“He Doesn’t Micromanage Anything We Do”

February 5th, 2021

Before Joe gets rolling, please understand that Joe isn’t bashing Bucco Bruce Arians here.

The post is about the unique CEO-style of head coach Arians.

He hired the biggest staff in the NFL last season, nearly all guys he knew. Arians went public saying he doesn’t “hire strangers in my office” and he’s not into coaching up coaches like he used to be.

Arians trusts veteran defensive coordinator Todd Bowles implicitly with the Bucs defense, and he famously said recently, “I don’t do sh**, really,” with the offense.

“The expectation was set years ago [in Arizona]. … He doesn’t micromanage anything we do,” assistant head coach/co-offensive line coach Harold Goodwin said this week.

Also, this week, on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Arians detailed the extensive game-plan prep that former Colts and Steelers offensive coordinator Tom Moore provides Byron Leftwich at the start of each game week. Arians made no mention of his role — or non-role in that.

Arians also said this week that he doesn’t make speeches, and fans heard long ago about how he refuses to do Zoom/virtual coaching either.

What a gig!!

Joe believes Arians really is hands off except when it comes to the big decisions, such as choosing active personnel, and basic in-game management. Most of his time, it seems, is spent on relationships and as a scrutinizing force in practice.

Joe thinks what Mike Evans said this week about talking to Arians daily offers a lot of insight.

Obviously, it’s working. But perhaps more important, it also is a recipe for Arians coaching many more years.

33 Responses to ““He Doesn’t Micromanage Anything We Do””

  1. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Cynthia Frelund is picking us to lose….

    So we’re Golden!!!!

  2. james west Says:

    hey joe what’s the word on kappa, is he going to be able to play?

  3. Bird Says:

    And arians got ripped last year

    I guess he wasnt the problem

  4. Mitch Says:

    James West- Alex Cappa was placed on IR after he fractured his ankle. He’s not playing.

  5. ClodHopper Says:

    To be honest I’m not a fan of this style. But hey, if it works then it works.

    Dont confuse that with being pro micro managing.

  6. Bird Says:

    They ranked top 25 players on bleacher

    4 of top 5 players were chiefs. Geez
    Only brady was ranked (2)

    Time to nut up and shut them up

  7. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    Just checked weather looks like the front is coming through earlier so the weather should be good for game time

  8. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Great managers do not micromanage. They allow their employees talents and strengths to shine through.

  9. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Kind of seems like this is a way to avoid being accountable. The lack of involvement and country club environment seems a bit scary to me. You have Brady shipping his family away to study & focus. The impression I get from BA is sleeping in and finishing the day at 2 with a stogie and martinis. If Bucs are relying on BL to out coach Reid and Bowles , Shaggs, I don’t like Bucs odds. Does he want to coach or just be a figure head?

  10. SKBucsfan Says:

    Only 2 more sleeps.!

  11. Mitch Says:

    Big distraction for Andy and the Chiefs just hit the news. Such a shame.

  12. Karma Says:

    Woo hoo! Brate is playing!

  13. mg Says:

    Mitch – Wow. Drunks hurting innocent children is unacceptable.

  14. Mitch Says:

    Mg – Agreed. I hope the five year old pulls through and that both children have a full recovery.

  15. SOEbuc Says:

    BA literally does nothing but talk. Byron Leftwich is not calling all these plays. Tom is the HC. Does everyone remember “if we’re down in the fourth, we’ll give it to Tom.” Haven’t lost since.

  16. OBF Says:

    Well Reids son will not be a distraction at all, IMO. Kid screwed up his career big time and life too. Multiple priors , hopefully the children completely recover and Reid gets the help to say off the booze for the rest of his life ! Alcohol addiction is a bitch!

  17. Tackleblockwin Says:

    This coaching staff has crazy experience. No need to micro manage, they know what to do.

  18. DerrickBrooksGOATLB Says:

    Cynthia Freelund’s “models” are always a LOL highlight of my Sunday mornings…

    “My model has Team A beating Team B 22 to 19”

    (Team B wins 30-21)

    Wash, rinse and repeat next week

    I also enjoy seeing who she pimps for DraftKings so I can avoid them.

  19. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Andy Reid seems like such a good dude… how did his sons turn out this way? Too much privilege?

    Hope the children in the accident pull through. Feel bad for Andy Reid. His son? Not.At.All.

  20. tbbucs3 Says:

    Hearing Kurt Warner today gush about the Chiefs was nauseating. Had to turn him off today I hope we shut all these talking heads up.

  21. unbelievable Says:

    damn, that’s some sad news. Hope the kid is okay.

    As for our Bucs, Brady to attack their LBs even more on offense?

  22. Bird Says:


    Not related to reid. It was assistant
    Hope this gets posted

  23. Bird Says:


    Jmark. You are correct. My bad

  24. Craig Says:

    I am sure all of the people on Arian’s drank the Kool-Aid of his sales pitch long ago. His style isn’t mine, but to each his own. So far it has worked better than I thought.

    How do you second guess Tom Brady, how does he not eclipse the OC. If they form their own bond, all the better. Brady and BL seemed to do that.

    Bowles has also gotten better.

    We’ll find out soon.

    If I prayed, it would be for those children hurt by others.

  25. VegasBuc Says:

    Hopefully Stephen A Smith picks the Chiefs cause he’s the biggest mush in sports. Go BUCS!

  26. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I once went on a 3 week overseas vacation…..upon my return, I asked my business manager how things went in my absence…..she stated “Things went perfectly, we didn’t miss you at all”
    At first I was a bit taken aback….but later, I realized….it was a good thing.

    Hire the right people….let them do their jobs…..don’t get in their way….oversee…..tweak…..enjoy!!!

  27. BigMacAttack Says:

    I really like our chances and the way we match up with KC. No way I would bet against the Bucs, not this team, not this time. DC was meh, but the Saints and then the Packers, 2 of the 4 best QB’s in the game. The other 2 are playing Sunday. Mahomes is amazing but he’s young and I seriously think this defense can rattle him. They’re on a mission. On the other side Tom Brady commands the best offense in the league right now. I honestly think it won’t be close. I think the Bucs are going to lay waste to the Chiefs. It won’t be a blowout but I see a beat down like they gave the Saints. In all of these years I’ve never seen Drew Brees hang his head in shame like he did in the 4’th quarter. Brees always pumps up his team and fires them up. He was done, deflated, beaten and Mahomes is next. There’s a new Sheriff in Town and his initials are Tampa Bay 😂

  28. David Says:


    I don’t understand people who say they don’t like this style. Every job, every company, every organization, and every sports team should strive for this.
    It’s called having a boss who hires good people, delegates, and trusts them to do their jobs. Get out of the way.
    I am sure he’s had more input than he lets on but I think it is fantastic.

    There is never one right or wrong way to do these things. I loved Gruden but hated the fact that he called the offense. They basically had Monte for defense and Gruden for offense. I always thought they would’ve been better off being coordinators and having someone else as HC take care of game management and player relationships.

    But whatever, that brought SUPERBOWL and hopefully this does too


  29. DalvinCookRules Says:

    You wanna know something, Joe? The BEST managers I’ve ever had in my life WERE MICROMANAGERS.

    Yes, it’s possible to take it to an extreme because the person is fundamentally nothing more than a control freak a-hole, but in most cases it just shows extreme attention to detail AND consistency.

    It’s that attention to detail and consistency that has really been lacking with this coaching staff. We know BA doesn’t coach and he’s even admitted as much. We just had a President who doesn’t President either, which explains why we’re so much worse off with this pandemic than we should’ve been.

    I hope this team can find one more game within itself where it can win on sheer talent and having a consistent QB at least–except we’re finally facing a team that has MORE talent. Certainly better coaching.

  30. Colonel Angus Says:

    To me, a good leader defines the overall objective, assigns who will accomplish the various tasks, and allows his subordinates to carry out their mission. He must be available for advice and to oversee the progress. And of course he has the final say on the critical decisions. Micromanagement isn’t for me, I hate being micromanaged and I hate having to do it. But some people need it, they lack initiative, problem solving skills, etc. Arians trusts his staff to come up with a game plan, trusts them to have the players ready for game day. Sounds like this allows Arians to connect with his players personally. They seem to love playing for him.

  31. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Colonel, it appears you have a miltary background, if so thank you for your service. I hear what you’re saying but it’s the accountability avoidance that bothers me. When things go bad BA calls out his players. There is a fine line between BA & Belichick and I believe the Ron Rivera style is the happy medium.

    DalvinCookRules: Unfortunately like the majority of this country we are all manipulated by what we hear from bias media and disgusting politicians on both sides using their platform and our tax dollars toward make goods to those who helped them get elected.

    Trump lost the election because he was arrogant and to be honest an a-hole not becuase of his policies. There is NO President that could of foreseen a pandemic and the availability of vaccines were already in production that is what is slowing down these cases.

    I saw a commercial the other day asking for $19 a mos to help support our wounded warriors. I was very upset by this, a recent executive order was signed by the new administration sending $15 million to Mexico to be used to support abortion clinics. I am not getting into the whole pro choice thing, I am only dumbfounded by the priority choice.

    Individuals are losing jobs, sponsors & livelihoods because they are overheard by the media making a derogatory comment to themselves or to a friend but not specifically to any individual. Do we not have the right to think or speak in private anymore?

    I guess what I’m saying is think for yourself and for sh@ts sake LIGHTEN up people. Go Bucs.

  32. OBF Says:

    Micromanaging is fine as long as the superior is just checking in and getting up to speed with what is going on and not stepping in and making decisions and spontaneous change.
    In a perfect scenario everyone is chatting and on the same page with everyone feeling free to give their opinions and then the person responsible makes the call.. it is wonderful when things are clicking like that in any competitive endeavor!

  33. Jmarkbuc Says:

    TB12 is famous for being a micromanager, in his preparation, his diet, his work. He just sent his family away so he could give his undivided attention to detail.