The Buccaneers get no love from the analysts. They never do so this comes as no surprise to some long-time fans. When you step into the rank of head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that lack of love spreads immediately throughout the media and the fans. Bruce Arians is no exception.
Elliot Harrison, an analyst for NFL.com created a coach ranking for all 32 teams. Names of longer-tenured coaches were naturally in the top 3, with Bill Belichick, of course, at #1, Pete Carroll at #2, and Sean Payton at #3. Then in the middle of the pack is Bruce Arians.
In all fairness, that’s not all that bad right?
Considering he retired from coaching in 2017 only to return a season later, and despite Arians having a lot more lemons to squeeze than what was written there in the above statement, I feel it’s a bit short-sighted. However, it does show promise, and it’s a better ranking than some of the more recent coaches we’ve had in the past.
One thing is for sure, Arians deserves a lot more than a ranking of 16th with everything he has done in his coaching career.
*Picture Credit: Bucs head coach Bruce Arians – Photo by: Cliff Welch/ Pewter Report