Bruce Arians Says He Would Miss His NFL Draft Control

October 21st, 2021

No sane Buccaneers fan wants Bucco Bruce Arians to retire.

Perhaps he’ll stick around for more than the love of coaching.

Arians peeled back the curtain a bit on Tampa Bay’s offseason process during a chat with The Colin Cowherd Podcast this week.

Most interesting to Joe was how much Arians seems to adore the NFL Draft build-up and decision-making.

He praised general manager Jason Licht for his leadership in the draft and Arians described a scouts board a coaches board, with Licht serving up options for Arians to weigh in on from about 140 total prospects.

“That is so much fun massaging that board the week of the draft. I used to hate the draft now I love the draft,” Arians said. “When I was an assistant coach I had no control (laughs). You just get your voice [as an assistant]. You know, and then it’s, ‘Get outta here.’ But now it’s so much fun. And if and when I ever retired, that’s something I’ll really miss.”

Arians said he orders each assistant coach to provide his top pick for the fifth or sixth rounds as part of the staff’s pre-draft process. “You’re not getting a first-round pick,” he quipped.

Joe’s glad Arians is having a blast. The head coach has said previously that his dream retirement scenario would be for one of his assistants take over for him because that would allow Arians “to stick around” One Buc Palace in some capacity. Perhaps that means personnel.

25 Responses to “Bruce Arians Says He Would Miss His NFL Draft Control”

  1. Mr Bean Says:

    It’s good to be Bruce, I guess.

  2. ocala Says:

    That is interesting. Jason Licht is the best in the business at it even though he has swung and missed like all other GM’s.

  3. Bucsfanman Says:

    How can you not like this guy?!

  4. SB Says:


  5. Winny Testaverde Says:

    BA has earned the right to hang around as long as he wants. Perhaps a Godfather/Director of Football Operations role.

  6. Medicated Pete Says:

    The NFL Draft is intoxicating for anyone who has a say. Hell, fans are euphoric just predicting what might happen & fantasize about what they would do

  7. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    This team is all about Synergy, and anyone with even a casual interest in the Draft can see the difference Arians and his gang, have made on Jason Licht.

  8. PSL Bob Says:

    “The head coach has said previously that his dream retirement scenario would be for one of his assistants take over for him because that would allow Arians “to stick around” One Buc Palace in some capacity.”

    Exactly! I truly believe either Bowles or Leftwich has a deal in place to take over the reins once BA retires. Then BA can hang around as a consultant.

  9. Ben green Says:

    Arians is useless, unless you wanna get wasted. His amoniated brain almost cost them against the eagles. They are winning in spite of him, nothing to do with his coaching. I don’t think Brady respects him. This isn’t conjecture or opinion, Ben’s moles dig hard for the truth.

  10. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Ben green: You know a thing or two about useless, your posts always are.

  11. Bucsfanman Says:

    “Ben’s moles”
    Reminds me of the principal in “Uncle Buck”!

  12. Rico210 aka wutdaBucisthis Says:

    I hope he stays around
    Go Bucs

  13. Brandon Says:

    Ben has deep rooted moles on his skull that search his tiny little brain for the truth… or at least a morsel of intelligence… they just go deeper.

  14. Marine Buc Says:

    I wonder who was responsible for suggesting Grant Stuard. Not very often can the last pick of the draft make the team and contribute like Grant has on special teams this year.

  15. Medicated Pete Says:

    Ben is right re: Ammonia Brain


  16. Panama1638 Says:

    I’d like to see Leftwich take over if he doesn’t get picked up by another team before Bruce retires.

  17. Sparky Says:

    I figured it out! Bens “source” is Medicated Pete and Medicated Pete get all his takes from Ben Green. They have a basement circle jerk where they feed each other nonsense from their dream journals and braid each others hair.

  18. Defense Rules Says:

    BA’s not gonna be a ‘consultant’ when he gives up the HC reins (that’s not much different from being an ‘assistant coach’ and he’s already said that he enjoys being in a position of power much more than that). And he won’t be a second Tom Moore either.

    The Glazer Boyz surely give BA the majority of the credit for rejuvenating this franchise and making them LOTS of money (I’m sure that they remember the Before Arians days very well). And whatever else folks may think of them, they’re astute businessmen. IF BA’s willing to stick around (and his health & family will have a big say in that), the Glazers will make him President of Football Operations, pay him handsomely, and give him the appropriate level of power to go with the position.

  19. Youngbucs Says:

    Ben green is an original member of the nut huggers brigade. Now he claims he’s a Pat fan check the archives he was mad because of winston.

  20. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    It’s not just about BA. But he has assembled a great Coaching Staff, I believe.
    One of the best, if not the best Coaching Staff, right now.

    If BA retires, unless someone in-house is promoted to HC, what happens to the staff? A different Coaching Staff, would most certainly = a different team.
    (just my worthless opinion)

  21. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    Bruce Arians, talking about his Coaching Staff : “I just try to stay the hell out of the way, and not mess things up” is a good problem to have, lol

  22. crazybucs_CL Says:

    so the TV 🤡 is going to hit 70, the major thing he has done is let TB12 rule in silence 👏 (kudos for that)….
    ..he made sure to everyone that he is for soc$al ju$tice by bringing you know what….but lets go to FOOTBALL
    How many games we won because of his decisions?? None.
    How many players he drafted, are stars?? None
    Without TB12 and his draft(Tom draft I mean), he and his “coaching staff” were 7-9. IMO if you remove Tom and his draft, we go to 7-9 or worse again.
    Let him retired, take a chance and offer Tom the HC job and let go from there(hoping that TB12 is going to accept that)
    NONE of his assistance is HC materials. So let see Glaziers stay real and calm.

  23. Hodad Says:

    As long as you live B.A. you’ll always have a say in what goes on in the draft. I can see him in a Bill Parcells team president roll, where he can do as much as he wants. He’ll always have the Glazer’s ears.

  24. SufferingSince76 Says:

    How long have you been an NFL coach, crazybucs? You’re talking out of the wrong orifice.

  25. TOM Says:

    Ben you certainly got the attention you been graving. Not necessarily a good thing. I would love to sit in on a Bucs draft. When the time comes (hopefully later than sooner) like to see TB as HC & BA president of football operations or maybe just president.