Buccaneers’ explanation for Bruce Arians being on the sidelines tells only part of the story


In Week One, Buccaneers special adviser to the General Manager Bruce Arians watched the game from General Manager Jason Licht’s booth. In Week Two, Arians was on the sidelines with Licht.

On Monday, coach Todd Bowles explained the presence of his former boss in the thick of his current workspace.

Via Greg Auman of TheAthletic.com, Bowles said the Saints didn’t give Licht a booth, relegating Licht and Arians to the sideline.

But it’s not as if the Bucs were frozen out. They had booth No. 6 on the 700 level of the stadium for the team’s coaches. Also, Buccaneers ownership had suite 403. Licht and Arians (and other members from Licht’s staff) could have watched the game from either place.

Also, per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Saints provided 18 seats in the press box for Tampa Bay personnel. Licht and Arians had reserved seats there, literally with their names on them.

Auman adds this observation: “Jason Licht and his staff have generally watched games from the sidelines for the past two seasons. There are a finite number of bench passes each team has for staff, and Arians has one. Nothing improper there.”

Arians’s presence on the sideline isn’t improper. What he did while he was there may have been. He put himself in the middle of the action. He was chirping to at least one official. He was close to the action that transpired between receiver Mike Evans and multiple Saints players.

Again, as long as he isn’t trying to tell Bowles what to do, the Bucs can benefit from having an agitator on the sidelines. But it’s fair for the NFL to assess whether Arians (or anyone else) who isn’t a player or a coach has encroached into areas where the person shouldn’t be.

Arians shouldn’t be in the thick of things. He shouldn’t be lobbying officials. He shouldn’t potentially be stirring up shit between Bucs players and Saints players.

And the league should create clear boundaries for what Arians can and can’t do, and where Arians can and can’t be.

13 responses to “Buccaneers’ explanation for Bruce Arians being on the sidelines tells only part of the story

  1. It’s as if the former HC who got fired by the QB is still trying to convince everybody — or himself — that he didn’t actually get fired by the QB.

  2. Once again, we appear to be tiptoeing around the specifics of what Arians did. Several commenters have previously said that he encouraged Evans to leave the sideline and attack Lattimore. Some have said that they could read Arians lips. Perhaps official sources will address these specifics at some point.

  3. Brady……When Brady retires, that franchise won’t sniff the playoffs for years and years.

    Just horrible leadership from top to bottom.

  4. Remember the scene in Bull Durham where Crash told Nuke to throw at the mascot?

    Hopefully opposing QBs start doing that.

  5. 50Stars says:
    September 19, 2022 at 2:30 pm
    He is part of the staff. No issue with him being on the sideline.

    Arians is not part of the staff. He is the “special advisor” to the GM, a strictly honorary title. He has no business being on the sideline.

  6. I like how they straight up lie and try to blame the Saints for while they’re on the sideline.

    Good job on pointing out they weren’t telling the truth and the fact they had seats in a booth with their names on them and all the other options they had.

  7. I feel like he looks at the team/coaches (as his own children) has to micromanage/have a say because he’s the parent. Feel bad for Todd Bowles. But he kind of accepted it!

  8. Agreed, this is garbage. Shouldn’t be able to be on the sidelines instigating like that and barking at officials, he’s not a coach or member of the team. He and Brady are so attention starved, they just refuse to go away.

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