Bruce Arians has a history of turning around a team. In 2012, Arians became interim head coach of the Indianapolis Colts after Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with Leukemia and helped lead them to a 9-3 record, which included winning the AP Coach Of The Year Award.

The following season, Arians took over a 5-11 Arizona Cardinals team and got them to go 10-6 in his first season as their head coach. He followed that up the next two seasons with a 11-5 and 13-3 record. He then notched a second AP Coach Of The Year Award in 2014.

It’s that knack for being able to flip a switch on a franchise that has so many optimistic that Arians can do the same with the 2019 Bucs.

During a segment on the NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” show, analyst Kyle Brandt in fact picked Arians’ Bucs to be the team that will turn heads this season. Brandt credited Arians notoriety for having an immediate effect on a team as for why the Bucs will improve. He also expects an even better season from wide receiver Mike Evans, who he called underrated.

Evans is already the best receiver in Bucs history. In only five seasons, he is the franchise  leader in receiving yards with 6,103, and touchdowns with 40. He even came off a career best 1,524 receiving yards in 2018, and yet has never been a first team All-Pro.

With Arians’ reputation for taking many shots down the field, the thought is that it will help shed this notion of Evans getting overlooked by others.

“Let me tell you something about Bruce Arians,” Brandt said. “Bruce Arians showed up in the desert for the woe be gone Arizona Cardinals who were 5-11, like that [snaps fingers] they go to 10-6. Carson Palmer was terrible with the Raiders, like that [snaps fingers again], incredible.

Watch Bruce Arians do something this year with Jameis, with that talent. Have I given you my Mike Evans spiel yet? The most underrated player in the entire NFL. I am a big Mike Evans guy. I think the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I don’t know if they’ll win 12 games, nine, whatever, they will turn heads, they will make splashes. Deep balls all day.”

 

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  1. This is why I don’t understand all the nay sayers who are predicting another 5-11, or worse, season for the Bucs in 2019. Our new HC has a proven record of taking teams to the playoffs. This franchise is in the best position to win since the Gruden era.

    A horrible defense cost us at least 5 games each of the past 2 seasons. Last year’s ‘horrible’ offensive line was part of the 3rd-ranked NFL offense. Does it not make sense to anybody that an infusion of new talent on the defense, combined with vastly improved coaching in all areas, could lead to a winning season, and dare I say, a possible playoff berth next season?

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    • I can see fans being positive or negative going into this season about the Bucs. But since you said you don’t understand the nay sayers predictions I wanted to respond. I don’t know what I our record will be but I do think we’ll miss the playoffs again so let me take the nay sayer position since you seem to be on the positive side.

      The offense was ranked 3rd last year based on yards, not points. Yards don’t matter, points do and the Bucs are lousy in the red zone because of turnovers, inaccurate passes, a poor run blocking O-line and bad RB’s.

      We got new guys on defense, we don’t know yet if we got new “talent” on defense. But let’s assume we got new talent on defense (and let’s throw in offense too since we’re assuming)…so did the other 31 teams in the NFL through FA, trades and the draft. All 32 teams also got healthier. I don’t know why some Bucs ignore that every year.

      We don’t know if we have vastly improved coaching in all areas. Arians teams got worse every after that 13-3 record due to poor drafting in the first few rounds when he arrived in Arizona. He also had HOF’s in Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald and Calais Campbell. The closest thing we have to a HOF is Evans and I he won’t be in the conversation until he starts making 1st team All Pros, playoffs, or 1st team Pro Bowls. Let’s start this summer with even getting back on the NFL Top 100 list. As for Bowles, I wasn’t impressed with the Jets defense, were you? I see a similar resume as Mike Smith before he got here: occasional success as a D-coordinator, the head coach of teams with mediocre defenses at best, bad ones at worst with hybrid defensive schemes that “play to his player’s strengths”. All coordinators say that, defense or offense. Even with Arians the deep passing game was the same emphasis that Koetter had. Winston hardly ever checks the ball down to the RB.

      I believe the nay sayers are at best taking a wait and see approach with this offseason’s moves and at worst seeing the same GM and owners making the decisions as the last 5 years and assuming a continuation of what they have produced…another losing season.

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  2. I’d throw in the schedule factor to as to why some people are being skeptical this season..our guys are going to be traveling a lot.

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    • True.

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  3. 9-7 would be a good season

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  4. You’re going to take a lot of heat for this @pinkstob but you’re right. Nobody wants the team to lose but Arians has to prove he can win in the NFC South with 3 MVP QB’s. I am critical of the fact that we’re just going to start winning because we have BA in the building. I have been around to watch many other winning coaches come here and bomb Perkins,Wyche, here we go Gruden. All bombed after coming here and convincing us fans to ride on their reputation. I will always be a Bucs Fan but maybe I have finally learned to temper my expectations.

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    • Agreed

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  5. Before Bucs fans get all excited over Brandt’s predictions for the Bucs in 2019, better watch this video from March 28, 2018, where Brandt said that “we all crowned Bucs the winners of the off-season last year, but now I like them much better!”

    Note the name of the video file: “Kyle-Brandt-explains-how-the-Buccaneers-are-having-an-even-better-offseason-than-last-year”

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/good-morning-football/0ap3000000923526/Kyle-Brandt-explains-how-the-Buccaneers-are-having-an-even-better-offseason-than-last-year

    That was, for those who’ve forgotten, was just before the Bucs repeated their 5-11 record. “Even better! last year … and now this year, even even better!

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  6. As a hard core, irrational fan I will stick my neck out some. Here is another of my “fantasy football” scenarios.

    BA will lead us to the playoffs in the next two years. Should he actually lead us to the promised land and bring home the Lombardi in the next two to four years he will retire again. One of his guys will then be elevated to the head coaching position.

    Then if he is still up to it he just might agree to take over as “President of Football Operations” in a franchise reorganization and we will be “perennial contenders” for several more years.

    Wouldn’t that be something, now! Let the discourse/discord begin! 😀
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    Go Bucs!!!

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  7. play it safe and think 8-8…

    a few minor twists and turns can make you 6-10 or 10-6…it’s almost a matter of luck the way the ball bounces to win 2 more or lose 2 more…and culture has a lot to do with that minor 2 game swing as well…

    play it safe and think 8-8…and pray for the ball to bounce our way a bit…and we go 10-6

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  8. I don’t see it unfortunately…. I think 7-9 would be the ball bouncing our way a few times. But I would love to be wrong.

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  9. HAHA, quite a fantasy you got there senile senior.
    My fantasy this year would be we if turn into the 83’ Redskins. Oline plays like the original “Hogz” Russ Grimm, Joe Jacoby, Mark May and company. Barber/John Riggins takes the handoff on 4th and 1 up the gut to just truck Kuechly on his way for a 50yd Touchdown. Winston starts running down field celebrating because of the block Art Monk I mean Mike Evans😃 just threw to break the play open.
    Defensively JPP’s neck magically straightens out and he plays like Dexter Manley terrorizing Cam Newton and Matt Ryan While trying to get the ball down field to Julio & Sanu, but you know that’s not going to happen because we’ve got the fastest man in the NFL covering the whole friggen field named Jamel Dean AKA “Darrell Green” so go ahead Brees I dare you to throw one out there Pick Six Baby.

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  10. We didn’t address the O-line, RB or D-line through the draft. I don’t see why people feel we will be a playoff or even .500 team. This was a multi-year rebuild imo. The only thing we addressed this draft was the kicking, LB and DB’s. I realize we got the DE from Iowa but with GMC aging and JPP’s condition uncertain, I can’t say we got better there.

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  11. Every Year its the..SOS. As a Bucs fan since inception, I will just wait to see the product on the field of play. I’m past disappointment with this franchise. Every year its a..different type of Hype. As always the team looks good..on paper. And we still need to plug quite a few holes on the defensive line. I’m neither elated or sad. I’m just a watcher…..Thats what years of false promises does to a real longtime fan. You become…Cautiously optimistic and COMFORTABLY NUMB.

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  12. I am the number 1 nay sayer, look at the disaster !Arians left in AZ after 7 win 8 loss and 1tie season he went 8 -8 and was asked to retire in lue of being fired!
    Az paid his full contract. If he on his own retired they wouldn’t have paid him he was fired and no team is a bigger mess than the team he left there. In addition 9 top players left the team without one big free agent signing. Jpp and McCoy will be gone and no Kwon Bowles was the architect of the worst defense in the NFL the last 2 years and Leftwich as an offensive coordinator in 8 games only scored 108 points could be 2021 before this team wins its next game 5 win Seasons will be a distant past.i believe in top players not back ups cut from other teams.

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    • Add to the fact that the NFL awarded AZ compensation also shows he didn’t just “retire”.

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  13. Gee, a media “expert” makes a positive prediction about our supposedly favorite team and the purveyors of doom and gloom, who always think they’re a little smarter than the rest of us, still find a way to smell a hint of stench in the springtime breeze. Of course I believe it’s all to protect their fragile psyche.

    Seems to me it’s a bit like a doctor telling you he thinks the treatment is working and your chances of survival are much improved. Yet, you discount his optimism and start checking out cemetery plots and tombstones. A monument, by the way with the phrase, “I told you I was sick” as your final declaration to the mourners that you were right one last time.

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  14. BAB as usual making shit up. Please show me one place that stated Arians was fired? I’ll wait. Secondly, you criticize Leftwich when he literally had no quarterback, Johnson was injured and they were on their third string running back, they had an even worse rated oline than the Bucs, and their only good receiver is an aging Fitzgerald. I get that you’re a troll, I really do, but at least stat facts instead of always bending the truth on things. It’s why no one believes a damn word you say. Not even one game on the books and according to you, not having JPp, who you said was only good because of McCoy, and Kwon, who was average at best, and then Arians getting fired. Do you read over the things you post or are you in this for shock value?

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    • Let’s see, AZ didn’t pick up his option and again – the NFL still awarded them draft compensation. Why would that possibly happen if they didn’t have privy to the outline leading to his departure.

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  15. “Deep balls all day.”

    Where have I heard that before… oh yeah, Dirk Koetter! We all saw how well that turned out. 5-11, 5-11, 5-11. So what will we get with Licht if he does that, 5-11!

    I doubt very much they will do deep balls all the day. I suspect this will be a more balanced attack if they can muster it. Otherwise it may be a fast three and out and punt again and force the defense to hold, which is not good for anyone.

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  16. Bucs running game is going to surprise people. Man to man blocking and with RB’s going with one cut and go.

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  17. The Bucs have been turning heads for a few years now, the only problem is the lack of consistency. We “turn heads” for a few weeks (Week 1-2 last year) but then we lose it and things spiral out of control. This is the biggest difference BA brings to this team. He won’t increase the talent on the roster (which we have a lot of) but he will hold players accountable and keep the consistency going. No longer will we see players getting away with slacking like we did with Baker, and we’ve already seen with VH3 in OTAs. JPP said it last year, that someone needed to take a leadership role and hold the players accountable. BA will do all of this and we will see more out of the current roster than we have in the past. Add in the new infusion of talent and it’s easy to see a better product being produced this season.

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  18. In my view the Bucs often “turned heads” last season. I know I turned my head several times just because I couldn’t bear to look any time we lined up for a FG or PAT. Then defending 3rd down. Forget about it. GMC and the boys should have uttered, as Kramer would say, “Don’t look at me, I’m hideous.”

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  19. I’ve been saying this since the day BA and Bowles took over….this is easily the best coaching staff this team has seen in almost 20 years. Bruce Arians has a proven track record of making bad teams good, and also has a proven track record of making any offense, no matter who the QB is, a top flight offense. You can argue that Jameis is the most talented QB BA has ever had to work with. So I absolutely think this offense will take off. And I also believe that we have the best DC in One Buc place since Monte Kiffin. So take the best offensive mind, and the best defensive mind this team has seen in almost 20 years, and yeah it’s hard not to get to excited about a potential turnaround. Not like this team is void of talent. They’ve just been missing the right coach for almost 2 decades. Just stop and think about the clown show that’s come through here for the last decade plus. Greg Schiano, Raheem Morris, Lovie Smith, Dirk Koetter, Mike Smith, Todd Monken, Dave Kennedy, Marcus Arroyo, Bill Sheridan, Mike Sullivan, Jim Bates, Greg Olson, etc…it’s been a who’s who of completely horrendous coaching. We finally have accomplished coaches. IMO, the only thing preventing us from a rebound season( which could be 7 wins, 8 wins, 9 wins or even 13. Just a marked improvement on the field) is injuries, or the brutal schedule we’ve been handed for about the 4th year in a row

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