Preparation Is What Good Coaches Do

September 8th, 2021

Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians.

Joe is a big coaches guy. It’s gotten Joe in a lot of hot water over the years at One Buc Palace.

Joe believes coaching is a major, major element to winning football.

A good coach takes mediocre players and finds ways to win. The team may not be championship level but a good coach won’t have an embarrassing club.

When the Bucs handed a bad coach a terrible roster, the team was embarrassingly bad, as unwatchable as you will ever see from an NFL team.

An OK coach with a good roster might win. A good coaching staff with a loaded roster will make magic. We saw that last year.

Joe remembers the sad history of when the Bucs hosted the Giants and there were so many blue-clad fans in the seats that Dirk Koetter admitted he had to have Mr. Entertainment, America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, use a silent count because the Giants fans made so much noise.

Now tomorrow night’s game — tomorrow night! — should be loaded with Bucs fans celebrating the raising of the 2020 championship banner. But the opponent, the Cowboys, travels very well.

So yesterday Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians admitted he had the offense practicing against crowd noise, just in case.

“We actually practiced both sides of [the ball with crowd noise], just in case,” Arians said of pracitcing in the Glazer Shed yesterday. “The Cowboys travel well and there’s always a scenario where we could have to use it. We’re prepared. Noise is never an excuse.”

This is just good coaching. Prepare for anything. Leave no stone unturned.

Joe’s high school coach played for Gene Stallings, Tom Landry, John Madden and Lou Holtz. In a week leading up to a game, the team might have questions about what an opponent may run in a certain situation. Joe’s coach would always answer with a smile and a shrug of the shoulders and say, “You never know.”

It was his way of ordering the team to prepare for everything and expect the unexpected.

Arians is doing just that. It’s a big reason the Bucs have new rings.

12 Responses to “Preparation Is What Good Coaches Do”

  1. Jim in PH Says:

    So good to have a no ‘BS’ coach. Seems like he treats players as professionals and they respect him. Looking forward to an entertaining season!

  2. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    While I totally, complete agree with you Joe that BA & Co. are maybe the best we have had, maybe ever.

    I can’t help but remember the recent “going for 2 points” that turned into kicking a PAT at the 2 yard line. WTF was that? LMAO That, IMO, passed up the Brady “isn’t it 4th down?” I guess it shows we all F up once in a while.

  3. Rayjay1122 Says:

    I think there are lots of Cowboy fans but I agree that the days of opposing teams fans from taking over the stadium are over.

  4. Medicated Pete Says:

    Then learn how to coach-up the punt & kick return units for Christ’s SAKE

  5. Bucsfanman Says:

    It’s appalling how bad this football team has been. What a welcome change.

  6. JimBuc2 Says:

    Spot on Medman. Why is Keith Anderson still cough cough ‘coaching’ BA’s not very special teams?
    LFG Bucs!

  7. Louis J Glasser Says:

    With the success that the buccaneers have had with an expanded coaching staff, have any other teams followed the BUCS model of larger staff to develop young players?

  8. Joe Says:

    With the success that the buccaneers have had with an expanded coaching staff, have any other teams followed the BUCS model of larger staff to develop young players?

    You would think. But egos and finances get in the way. Some coaches don’t think they need extra coaches. Some owners won’t give coaches the budget to hire so many assistants.

    Joe had someone tell him years ago that in the NFL, never underestimate egos (coaches sometimes don’t want more assistants). Truer words were never spoken.

  9. PSL Bob Says:

    The coaching has been outstanding, and it should be. They’ve got one of, if not the, largest coaching staffs in the league. And the most diverse. But as good as the coaching has been, a fellow by the name of Tom Brady has brought a winning culture to this organization. The Bucs would have been better than they were in 2019 without TB, but they probably wouldn’t have been great. TB coupled with BA and his excellent coaching staff brought greatness to the Bay.

  10. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    Definitely sounds good. Can’t be too prepared I say.

    Four guarantees in life;
    3) the police can’t honestly police themselves
    4) players can’t coach themselves

    Most players care only about playing the position they play and how much money can they make doing it. Coaches coach and players play the simple law of sports.

    Oh by the way I missed a 5th guarantee, Jameis Winston WILL turn the ball over 🤣🤣🤣

  11. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    Did you like that Ohhneill???

  12. firethecannons Says:

    wonder about the weather and if Arians practiced recently with waterlogged footballs