Report: Bruce Arians Under NFL Investigation

September 19th, 2022

The Bucs-Saints melee has opened a can of worms that should be a non-issue.

Bucco Bruce Arians lasted just one regular season game sitting in a suite with general manager Jason Licht watching games, as was his plan. Yesterday, he was on the sidelines and cameras caught him barking loudly at referees.

Mike Florio of says the NFL is investigating the fight between Marshon Lattimore and Mike Evans, and that includes Arians’ potential role and whether his sideline presence is appropriate.

It’s unclear whether the league can direct the Buccaneers to get Arians off the sideline, but it should. He’s no longer a member of the coaching staff. He should act accordingly.

Joe disagrees when it comes to Arians being on the sidelines. It’s fine. Owners are on the sidelines during games (not Team Glazer) at times, as are players’ personal trainers. It’s not a big deal. Hell, Joe would be fine with Arians wearing a headset, which he’s not.

Officials are free to flag a sideline with a personal foul if anyone on it is being inappropriate. That hasn’t happened to the Bucs. Not yet.

76 Responses to “Report: Bruce Arians Under NFL Investigation”

  1. tampabuscsbro Says:


    Mike Florio is still mad at Arians for calling him out and is being beyond Petty about it.

  2. Dooley Says:

    LMAO!!!!! FOH he’s still an employee of the team!

  3. Leopold Stotch Says:

    Agreed, Joe. This is utter nonsense. Just looking for any scapegoat to take blame away from the refs. Looked to me like Lattimore started everything. BA reacted, everything snowballed. Refs throw a flag for the blatant PI, this isn’t even a thing. They missed 2 Scotty Miller PI’s, actually. Demario Davis blatantly ran into Miller earlier in the game. Absolute malarkey. Unfortunately, we will have to deal with BA no being on the sidelines, he’ll be fined and a new rule about how nonessential personnel can be on or some other arbitrary rule, all because the NFL will never properly hold their refs accountable.

  4. ScottyMack Says:

    Wasn’t Odell Beckham on the sidelines yesterday, too? I think he was on the Saints side. He’s not a player, coach, trainer … he’s not even on a team.

  5. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Florio needs a reality check. Bruce is part of the team. Just like J Licht, who is standing there also.

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  6. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Florio is a snowflake from the Arctic circle and scotty right on great point

  7. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Fan Boy Florio with his usual anti-Brady & Buc fit. When the Vikings let him down yet again this season…he’ll be calling for a Brady retirement/Buc investigation immediately if not sooner.

  8. geno711 Says:

    Florio will never find a situation where he does not call for a large fine, suspension or penalty.

    I feel sorry for his kids if he has any. There is no sparing of punishment in his book. It is always a go for the extreme on punishment.

    Is he really that miserable?

  9. Bucsfan13 Says:

    Your boy Florio is a clown. I know he’a seen as some deity with the Joes, but he’s had it out for BA, and it got even worse when BA called him out.

  10. Mybucsdontbucaround813 Says:

    Eat a banana Florio…. I hate that he always finds a little puppy to agree with him on his horrible takes…..Get Arians off the sidelines? No we need to get the lawyer off of NBC sports. This is football an grown mans game

  11. tampabuscsbro Says:

    Hey Joe any reason the buccaneers seem to be painted as the bad guys when the saints threw the first punch and instigated?

  12. LVMYBUCS Says:

    GM was on the sideline last night also

  13. Bucfan Says:

    Jason Licht was on the sideline during that melee too. Is he under investigation as well? Lol

  14. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Wokio strikes again. Wah wah . Beta male midget.

  15. Aaron Says:

    What though he was done coaching what Todd Bowles must not know how they got to try something new to finally bet us we bet arself

  16. WillieG Says:

    Michelle Florio is a joke. He’s such a whiner.

  17. J Ghotier Says:

    What a weird opinion to blurt out by Florio. That dude is so weird sometimes.

    Why did you have to call him out Bruce?! Why did you do what many of have wanted to and has the berries to do such?! Why are you so honest and refreshing… 😂

    Of all the Coaches and Execs to decide not to like that much, you thought BA was that candidate? People-wise, Bruce is me of the more like-able and refreshing cats in the business. LOL, oh Florio.

    p.s. Florio also said that Bruce wasn’t even “advising (while taking a pop shot at the title of his job which was of no significance and clearly just a jab)” Jason Licht, yet how would you know all of their conversations, firstly. but even funnier, BA was standing by Jason a good majority AND in his vicinity when the mayhem broke out.

    His article makes no sense and seems blinded by his distaste for BA and his Bucs axe to grind. It’s kinda hilarious though, so there’s that positive.

  18. Bucs Win Says:

    Florio is a tiny bit¢h with a loud microphone.

  19. BucsNoles Says:

    I dont have a prob with BA being on the sidelines – but he needs to keep his big mouth shut when it comes to shouting at someone on the field, particularly a Ref.
    TBH – the officiating was pretty bad – HTH did Lattimore not get a flag on the Scotty Miller sideline pass – you know the play that started the fight in the first place.

  20. chris l Says:

    this rivalry has become steelers ravens esque. The hitting in this game was wild and both offenses just trying to get yard by yard. a true slugfest and i loved it. the nfc divisional was the same way. still the best football game i ever watched

  21. Joe Says:

    this rivalry has become steelers ravens esque.

    Not quite. Only in the past two years and two weeks have the Bucs been good. And the slimy Saints have been kicking the Bucs’ arses for years. Steelers-Crows was an evenly-matched rivalry between two perennial playoff teams.

    Bucs-slimy Saints has a long way to go before rivaling Steelers-Crows.

  22. ChattBucsFan Says:

    Why was Lattimore not flagged for taunting at our sidelines immediately than things may not have escalated. Arians on field non-issue and Florio and his puppet Simms are horrible TV

  23. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    You gotta love BA……the passion still burns……..he should be able to be anywhere he wants except on the field…….now….barking at refs….players….I don’t know….

    Fine him 3 martinis, 2 single malts & 7 Bromosas…….

  24. FortMyersDave Says:

    Florio picked the Slimy Saints to win 27-21, heck, maybe he did a Brent Musberger and actually put his money where his pen (and mouth) was and promptly made us remember what usually happens to a fool and his money……

  25. Hodad Says:

    Sure seems like the NFL with the help of the officals have it out for the Bucs. If the refs don’t like being cussed out try calling the game better. They were supposed to clean up the illegal contact, what was that when Miller was forced out of bounds? That’s the obvious no call that got the whole thing started.

  26. Displaced Floridian Says:

    Now with Mike suspended it donned on me with a little help from the comment section. If he would have ripped Latimores helmet off and attacked him with it that would not be a suspension. Yeah Lets Go Rodger

  27. Goatfarmer Says:

    Jason Licht is on the sideline. He’s not a coach. This is stupid.

  28. westernbuc Says:

    Everyone forgets we split the series every year under Koetter.

    If BA isn’t allowed to be on the sidelines, what does that mean for Jerry Jones?

  29. Joe Says:

    Why was Lattimore not flagged for taunting at our sidelines immediately than things may not have escalated.

    That was missed call No. 2. Should have been flagged for interference first.

  30. Hodad Says:

    The refs can throw an unsportsman penalty on the bench if they so choose to. Ed Jr ‘s. crew doesn’t know this? The NFL needs to fine the worst crew in the NFL for letting the game get out of control in the first place.

  31. Show Me the TDs Says:

    Just read the link. Thanks, Joe. Florida is clearly biased. He whines like a little school girl.

  32. GABucsBall Says:

    Florio is a little pansy, needs to go to his safe space w his blanky

  33. Alvafan Says:

    Florio and Simms. First time I heard them they were trash. Nothing has changed since. When they’re not flat out lying, they’re creating inflammatory rhetoric.

  34. Beeej Says:

    Does anyone recall the Steelers/Oiler battles of the late 70’s? They had 1 game where 18 guys were carried/helped off the field

  35. Oneilbuc Says:

    The saints is not out rival you can’t be a rival with a 2 and 7 record. The saints care about beating the falcons more than beating us . And that’s just the truth we have to beat them again this year and next year and than maybe they will look at us as a rival

  36. orlbucfan Says:

    Beeej Says:
    September 19th, 2022 at 11:24 am
    Does anyone recall the Steelers/Oiler battles of the late 70’s? They had 1 game where 18 guys were carried/helped off the field
    Lordgodalmighty, that’s not a football game; it’s a war zone. Did they finish the game? Zebs ripping Bucs off has been going down for decades! SOS

  37. Bucsfanman Says:

    “That was missed call No. 2. Should have been flagged for interference first.”

    If you watch the ref on the sidelines, he appears to reach for the flag but stops. That’s why the punk acted out with the Bucs sidelines aghast at the no-call.

  38. Richie Says:

    If that’s the case, every time I see jerry Jones on the field I’ll make sure I file my complaint!!

  39. Architek Says:

    I’m sick of Florio!!!

  40. SB~LV Says:

    The pussifacation of football!
    Even the flag against the Saints 2DB’s on a Buc WRs late in the game was bullsheettt !

  41. Pelbuc Says:

    What Aaron Donald did was much worse and yet nothing happened.

  42. bucsfan951 Says:

    Mike Florio… never heard of her.

  43. Letsbucinggo Says:

    Front office personnel should not be on the field directing issues that the coaches job.

  44. SB~LV Says:

    BFM… you are correct about the PI ref reaching then no throw on that play!

  45. Vinny from Vermont Says:

    Florio is an arse. The man would eat himself if he was a chocolate bar.

  46. lambeau Says:

    Arians’ kibbitzing is surely not limited to refs–it’s unfair to Bowles/BL.
    Management dysfuction is costly.

  47. gbobucsfan Says:

    Haven’t read Florio’s in many years. He is almost TMZesque.

  48. David G Says:

    Mike Evans should get the game ball, he changed the entire attitude of the team after that!!! You DON”T F**K with the GOAT!!

  49. Ed Says:

    Pretty unbelievable that a flag didn’t come out for Latimore doing everything illegal in hooking Miller and pushing him out of bounds while the ball is in the air.

    Pass interference calls sometimes are ticky-tack, but that was a more obvious infraction. If the call was made there wouldn’t have been a fight Latimore instigated it by confronting Brady.

    I would like to hear what the league has to say about that no call.

  50. Cdog76 Says:

    Florio has a personal vendetta against Bruce Ariams and the BUCS organization. He continues to publish negative articles and comments against them.. Why, I don’t know, but it’s been going on since Arians was hired at least.

  51. NCBucfan Says:

    It’s the refs job to keep the game from getting out of control. They failed miserably, yet no accountability for them. They should’ve ran over when marshon was barking at our bench, but no!! What a joke, so Evans better not get suspended! The refs know how much these 2 teams hate each other, screw them!

  52. DoooshLaRue Says:

    The only investigating that needs to be done is on Lattimore. How the hell he gets away with the sh!t he pulls is unbelievable.
    If you watched the Saints game week 1 then you know what I’m talking about.
    Dude is a straight up punk.

  53. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Lambeau is correct, if you want call anyone a fossil, it should be the Woody Hayes wannabe BA. When are the Bucs going to cut this distraction loose? Brady was calling out the refs on behalf of Miller, Latimore probably said shut the f up and stop whinging and Brady told him fu biache and once Lenny saw Latimore break the force field he took action, we all know the rest. Aaron, your super star Dline got manhandled by a bunch of rookies. Suck on that!!!

  54. Buccobill99 Says:

    Florios a douche thats never buckled a chin strap in his life hes just mad 9ers seasons over nerd boi

  55. HC Grover Says:

    Maybe they think he is MAFA make football great again.

  56. stpetebucfan Says:

    I’m not sure what Florio is talking about…”He shouldn’t be on the sideline”?

    Joe’s already made the excellent point about owners, trainers etc.

    But here is my question. What if Bowles just made him an assistant coach. How would the league stop that?

  57. David Says:

    Florio- 🤡

    BA can be on the sidelines if the team wants him to. So he barked a little bit at Lattimore, that’s because Lattimore was barking to the Buccaneers bench which, as far as we were all told, that is a taunting penalty.
    So what?
    He got away with it a few times during the game. It’s why BA and Brady were barking back at him in my opinion

  58. stpetebucfan Says:

    O’Neill Buc

    How did you like the way your guy Fameis played against a NON rival~! LMAO

    He choked like a dog as he has when the going gets in against Oregon as in against the rest of the league when he played for the Bucs.

    Your comment strains credulity. Who does New Orleans have to beat to win the Division…Atlanta? LMAO Carolina? LMAO

  59. Marine Buc Says:

    This is such a non-story… Who cares if BA is on the sideline. Let him work the refs – it’s something he is actually very good at…

    If our head coach is OK with it so am I.

  60. unbelievable Says:

    Florio can lick my taint

  61. Buczilla Says:

    I used to read Florio’s stuff religioulsy (I still keep up with what Chris is doing), but he has become a sniveling, holier than thou snot over the last few years and I ignore him unless Joe links on of his stories. I’d imagine that Arians could give a flying flip what that backward a$$ numbnut thinks too.

  62. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Don’t worry about Florio.
    Dude looks like he has azz cancer.
    The makeup can’t even hide it.

  63. Allen Lofton Says:

    Aints didn’t supply Arians and Jason a place to sit in the stadium and only had the sidelines to watch the game. If the NFL fines them then they better be fining the Aints for their antics.

  64. Captain Oblivious Says:

    It seems that Lattimore was emboldened by the refs biased calls for the Saints and the Bucs were frustrated. However, expecting the NFL to investigate the refs bias is like expecting the DOJ to investigate 2020 election fraud.

  65. Rod Munch Says:

    Mike Florio is a fake news cupcake who literally just makes up drama so he has something to talk about.

  66. D-Rok Says:

    Bowles was a guest on SXM with Miller and Kirwan. Coach B said that BA was in the box at first, but couldn’t see well enough, so BA came down to the field with JL.

    BA’s presence on the sideline shouldn’t really concern anyone. The barking at the other players by BA? While appropriate in THIS game given what transpired, OK, but yeah, BA shouldn’t be barking at anyone in the game.

    It sucks ME got suspended, but it sure changed the dynamic of this team for this year. Bucs got tired of being pushed around and pushed back. Congrats for doing this and congrats on a defensive slug-fest resulting in a W.

    GO BUCS!!!

  67. Kalind Says:

    “The great” (pfft that’s some crap) Mike Florio has been a giant B w his panties in a twist for years. I can’t remember the last time I said after one of his culture/off field articles, “you know good point.” Maybe never?

    Florio is a walking halfwitted S kicker. Very tired of him and his little contrarian act.

  68. Delusional Intelligence Says:

    The Great Corn Florio can pick one and suck it.

  69. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Corn Florio…… that’s funny!

    “I need pee pee for my bunghole.”
    (cause he’s a lil’ biotch)

  70. Bucschamp Says:

    Bucs water boy should also be suspended. He not part of the coaching staff and always on the sidelines!!

  71. KrippledKracka Says:

    If any blame is to be placed, it is with the ‘Aints, as they refused a box for BA and Licht. What professional organization doesn’t extend the professional courtesy of providing a box for your opponent. That is a biatch move.

  72. Brandon Says:

    Florio is a piece of garbage. A far left hypocrite. I worked for him once… not impressed. He used to have the TURD WATCH as part of his page, logging days between arrests of NFL players like a ___ days without an accident sign at work… but he gave it up so he could embrace the far left’s agenda. Screw him. He’s a sellout and a turd himself.

  73. GUS Says:

    Florio is a SOYBOY

  74. BucsCoolade Says:

    Brucee, brucee. BRUCEE..!

    Players coach with a big mouth and it showed last year as he botched antonio brown who helped win him a SB.

    Um… Go upstairs and analyze the game if you have that ability. Walking around like yur still the coach is that a boost for the frail ego.. ?

    Mouthing off on the sidelines is kinda dumb. Brady will take care of that since he has a bit more credibility . Lol

  75. LongSeason Says:

    Honestly Arians is within bounds as far as I know.
    What Bucs need to do is ‘Longest Yard’ the officials when they make really bad calls.

  76. Jake Says:

    The Saints have no class. They didn’t provide accommodations for Arians that’s why he was on the sideline. New Orleans is garbage the whole town. These are the people that rape and murder their fellow citizens in times of need. The P.O.S. gang members killed more people than Katrina did. Scumbag garbage! FACTS!