Bruce Arians’ Tampa interview included a physical

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As the Buccaneers prepare to potentially hire coach Bruce Arians, more details are emerging regarding his weekend interview in Tampa.

Via JoeBucsFan.com, Jay Glazer of FOX explained on Colin Cowherd’s radio/TV show that the Arians interview included a trip to a local hospital. Glazer explained that he’s heard of no team taking that kind of precautionary step regarding a candidate for a head-coaching job.

It’s justified in this specific case. Arians, 66, has had several health issues over the years, included a bout with prostate cancer and a 2016 case of kidney cancer.

Glazer also said that he believes the Buccaneers will name Arians its next head coach “in a day or two,” which implies that the trip to the hospital went well. Along with the interview.

If/when it happens, it will cap an unexpected series of events for Arians, who retired a year ago, accepted a spot on the NFL’s Career Development Advisory Panel (per a league source, Arians told the league office on multiple occasions that he would not be a candidate in 2019), and said publicly — and repeatedly — that he’d only unretire to coach the Browns.

A two-time coach of the year, Arians has emerged as one of the best quarterback coaches of the past generation, successfully working with the likes of Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck, and Carson Palmer. Arians could soon be adding Jameis Winston to that list, in what could become a last-ditch effort by Winston to turn around a once-promising career.

46 responses to “Bruce Arians’ Tampa interview included a physical

  1. And so they should, all of them. I’ve had to pass a medical for every full-time job I’ve ever had, even the desk ones!

  2. Did Arizona already agree to let him walk and/or receive compensation? Because he was under contract when he retired…and they just fired his replacement…so….if I’m Arizona and I don’t have the coach that I never wanted to dismiss in the first place, AND he’s under contract to me, AND I have a vacancy at that position, he sure as hell isn’t walking without Tampa sending me something

  3. He’ll get the team on the right track, but his success is going to be limited by Winston. But he’s a huge improvement over Koetter.

  4. the first 4 qb’s were already established, he didn’t pick any of them. he picked 1 qb in 5 years of drafting and he was a major bust. ( logan Thomas ) so good luck with that.

  5. I thought he said the only team he would consider is Cleveland (because of the QB). So if hired, he’ really is telling you he needed the money.

  6. Poor Buc fans. Anything looks good to them now.

    Being a Rams fan for the last 48 years, I know there are times when anything looks good.

    But Arions would be a bad hire.

    Just my 2 cents!

  7. “Being a Rams fan for the last 48 years”… well heck, I’ve been a Rams fan for 51 years. But here’s my take. Arians did a great job with Indy (and won AP Coach of the Year) but the Arizona experience was very mixed — he started out strong but ultimately threw players and coaches under the bus, and I can *never* respect a coach who does that (are you listening, former Jaguars throw-everyone-under-the-bus coach Jack Del Rio?) And he left the Cardinals in pretty bad shape. An aging QB (Carson Palmer), very few stars (David Johnson, Patrick Peterson, and the ageless future HOFer Larry Fitzgerald), and otherwise, a declining team with a bad future. Sorry Bucs fans, but I don’t think this is a good hire for you, and I have no dog in this hunt.

  8. So let’s start a new petition now. For next year, we need buco bruce throwback uniforms to show the love to Bruce. Go Bucs

  9. computojon says:
    January 7, 2019 at 7:48 pm
    “Being a Rams fan for the last 48 years”… well heck, I’ve been a Rams fan for 51 years. But here’s my take.
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    Guess a few years doesn’t make a lot of difference.

    Arions is old and in bad health.

    Just a splash hire, if they hire him.

  10. Love how people act like Jameis isn’t good. And that Koetter wasn’t the CHIEF issue with his play at times.
    ———————————————
    It’s because of his off the field issues. He’s an easy guy to hate and most non-Bucs fans (and even some Bucs fans) want him to fail. He just turned 25. Here’s how he compares to other QBs when they were 25. You’ll see that he’s not as horrible as most everyone wants him to be.

    TD passes
    1. Dan Marino 98
    2. Jameis Winston 88
    3. Peyton Manning 85
    4. Drew Bledsoe 80
    5. Matthew Stafford 80
    6. Josh Freeman 78
    7. Fran Tarkenton 77
    8. George Ratterman 74
    9. Blake Bortles 69
    10. Jared Goff 65

    Ints
    1. George Ratterman 79
    2. Drew Bledsoe 73
    3. Norm Snead 71
    4. Joe Namath 70
    5. Fran Tarkenton 68
    6. Josh Freeman 63
    7. Steve Grogan 59
    8. Jameis Winston 58
    9. Peyton Manning 58
    10. Terry Bradshaw 58

    Yards passing
    1. Drew Bledsoe 14,642
    2. Jameis Winston 14,628
    3. Josh Freeman 12,963
    4. Matthew Stafford 12,807
    5. Peyton Manning 12,287
    6. Dan Marino 11,431
    7. Cam Newton 11,299
    8. Blake Bortles 11,241
    9. Joe Namath 9,606
    10. Jared Goff 9,481

  11. Your comparison is cute but you didn’t factor in the fact that rules have changed – Winston INTS are a joke in an era that so pass happy / friendly—- it’s funny that you wasted your time ….

  12. I’m very unhappy with Arians even considering going to Tampa Bay. I would have loved to see him in Cleveland with Kitchens as his OC and Baker being the gunslinger he was meant to be. And Arians likes Chuck Pagano as a DC. And remembering what Pagano did for all the DBs and defensive backfields under him, I’m not unhappy with him…and if I remember, didn’t he help architect the defense of the Ravens which has become storied over the years?
    Get an interview with him, Dorsey, before it’s too late.

  13. I hope they gave Arian’s a full mental check up as well. As far as his hats, caps. duster, or whatever it’s a clown outfit that is his thing. Would rather have wins than a hat.

  14. “And so they should, all of them. I’ve had to pass a medical for every full-time job I’ve ever had, even the desk ones!
    ________________________

    Why do people think that just because they were required to do something everyone else should have to do that thing? Just because you chose to apply to places requiring physicals does not mean that everyone else seeking employment should have to submit to their bodies being invaded.

    Hopefully someday those of living in the land of the supposed free will rebel against required drug tests and physicals. There is nothing more sacred than freedom from invasion of your body.

  15. baldbuc says:
    January 7, 2019 at 8:18 pm
    Love how people act like Jameis isn’t good. And that Koetter wasn’t the CHIEF issue with his play at times.
    ———————————————
    It’s because of his off the field issues. He’s an easy guy to hate and most non-Bucs fans (and even some Bucs fans) want him to fail. He just turned 25. Here’s how he compares to other QBs when they were 25. You’ll see that he’s not as horrible as most everyone wants him to be.

    TD passes
    2. Jameis Winston 88
    6. Josh Freeman 78

    Ints
    6. Josh Freeman 63
    8. Jameis Winston 58

    Yards passing
    2. Jameis Winston 14,628
    3. Josh Freeman 12,963
    ________________________________________

    And to see JFree included in the same listing…. At this point that 10-win season feels like it was DECADES ago. Bucs haven’t sniffed/peaked and/or leered at the playoffs since.

    It’s a Buc’s life!

  16. baldbuc says:
    January 7, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    Love how people act like Jameis isn’t good. And that Koetter wasn’t the CHIEF issue with his play at times.
    ———————————————
    It’s because of his off the field issues. He’s an easy guy to hate and most non-Bucs fans (and even some Bucs fans) want him to fail. He just turned 25. Here’s how he compares to other QBs when they were 25. You’ll see that he’s not as horrible as most everyone wants him to be.
    —————
    FSU incident – OVER.

    Uber incident – if Roger hadn’t ‘investigated’ that had NO credibility with driver changing & embellishing story by lawyer, no cop charges and a pultry civil settlement says it all. Who is this victim? Have we ever seen a pic? There’s a reason for that. The lawyer begged Roger to investigate as there was no other way to win and the settlement was under $100k says it all. GOLD DIGGER.

    That ruined Winston and the Bucs season that if it was anyone else the driver would have blown off. Tired of it. All this uber BS – get a car service.

    His stats and drive and otherwise all round nice guy demeanor speak for themselves. He picked it up in the back half and he needs to leave this in the rearview.
    All the selfrighteous can take a chill pill – find a real criminal to hate on or a jerk like Kap.

    Arians and Winston – that’s a good combo. But I really want Arians to reign in that POS GM Licht whose 2/3 draft picks suck.

  17. The love Arians gets is puzzling. It’s like people stopped watching after the first two good years in Arizona and completely missed the next two seasons where he was constantly blaming players for his own mistakes. That sort of behavior seldom is a one-and-done sort of thing–especially not in older coaches.

  18. rutledge3197 says:
    January 7, 2019 at 10:12 pm
    Your comparison is cute but you didn’t factor in the fact that rules have changed – Winston INTS are a joke in an era that so pass happy / friendly—- it’s funny that you wasted your time ….
    ———–

    1. Stop liking your own comments.
    2. We also didn’t factor in your personal bias against him, so you act like even the all time greats don’t have 4 (or more) INT games. Rivers, Roethlisberger, Manning (BOTH) have had several stretches like Winston had.
    3. You conveniently ignore his December when Koetter finally knocked off the nonsense and allowed Jameis to be Jameis. Because that doesn’t fit the narrative.

    Like baldbuc said, you’re one of those…

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