Bruce Arians has a history of playing (and losing to) a playoff team with a losing record

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It’s come up from time to time that the last team to make the playoffs with a losing record was coached by the man who’s now taking a team to the playoffs with a losing record.

Ron Rivera led the 2014 Panthers to the NFC South crown, with a 7-8-1 record. And the Panthers won in the wild-card round.

The Panthers beat the Cardinals. The Cardinals were coached at the time by the same man who will coach the Buccaneers against Rivera’s Washington Football Team on Saturday night.

Of course, Bruce Arians didn’t have access to Tom Brady in 2014.

“We had our fourth-string quarterback and it wasn’t much fun,” Arians told reporters on Tuesday. “We signed Ryan Lindley off the street and we’re actually playing against the other quarterback — Logan Thomas — who’s now a tight end for [Washington]. All our guys had gotten hurt and it was still a close game. It came down to an interception down on the goal line. It was a very frustrating game.”

Arians’ memory is favorable to the Cardinals. The interception in the end zone came with 2:03 to play — and the Panthers led at the time, 27-14. So it came down to an interception in the end zone that if it had been caught for a touchdown would have required Arizona to recover an onside kick and then driven down the field for the go-ahead score.

This time around, Arians will have a much better chance to win, thanks to the presence of Tom Brady.

14 responses to “Bruce Arians has a history of playing (and losing to) a playoff team with a losing record

  1. Bruce Arians has a history of playing (and losing to) a playoff team with a losing record

    TB12 doesn’t.

  2. All Bruce Arians needs to do is zip his mouth and let Brady take over the offense. With over 20 year experience I think Brady will be fine without Arians

  3. Media this week is trying to talk up the Redskins to make the game seem more interesting…
    The Eagles had to change to the backup qb to lose to them… they are not a threating team as they are trying to make it seem!

  4. Well here’s hoping Bruce tests positive for Covid. If he does the Bucs have a better shot at getting to the Superbowl

  5. “This time around, Arians will have a much better chance to win, thanks to the presence of Tom Brady.”

    And the fact that they’re playing a team that shouldn’t even be in the playoffs in the first place. Nothing against Washington but that division is horrible and it basically came down to the best of the worst in the NFC East.

  6. Hope Chase Young has a pro bowl day and sacks Brady 6 times and drives his head in the grass…Sick of hearing about Yom Brady!

  7. The more time passes and the more wine Arians consumes, the Cardinals actually win that game.

  8. Hope Chase Young has a pro bowl day and sacks Brady 6 times and drives his head in the grass…Sick of hearing about Yom Brady!
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    You must really hate Mahomes, Rogers, Jackson, and Russell as well. Or do you just have a special place in your heart for Brady?

  9. Washington played in the most pathetic division in the NFL which allowed the Washington defense and Chase Young to pad their stats against garbage opponents and below average QBs.

    By-the-way, the Bucs defense has more QB sacks than Washington’s defense… and 3 Bucs players have more sacks than Chase Young. But, don’t let the facts get in the way.

    Bucs will dominate Washington. Hope Tom Brady drops 50+ on them.

  10. AOC is glad Al Gore invented football and discovered Mexico says:
    January 5, 2021 at 8:43 pm
    Washington played in the most pathetic division in the NFL which allowed the Washington defense and Chase Young to pad their stats against garbage opponents and below average QBs.

    By-the-way, the Bucs defense has more QB sacks than Washington’s defense… and 3 Bucs players have more sacks than Chase Young. But, don’t let the facts get in the way.

    Bucs will dominate Washington. Hope Tom Brady drops 50+ on them.

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    Tom will be lucky to drop 20 on them but that might be enough. The Washington D is legit but unless Alex feels much better than last week, the O doesn’t have the horses to keep up..

  11. as long as whacky glasses stays out of the way and lets TB12 run the show, the Bucs are the team to beat in the NFC

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