Source: Bruce Arians situation is “being handled”

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Officially, neither the NFL nor the NFL Players Association had comment regarding Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians slapping the helmet of safety Andrew Adams, with an elbow on the follow-through. Unofficially, the incident has landed on the radar screen of the league office.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the incident is “being handled.” The source added that the policy is clear. No hands on officials, no hands on players.

It was no regrets for Arians when meeting with reporters on Monday, attributing his behavior to Adams being “dumb” when attempting to pull an Eagles player away from the pile that developed following a muffed punt.

It’s unclear what the league will do, or whether the league will even announce the punishment. Although a high degree of transparency applies to discipline imposed on players, discipline imposed on non-players isn’t always shared with the media.

31 responses to “Source: Bruce Arians situation is “being handled”

  1. It is called coaching, it is not like he punched him head or throat. Geez, the league is becoming so soft. Hopefully the XFL will bring back real football.

  2. If almost any player does that, they’re tossed, (I say almost because somehow Arians’ QB wouldn’t) so SOMETHING should happen to Brucey.

  3. Seems like the NFL is looking for an excuse to clear the path to having the team they want to win the Superbowl, win it, by penalising coaches, players, etc. of opposing teams. Arian’s was only trying to get Adam’s attention. Adams has probably taken bigger hits to his helmet than from the elbow of an almost 70 year old man. If anyone got hurt, it would be Arian’s own elbow.

  4. Most players would have taken their shirt off and ran back into the locker room after being abused like that.

  5. Washington Huskies Coach was fired for a similar incident this year. B.A. sure looked foolish. The player kept his cool. He wouldnt try that A.B.!

  6. I have been managing people for 25 years and they have done any number of “dumb” things. I have yet to slap one in the back of the head or elbow them anywhere else. It is not acceptable to lay hands on your employees. Pretty simple really.

  7. Hmm… I wonder what Tampa ownership or the NFL would do if it was the player doing that to the head coach…

  8. The point isn’t that Arians could have hurt Adams. The point is that Arians should know the rules in place. The fact that he doubled down afterwards isn’t going to help his case. And no….this is not a conspiracy. Nobody is out to get the reigning Super Bowl champions.

  9. There’s simply no need for a coach to put his hands on a player. Unless you’re separating players ina skirmish or something and no need to slap him in the head.

  10. They should just fire him.

    I’m sure Brady would rather work with Leftwich going forward anyway.

  11. hazydavey says:
    January 17, 2022 at 9:17 pm
    I have been managing people for 25 years and they have done any number of “dumb” things. I have yet to slap one in the back of the head or elbow them anywhere else. It is not acceptable to lay hands on your employees. Pretty simple really.

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    Do they wear full football gear and helmets? Smack each other around for three hours?

  12. Coach, ya should have done that two weeks ago when #81 was yelling and getting undressed on the sidelines.

  13. How does a coach (or an assistant) stop a (prevoked) player from doing something REALLY dumb during an important game? Yes it would have been “better” if a team-mate had intervened with the same actions and morivation.

  14. Never cared much for Arians. If it weren’t for TB12 the Bucs would be a mid pack team. Keep him as head coach tho, he is awful in the broadcast booth.

  15. And all the flying chest bumps, forearm bashes, helmet bashing (all of which are worse) celebrations should now be cancelled. Why not just make this flag football.

  16. It’s possibly the most heated sport, with tempers rising the highest in the red. It’s the playoffs when things become even more so. Those caveats given there are lines in almost every job on the football Field wether it’s players, coaches, officials, media on the sidelines(remembeSimms getting told off by an official for being on the sideline too close). Cheerleaders, medical staff, the guys with the water bottles, the sheriff or deputy near each head coach just in case. All have roles they must operate within, and if they go outside of that most times they are in trouble. BA broke one of the dos and Don’ts for his role as HC. He doesn’t like hearing that or Bucs fans think hey this is no big deal well I must disagree. Some degree of reprimand should occur wether financial or doing some in house I’m sorry for bleeping up curriculum I don’t care. But a lot of coaches with less name recognition would be fired for this. If they worked for NYG, HOU, or MIA they would for sure.

  17. orb1943 says:
    How does a coach (or an assistant) stop a (prevoked) player from doing something REALLY dumb during an important game? Yes it would have been “better” if a team-mate had intervened with the same actions and morivation.
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    Coach them the other six days of the week?
    How does a coach stop a playing from doing something really dumb like running up the middle with no timeouts, spotting the ball himself, and single-handedly flushing your playoff game down the toilet?

  18. He’s just a big mean bully! He needs sensitivity training so he’ll stop hurting people’s feelings.

  19. Wow! Talk about double standards! Didn’t they just fire a coach for kicking a player? A big deal was made about that in the media as well. Now this and it’s “hush hush”? AB may have been well within his rights! People will treat you the way you let them treat you.

  20. This isn’t new behavior, Bruce Arians is just getting old and starting to act out more PUBLICLY. That happens to lots of people as they age.
    Yo Bruce, your age is showing! 😆

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