Bucs ownership wanted Bruce Arians to call plays

AP

When the Bucs hired Bruce Arians, they hired him not only as head coach but to call the plays.

So Joel and Bryan Glazer “were not real fired up that [Arians] said he’s not going to be calling the plays,” Andrea Kremer reported Tuesday on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.

Arians, 66, delegated those duties to offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. Leftwich, 39, is a former NFL quarterback who has never called plays.

Arians confirmed to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times that he had to sell ownership on Leftwich.

“Yeah, there was a real good conversation about it,’’ Arians said. “I said, ‘Just trust me. My hand is there. I’m right over his shoulder. He is trained and ready to go.’ It’s just something I wanted to do.’’

Arians has tried to balance his job with his health this time around, having left the Cardinals after the 2017 season for health reasons. That went into his thought process when giving Leftwich the reins of the offense.

“It’s easy right now,” Arians said of watching and listening.

Arians still will have a big hand in the offense. It will just be a first for the game plan and the play calls not to have his signature on them.

10 responses to “Bucs ownership wanted Bruce Arians to call plays

  1. You can see it on the field in pre-season so far. Todd Bowles defense is miles ahead of Leftwhich’s offense, even though there is greater talent on the offensive side.

  2. Wait, why would Arians or Leftwich call the plays?
    Did something happen to Winston?

  3. Why is team ownership deciding how to hire a head coach? Isn’t that the responsibility of the General Manager?

  4. ===>”You can see it on the field in pre-season so far. Todd Bowles defense is miles ahead of Leftwhich’s offense, even though there is greater talent on the offensive side.”

    1. It’s *natural* for defenses to be ahead of offenses for the first several practices.

    2. Leftwich may be calling plays, but it’s Arians’ offense. There’s not one formation or one play that will occur that won’t have been given the head coach’s thumbs up or thumbs down.

  5. I imagine they were mortified when they found out that Byron ‘longest wind up to throw, slow moving, mediocre at best’ Leftwich would be coaching Jameis ‘Turnover Master’ Winston and calling plays…
    NfL’s train wreck this season!

  6. Another, “Big Show” hire.
    Will lead to nothing.

    Riiight. Just like when the owner (not the G.M.) made another “Big Show” hire when Glazer hired Jon Gruden and of course it led to nothing. Oh wait, I forgot. They won the Superbowl.

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