Buccaneers: Bruce Arians surprises no one with AB comments

Bruce Arians, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Bruce Arians, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

Bruce Arians didn’t waste words on the Antonio Brown situation after the Buccaneers defeated the Jets in thrilling fashion.

Not that it should surprise anyone, but Bruce Arians did not spend much time talking about Antonio Brown after the Buccaneers game today. It didn’t take much foresight to see what was coming, and Arians handled the situation perfectly.

Arians didn’t go after Brown in the postgame press conference, he didn’t harp on the story, and he brought the questions back to the players who did stay on the field, which is more than fair to Brown.

Arians may go after guys when they make mistakes and are in his good graces, but he isn’t the type of coach to burry anyone when there is bad blood, and this is extremely commendable.

“He is no longer a Buc” tells us everything we need to know about Brown and his future in Tampa, and it shows that the decision was likely made well before the game ended.

NFL teams and professional sports as a whole have proven that they will put up with a lot if you are talented, but quitting on your teammates is the kiss of death. As many announcers and fans would tell you, watching someone quit like Brown just did is foreign at the professional level.

Sure, it may happen every once in a while in college, but players will usually at least wait until the end of the game to make this decision if they are so unhappy. Brown was clearly mad enough that he couldn’t wait, and that is too great a problem for Arians to overlook.

It is a tough loss for the Bucs, but fans should see it as addition by subtraction. Brown was great to have on the roster when he was team-first, but actions like this are inexcusable, and they would’ve hurt the Buccaneers long term if Arians didn’t handle this as swiftly as he did.

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