Things Every Fan Should Know About Bruce Arians
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are highly pursuing former Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians. Currently, Arians is an analyst for the NFL on CBS working with Greg Gumble and Trent Green. Arian’s name has come up a lot since he has been out of coaching for the past year and many experts believe that he would be a perfect fit for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Personally, I agree, and I do think he is the big name hire that the Glazers should pursue.
Bruce Arians is a native of Patterson, New Jersey and he would graduate from Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, where he also served as a graduate assistant. Arians received his first official coaching job at Mississippi State from 1978-1980 where he coached the running backs and wide receivers. The next two seasons, Arians would move to Tuscaloosa as a running backs coach at Alabama where he served under Bear Bryant from 1981-1982. Following Bryant’s death after the 1982 season, Arians received his first head coaching job at Temple University from 1983-1988.
His Shot at the Big Job
Arians and Temple parted ways after the 1988 season and shortly after gave the NFL a try. The Kansas City Chiefs gave Arians his first NFL job as a positions coach in 1982 and continued to coach in Kansas City until 1992. Until 2012, Arians had several jobs as a positions coach and as a coordinator until unfortunate circumstances opened a bigger door for Arians in Indianapolis.
During the 2012 season, current Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia. Arians took over the Colts from week 5-16 and led the Colts to a 9-3 record, all with a rookie quarterback named Andrew Luck, who gave the Colts a boost also. Coach Arians’ name would be one of the hottest candidates heading into the 2013 season.
The Arizona Job
On January 17, 2013, the Arizona Cardinals and Bruce Arians agreed on a four-year contract which made him their head coach. After leading the Cardinals to a 10-6 record in his first season, Arians would become the first Cardinals head coach since Norm Barry to lead the Cardinals to at least nine wins or more in their first season as head coach. The Cardinals did not make the playoffs until Arians second season, while the Cardinals finished the season 11-5, they lost to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Wildcard.
The most notable season in the Arians’ era was the 2015 season. While the Cardinals finished the season 13-3 with an AFC West Championship, the Cardinals were defeated by the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship Game. Arians would step away from coaching for just one season after the 2017 season. The Cardinals would finish the season 8-8.
Coach Arians is a prostate cancer survivor, he and his wife, Christine, run a charity together called The Arians Family Foundation, which supports domestic abuse and neglect of children. The charity also supports Court Appointed Special Advocates. Personally, this is not just a coach I don’t want to pass up, but a hero and a role model off of the field as well. THe Glazers and the Tampa Bay community would be very lucky to have such a man run their organization.