Bruce Arians will coach from the sideline with a mask and face shield

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As of last week, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians reportedly was considering how close he’ll be to his players. Arians has now decided that, on game days, he’ll be as close as always.

Asked by reporters on Tuesday whether he has considered coaching from the booth, Arians said this: “No. There’s no chance of me coaching from a box. Once we get a [face] shield that I like, I’ll have my mask and shield on.”

Arians turns 68 in October, and he has had three different forms of cancer. He has no concerns about his own safety, however, when it comes to the pandemic.

“I’m very comfortable with our protocols now that I’ve gotten used to the protocols,” Arians said. “We had a week of staff meetings where we went through the protocols, how to teach with a mask on and all of the things that we are going to do differently. I’m very, very comfortable with it. As far as on the field, I’ll maintain a mask and probably a shield just for personal use, and coach like I’ve always coached.”

He’s sufficiently comfortable with the protocols that he has a significant degree of faith in the ability of the Buccaneer to play all 16 regular-season games.

“I’m very confident,” Arians said. “Like I said, the protocols that are in place are extremely safe. It’s going to [take] coaches, players and staff being smart outside the building. Nobody is going to get sick over here because everybody’s got a negative test that’s in the building, so you’re going to get sick somewhere else. We’ve just got to have a lot of discipline this year and I have a lot of confidence we’ll get it done.”

Still, the 24-hour lag between test collection and test result means that a player could slip through the cracks and shed virus in the facility, on the practice field, or during a game. That’s the risk the NFL will be taking, until adequate point-of-care testing is developed.

30 responses to “Bruce Arians will coach from the sideline with a mask and face shield

  1. “It’s going to take coaches, players, and staff being smart OUTSIDE the building”…and there’s the weak link to all of this

  2. It’s not just Ariens. A lot of NFL coaches have health problems, notably obesity, and are over 40 and 50. I just hope they don’t get sick, and don’t pass it on to their (presumably similar age) spouses. Realistically, I don’t see that happening.

  3. The key question: Will Arians still be able to wear his Kangol hat with a faceshield on?

  4. This is the last guy who should be around others at a time like this health wise.

    Besides, as everyone knows Brady is the real HC!

  5. You expect players and coaches to be SMART outside the building? The same players and coaches that regularly get busted for DUI, drug possession, bar fights, domestic assault, and a whole host of other STUPID crimes. Right…

  6. I wear a full blown respirator in public and people can hear me quite well and when my doctor saw me come into her office she could hardy keep from laughing and said “OH WOW… that is the best thing you could be wearing. It’s hot and it sucks but I will do everything in my power not to end up a statistic (dead). GO BRUCE !

  7. intrafinesse says:
    July 28, 2020 at 5:10 pm
    It’s not just Ariens. A lot of NFL coaches have health problems, notably obesity, and are over 40 and 50. I just hope they don’t get sick, and don’t pass it on to their (presumably similar age) spouses. Realistically, I don’t see that happening.

    *****************************************************************************

    I guess the one critical factor in their favor if they get sick is excess cash to buy advanced treatment/healthcare that isn’t available to average people. How do you think Boris Johnson got by unscathed a couple months back. Even on a good day, that dude already looks like he has COVID, and that’s when he’s not sick.

  8. It will be impossible for him to wear a mask and be outside in the Tampa heat in the first half of the season. No way, he will fallout on the sidelines. Coach go in the booth.

  9. Warm-weather cities may have an extra advantage this year in being easier to do more activities outside.

  10. Why not just wear a full Hazmat suit with your own personal Oxygen system setup built in Bruce ?

  11. “I wear a full blown respirator in public”

    Yeah, me too. I even put a little filter over the exit port, so it’s protecting others as well. Nothing like it to give a proper seal around the nose and mouth, as like you, I want to get through this pandemic alive.

    Funny looks from others? Bring it on…

  12. This will last until midwy through the first quarter of the first game when he realizes that nobody can understand a word he is saying.

  13. hawkkiller says:
    July 28, 2020 at 11:08 pm
    Why not just wear a full Hazmat suit with your own personal Oxygen system setup built in Bruce ?

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    Evidently you haven’t heard that cancer survivors are at very high risk to suffer (often fatal) complications should they catch COVID. But you do you!

  14. thetooloftools says:
    July 28, 2020 at 6:00 pm
    I wear a full blown respirator in public and people can hear me quite well and when my doctor saw me come into her office she could hardy keep from laughing and said “OH WOW… that is the best thing you could be wearing. It’s hot and it sucks but I will do everything in my power not to end up a statistic (dead). GO BRUCE !

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    You must be one of the guys I see wearing a mask while driving by himself

  15. Can’t imagine wearing a mask and face shield in that stifling Tampa heat. Just coach from the box.

  16. He’s trying to hide already after this Tampa trash experiment explodes in his face.

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