the hands-off approach certainly cost Koetter dearly.

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24 Responses to “Arians Speaks Of A Changed Arians”

  1. JayBucBoi Says:

    Actually, Special Teams is the weak link on the team. Seems we’re the only team every year, week in and week out, void of kick or punt return touchdowns. In fact, we’ve continued to be less than stellar since Michael Spurlock did it for the firat time in team history years ago.

  2. BigHog Says:

    He’s the head coach, it really doesn’t matter where he spends his time “chriping”, if this fails it will be his head that will roll first and I’m absolutely sure others will follow!!!

  3. JayBucBoi Says:

    For those who forgot. “Run Michael, run Michael, run Michael, run!”

  4. Jim Says:

    Great stuff

  5. SOEbuc Says:

    I like Byron and he’s been given the opportunity to learn a lot. Hopefully down the line he will be a nice young HC for us when BA leaves.

  6. El Buco Realisto Says:


    The “real” fans are wondering why do we need the self proclaimed qb whisperer and the largest coaching staff in the league and the OC when you get a QB like Brady!!!!!!!! When you get a QB like Brady or Peyton Manning he is the OC!!!!!!!! Maybe all the offensive players should all chip in and get ole stale biscuit a La-Z Boy recliner!!!!!!! With all those late afternoon and night games he can nap or fall asleep, because the elderly sleep easy!!!!!!!! And he seems to have no duties or gets in the way during game time anyhow!!!!!!!!!!!

    It’s time to herd the sheep, and put them back in the pen!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

  7. Tye Says:

    I give him a pass on last year because he was shackled by limitations from the team he inherited..
    This team he has had much more of a hand and say in building so the season outcome is on him, God or bad!

  8. Youngbucs Says:

    Go Bucs go Bruce keep trimming the fat and tone up this roster!!!!!!

  9. TOM Says:

    OMG. The thought of Lefty being the Bucs HC of the future makes me sick. The guy is a total waste. I do believe that he was part of the reason the Bucs didn’t make the playoffs. I just hope he stays out of Brady’s way. He always stands on the sidelines with this dumb founded look without a clue to what is going on. Maybe Bowles would be the only one of BA’s coaches that I would consider for HC. Look outside the organization.

  10. Buc4evr Says:

    I’m with Jaybucboi, special teams generally have been ignored and have always sucked. With a very bad run off kickers ( including Gay) this team has no chance unless special teams is upgraded.

  11. Bucs Fan Since ‘76 Says:

    Right on JayBuc!

  12. SufferingSince76 Says:

    I think he should chew out as many arses as necessary to light a fire under these guys every game. Delegating only goes so far.

  13. Ivan The Insider Says:

    Posting before Ndog comes and posts more of his “Flat Earth” Jameis idiocy.

  14. Ivan The Insider Says:

    Ndog’s newest battle cry… “$1.1M was an inside job!”

    He’s a flat earther and 9/11 conspiracy fool rolled into one, all over Winston.

  15. Jerry Jones Says:

    I heard somewhere that “…the greatest respect you can give a great player, is to coach them hard!”-Doug Collins

    I agree with Brooks that the defense will keep us in the first few games before our offense gets traction.

  16. Clean House Says:

    Arians and Brady are enjoying their PR/legacy tour

    Let’s hope it translates into wins and they both come chirping
    with their A game

  17. BringBucsBack Says:

    Has anyone ever given it thought that, while Brady might have no problem chewing out his guys when necessary that, he might someday wonder; “why am I coaching the team also?“

    Arians has to change if the offense is to become “Brady-infused”.

  18. stpetebucsfan Says:


    “OMG. The thought of Lefty being the Bucs HC of the future makes me sick.”

    I don’t think you have to worry Tom. I think Bowles is now well ahead of Leftwich. They were the top two assistants with both considered potential replacements.

    And so what were their assignments and how did they do? Bowles needed to turn around a truly miserable defense and oh btw do it with FA’s and a bunch of rookies and second year men in his defensive backfield…and let’s not forget the dead wood of VHG before they finally took out the trash.

    So did our D improve? How did they look the second half of the season? Can they play well enough to win this year? Absolutely! I give Bowles an A+.

    BL had a couple of assignments as well. Run BA’s high powered no risk it offense and rack up the yards and TD’s. Manage the wildly inconsistent JW and help with his decision making. Remember JW himself claimed BL’s experience as a black QB in the NFL gave him a unique perspective that enabled JW and BL to communicate well.

    So how did BL do. Over 5,000 yards and TD’s galore…give him an A on the first part of his assignment…did JW grow and mature…was his decision making improved? BL gets an F there. Overall I give BL a C…failure with JW but OK otherwise.

    Still Bowles is the guy I would want as head coach when BA moves up or out.

  19. Chesapeake Bucco Says:

    El Bucco, why are you being such an ass towards our beloved coach. See how you like it when you’re 67. bee-atch!

  20. El Buco Realisto Says:

    @Chesapeake Bucco

    I can not tell you my energy level at 67, but I won’t be a liar!!!!!!!! BA stands for Bullsh!% Artist!!!!!!

    If you need examples, just look at all the lies and BS he said last offseason in his 1 million interviews!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!

  21. William Oropesa Says:

    I like what there doing now in this year season of 2020.
    So I really want to see my team to sign OLB Clay Matthews to a 2 year deal

  22. D1 Says:

    El Bucco,

    Please enlighten Me!

    If B.A. has spewed 1000’s of lies , it should be no problem for you to name 10. BA’s top 10 biggest lies. That shouldn’t be difficult to post.

  23. D1 Says:

    El bucco,

    correction, millions of lies.

  24. Bucsfanman Says:

    Arians is changing the soft-azz culture of this football team as evidenced by the more physical play we saw last year. Considering the scope of his task, I’d say we are trending upward.
    There’s no denying this team was better in 2019 than in any year under Koetter.
    Defense, bring the lunch pail. It’s time to eat!