When the season ends Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will finish with a record 8-8 (or 7-9). Now, as for some off-season priorities, let’s just push those to the side and enjoy the final Sunday of Bucs football until Training Camp kicks off next summer.
The fact that the team currently has 7 wins is enough validation alone, but winning “8” and breaking even, says Bruce Arians has changed the culture of this team.
No-Risk It, No Biscuit!
That mentality seems to have sunk in on both sides of the ball. The offense has exploded through the air (not so much on the ground though).
Arians is also to thank for bringing in Todd Bowles and acquiring players such as Shaq Barrett (who has 16.5 sacks and is at least half a sack from setting the franchise record) and a swap in the No. 93 jersey from Gerald McCoy to Ndamukong Suh.
Has the whispering done enough to keep Jameis Winston?
Everyone and their mother is aware of why Bruce decided to come out of retirement and become the head coach. If you for some reason have no idea, it was to coach Jameis Winston the same way he did Manning, Roethlisberger, and Carson Palmer. Yes, the turnovers have sky-rocketed, but so have the touchdowns, yards, and his deep ball.
My expectation is Arians is secure with where Winston is, and the Bucs retain the QB for the future.
The case for Coach of the Year?
Arians is already a two-time Coach of the Year (2012,2014), but as for the 2019 season, the 67-year-old coach may not be the NFL’s Coach of the Year, but he’s for sure been the best thing since Tony Dungy for this franchise.