Bruce Arians will always be one of the most important coaches in the history of the Buccaneers, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be wrong.
There have been a lot of different takes on the 2022 season for the Buccaneers.
On one end, you have fans that are disappointed with a season that has varied dramatically from what was initially expected in the preseason.
On the other end, you have people that are just happy with the fact that the team is in a position to still win the division and make a push in the playoffs.
This split has gone all the way from the fanbase to the media, and even the Bucs coaches (and former coaches) are chiming in.
Like usual, Bruce Arians didn’t waste words and was able to put this in a way that only he could.
Despite how refreshing it is to get a straight-forward comment from someone in the franchise like this, Arians is wrong in his overall premise that fans should just be happy with winning the division.
Sure, it’s nice to get the chance to hoist a banner, but winning the NFC South during this season was always the absolute bare minimum that should be accomplished.
In fact, the Bucs have been able to sleep-walk through most of the season and are still in a prime position to win the division despite how poorly they have played in almost every game. This isn’t exactly the victory that Arians pretends that it is when we have seen nothing that indicates this team is ready to compete in the playoffs, that is, if they get there at all.
If they show up in the playoffs and are able to win some games with Tom Brady, this season will be a success, but getting to that point is not the certainty that some see it as based on how everything has gone.
“Quit bitching” makes sense if you can guarantee getting to that point or can show something to be proud of during the season, but it is hard to find much of that during one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history.
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