Bruce Arians vows to appeal $50,000 fine for striking Andrew Adams

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The NFL has fined Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians $50,000 for slapping the helmet of, and throwing an elbow at, safety Andrew Adams during Sunday’s playoff win over the Eagles. Meeting with reporters on Wednesday, Arians vowed to appeal the fine.

It ain’t go nothing to do with the game,” Arians added, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. Arians declined further comment on the matter.

Arians faces an uphill battle in his effort to reduce or overturn the punishment. He lacks the protection of a union. No independent body will handle the challenge. The league issued the punishment. The league most likely won’t un-issue it.

The league has no real choice but to stick with the decision. Arians crossed the line. Whatever his explanation or excuse, football coaches at every level need to know that this kind of thing can’t be tolerated.

Frankly, it would be better to just pay the fine and not prolong the story. Unless, of course, Arians hopes to curry favor with the old-school crowd that thinks it’s OK to strike, elbow, push, or kick football players — or when all else fails to drag them around by their facemasks.

That’s how it used to be. That’s not how it is anymore. Maybe Arians needs to have his appeal denied before he begins to realize that the things that used to be OK no longer are.

16 responses to “Bruce Arians vows to appeal $50,000 fine for striking Andrew Adams

  1. Call me old school… he should have been penalized for being on the field, I’ve seen & heard worse playing sports for over 20 years. It wasn’t even that bad of an action…

  2. Same guy who reinstated Antonio Brown after he falsified vaccine documentation. He gets what he deserves. Go Rams

  3. Whats next…cant make them run sprints for making mistakes??

    Making a mountain out of a nothing here.

  4. Everyone talks about “Brady made Belichick’s career!”. The only reason this guy is relevant is because of Tom Brady. All of the sudden he thinks he’s untouchable when that’s only the case because Tom Brady has made him temporarily untouchable.

  5. Funny how good of a coach he has become since getting a good offensive coordinator, Brady and talent on defense.

  6. This just makes Arians look like an even bigger loser. Dude should’ve been suspended but the league gives him a slap on the wrist. 100% AB was right

  7. What is he thinking with this distraction in a big playoff week? BA needs to retire and hand over the reins to Bowles.

  8. Maybe TB will waive Adams in the off-season. Players get mocked for fighting with helmets on. Arians slapping him on the helmet wasn’t egregious. And the elbow he threw was because he was clumsily approaching him because of the bum Achilles. It’s not much of a story.

  9. Instead of a fine, the NFL should have had someone smack him around and tell him they are tired of stupid coaches.

  10. Everyone talks about “Brady made Belichick’s career!”. The only reason this guy is relevant is because of Tom Brady.

    #1 defense 5x
    #2 defense 6x
    Top 5 defense 15x
    Top 10 defense 28x

    Would he have won 6 Titles without Brady? Obviously not.

    Would he have been relevant in the League? That answer is pretty obvious as well.

  11. Why wasn’t a penalty accessed for him going on the field? Guess he wasnt to concerned about that. Apparently nobody in the media or the league is because I cant find anyone even asking the question. I seem to recall Jim Harbaugh getting a penalty for going on the field to question a call that was later reversed when he was with the 49ers.Dont think he was withem much longer. Have the rules changed, just wondering.

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