Bruce Arians could be front-runner for Bucs job

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The Buccaneers may be getting closer to finding their guy, but significant hurdles remain.

Via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians “remains the front runner” for the job, as he has been widely considered since his name was first linked to the opening.

The confluence of the Bucs wanting to make a splash, his work with quarterbacks, and his relationship with Bucs General Manager Jason Licht made the dot-connecting easy on this one.

But as Stroud notes, there have been no contract negotiations yet, which makes it far from a given.

Arians previously said he’d only come out of retirement (and the television booth) for the Browns job, so he’s clearly a little picky. And when you have options, you’re more expensive.

The Bucs have also interviewed Kris Richard, Eric Bieniemy, and George Edwards, all of whom have good resumes but none of whom satisfy the “splash” reqiurement.

If they’re willing to pay up, they might get one.

33 responses to “Bruce Arians could be front-runner for Bucs job

  1. So, when he found out the Browns were not interested he changed his tune on his “Only will come out of retirement for the Browns job” fast.

    He also a while back said he wasn’t interested in the Green Bay job when Green Bay had NEVER expressed interest in him.

    Seems like kind of a turd to me. Plus, the hats all the time is kinda desperate. Why do bald guys do this?

    If I were the Bucs, I’d hire Todd Monken.

  2. The Glazers of all people should know that the “splash” hire rarely works. In 1996, they went after Jimmy Johnson (preferred coaching Dan Marino) and Steve Spurrier (Bucs couldn’t guarantee they wouldn’t move as this was before the stadium deal). When neither panned out, they hired boring, no-name Tony Dungy, who ended up probably being the best coach in their history.

    I have a feeling Arians is the “splash” hire, and Kris Richard is the Dungy-type who will actually turn the franchise around.

  3. immaculate recovery from being to ill to coach in az. not a fan of his play calling, to predictable.

  4. There is a couple things to consider in the NFL…..coaching is overrated when there are good players on the roster, and underrated when there are bad players. This Bucs team doesn’t have many good players on it outside of (Evans, Howard, Humphrey’s, JPP, Godwin, and Alexander) What the Bucs need is a culture change, GM change, and better talent evaluating scouts. The next coach has to have some fire and get rid of the people that who can’t play, no matter who they are.

  5. Hiring Bruce Arians would be a great love for the Buccaneers. I love Bruce’s transparency and his candid coaching style.

    This team has been a “laughingstock” (as described by then HC Greg Schiano) for the past ten years.

    The Bucs are the bottom of the league now. Cleveland is on the up and up, and good for them! Their fans deserve it!

  6. I guess the Bucs are not looking for stability. They will be looking for a new head coach again in 3-4 years. Bruce will quit on them just like he did the cards.

  7. Golden opportunity? Or golden parachute? He sure proved he can’t make it as a broadcaster.

  8. If I were the Bucs, I would definitely hire Arians. He is an experienced coach and has proven he can do a good job. They need experience and stability right now.

  9. Why would Arians team up with the Glazers? They have proven time and time again that they are terrible owners. He must be very desperate to coach again. The team is garbage. No QB. No defense.

  10. It would be a good hire. To give Bruce those receivers and a talented, albeit still very raw quarterback is a recipe for offense success. That said, the Bucs better find a top shelf defensive coordinator (and more defensive talent) otherwise, look for Tampa to continue to lose a lot of shoot-outs.

  11. I guess I don’t understand – why would Arians be a “splash” hire while the other guys wouldn’t?

  12. The advantage of hiring Arians would be the staff that he will be able to assemble. He knows and has worked with a lot of people over the years. He didn’t quit on the Cards…he gave them 5 good years. He’s an east coast guy and can’t blame him for wanting another head coach job while he’s still able. He waited a long time for his first.

  13. I don’t know if he’ll make them a winner or not – but he’s a winning coach and a definite upgrade.

  14. “waynefontesismyfather says:
    January 7, 2019 at 1:03 pm
    Didn’t he step down in Arizona for health reasons? So he’s Urban Meyer 2.0 here, take a year off and all of a sudden life is grand again.”

    In his defense, looking at the Cardinals roster would give you anxiety and chest pains too.

  15. He totally melted down in Arizona and by the end was throwing a different player under the bus every game. That isn’t likely to change just because the guys are in different uniforms.

  16. They should draft dainel jones out of duke let him sit a year behind Winston. Then slowly work him in a offense that will stay EST for years after that

  17. J V says:
    January 7, 2019 at 1:55 pm
    “waynefontesismyfather says:
    January 7, 2019 at 1:03 pm
    Didn’t he step down in Arizona for health reasons? So he’s Urban Meyer 2.0 here, take a year off and all of a sudden life is grand again.”

    In his defense, looking at the Cardinals roster would give you anxiety and chest pains too.
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    Pretty sure Arians was responsible for assembling that roster sooooo…..

  18. samuelboozer0723 says:
    January 7, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    They should draft dainel jones out of duke let him sit a year behind Winston. Then slowly work him in a offense that will stay EST for years after that

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    Makes sense to draft a QB with a top 5 pick since the Bucs are absolutely killing it at every other position….

  19. Bruce Arians expressed interest in the Browns job in part because it was the ONLY job open at the time. In 2019, the Browns coaching gig is a very appealing job, don’t get me wrong, but Arians is part of a coaching fraternity, and these guys rarely if ever openly express an interest in a job that is not yet vacant.

    Most everybody realized that Dirk Koetter wouldn’t be retained by the Bucs, but nothing was made official until her was terminated, so Arians would not openly express interest in a job that wasn’t yet vacant.

    This shouldn’t be difficult for anybody to wrap their head around.

  20. Just a reminder that 12 teams in the NFL do not have a Super Bowl ring. Tampa Bay is NOT one of them. Carry on, fans!

  21. Saints, Falcons, Panthers… going to be tough sledding for the Bucs these next few years. Thankless time to be their coach.

  22. Bruce Arians expressed interest in the Browns job in part because it was the ONLY job open at the time.
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    Arians said Cleveland is the only team he would listen to about a head coaching job. He was OC there the last time they went to the playoffs and likes the city and its fans and apparently the talent they have there now. He’s apparently changed his tune. He’d be a good choice for the Browns or the Bucs.

  23. Having lived in the Tampa area back in the 70’s & 80’s and a previous Bucs season ticket holder, I know just how much they love their Bucs. If they hire a coach that can make them contenders again, Tampa will be the greatest city to be a football fan in and there will be a long waiting list for season tickets.

    Whether it’s Arians, Richard or whoever, I hope they make the right choice. Their fans certainly deserve it!! B-U-C-C-A-N-E-E-R-S GO BUCS!!!

  24. to redbird24: Arians is telling you he needs the money. He’s a phony, The only real why he was interested in Cleveland was because of the QB. He will fail in Tampa.

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