Bruce Arians has no regrets for whacking Andrew Adams

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Sunday’s game between the Eagles and Buccaneers included a moment when Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians went after safety Andrew Adams, slapping him in the helmet and following through with an elbow.

Arians, who told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times after Sunday’s post-game press conference that the head coach was trying to stop Adams from drawing a penalty for pulling an Eagles player off the pile, was asked during his Monday press conference whether he regrets getting physical with a player.

“No, and I’ve seen enough dumb,” Arians said. “You can’t pull guys out of a pile. We just got a big play, great field position, and he’s trying to pull a guy out of a pile, and I was trying to knock him off of that guy so he didn’t get a penalty.”

Neither the league nor the NFL Players Association had a comment regarding Arians crossing a fairly bright line when it comes to appropriate player interaction. He’s the product of an era in which coaches kicked and punched and pulled players around by their facemasks as a remedy for “dumb” or lazy or whatever.

That doesn’t make it OK. To the extent the NFL is concerned about the messages sent to players at lower levels of the sport when it comes to taunting, the league also should be concerned about messages sent to coaches at lower levels of the sport when it comes to laying hands on players.

29 responses to “Bruce Arians has no regrets for whacking Andrew Adams

  1. No, it’s not OK that BA got physical with Adams. But if you watch the film, you have to admit BA is right about dumb. After BA gives him the helmet whack and the elbow, Adams just moves over and starts back toward the pile.

  2. Arians probably hurt his hand hitting him. He was trying to make a point. The point was don’t cost our team a trip to the super bowl. If you needed to be reminded of that, you deserve one upside the head.

  3. The coach should have laid a hand on Dak when he decided to run in from the 40….just sayin’..

  4. Adam was being dumb but also BA was in the wrong. That’s another adult you’re putting your hands on, if Adams turned and hit them back we would be having a bigger conversation. Just because it’s football doesn’t make it right. The close enough to hit him then you’re close enough to just grab him.

    That being said I don’t think it’s that big of a deal

  5. When did it become okay for a coach to run onto the field and hit his guy to prevent a penalty

  6. this country is soft, would you people be happier if he cut him and he lost money, i know what the player prefers

  7. If a player is being aggressive after a play I have no problem with his own coaches using aggression to stop him in the moment. This is of course for the NFL and grown adult players.

  8. More concerning is why wasn’t he flagged for being on the field? I’m sure the NFL going to allow McVay to run down to the end zone again tonight as well. I’m old enough to remember when Sean Payton and Carroll were fined in the same week for being on the field of play. And Payton got a 15 yard penalty because he hurt the ref in his feelings.

  9. Superbowl win last season,progressing thru playoffs this season. Perhaps more coaches should adopt his methods.

  10. And if he slapped him on the helmet after making a good play, nobody would say squat.

  11. Yet, you guys will mock players that swing and punch other players with helmets on. He’s not going to hurt the player, so I don’t see what the big deal is. Also, because Arians is so immobile with his partially ruptured Achilles, I think his clumsy effort was exacerbated because he couldn’t get to him quickly.

  12. I don’t understand, was this after the play or was it live. If it was live why is Arias on the field. If the play is over can’t he just talk to the player. Either way a coach, any coach should not put hands on any player.

  13. The NFL is so asinine as Arians was just trying to get his player’s attention and to get out of the skirmish.

  14. Everyone who says it’s not a big deal… all of you would be the first in line to sue if your supervisor slapped and elbowed you in the head. Cmon people… use your heads!

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