Mike Evans Explains How Bruce Arians “Takes Care Of Me,” Sheds Light On Past Bucs Coaches

February 2nd, 2021

It sounds like Mike Evans wasn’t the biggest fan of Lovie Smith and/or the head coach version of Dirk Koetter.

Or perhaps Evans just thinks Bucco Bruce Arians is that much better than his predecessors when it comes to communicating and managing players.

Evans joined SiriusXM NFL Radio yesterday and talked about the impact Arians has had on him.

The full response was an interesting take.

“Oh, he’s done a lot [for me], man. He takes care of me.” Evans said of Arians. “You know in practice, if I’m having a long day in practice, he’ll be like, ‘All right, Mike, you can sit out these last couple of plays. You got your work in; you’re done.’  He wants us to have the best careers possible. You know, he’s not trying to run us into the ground. He’s just a fun guy to be around, a fun coach to be around.

“He’s not like your average coach. Because some coaches, you probably barely even talk to them. Head coaches, not a position coach, some head coaches you’ll talk to them maybe once a week, once every two weeks. [Arians and I] talk daily. He’s a great role model and he’s an unbelievable coach.”

Evans played two seasons for Lovie Smith and was Lovie’s No. 7 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Are we to believe Lovie didn’t talk to his young star more than two or three times a month? Evans was just 20 years old when he was drafted.

And what about Koetter? He was adamant that he had a true hands-off approach to the Tampa Bay defense. So he was all about offense. Under Koetter, Evans was the Bucs’ best offensive player and a team captain. Are we to believe Koetter only talked to Evans a few times a month?

Joe is so glad The Lost Decade of Bucs football is over.

8 Responses to “Mike Evans Explains How Bruce Arians “Takes Care Of Me,” Sheds Light On Past Bucs Coaches”

  1. Capt.Tim Says:

    Me too.

  2. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Gruden went 12-4 and won the Super Bowl, then 7-9 the next year. BA 7-9 and then 11-5 and Super Bowl? So BA is 1 game different in the regular season than Gruden. Gruden was trending down, BA is trending up. That is not to shabby. GO BUCS!!!! Super Bowl or Bust!!!!!!

  3. PSL Bob Says:

    Will be sporting my white Evans jersey this weekend to match the Bucs’ attire. Hope he has a huge game.

  4. ClodHopper Says:

    Prude Lovie probably couldn’t stand looking at Mike’s tats.

  5. Waterboy Says:

    Difference in how you treat a 7 yr vet vs. a 1 or 2 yr rookie.

  6. Cannon Says:

    I suspect that both Lovie and Koetter fell into that “talk to you once a week” category.

    Both just seemed… aloof

  7. [email protected] Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Can you BELIEVE Lovie Smith is gonna be the new Defensive Coordinator in Houston ?

  8. firethecannons Says:

    yeah me too also!
    riskit=biscuit paid off for us with the Tom Brady hire

    Jameis, Lovie and Koetter over a five year period ran this team into the ditch. Licht had one last play in his back pocket and that was his past relationship with Bruce Arians. He parlayed that into a head coach hire then they teamed up and sold Tom Brady on Tampa Bay. The rest is history. What an incredible story!