“He’s Just Kind Of An Overseer Anyway”

August 5th, 2020

The loudest and most influential voice in NFL media, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com, has taken a firm stance on Bruce Arians.

It can be perceived as good or bad.

Florio and his NBC Sports Network partner Chris Simms, the former Bucs quarterback, tackled the topic of head coaches missing games because of The Sickness. The question dove into what team is best situated to handle the loss of its head coach.

Florio said he had an easy No. 1 overall pick: the Buccaneers.

The primary reason is Tom Brady, Florio concluded, a nod to Brady’s ability to settle the team, command respect and assist the coaching staff. Florio also acknowledged that Arians already has delegated a ton to assistant coaches and “he’s just kind of an overseer anyway.”

A Bucs fan could view this as, ‘good for Arians’ for being an effective CEO-style head coach with a quality staff and a veteran QB. But a Bucs fan also could wonder if the Bucs have the same, fiery hands-on coach that succeeded in Arizona from 2013 to 2015.

Regardless, Joe agrees that the Bucs are well positioned to handle the loss of a head coach. What Joe does wonder is how Arians might hold up if he was forced to take on a lot more work as a result of assistant coaches getting sick and missing time?

19 Responses to ““He’s Just Kind Of An Overseer Anyway””

  1. BA4President Says:

    Joe, I never thought of Mike Florio like that. My guess would have been that Peter King was the biggest name in NFL Media. That said, I look for NFL updates on PFT constantly, so maybe you’re right.

  2. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I do not fear losing coaches for a two week period. It set me back a bit though when I realized that in the case of some of the older coaches we could be talking about LOSING them.

    Coaching should be the least effected, especially at the top. I do not know how much “physical hands on” coaching is done by HC’s and coordinators. Some enjoy it but I don’t believe it’s essential. They have younger assistants for that.

    How limited will communication be? On gameday perhaps a handicap but the rest of the time there’s Zoom etc.

    It’s the PLAYERS who count. The Rays just got to experience the worst case scenario. Their star player tested positive….into quarantine he goes…thankfully minimal symptoms…the Rays start 0-5 in his absence he returns last night with a couple of hits and all of the sudden the Rays have offense.

    Do we think that will not happen to the Bucs? Seems to me one of the more important factors in the age of Covid will be depth. Do we feel comfortable with the Bucs depth? Does any team?

  3. Joe Says:

    My guess would have been that Peter King was the biggest name in NFL Media.

    Not any more.

    Florio has a three-hour forum (one of those hours, is his podcast) each weekday on national TV/podcasting working for an NFL broadcast partner. That’s in addition to his wildly popular website. Joe has been told several times by NFL suits there likely isn’t an engaged owner who doesn’t check Florio’s website daily if not several times a day.

    GMs also monitor Florio closely. At the very least, it’s a quick reference for NFL owners and shot-callers to get a quick, daily briefing on what is going on in the NFL outside of their own teams’ umbrellas.

    What also adds weight to Florio’s influence is that he was a successful practicing lawyer before he went full-blown media member.

    Outside of Florio, Joe would guess the most influential might be “Good Morning Football.” Not so much for news but for what is hip and what is trending. Joe can tell you Kay Adams is quite popular within the walls of teams’ headquarters. You will not find an NFL team operations hive that does not pipe in “Good Morning Football” into the facility.

  4. Johnbucsfan Says:

    The only coach I’d be worried about losing due to “the sickness” on the buccaneers, would be Todd Bowles.

  5. rashad Says:

    Kay Adams is hot. I watch the show just for her. Coleen Wolfe is sexy too.

  6. Sport Says:

    It’s an example of Management Style, it’s very common in seasoned managers who understand exactly what needs to be done, hire incredible people and gently course correct as your team grows and executes.

    We have the best coaching staff since Gruden/Dungy and are set up for long term success.

    There are two areas we need to improve to truly compete – Penalties and Special Teams. The coaches have their work cut out, as we were not good in those two areas in 2019. I am hopeful a second year with the same message and systems will solve for both areas of concern.

    In BA I Trust!

  7. Ndog Says:

    Sport whatever do you mean? We are lead to believe daily that he who shall not be named was the sole reason we didn’t win games the past 5 years! You mean to tell me other areas of the team were the worst in the league? How can this be???? The great Arains has told anyone who will listen that anyone can win with this team now that he who shall not be named is gone. How is it possible that we need to improve anywhere when the team was so perfect last year outside of that dastardly villion taking snaps for us?

    This is a shocking development indeed, as are you actually saying we were not perfect last year in every way accept for he who shall not be named????

    Cause if that is what you are trying to imply then you sir are going to have many a poster upset with you, cause HOW DARE, you say our even imply, we lost games for any reason outside of he who should not be named. HOW DARE YOU!!!!!!

  8. Jaymiss Pick6 Again Says:

    Bucco Bruce is the CEO type with the final word on most if not all matters I would guess.
    What I would worry about is the man himself. His age and health history would certainly put him in the highest risk category.

    Stay well coach.

  9. 813bucboi Says:


    man let it go…lol…

    JW is a bust!!!!!!

    last year, the areas we needed to improve on were penalties, special teams & TURNOVERS!!!!!!!

    penalties hold the team back, poor special teams makes it hard to win but TURNOVERS lose you games…..simple as that…..

    as @sport stated being in the system in year 2 will cut down on the penalties and gay not being a rookie will help as well……

    but the MAIN reason why we will IMPROVE & SUCCEED this year is because we wont have a QB that will throw 30INTs and 6Pick6’s…….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  10. mike Says:

    Damn, it pains me to read Florio is that highly thought of. I predict a slowish start and BA takes that firery hands on approach and we make a deep playoff run.

  11. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Jim Plunkett recovered from a miserable record with Patriots and 49ers to win 2 SB’s with Raiders.
    No reason why Jameis can’t do the same.
    But until he does, stop whining.

  12. Ndog Says:

    No whining just stating FACTS which many like to ignore.

  13. Ndog Says:

    And I think it is adorable that people actually think penalties have no effect on # of TOs. Oh boy….

  14. 813bucboi Says:


    1st and 10…d.smith has a false start….

    1st and 15..JW throws 1 of his 30INTs….

    and thats d.smith’s fault?….lol…

    how cute….LMAO!!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  15. Ndog Says:

    813 if you don’t see the relationship in penalties causing predictable situations and predictable situations leading to more turnovers then we really don’t have much out to talk about.

  16. 813bucboi Says:

    1st and 15 isnt a predictable situation….its simply a play call where the QB has to make the right read and make an accurate throw….

    you might as well lump pre game meal, sleeping environment, wardrobe and traffic, as reasons why JW threw 30INTs….lol…

    vs the texans, first play of the game….pick6….bucs down by 7….no penalties…

    whos to blame for that?….the kicker?….leftwich?…CG?…ME?…lol….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  17. 813bucboi Says:

    was the first play of the texans game a “predictable situation”?…was there a penalty?…NO!!!!

    pick6, bucs down 7-0, 30sec into the game….

    who’s to blame for that?…BA?…leftwhich?…d.smith?….perriman?….the kicker?….

    GO BUCS!!!!

  18. Guinness8 Says:

    “But a Bucs fan also could wonder if the Bucs have the same, fiery hands-on coach that succeeded in Arizona from 2013 to 2015.”

    Joe, I think you should ask him exactly that next time you are on a zoom conference with him.

  19. BA4President Says:

    Thanks for addressing my question Joe!