Buccaneer Bruce Arians draws wrong type of attention in playoff win

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The Buccaneers and Bruce Arians were able to put the Eagles away quickly yesterday but that didn’t keep controversy from sparking.

The Buccaneers are 1-0 on the season in the playoffs and looking for their next win against the Cardinals or the Rams at home next week.

Tampa played a great game from start to finish versus the Eagles, but there was a snag in the game that is taking away from the dominance on the field.

During a bit of a chippier player, Arians was seen running up to and hitting Andrew Adams on the side of his helmet after a play, trying to keep him from drawing a penalty or getting involved further.


Suffice to say, the NFL world was not happy.

From former players to analysts calling him out, Bruce Arians was in a position that he has rarely ever been in his career; the hot seat.

Inflammatory  Tweets and asinine acusations were fired off from all corners of the NFL world, especially from Antonio Brown supporters that believe Arians was still at fault for that debacle.

Now, coaches should never hit players, even if it is soft and to the helmet. Players are protected and this is not the old era of the game where coaches can physically or verbally assault players, which is absolutely good thing.

However, this is Bruce Arians that we are talking about. Arians is one of the most people-focused coaches in the NFL, doing every aspect of his job in a way that supports his players and staff.

It’s easy to harp on some of the critical comments about his players, but it’s strange that conversations about him having one of the most diverse coaching staffs in NFL history goes to the wayside. The fact that there isn’t a player on the Buccaneers today with a single bad words to say about Bruce also speaks volumes.

Arians loves his players, and they obviously love him too. This was a mistake, and that is all that it will ever be. Adams likely doesn’t even remember the incident, and if he did, Arians is the type of coach that would own up to the mistake and make it right.

As the talk shows run wild with this story over the coming week, it is important to recognize who is the most upset. Until that person is Adams, an open-handed slap on the helmet and an elbow from an elderly coach that held no malice is not the biggest story regarding the Buccaneers.

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