Media Messaging And Bruce Arians

June 23rd, 2024

One of Todd Bowles’ mentors dropped an interesting nugget last week.

Joe had been told this privately by Bucco Bruce Arians years ago, but this time the Buccaneers Ring of Honor head coach made it public via As Bucs head coach, Arians said he was highly focused on media because he believed if teammates were united in their public messages, then that was a tipoff of team culture and confidence being in the right place.

Arians said if he heard — or read — players repeating what they were told by coaches, he felt good about things. And he wanted that information daily.

“I don’t read the papers or the websites other than to know what my players are saying,” Arians said. “Before every practice, I wanted all the clips from around the country on my desk before I met with them.

“You know you got ’em when they’re repeating the message.”

Interestingly, Arians reflected on moving on from Jameis Winston era. It seems he didn’t think Jameis inspired his teammates enough (or perhaps it was the ungodly 30 interceptions in 2019.)

“[Adding Tom Brady] was the missing piece to the confidence of the locker room, as was Carson [Palmer in Arizona,]” Arians said. “Both teams had good defenses, but once the rest of the team feels like they have a quarterback who can win, it just changes the whole culture.”

Joe is always listening to Bucs players because many will echo what coaches are telling them.

While some will stray and just say what’s on their minds, others are consistently devoted parrots. And Joe is always dialed in to those guys’ comments to learn as much as possible about what’s happening inside One Buc Palace.

19 Responses to “Media Messaging And Bruce Arians”

  1. SlyPirate Says:

    In business, one of the most telling elements of strong leadership is if every employee can tell you the company’s mission statement and goals.

  2. Crickett Baker Says:

    I’m glad Bruce is still around to proffer his wisdom and comments.

  3. Dave Pear Says:

    Shaun Burger King didn’t have it. Brad Johnson did.

    JaMiss Winston didn’t have it. Tom Brady obviously did.

    Until he didn’t.

    Baker has it. Kyle’s Trashk doesn’t and won’t.

    Very interesting takes from BA.

  4. teacherman1983 Says:

    @shaun Burger King lol

    When I was in high school, I took Shaun Kings #10 Tulane jersey to get signed for my dad. We were at his final Tulane game. We watched him take Tulane on a magical ride. We were so excited when the Bucs drafted him.

    And what happened when I met Shaun King? As a shy, skinny high school sophomore?

    He scoffed at me. And acted like a snob. Nobody there asked him for an autograph. It was a special for a radio show. I was excited to meet him.

    And I’ll never forget how arrogant he was with me.

    Unlike Caddy Williams in contrast. I met him 3 times on the Auburn campus! And he was kind everytime! He has the green eyes of a magical being. I’m not kidding. Caddy is special. I wish the Bucs would hire him asap.

    And Dameyune Craig to be our QB coach.

  5. Beeej Says:

    I’m not particularly a fan, but I think Trask would do ok. Doubt the answer to that will be found HERE tho. Big tell will be if he’s offered a DECENT contract after his rookie expires, or if he believes in himself so much that he leaves for a shot at starting

  6. teacherman1983 Says:

    KJ Britt plus Jordan Whitehead is going to mean twice as many “bone-crushing” hits. Which wear down an offense.

    KJ Britt hits head on. Devin White was never a hard hitter. Just fast. With short arms. So he never made a lot of diving tackles like LVD. Lavonte has much more flexible shoulders. Devin White was stumpy.

    KJ Britt will scare a lot more people as a hitter than Devin White.

    And Neal? Omg. Such a puntang. I missed the other Neal last year! Keanu Neal. He was nasty! I loved having him in our roster.

    Ryan Neal? Slow and soft.

    Jordan Whitehead is back in town boys. He crushes people. He scares people.

    KJ Britt + Whitehead = a much more intimidating defense.

    “Intimidating” is the ideal adjective for a defense.

  7. WinBuc Says:

    Right on teacherman

    Upgraded OLB rush also added to mix

  8. Dave Pear Says:

    I like the teacher’s vision. Excellent point.

  9. Jake been there since the beginning Says:

    Love it Teacher, nicely put. The way the rules change take away a lot of the real game. This is a vicious sport being transformed into a boys game of flag football. But yeah we have a couple hard hitters. Go Bucs!!!!

  10. Trask To The Future Says:

    Dave Pear,

    It’s funny how you post so much of your strong opinions that are rarely back up by STATS. I love how you keep calling Kyle Trask “Trashk” when no one has actually seem him get a chance to play much with the starters. Sure he may very well be a bust in the NFL but there’s a reason he hasn’t been cut.

    Hilarious how Defense Rules keeps putting you in your place on this site by backing up his points of view with actual DATA to prove his points. You use insults and he uses actual statistics.

    I’ve said it many times, Mayfield has to greatly improve or this team is going nowhere. And that has nothing to do with me wanting to seeing Kyle play. Mayfield had so many terrible games where he barely threw for 100 yards in the first half when it was so critical to score early points and not fall behind. So many games we fell behind multiple scores and then he started racking up tons of garbage time yards. There’s a reason his QBR and QB ratings were in the bottom half of the league for starting QBs.

  11. Daniel Hammond Says:

    Bowls is a good coach the only thing I’m scared of is our quarterback because besides that we could be great I’m not a big fan of Baker Mayfield but if he proves it another year not losing five games in a row then we should win the NFC South easily and what I’m saying this there’s no disrespect to Baker Mayfield I think he can do what he needs to do but I won’t lie I’m worried because of the past

  12. Daniel Hammond Says:

    Todd bowls deserves his job no matter what our record is this year I’m sorry to tell everybody we’ve had freaking now three different offensive coordinators in the last 3 years it’s not his fault if we don’t do good this year it’s either going to be Bakers which I hope not or it’s going to be the offensive coordinators problem it’s not Todd bowls I don’t know how he can possibly be on the hot seat it’s absolutely ridiculous the way this freaking crap comes out of everybody’s mouth oh you lose some games so automatically it’s the head coach’s fault it’s absolutely ridiculous I think we’re going to do well this year as long as Baker Mayfield does his job it’s not going to be Todd Bowles fault

  13. adam from ny Says:

    teacherman on point ^^^

    also i was saying about a month back in another britt thread…

    if they can coach him up to jar the ball loose more on his tackles, creating forced fumbles, it could get very interesting…

    then i added it would be nice if he has like 5 FF’s during the season…that was kind of like my ideal goal number for him in that department…

    sure would be nice if he can lay some crushing hits creating jarring fumbles…

    also lavonte is good at it…and winfield as well…a whole lot of guys back there are good in the “jarring the ball loose” department

  14. garro Says:

    Dialed in to the parrots? I get it, but if the coach is full of it and only saying what will keep his job secure? Devin is my best player comes to mind.

    Arians was a clever clever man. But he was also brutally honest at times and used the media to get his message accross more than once.

    Go Bucs!

  15. An Erection for Sacks Says:

    Daniel Hammond hates punctuation, which makes his posts easy to ignore.

    Keep it up, kid.🤭

  16. heyjude Says:

    BA being highly focused on the media is a good thing and I expect other coaches do the same. We all know GM like Licht are keeping receipts. Not a bad thing to watch what your players are saying. It says a lot on how coaches are doing their job if the team is all over the place in what they are saying and disagreeing. Right now, our players have only respect and the same confidence when talking about the Bucs. Go Bucs!

  17. Dude Says:

    I’ve watched interviews of Britt, McCollum, & Logan Hall so far this offseason and all 3 sound like extensions of the coaching staff when it came time to talkin’ about their roles and things they need to improve in their respective skill sets. Britt almost sounds like Bowles when it comes down to speaking about himself within our defense and this opportunity to start.

    As a coach, it’s what you want and how you check the temp of your locker room. When guys are sounding like they’re all intellectually drinking from the same well it shows there’s a way of doing things in place and everyone is with it.

  18. BakerFan Says:

    For those who don’t think QB is the most important position, Bruce Arians does. So who should I believe some old wash up farts on here that spout off about what they think they know about football, each player and each coach or do I believe a guy that has been in football for almost forever and has got paid for doing it?

  19. ^^mtn^^ Says:

    teacherman throwin’ down some dialectics.

    Dog days of summer are upon us.

    Que up *Alice Cooper School’s Out (we got no class, we got no principles)*