Buccaneers bring back Bruce Arians for Sunday’s game at Jets

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The Buccaneers won’t get a chance to prove that they can thrive without coach Bruce Arians.

Arians is back with the team after a brief absence, due to a positive COVID-19 result. The team announced on Saturday that he’ll serve as head coach on Sunday at the Jets. Harold Goodwin would have handled the duties if Arians hadn’t been cleared to return.

Also back is receivers coach Kevin Garver. Both will travel with the team to New Jersey for the Week 17 game.

The team also activated cornerbacks Jamel Dean and Sean Murphy-Bunting from the COVID-19 reserve list. They will not fly with the team Saturday but they possibly will travel separately to New Jersey for the game. This implies that Dean and Murphy-Bunting have not yet received medical clearance to return to full activities.

Arians told Ira Kaufman of JoeBucsFan.com on Thursday that Arians was experiencing mild COVID symptoms, just a runny nose and a cough.

23 responses to “Buccaneers bring back Bruce Arians for Sunday’s game at Jets

  1. If anyone thinks the Bucs won the SB last year because of Arians then they obviously don’t know football. Jason Garrett could of won with Brady at the helm and all that talent.

  2. Don’t underestimate Arians value to the team. Team mascots serve an important function, boosting morale, cheerleading etc. They should be tickled to have him back….

  3. They would have won this one with Todd Bowles coaching. I just hope the kid plays well and we hang tough into the fourth quarter.

  4. Todd Bowles and that defense won it, the offense was efficient, not much more. This year the opposite will be true, if they get that far

  5. Arian’s job is mostly a ceremonial position so it would be irrelevant if he was there or not. His job is to ramble on and revise history in his favor during press conferences.

    During the game? His job is to stay out of Tom Brady’s way.

  6. “Todd Bowles and that defense won it.” Did Brady’s defense throw 40 touchdown passes during the regular season and did they have any pick sixes in the playoffs? Nope. It’s strange. It’s almost like the common denominator with Brady’s teams winning super bowls is Brady.

  7. Wait, I thought it was going to be dire if he got covid? He’s so vulnerable I thought? There’s no possible way he could be back from this horrible sniffling virus so soon…

  8. How thoughtful of GM/Coach TB12 to allow Bruce to appear on the sidelines Sunday in his ceremonial “coaching” position. Sound rather generous at first, but Tommy just wants to ensure he has a scapegoat at the ready — just in case the unthinkable were to actually happen.

  9. If the most vulnerable man in the NFL had no problem with covid, maybe we can stop panicking about it.

  10. jameshodges says:
    January 1, 2022 at 6:03 pm
    “Todd Bowles and that defense won it.” Did Brady’s defense throw 40 touchdown passes during the regular season and did they have any pick sixes in the playoffs? Nope. It’s strange. It’s almost like the common denominator with Brady’s teams winning super bowls is Brady.

    I’m talking about the Super Bowl. The defense suffocated the Chiefs

  11. ‘The most annoying franchise in sports’

    This is NOT an article about the Cowboys or the Chiefs… May be you clicked on the wrong article!

  12. Wait, I thought it was going to be dire if he got covid? He’s so vulnerable I thought? There’s no possible way he could be back from this horrible sniffling virus so soon…

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    Covid is nearly always a breeze with vaccination. Without being vaxxed, not so much. That is what both medical stats and my own personal observations and experiences point to.

  13. jameshodges says:
    January 1, 2022 at 6:03 pm
    “Todd Bowles and that defense won it.” Did Brady’s defense throw 40 touchdown passes during the regular season and did they have any pick sixes in the playoffs? Nope. It’s strange. It’s almost like the common denominator with Brady’s teams winning super bowls is Brady.
    —————-————————————————————————————————-I guess you think the Bucs defense didn’t force 4 turnovers against the Saints, or hold off a Packers team that intercepted Brady 3 times, nor held a Mahommes led Chiefs to only 9 points in the SB.

  14. “I guess you think the Bucs defense didn’t force 4 turnovers against the Saints.” Let’s just say the Bucs had a lot of good fortune go there way. Rodgers had a chance to run the ball into the endzone, but he chose not to do it. And, the Bucs’ defense only looked great in the super bowl because the Chiefs entire starting offensive line was out. It’s exactly why Brady won the super bowl MVP. The offense put up points in the playoffs, not the defense.

  15. Todd Bowles and that defense won it, the offense was efficient, not much more. This year the opposite will be true, if they get that far
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    The Bucs scored 30 or more points in 4 playoff games – a record. Yes the defense was amazing in the SB. Don’t act like the offense was along for the ride.

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