New Bucs senior consultant Bruce Arians isn’t quite sure what his role will be in his new position. One thing is for sure – he’ll have his hands in a little bit of everything. That responsibility sounds like it starts with the NFL Draft.
“Wherever anybody needs me,” Arians said about his what he’ll do in his new role. “I’m excited about having a hand in the draft. I’ve done a lot of work, maybe more work than I’ve ever done, in the draft this year. Then go from there.”
For Arians, he expects to offer his experience in a variety of roles. From game plans to the draft, and even being a pillar in the Bucs community outreach efforts. Arians is just grateful for his new opportunity with the organization.
“Anyway I can help,” Arians said. “Whether it’s helping Byron with a game plan, or helping Jason with the draft is huge. Doing something in the community for the Bucs. Anything that they need of me. But I’m so grateful that I have an opportunity to have an office to work at a place that I like.”
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians and DC Todd Bowles – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
New head coach Todd Bowles expects Arians to be heavily involved in the draft process. That will include getting Bowles up to speed on the offensive prospects in the class.
“Up until this week he’s been involved in it,” Bowles said. “So, there’s a great deal he can help me on. I found out on Monday, so my draft process has strictly been about the defense. He’s got a great deal of film knowledge and knowledge on the offense along with Jason [Licht] and his crew. They understand what we’re trying to draft and what we’re trying to see. Now we’ll catch up in the next few weeks before the draft. And he’s going to be a great help to me in the draft process because he’s seen everything. He understands everything and he knows what we need. He knows what kind of offense we run, and he can give me great valuable advice that way.”
General manager Jason Licht raved about Arians as an evaluator of talent on the Rich Eisen show. Licht said Arians will be an asset in talent acquisition – through the draft and free agency.
“He’s phenomenal,” Licht said. “I’ll lean on him. He’s phenomenal with me, with my staff, with the draft, with free agency. He’s a phenomenal evaluator. I’m really looking forward to working with him more on that.”