Buccaneers: Joe Judge can learn from Bruce Arians how to handle scuffles
By Rob Leeds
New York Giants head coach Joe Judge can learn a thing (or a thousand) from how Bruce Arians coaches the Buccaneers.
To be fair to the title and Bruce Arians, the head coach for the Buccaneers handles everything better than Joe Judge.
For lack of a better word, Judge’s time in New York has been a train-wreck. Most non-biased observers immediately recognized the mistake in hiring Judge over some of the other candidates, and the news coming out of New York justifies that position more by the day.
There are plenty of red flags for a coach like Judge, but they all start with how he runs his team. From a roster construction standpoint, Judge has been fine during his brief stint with the Giants, but how he treats his players leaves plenty to be desired.
Most people who follow the Giants know that Judge runs his team like a high school or college team. The players (and coaches) experience next to constant punishment as if the majority of the players aren’t already 10x as experienced in their field as Judge is in his, and this is not an intelligent decision in the modern NFL.
It feels like players are retiring on a near-daily basis for the Giants. It’s no surprise that the reports of these retirements usually follow tweets about hundred-yard wind sprints and other activities that sound like they belong at a lower level of the sport.
Judge is clearly trying to follow the examples of prior coaches he has worked under, such as Nick Saban and Bill Belichick. Still, the disciplinarian routine only works when you prove that you are worthy of the responsibility.
Sure, Belichick notoriously runs his team with an iron fist, but even he doesn’t make his players go through punishments like Judge. It almost feels like the young coach is coming on too strong.
Speaking of disciplinarian coaches, you can’t leave Bruce Arians out of the discussion. B.A. is also known for being tough on his players, but he has earned this right, and he also shows them pretty of love too. Based on the many nominations and the wide levels of success throughout his career, Arians has shown everyone that he is worthy of being critical of his players. The results speak for themselves.
The best way to compare the two coaches is the way they handle fighting. Fighting is a part of football. The sport is quite literally you fighting the guy across from you for 5-10 seconds, and it makes sense that emotions flare up from time to time.
One such fight took place at training camp for the Giants this past week, and the whole team was running wind sprints immediately after. This may have had something to do with Daniel Jones being an accidental casualty of the brawl, but something tells us that it would have been the same even if it was the fourth-string quarterback.
In a different situation on the Buccaneers, tempers flared up, but the players and coaches were able to defuse the situation quickly. The fight was smaller in Tampa, but it is still easy to see which coach has more control of their team.
When asked about these moments, Arians showed far more understanding for his players. Arians explained in a quote tweeted by Greg Auman that emotions and tempers flaring up is preferable to low energy, which makes perfect sense.
Quotes like this help show exactly why Bruce Arians is so good at his job. A college or high school coach only sees a fight or scuffle as a negative, primarily because it can get players suspended, but Arians has a much better understanding of his grown players that are only trying to perfect their craft.
As Bucs fans, we can all be thankful that Arians is our head coach and not Joe Judge.
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