Bruce Arians assembles the NFL’s biggest coaching staff

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Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians has lots and lots of assistants in his return to the sidelines.

Arians, hired this year to take over in Tampa Bay, has hired a whopping 28 assistant coaches. Peter King writes in Football Morning in America that he believes the Buccaneers have set an NFL record for the biggest staff.

The latest hire was former NFL side judge Larry Rose, who will be the officiating consultant, advising Arians on challenges during games and helping players and coaches understand the rules during practices.

Arians has put together what appears to be the most diverse staff in NFL history, with 11 black assistant coaches (including the four highest-ranking assistants), and two female assistant coaches.

A big coaching staff can be helpful during training camp, with 90 players on the roster: Instead of having a lot of players stand around while coaches run drills, Arians plans to split up his team into small enough groups that everyone can be practicing at once, with coaches overseeing individual groups. It’s a lot easier to oversee 90 players when you have 28 coaches than when you have 15.

9 responses to “Bruce Arians assembles the NFL’s biggest coaching staff

  1. Bruce Arians assistant will have an assistant, who will also have an assistant.

  2. Interesting. I wonder how it will work out for the Bucs. The Pats usually have the smallest coaching staff in the league. I wish that someday a reporter will ask Bill why he does it that way.

  3. patfanken says:
    April 15, 2019 at 10:01 am
    Interesting. I wonder how it will work out for the Bucs. The Pats usually have the smallest coaching staff in the league. I wish that someday a reporter will ask Bill why he does it that way

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    I don’t want to use the phrase autopilot, but the nearly 2 decades at the helm that Billy B has allow him to do things others can’t as his culture is firmly in place now and the players can do some of the lifting a team like the Bucs can’t with a new coach, even one experienced like Bruce.

  4. So that’s about one coach for every two players on the final 53 man roster. Hilarious.

    Reminds me of an early Stones song, “Under-assistant West Coast Promotion Man”.

  5. WILL NOT MATTER when they finish 6-10..
    True Talent shows up in games, not because of great coaching but because the player is gifted… Barry Sanders wasn’t a great runner because he had great coaching…

    The Bucs don’t have but maybe 2 or 3 and they are receivers or on defense…

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