Bruce Arians thought he was done, now considers 2020 his best year in coaching

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Bruce Arians announced his retirement from coaching after the 2017 season. He’s glad he changed his mind.

Arians said he didn’t expect to jump back into it after walking away from the Cardinals three years ago. But the Buccaneers job felt like the right opportunity in 2019, and he now views the 2020 season — which has him at Super Bowl LV — as his best year yet.

“It’s amazing, absolutely amazing,” Arians said, via USA Today. “This is the most rewarding year I’ve had in coaching, probably, because of the pandemic and what we’ve had to deal with. Watching this team grow and get better and better and jell for the playoffs, it’s been a fantastic year and I’m very, very thankful.”

Arians said the Buccaneers job fell into place perfectly because he considers General Manager Jason Licht one of his closest friends, because he respects the Glazer family that owns the Buccaneers, and because his top choices of assistant coaches were all available when he took the job in 2019.

“Everything lined up perfectly, from ownership, to general manager, who is a great friend, to all of my assistants being available,” Arians recalled on Monday. “Frankly, I probably wouldn’t have taken the job had some of those assistants not been available.”

When Tom Brady arrived in 2020, Arians thought this season could be something special. He’s one win away from the perfect conclusion to his most rewarding year.

51 responses to “Bruce Arians thought he was done, now considers 2020 his best year in coaching

  1. Amazing what adding TB12 did for Arians career. He will be a good coach as long as Tom is a Buccaneer.

  2. It’s amazing how having a great QB can make almost anyone look like a great coach.

  3. Sorry to break it to ya but it’s because you have the GOAT under center, he made BB look great as well. Don’t kid yourself, you’re as good as your qb.

  4. Weird how these otherwise average coaches have their next years the second TB12 shows up in town.

  5. The people trying to attribute his success solely to Brady do realize that he was in the NFC championship game five years ago and made the playoffs three out of his five years in Arizona, a historically terrible franchise,don’t they? Of course you do. What’s wrong with some of you people. Brady hasn’t even played well in the playoffs this year.

  6. arealisticpackerfan says:
    February 2, 2021 at 10:41 am
    It’s amazing how having a great QB can make almost anyone look like a great coach.

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    Andy Reid wholeheartedly agrees!

  7. This Dude has rode on coattails of Qbs his whole career. When it is time to coach, he retires or quits.

  8. other great quarterbacks have short 2-3 year runs then have some disastrous years because of weaker draft positioning and salary cap.

    Tom is a great quarterback. To go 20 years of winning required BB to basically rebuild the team every 3 years-which he did.

    BB had an excellent quarterback and he kept him. you need both for a real long term winner.

    Tampa Bay had excellent draft positioning-just needed the quarterback.

  9. Yea, because it real tough to look like a really good head coach with Tom Brady as your QB. Ask B.B. in New England how things are working out !

  10. I have been a NE Patriots season ticket holder since 1993 and while I was definitely hoping Brady would finish his career in NE, I was not surprised he left.

    The “Who deserves the credit for New England’s success” discussion is crazy. Despite what many of the non-New England fans fail to realize is that Coach and Quarterback were successful BECAUSE of each other.

    The Patriots drafted Brady because the Quarterback Coaching 2000 loved Brady — I cannot remember the coaches name (Rayburn maybe?) — but in either the 2000 or 2001 season training camp, this quarterbacks coach sadly and suddenly unexpectedly died. Due to this sudden loss, Bill Belichick took over the duties of the Quarterbacks Coach, spending a significant amount of time in the QB room TEACHING the quarterbacks.

    We all know the rest of the story — Brady was named backup quarterback in 2001, Mo Lewis hit Drew Bledsoe, Belichick making the decision to stay with Brady despite Bledsoe getting healthy and his having signed the then richest QB contract in the NFL in March 2001…

    There is absolutely know way to know what would have become of Tom Brady or Bill Belichick if the two had not come together in 2000. Would Tom Brady have been picked up somewhere as an UFA? He himself said during the draft he was so despondent on not being drafted prior to round six that he took a walk and contemplated going in to insurance sales. Would Brady have every stepped on to an NFL football field as professional football player if not for being drafted and mentored by Bill Belichick?

    There is no way to know what would have happened if these two had not come together. Chances are great Bill would not have seen the success he has without Brady but chances are just as great Brady would not have seen his success without Belichick.

    Look at Andy Reid — always considered a very good coach, a coach with a winning record, a coach with notoriously poor clock management skills. Reid’s poor clock management skills were ultimately the reason for his losing many big games. Now he has the very gifted Patrick Mahomes as his starting quarterback and his team came back from a double digit deficit in the fourth quarter to win the Super Bowl. Has Andy Reid suddenly learned how to manage the game clock or is his success now due to him having a starting quarterback who can overcome Reid’s poor clock management? Without Mahomes would KC and Reid have made it to the Super Bowl last season? Without Reid’s staffs insistence on moving up to draft him, would Mahomes be a starting quarterback in the NFL today?

    These are chicken and egg discussions — let’s just sit and watch the game…

  11. Bill Parcells once said that coaches get too much credit when the teams win and too much blame when they lose. Having Brady as your quarterback will improve any coach.

  12. For everyone that says New England was all about Brady and now Tampa Bay is all about Brady, here are some defensive stats:

    This is New England’s defensive ranking in the NFL based on points:

    2003 – 1
    2004 – 2
    2005 – 17
    2006 – 2
    2007 – 4
    2008 – 8
    2009 – 5
    2010 – 8
    2011 – 15
    2012 – 9
    2013 – 10
    2014 – 8
    2015 – 10
    2016 – 1
    2017 – 5
    2018 – 7
    2019 – 1

    Tampa Bay

    2020 – 4

    So you’re telling me that Tom Brady is solely to credit for playing on teams with an unprecedented run of good defenses? Remember his last Super Bowl win, how he completely dominated the Rams defense? Uh, no, that game was won by the Patriots defense.

  13. Currently the most overrated coach in the league. He can thank TB12 and a talented team for this season.

  14. Lol u were done bub. Brady raised the culture bar for you. Your previous “leader” stole crab legs. I am not a TB fan but it is true.

  15. Some of you are in such denial it’s crazy, Brady makes EVERYONE around him better, wins games and championships PERIOD.

  16. It’s not your coaching that’s made the Bucs winners, Bruce. Who’s your quarterback? Brady can make the worst coach look like a genius.

  17. hailtothe says:
    February 2, 2021 at 11:41 am
    For everyone that says New England was all about Brady and now Tampa Bay is all about Brady, here are some defensive stats:

    This is New England’s defensive ranking in the NFL based on points:

    2003 – 1
    2004 – 2
    2005 – 17
    2006 – 2
    2007 – 4
    2008 – 8
    2009 – 5
    2010 – 8
    2011 – 15
    2012 – 9
    2013 – 10
    2014 – 8
    2015 – 10
    2016 – 1
    2017 – 5
    2018 – 7
    2019 – 1

    Tampa Bay

    2020 – 4

    So you’re telling me that Tom Brady is solely to credit for playing on teams with an unprecedented run of good defenses? Remember his last Super Bowl win, how he completely dominated the Rams defense? Uh, no, that game was won by the Patriots defense.

    So on point…I guess people think the Rams were held to 3 points on super bowl LIII thanks to Brady. A better question would be would Tom Brady be in the super bowl this year if he’d stayed in New England since it’s all him? Nope. He left cause of lack of talent. The Bucs are stacked and super talented on both sides of the ball. That’s why he threw three picks and still won the conference championship.

  18. A lot of BB haters here, the fact is BB won without Tom, and the Pats had more players opt out than any other team, including key starters.

    BB will be fine when things are back to normal.

  19. Not sure I’d agree with him as much as he’d like a lot of credit . Look at the players he inherited. Besides the ones brought in any coach would of had the success he had . He bailed on cards after destroying what they had going .. I’ll lay down money he is gone from Tampa. Within 2years after losing super bowl and not getting back to it

  20. This is because the front office went out and purchased a roster for this season. It will be dismantled after this season.
    Enjoy it while it last Bucs fans. You are all closet fans anyway, only cheer or support when your team is winning.

  21. Not a big fan of BA, but read his above quote. He never said it was HIS best year coaching (implying credit to him), he merely stated it was his “most rewarding year.” Going to the SB for the first time as HC, one would think so. I think everyone, including BA, knows they wouldn’t be playing Sunday without Brady.

  22. rodgerstonelson says:
    February 2, 2021 at 11:04 am
    This Dude has rode on coattails of Qbs his whole career. When it is time to coach, he retires or quits.
    ____________________________________

    Not really, he rode with Byron Leftwich at QB. The coattails go sideways with Leftwitch, just like his windup.

  23. hailtothe says:
    February 2, 2021 at 11:41 am
    For everyone that says New England was all about Brady and now Tampa Bay is all about Brady, here are some defensive stats:

    This is New England’s defensive ranking in the NFL based on points:

    2003 – 1
    2004 – 2
    2005 – 17
    2006 – 2
    2007 – 4
    2008 – 8
    2009 – 5
    2010 – 8
    2011 – 15
    2012 – 9
    2013 – 10
    2014 – 8
    2015 – 10
    2016 – 1
    2017 – 5
    2018 – 7
    2019 – 1

    Tampa Bay

    2020 – 4

    So you’re telling me that Tom Brady is solely to credit for playing on teams with an unprecedented run of good defenses? Remember his last Super Bowl win, how he completely dominated the Rams defense? Uh, no, that game was won by the Patriots defense.

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    This is very misleading…

    1) brady helps the defense by playing winning football, he almost never turns the ball over and takes sacks.. and moves the chains often to give defense rest.

    2) brady took less money to fill out the rest of the roster.

    3) belichick routinely almost the entire 20 years refused to spend money or invest draft picks on the offense. All other top qbs have lots of money in top wr to take advantage of their qb being good.. e.g. manning and mahomes etc.. and so the argument oh brady has a better defense is baloney.. it’s because they invest less in offense so brady has to do more with less and he covered up the gaps which afforded belichick the ability to invest so much in the defense.

    Show how much money was on both sides and you will see this was by design. Bb knew brady could make the offense work no matter what so afforded him to focus all his energy and investment in d

  24. realfootballfan says:
    February 2, 2021 at 10:52 am
    The people trying to attribute his success solely to Brady do realize that he was in the NFC championship game five years ago and made the playoffs three out of his five years in Arizona, a historically terrible franchise,don’t they? Of course you do. What’s wrong with some of you people. Brady hasn’t even played well in the playoffs this year.
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    NFC Championship 5 years ago: did you even watch them get blown out? Made the playoffs 3 out of his 5 years? It was actually 2 out of 5. Look it up! I would attribute most of the success Arians had in Arizona to Carson Palmer. It’s amazing how when it was rumored Palmer may retire that Arians decided to suddenly do so. Arians last three coaching seasons without Brady:7-8-1; 8-8;7-9.

  25. Funny how having the GOAT QB suddenly turns you into a genius. I guess he’s playing chess now!

  26. Appreciate Brady in his old age. Twenty years of accepting the Patriots team-friendly pay, consistently working hard to win and Belichick didn’t humor his little whim of having Guerrero, his trainer and friend, to be around him. Cutting Brady a little slack could have fostered a feeling of appreciation. Brady gave his all for the team.

  27. LOL. A team loaded with offensive talent, and a pretty good defense, that Bruce Arians had nothing to do with acquiring went out and signed the Greatest NFL QB and Leader of All-Time in the off-season. There were 32 NFL Head Coaches this year who could have led that team to the Super Bowl, and most would have would have led the team to a better regular season record than 11-5.

  28. Brady may have lost a step, but can still read a defense and see the entire field with one glance

  29. hailtothe says:
    February 2, 2021 at 11:41 am
    For everyone that says New England was all about Brady and now Tampa Bay is all about Brady, here are some defensive stats:

    This is New England’s defensive ranking in the NFL based on points:

    2003 – 1
    2004 – 2
    2005 – 17
    2006 – 2
    2007 – 4
    2008 – 8
    2009 – 5
    2010 – 8
    2011 – 15
    2012 – 9
    2013 – 10
    2014 – 8
    2015 – 10
    2016 – 1
    2017 – 5
    2018 – 7
    2019 – 1

    Tampa Bay

    2020 – 4

    I’m
    Not going through all of these so I’ll just start with the most recent
    TB was NOT 4th in the league in points allowed per game they were 8th
    Yes still top 10 but a big difference.
    And I like the other commenter said “it’s a misleading stat”
    Exactly for the reasons he posted.

    Why didn’t Manning win more SB if this is your excuse for Brady?
    EIGHT times Manning went into the playoffs with BOTH a top 10 defense in scoring and yards allowed, 7 of those 8 times he was one and done. 2 of those 7 times the defense was ranked number 1 in points allowed.

  30. A lot of BB haters here, the fact is BB won without Tom,
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Actually BB only had two winning season without Tom, one with Cleveland and the year Tom got hurt in the first game.

  31. hailtothe says:
    February 2, 2021 at 11:41 am
    For everyone that says New England was all about Brady and now Tampa Bay is all about Brady, here are some defensive stats:

    This is New England’s defensive ranking in the NFL based on points:

    2003 – 1
    2004 – 2
    2005 – 17
    2006 – 2
    2007 – 4
    2008 – 8
    2009 – 5
    2010 – 8
    2011 – 15
    2012 – 9
    2013 – 10
    2014 – 8
    2015 – 10
    2016 – 1
    2017 – 5
    2018 – 7
    2019 – 1

    Tampa Bay

    2020 – 4

    Another perfect example of why this is misleading..

    Last season TB was ranked 19th in the league in points allowed
    And it’s pretty much the same Defense

    Winston constantly turning the Ball over put them on shirt fields to defend

    Brady comes along and makes smart decisions (take a sack or throw the ball away) when there is no play to be made helps the defense by not turning the ball over and not putting them on short fields now they are ranked 8th in points allowed

  32. Yes it does feel good. Now you know how Bill Belichick felt the last 20 years. Except for 2008 when Brady was hurt.

  33. Will Arians still feel this way if the Bucs lose? I am rooting for Brady to win #7,but it’s not guaranteed. The Chiefs are stacked with talent in all 3 phases of the game. It won’t be easy.

  34. Remember how Brett Favre created all those “great” coaches? Holmgren, Mooch, Jon Gruden and Andy Reid?

  35. Bruce Arians is overrated
    Give him a young QB & he can’t win
    Give him a Vet QB who hasn’t ever been great & he sucks
    Give him a Old guy who’s already great & he’ll win
    & people call him Great HC

  36. ariani1985 says:
    February 2, 2021 at 1:02 pm
    Goes to show how average BB is as a coach!

    —–

    Do you realize that any QB who hasn’t even been drafted yet has won as many SB championships as the Vikings have since their very existence?

  37. Arians is a clown
    he’s a coordinator not HC
    and by his own admission, he’s done no coaching, Brady has been coaching, you know, like he wasnt at NE? Which is idiotic as Tom did whatever he wanted here too
    Arians is the 2021 Barry Switzer

  38. Give Arians his due. Right now he’s a GOAT. He’s a genius. He walks on water. For generations we’ve used superlatives to describe the coach that stands on the sidelines watching the best QB’s in the game win championships. Why stop with Arians?

  39. All this means is his offense was trash. You see it has been tailored to Brady’s wants and doing a lot better. Arian’s offense hangs QBs out to dry and it was not all on Winston.

  40. Arians was really at the mercy of Jamies Winston until this year. His offense, while definitely agresive, depends on having a QB know when to either throw it away or just take what’s there. Winston’s turnovers were what absolutely destroyed any chance that team had at success, everyone knew that. Granted Brady is…well, Brady, I’d be willing to bet anyone else could do well in that system so long as they don’t throw interceptions on average twice a game.

    And to anyone critiquing whether Mahomes would be a starting QB, he definitely would. It was even rumored that Houston was going to take him until KC stepped up ahead. He was considered raw, and was. But a desperate team would have just thrown him out there day one and hope for the best. He may have reached the success he’s having now, but probably not until his second or third coach. He was fortunate enough to have the chance to sit for a year and see how things work (I’ll forever be grateful to Alex Smith for that). And clearly that gave him the edge needed to be the Mahomes we’re seeing today. I’m just able to see both sides. And it apies to BB as well. I’m sure he even had his faults (as his record before Brady indicates). But after 20 years he’s picked up enough as a leader and coach to hopefully adjust. I’m certain he’s window shopping right now for a new QB that has all the tangibles he’s enjoyed for 20 years. He now knows what he needs to succeed like he has been for so long.

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