Earning His Hall Pass

January 10th, 2022

It’s pretty cool that so many coaching legends are looking up at Bucco Bruce Arians after his 13-4 season, and that has nothing to do with anyone being six feet under.

Overall, Arians now is 89-51-1 as an NFL head coach in the regular season, if you include his interim duties in Indianapolis when he took over after Chuck Pagano after diagnosed with cancer in 2012. That (.636) winning percentage ranks highly among the NFL greats.

That’s better than Andy Reid and Sean Payton. Better than Bill Walsh and John Harbaugh and Bill Cowher, and a shade worse than mighty Mike Tomlin through his 15 seasons in Pittsburgh.

Arians accomplished all this with the Cardinals and Bucs, a couple of franchises that were known for ineptitude. And he stepped into a tough spot in Indianapolis with a rookie quarterback.

Combine that with Arians’ postseason success, and one could argue now that Arians already has done enough to get himself into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Jimmy Johnson is in the Hall after just 80 regular-season wins the Cowboys and Dolphins  — and a lot more losses than Arians. Obviously, Hall of Fame induction is all about numbers and Arians isn’t quitting.

Joe’s just in full appreciation mode for what Arians has accomplished. Choke against the Eagles and Joe might have a different mindset, but nothing can take away from what Arians has delivered.

48 Responses to “Earning His Hall Pass”

  1. Cobraboy Says:

    Not to mention he can cook some awesome Riskit Biskits…

    (BTW, I just saw Zimmer was fired.)

  2. Jmarkbuc Says:


    Hoping the Jags hire Bowles?

    Wonder if Zim would be a DC again?

  3. NashvilleBuc Says:

    Hard to argue with the results, but his biscuity style on 3rd and short drives me crazy.

  4. LVMYBUCS Says:

    I love to keep our coaches accept for Byron he can go. I just think Byron playbook is not that good regardless of wins.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Agree we need to stop the risky throws on third & short……and stop with many of the empty backfields……that negates play action,

    But BA isn’t the “Old Stale Biscuit” he’s been labeled.

  6. Bird Says:

    A lot of coaches getting fired today. Good chance one of our coordinators is gone. Some coaches with good d coordinator experience let go. Just saying. O hope licht os focused on these possible situations while coaches / players focused on eagles

  7. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Old school time to go and yes he can choke, he continues to choke against Payton and inferior teams. Licht should find out ASAP what BA & TB12’s intentions are for next season, Miami just fired Flores, dumbfounding since he had 3 winning seasons and the only reason DeShawn Watson wanted to go to Miami was because of Flores. Bucs could kill to birds with one stone and he has a fantastic defensive mind.

  8. Lesko_Brandon Says:

    Lets just hold off for a while. We are just in a winning and a 2nd seed Euphoria from last night . Lets have our emotions settle down a bit and we’ll discuss BA’s legacy next week after the EAGLES game.

  9. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Jacksonville is gonna have a hard time attracting a coach, as long as Trent Baalke is still there.
    He is a well known butthole who was the reason Jim Harbaugh left the 49ers.

  10. Swampbuc Says:

    Consonant boy does nearly out-moron Ben green,

  11. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Lesko, why, Bowles and BL are preparing for interviews instead of games, why not move forward like they are.

  12. Thisisouryear!!! Says:

    I honestly don’t know why either of those guys would want to leave this team to be a HC on any of these other teams. I know it’s more money etc, but come on, Jacksonville, Chicago, maybe Minnesota. These teams are where we were. Losing is expected by the players. Pretty tough to overcome.

  13. Jmarkbuc Says:



  14. SB Says:

    FIRE BA!! HE is a BUM!
    I mean what has he done for us?!?!? 🤦‍♂️

  15. Steven007 Says:

    Flores out in Miami is really a shock. Well perhaps not as Ross is one of the more impatient owners. Makes me think they have their eyes on a big name coach already.

  16. PassingThru Says:

    Flores being fired is just the hallmark of having a stupid owner. I Bowles leaves, I sure hope Arians will consider hiring Flores.

  17. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Passing thru

    I haven’t checked any stats, but it seems like Miami’s D plays pretty darn well. I could get behind that if he’s the one responsible.

  18. Cobraboy Says:

    @Jmark: I don’t want Bowles or Leftwich going anywhere. I doubt BA does, either.

    But it could happen, and the Bucs should be prepared with a plan should that happen.

    @Listn: do you honestly think Licht does not know what BA and Brady are going to do next season? That’s adorable…

  19. Buc1987 Says:

    Listnfrmafar should put down a disclosure before every post that reads “I’m not a Bucs fan so my opinion doesn’t matter.”

  20. SB Says:

    That or……..” I don’t have a clue what I am talking about but here goes. “

  21. SB Says:

    On the Flores thing. Didn’t the Dolphins just win 7 in a row?

  22. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Players aren’t allowed to interview during the season or playoffs, why can coaches? Talk about a distraction. What do you think the prep has to be for a HC position in the NFL, a multimillion dollar job?? I would put the next game on the back burner if I were interviewing. This showed in preparation the last two games. Good thing Brady says FU, I’m not going out this way. BA supports this. Their Fing job us to win, this team should be 16-1 with better coaching.

  23. FortMyersDave Says:

    SB: I think the 0-7, 1-3 and 1-7 starts did Flores in. For all we know Miami may have made their mind up about Flores after losing to the Jags in London, kind of like the Glazers deciding to move on from Schiano after starting 0-8….

  24. FortMyersDave Says:

    Anyhow, Miami is another place where Bowles and Leftwich will get an interview in all likelihood even if it is just to satisfy the Rooney rule.

  25. Listnfrmafar Says:

    FYI to all you fair weather fans that think I am a troll, I am a big fan of your team, NOT just Brady & Gronk. I want them to win another SB, the oline, seasoned WR’s and Brady deserve it. The coaching just gets in the way. Look at your special teams, scary aren’t they? Contrary to what Joe says, the reason players are pulling hamstrings and twisting ankles is because they don’t run full speed at practice. A player cannot emulate game speed without subliminal muscle memory. It’s just too fast. BA’s walk through killed this teams health. Lenny was different, he was stretched. Grayson admitted his legs were smoked after last game, you can’t just go into total rest. Whatever, GO BUCS!

  26. Jmarkbuc Says:

    If Bowles were to leave, I would live someone who could restore our D, understanding that today’s Defense is different than years past.

    Saleh (unavailable) is my first choice
    Flores , maybe
    Zimmer, but not sure he has the motivation.

    Whoever it is, somebody who teaches tackling and fundamentals, if those things still exist.

  27. PassingThru Says:


    Yeah, you’re right. Flores was one of the best DCs in the league prior to being hired by Miami, and during his reign, Miami’s defense improved. This season the offense was also on the upswing. I honestly don’t get why that idiot owner fired him. Good young coach, I think Miami is really going to regret letting him go, sooner rather than later.

  28. Cobraboy Says:


    Listn, when faced with the truth of his idiocy, doubles down on stoopit.

    You don’t think these players don’t run full speed in practice or stretch?

    Bugs Bunny says:

    What a maroon. What an ignoranimus.

  29. Christopher Schiefen Says:

    Don’t compare Bruce Arians to Jimmy Johnson. He won 2 Super Bowls as a coach & 3 as a General Manager.

  30. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Hey List, you totally invalidate whatever you bring up with this crazy statement.

    “The coaching just gets in the way”

    Without Coaching they do not win the Super Bowl. Last time I checked, there is 22 starters every game, and then all other players coming in throughout the game.

    It is not just Tom Brady. Yes Tom is the GOAT, BUT…..
    Yeah TB12 looked awesome in the WFT game, playing Tommy Pop gun and under pressure and beating on him the whole game because the O Line was getting it handed to them.
    Oh lets not forget TB12’s pick six duck to lose the 1st Saint game.
    Yeah that was terrible coaching also lololol

    Lets see 13-4 and the Bucs have had their Starters play less then the first half of the 1st game against Dallas. Yeah Terrible coaching for sure.

    If BA continues on this pace, he will have a 100 wins in 10 years.
    I will say it again, BA is on pace to win 100 games in 10 years. That is HOF territory.

    That speaks for itself. Yes you bring up valid points many times, but your obvious distain for the Bucs Coaching staff, just makes you come across as dishonest most of the time.

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  31. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Really? “Bowles and BL are preparing for interviews instead of games, why not move forward like they are.”

    Why not? Let me return your question. Why move that way because some loser poster believes that since he has ZERO character and would sell out for the best PERSONAL deal…isn’t motivated by success but rather fame and fortune.

    Guess we know who you voted for! It’s so easy to type cheap shots and accuse guys of being more interested than themselves than the team, their friends, the game of football.

    People who come on here and type UNFOUNDED NEGATIVE BS are revealing THEMSELVES not the person(s) they are insulting.

    So we can understand from that post that list is totally transactional looking out only for himself and doesn’t love anything as much as himself.

    Brady gets it. Yeah everybody is going to negotiate their best deal…but first you have to be happy with what you are actually doing. Brady enjoy his fame and fortune but Brady would be playing football as long as he can because he LOVES the game of football. I give BL and Bowles the same respect.

    Whoop there it is. How about some freaking R E S P E C T!

  32. Kev@Inverness Says:

    More pearls of ignorance from Listnfrmafar…..have to give him credit for his consistency, though.

  33. Buc1987 Says:

    Listnfrmafar Says:
    January 10th, 2022 at 10:48 am

    “I’m not a Bucs fan so my opinion doesn’t matter.”

    Players aren’t allowed to interview during the season or playoffs, why can coaches? Talk about a distraction. What do you think the prep has to be for a HC position in the NFL, a multimillion dollar job?? I would put the next game on the back burner if I were interviewing. This showed in preparation the last two games. Good thing Brady says FU, I’m not going out this way. BA supports this. Their Fing job us to win, this team should be 16-1 with better coaching.

    There I fixed it for ya.

  34. Bird Says:


    I actually think all these walk thrus…light practices and then go play 17 physicAl games is part of the reason honestly. Arians even admitted more this year in one of his press conferences. Now this is a veteran team but look at all the injuries. Sure injuries happen but we got like 20 something starters that have missed multiple games. We have all played sports at different levels so it makes sense. How many times have i come back to fast to hard after missing some time. And you hurt yourself again

  35. Cobraboy Says:

    @Bird: this team did the same “walk throughs” as last season and had very few injuries.

    I put the injuries in the “s#!t happens” category. Sometimes injuries happen, sometimes they don’t.

    I doubt it is because of conditioning.

  36. Bird Says:

    I dont think that is true though. Remember last year was covid so less offseason and brady was learning timing with his new receivers at full speed
    I could be wrong but i think they were getting at it in practice last year

  37. Youngbucs Says:

    Oneilaints said this coach was trash. Two time coach of the year was trash all in the name of his man crush. Ba resume speaks for its self!!!!!!

  38. Listnfrmafar Says:

    stp, If you are referring to Trump then yes, because his policies were working not because of his character. Attacking me isn’t
    a rebuttal, you just assume they show up to the interview unprepared? Oh can you say in full faith this team didn’t lack game preparation for the Jets and Panthers? I see who you voted for because you obviously collect free monies from some source and are not aware of how the job interview process is done. I own a business and if a potential candidate came to interview with me and lacked preparation, chances are he or she are not serious about the opportunity which would most likely reflect on their WORK ETHIC.

  39. Listnfrmafar Says:

    August, Brady is not perfect and yes he threw a pick 6 in Saints game, what you left out was he just completed a drive that got Bucs the lead with just over 2 min left and Bowles Swiss cheese Defense gave it right back. I am pretty sure the percentages are pretty low on a team coming back against a top ranked defense with 1:40 left in the game. As for Washington, we’ll never know Brady didn’t get to play in the 4th quarter buts that’s not coaching, according to BA it’s all on the players. Hey, while we’re having a nice conversation, how’s the Bucs ST unit doing? They must all be shatty players I guess.

  40. David Says:


    Fan or not, you’re just plain ignorant to basic football if you don’t see how good Bruce Arians is as a coach.
    It’s pretty amusing when someone is sitting at home eating Cheetos in a lazy boy telling the world he’s not a good coach but every player who’s ever played for him and every other coach who ever coached with or against him talks about how he’s fantastic. I’ll take their word over yours.

  41. Listnfrmafar Says:

    David, you got the BASIC right. You people Crack me up, go back and read Sundays open thread, the majority of you wanted to string these guys up. BA avoids the accountability because he is a professional delegater. He’s that guy that takes all the credit when things go well and when they don’t he throws his hands ups.

  42. August 1976 Buc Says:

    “August, Brady is not perfect and yes he threw a pick 6 in Saints game,”

    List, my overall point is, it’s not just about the 7 ring GOAT, it is a team game, not just a GOAT going against 11.
    That is why I mentioned the Saint game, something that is rarely ever seen by Brady.

    It is a TEAM game, that includes Coaches. and Players.

    BA is on track for the Hall of Fame by winning 100 games in 10 years.

    Love BA or hate him, he is a good Coach. Is he the best, not even close.

    But BA will be fitted for one of the Yellow HOF Jackets and giving a speech in the future at Canton.

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  43. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Fair enough August but would he be a HOF coach if not for last season and this season? As much as I believe Belichick’s influence helped make Brady what he is today but like BA, I wonder if either be HOFers if not for him, after all he is the common denominator.

  44. August 1976 Buc Says:

    100 wins in 10 years, and only 2 with Brady.
    He did it as an interim with the Colts, taking over for Chuck Pagano because of him being sick, then goes to the Cards and now with the Bucs. Not exactly the best situations when the moment to Coach presented itself.

    It is not all Brady, only 2 years, but like Billy B, he is benefitting from have a certain 7 ring Goat leading the Team.

    GO BUCS!!!!

  45. August 1976 Buc Says:

    lol my math is not good lol, if Brady plays next year, it would be 3 years BA benefits from the GOAT.

    GO BUCS!!!!

  46. Listnfrmafar Says:

    So what you’re say is maybe? Certainly not 1st ballet. There aren’t many HOF coaches without SB’s under their belts.

  47. Buczilla Says:

    The question of whether Aians belongs in the hall or not is pretty simple to me. Are there currently coaches in the hall that have accomplished less than Arians? The answer is hell yes! He is more than deserving.

  48. August 1976 Buc Says:

    List…”So what you’re say is maybe? Certainly not 1st ballet. There aren’t many HOF coaches without SB’s under their belts.”

    BA will be in the HOF, the ONLY question is, will BA be alive to have his bust made and give a his speech standing in front of the legends of the game.

    Look how long it took Madden, and also Jimmy Johnson to get in.

    “WHEN” is the only maybe in this, how long will BA be walking around on the planet. Hopefully BA will receive his induction while he is still around, and not posthumously.

    Either way 100 wins in 10 years with a Super Bowl Win is pretty much the GOLD Standard for NFL Head Coaches.
    There has only been 55 Super Bowls, and some teams still have not won one.
    So by far, even less Coaches have won a Super Bowl and 100 wins in 10 years.

    By the way List just put it in your Calendar so you can be there in Canton when BA’s day comes.

    And List, since you love BA so much, you can shout from the crowd and tell everyone how terrible BA was as a Coach during his inductance speech lolololol
    Just kidding lolololol

    GO BUCS!!!!!