Inside Bruce Arians’ “Calculated Risk”

August 11th, 2020

In a scary way, Bucco Bruce Arians literally is living his “No Risk It. No Biscuit” mantra.

He talked about it this week with his hometown newspaper.

Frank Bodani of the York Daily Record, talked to Arians, his wife and son for a feature on the Arians moving forward as he nears his 68th birthday with many health problems in his past and high blood pressure in his present. All put him at greater risk of a bad outcome if he were to catch The Sickness.

For me it’s a calculated risk. I think the protocols are in place and it’s very safe in the (team facilities). We’re not going anywhere, there’s no public events. It is hard.”

COVID-19 has cut visits with his grandchildren and fundraising opportunities for the Arians Family Foundation, which is focused on preventing and ameliorating the abuse and neglect of children. He must also protect his wife, who recovered from double pneumonia a couple of years ago.

Still, he calls the move to keep coaching and enjoy every bit of his beloved camaraderie with his staff and players “a no-brainer.”

He said his health is “night-and-day” better than two years ago, though he admitted to adding too much weight while quarantining at his lake property in Georgia.

There’s more in the story but its message was simple and clear: Arians feels great, loves coaching — even more loves the opportunity he has with Tom Brady — and he’s not going to shut down his dreams.

14 Responses to “Inside Bruce Arians’ “Calculated Risk””

  1. mark2001 Says:

    Exactly… Bruce is bright, and understands the risk. It will be interesting to actually see the year play out, and how Bruce reacts. To him, the chance to win a SB with this team outweighs the risk, even if worse goes to worst. This is a dream he is chasing. Everyone makes their own choices, and I hope and pray he makes it. And if he doesn’t make it? It is his dream, to the mountain top or the deepest valley.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The NFL protocols are far safer than most organizations….players & coaches are safer at work than not.

  3. mark2001 Says:

    …Almost like a Wagnerian hero quest, for you Opera buffs out there…

  4. Casual Observer Says:

    TBBfan – Agree. The NFL protocols are about as good as one could devise – and still be workable. Well thought out, it seems. Let’s have a season.

  5. mark2001 Says:

    Casual…agreed that it is about as good as you could make it, considering all the personal contact, sweat, and heavy breathing in the face of your opponents.

    If we get accurate and instantaneous testing, it would be a great relief. If it takes days, some guys could slip through. I think they have one in Europe, though I don’t know how good it is.

  6. German Buc Says:

    Mark, Atletico Madrid had indeed two players who caught the sickness. The whole team got tested twice, all with negative results. So the games can go on a scheduled.

  7. Casual Observer Says:

    Guys -Good covid comments. It is a continuous, evolving set of rules. I think the NFL will stay on top of all developments.

  8. Cannon Says:

    I pray that Arian’s does not get it. I am finally turning the corner after battling it for 12 days. I am a healthy 41 year old who regularly attends cardio fitness classes, and it absolutely crushed me. I am having problems breathing as I type this.

  9. mark2001 Says:

    Cannon…appreciate your first hand insight to this disease. I know it is tempting to tire of wearing masks, social distancing, and washing and disinfecting. It is easy to just try to put it out of our minds and go back to business as usual. But posts such as yours should remind us to keep our guard up… and it may, in its’ way, save lives. Thanks, and God bless…hope and pray for your continued recovery.

  10. Cannon Says:

    Thanks Mark. I’m on the mend, and I’m really looking forward to this upcoming football season.

  11. mark2001 Says:

    Hoping for a great season too, Cannon. I think rapid tests are the key at this point. Test every player, every practice and game day. Or at least the day before if the test takes a day…If they are clean, they play. If not, they go on the Covid reserve list until they are clear. We can’t have players practicing and playing days before the test results come back, when they could be positive and contagious.

  12. Dree Says:

    Bruce Arians made s big mistake giving up on Jameis for the 43 year old Tom Brady.. who may give you possibly 1 or 2 years.. the Bucs put their franchise on the line for the goat.. Father Time catches all the greats…Jordan, Ali, etc.. we will see.

  13. mark2001 Says:

    Dree.. Giving up on young and physically gifted Jameis for 43 year old Tom Brady tells us two things… that the Bucs feel they want to make their SB run within two years and won’t sit still and wait, and that the Bucs feel that Jameis isn’t a long term franchise QB player that can lead us to a championship.

    The later can be debated, as to whether it is true. But it obviously must be what the organization thought, and considering his offerings in FA, what many other organizations must think.

  14. Owlykat Says:

    It may be that BA is planning on winning two more Super Bowl rings and then retiring so he isn’t worrying past the next two years. Of course he will recommend we promote his OC to HC. They better use their first pick next year on a promising future QB prospect. It would be great if we are lucky enough to pick the Gators star QB.