Absent Bruce Arians

May 19th, 2022

The official Buccaneers website lists Bucco Bruce Arians as “Senior Advisor to the General Manager.”

Joe is starting to think a better title would be Head Coach Emeritus.

Session No. 3 of spring OTA practices ended today and Joe has scrolled through the hundreds of official team photos from all three sessions. Lots of coaches are seen, but Arians is not in any of the photos.

(Media was only permitted by Todd Bowles to attend Session No. 1. Keep that in mind when you hear conclusions from media types about overall OTA performance. Media will only be able to watch 30 percent of the 10 sessions.)

Arians wasn’t spotted at rookie minicamp, either.

Joe is not knocking Arians, but Joe is a little bummed out that Arians isn’t more visibly involved. After all, Arians said multiple times that he would do whatever Todd asks him to do.

Front office staff typically watches practice, so it’s not like Arians doing that wouldn’t fit his title.

When Arians was head coach, he talked at length about the importance of OTAs and getting young players on multiple fields to maximize their coaching time and their snaps.

Joe believes Arians’ eyes on Kyle Trask would be extremely valuable as Trask uses this time to develop. And Arians would be a nice sounding board for Bowles on the pace and energy of practice, along with Arians’ ability to study the offensive players at work.

Maybe Bowles asked Arians to stay away temporarily so Bowles can cement is new role. And yes, Arians can always watch practice film and weigh in. Still, it seems more likely that Arians doesn’t want to be around now and Bowles passed on asking Arians to do anything specific.

Joe is among the fans who sees Arians as a valuable asset that should be maximized.

57 Responses to “Absent Bruce Arians”

  1. DoooshLaRue Says:

    He’s probably doing it out of respect for Coach Bowles.
    Probably doesn’t want to take any of his thunder away.
    I get it.

  2. PassingThru Says:

    Arians was purged, comrade. He’s probably in some Russian gulag.

  3. tampabuscsbro Says:

    It’s probably out of respect. He isn’t the coach anymore this is Todd Bowles football team.

  4. SOEbuc Says:

    He’s probably getting sloshed in a AC box taking notes. Todd Bowles is the Bucs head coach now.

  5. SB~LV Says:

    He is in his HoverRound in the AC on the 3rd floor of OBP

  6. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I think at this point the value in BA is in his mind and experience not the actual “coaching” at practice.

  7. Hodad Says:

    See him at the boat parade.

  8. tampabayallday Says:

    it’s still the offseason, what do u expect him to do.

  9. GOB Says:

    Unless bowles needs help running a golf cart during practice, I wouldn’t worry.

  10. TheBradyBunch Says:

    I don’t like it but he was forced out. Pretty sure this role they created for him was to simply save face. Doubt he will be involved with much of anything going forward.

  11. K2 Says:

    I agree the Arians wants to give Todd Bowles space. I believe that Arians will be there a lot once the team settles in a bit. Also, Arians can work with Trask a lot to help him get reps when the first team is working. So, I wouldn’t worry about Trask getting reps. I think coaches were trying to reduce pressure and expectations for the kind of “rookie”.

  12. Marine Buc Says:

    BA is the Dwight Schrute of the Buccaneers.

    Assistant to the Regional Manager… lol.

  13. DBS Says:

    Bowles is the head coach now. He doesn’t need Ariens riding around in a golf cart or watching from to tell him what to do. Communication has come a long way. It’s his team now. If he needs a question answered there is a number he can call I am sure.

  14. Robert Says:

    SO AB is coming back baby!

  15. sasquatch Says:

    Arians can’t be hanging around all the time. Proper distance needs to be established for Bowles to settle in as the leader in the minds of the players. Roles need to be clear. Arians is being respectful.

  16. Goatfarmer Says:

    The BA was forced out conspiracy is so stupid. Believe whatever you want. There’s aliens living underground on Mars and the earth is flat.

  17. sasquatch Says:

    Robert Says:
    May 19th, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    SO AB is coming back baby!

    ZERO chance of that little b!tch coming back.

  18. sasquatch Says:

    *Assistant Regional Manager

  19. Buczilla Says:

    I wonder if Tom Moore was absent from the practices too? If so, that’s two great offensive minds that our players aren’t hearing from.

  20. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Marine Buc Says:
    May 19th, 2022 at 5:29 pm
    BA is the Dwight Schrute of the Buccaneers.

    Assistant to the Regional Manager… lol.

    Well, BA is usually the color of a beet…… so yeah.

  21. Eric Says:

    is it really that complicated?

  22. fern Says:

    probably had surgery Jesus

  23. Bowles4President Says:

    Probably being respectful. Give BA the benefit of the doubt.

  24. Elita Vita Says:

    It is out of respect for Bowles. Absolutely the right thing to do.

  25. Stanglassman Says:

    I forget what interview but it was mentioned the BA was not in town. They didn’t elaborate on where he was or why he wasn’t around.

  26. Bojim Says:

    He wants to let Bowles be the head coach for a while first. No worries.

  27. gotbbucs Says:

    He’s not a coach anymore. He gave that position up. What a horrible mixed message that would give to have him out there interjecting.
    Has anyone ever known Arians not to try to be front and center? He wouldn’t be able to help himself but to throw his two cents in there, and he knows that.

    Do you bring a recovering alcoholic to a bar and set a drink in front of them? If you’ve never coached you have no idea how hard it is to not coach when the opportunity is in front of you.

  28. GOB Says:

    @ The BradyBunch, it’s called hush money

  29. SB~LV Says:

    BA working with KT , whoever said that, is a perfect combo for both Trask and Arians starting ASAP… just a low key relationship .

  30. GOB Says:

    @gotbucs, gotta be careful making alcoholic references when BA is concerned. I think liquor played a huge role in the fact that he didn’t get a HC gig until very late into his career. I have a class three buzz on at the moment, and I’m quite sure BA does too

  31. ClwJB Says:

    You hit it at the end – transition phase for Bowles

    If BA is on his shoulder in the huddle it is a bad take
    For the players – if he is in the cart on the sideline they are all looking to him

    He comes back in training camp in the cart with JL

    He is watching tapes of every practice, every day and recapping his thoughts to the staff, while swirling a high ball

  32. GOB Says:

    In all seriousness, did anyone really expect BA to butt his big red face into bowles operation? They gave BA a cushy salary, and probably treat him like a child in the front office. I would always give my kids the illusion that they had a choice. In reality, they still did what GOB demanded of them.

  33. RPK Says:

    Don’t expect to see Arians involved at practice.

    TB12 axed BA for a reason.

    He doesn’t want to see him.

  34. David Says:

    RPK. LOL
    I love people at home on the couch with a bag of Cheetos think they have it all figured out when every single person in the organization tells you that’s not the case. But, hey! Let’s just assume several dozen people are lying because why not?! it’s more fun!… Idiotic 🤦‍♂️

  35. David Says:

    I’d love to see him out there working with Trask but I think he’s giving the new coaching staff room. I’m sure if they wanted him out there though he’d be there

  36. BigMacAttack Says:

    Bruce put in his time. If he wanted to be at every training session he would have stayed as head coach. Let the man do as he pleases. He’s earned that respect and get over it Joe 😂

  37. Pewter Power Says:

    Actual mandatory mini camp is when I’d expect to see him or he’s watching film from wherever he is. It is smart to stay away until the new coach has the teams ears

  38. ChiBuc Says:

    Status quo

  39. Bucsfan13 Says:

    The NFL is the only league that expects its players to show up during their offseason. These “voluntary” workouts are a joke. Let BA enjoy his off-season! He’s had a long career. Let the man rest. Reporting about who and who doesn’t show up at voluntary workouts is the most insufferable thing about the media.

  40. GOB Says:

    @David, apparently you don’t know how this all works. Front offices are in the business of lying. They go to great lengths to protect the brand. Do you honestly think it was coincidence that BA was “promoted” within or before 24 hours of Brady announcing his return? Many people here labor under the delusion that it was BAs decision to step down. Right. Just like the folks here that don’t believe Brady was in Europe, specifically to meet with ownership. His son like the team they own, that’s all it was. Bologna. BA was just stalling to set up his coaching tree, right? Instead he allowed his coaches to interview for HC jobs? Did BA have some secret knowledge that they wouldn’t be hired? I’m sure it was a grand attempt to subvert the Rooney rule. It’s ludicrous. Use your brain

  41. CJBuc Says:

    I cant believe nobody said hes watching it on a laptop at mons venus

  42. BRYAN KOHN Says:

    Meet our new HC after this season Tom Brady! JUST KIDDING!

  43. Smashsquatch Says:

    BA will surface in due time. Not Bowles style to request his absence, I doubt that happened. Besides, BA knows the best way to setup Bowles for success is to give him time and space to establish his authority as HC.

  44. Goatfarmer Says:

    GOB – STFU with the slander at BA. Just because you can’t handle your alcohol doesn’t mean he has a problem with it.

  45. Dooley Says:

    I still think Licht and the FO offered BA the job on the chance that we have a shot to run the table and win a title. BA gets his second ring as an “executive” and kind of puts the cherry on BAs HOF resume. Not based on anything concrete, just my opinion, but why else would he stay on the staff in any capacity post-retirement, if no to get that goatee and kangol in canton. That’s my “conspiracy theory” on the matter.

  46. GOB Says:

    Goatfarmer, BlahahHa. Good one. Unlike BA, my wife limits me to one gallon of scotch per week.

  47. LakelandSteve Says:

    It’s kind of like the kids got a new Dad cause Mama didn’t really like the old Dad anymore. Now new Dad doesn’t want old Dad at every practice hanging around until new Dad has firmly established himself in the eyes of the players as the Ultimate boss who runs the ship. Old Dad will come in every now and then just to say high to the kids and hang out for a little bit. Then old Dad will disappear for awhile until its time to make another appearance to let the kids know he still loves them. But make no mistake, by this time the kids will realize that the New Dad is the ultimate Boss and old Dad is just well, old.

  48. GOB Says:

    Steve, old Dad should just stay away. The kids still know he loves them, but new Dad goes to sleep every night with his ex wife (licht) and his kids under his roof. The kids know who rules the roost

  49. Goatfarmer Says:

    Per Ron White, “You can’t fix stupid.”


  50. Chris Tucker@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    With all the speculation that Tom Brady got rid of him, I was surprised to see no comments like “Maybe Tom Brady does not want him there”.

  51. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Hey, why just call BA and ask him. Yes these kinds of Blog posts spark comments, I get it. But have you tried to call BA?

  52. Brazen Zebra Says:

    Staying under the Brady radar? BA may feel unwanted and unappreciated. Maybe it’s time to retire.

  53. THETRUTH Says:

    Anyone who has been in a spot where you handover a position to successor u always give space so that they can put their own footprint on the job at hand. Classy for Bruce to do this and no reason to read anymore into it or try to create headlines

  54. Irishmist Says:

    It takes a while to recover from an Achilles repair. Especially at his age.

  55. Listnfrmafar Says:

    He was at the movies. C’mon get real BA has perfected the invisible man character. This is nothing new he was part time when he was HC. Bowles and Brady don’t want him around they have their work cut out changing the teams work ethic from the lazy one BA left behind.

  56. PassingThru Says:

    I think Arians has retired. The job is just a title. I don’t think he has a portfolio of responsibilities. If he shows up, great… if he doesn’t, that’s fine too.

  57. GronksRibs Says:

    If I were Todd Bowles I’d be sending AB hookers, weed, whatever he wants to come back.