Bruce Arians knows how to help an NFL team. Some other coaches that aren’t on the Buccaneers don’t.
The Bruce Arians approach to coaching is not an easy one. At times, being the disciplinarian is highly unpopular. Especially in a sport where players have choices and the ability to leave your team if you upset them, the coaches that ride their players too hard often find themselves without a job. BA with the Buccaneers was no exception to the rule.
In recent years, the entire mentality behind being a coach has changed. Gone are the days of running players till they puke to build toughness. In fact, most college and high school coaches have to go through training on the appropriate ways to discipline their athletes, and the NFL has its own method for handling these issues.
Professional athletes don’t require the same motivation to get better. In high school, wind sprints serve as a way to weed out those who don’t want to practice or put all of themselves into getting better, but this isn’t a necessity at the professional level.
If a guy is playing in the NFL, he has already shown a willingness to go above and beyond every day of his life to be better than the guy next to him. Every level you move up from the younger ages only proves this more, which is why being a strict NFL coach looks different than being a strict high school or college coach.
At least, it should look this way. Joe Judge of the New York Giants has a different idea.
Judge has become infamous in recent months for the high schoolesque way he coaches his team. Wind sprints are back for some Giants players for the first time in years, and Judge seems like he is trying to come off a little too strong in an attempt to gain control.
As we said, there is a place for discipline in the NFL, but the Bruce Arians strategy is much better. Rather than making the Buccaneers constantly run on bad days, Arians allows the players to police themselves. Fights between Bucs players are broken up by Bucs players.
When a player messes up, Arians won’t shy away from talking to the media. But Arians is also the same coach that will brag on anyone as well.
There is a balance that NFL coaches need in the modern era to connect with their players, and Arians has found the perfect fit. Joe Judge, on the other hand, has not.
In a quote to The Pewter Report, when asked about getting players back on track on bad days, Arians basically said that the main characteristic of Joe Judge’s coaching style no longer works.
Check out the quote for yourself here.
Whether or not Arians meant this quote to come across in this way remains to be seen, but it’s hard to imagine this was accidental. Everyone is following the disaster that is forming up in New York, and coaches like Bruce Arians just keep giving us reasons to be happy that we’re Buccaneers fans.
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