Who is Bruce Arians?

He is an American football executive in the National Football League (NFL). He serves as a former head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bruce Arians was born on October 30th, 1952 in Paterson, New Jersey. He started off his career by playing football in high school and then college football at Virginia Tech. He made the record of the highest quarterback rushing touchdowns in any season. After Arians graduated his career as a graduate assistant for coaching at Virginia Tech took off immediately. He then progressed to offer services as a coach for many different colleges and NFL teams. Bruce Arians has been the winner as a two-time AP NFL coach of the year. He even won a two-time Super Bowl championship as an assistant coach for the Steelers. CBS Sports also provided him a platform as a game analyst.  Get More Info

Career Overview

Bruce Arians announced his retirement from coaching on March, 30th, 2022. This is because he wants to move forward at the front office operations for the new game. In just his second season with the team, he led them to the Super Bowl title in the Super Bowl LV. He is 69 and retired now living in Paterson where he used to live before moving to the United States. He is the oldest coach to ever win a Super Bowl. Bruce Arians has remained the head coach for eight seasons throughout his career. First he was with the Arizona Cardinals for five seasons from 2013 to 2017.

Before that he was with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He initially retired in 2017 but came back to coach the Buccaneers in 2019. He then worked with them till 2021. This is when he remained out of the spotlight for almost 2 years and then decided to make a comeback in 2019. He served as the interim head coach of the Indianapolis Colts during the 2012 season.

Bruce Arians is most famous for his motto of “No Risk, No Biscuit.” This points to his aggressive strategic plays. He feels inclined to take risks in the game far from the casual safe play. He had his first NFL head coaching opportunity with the Colts. This was when Colts’ former head coach Chuck Pagalno stepped down to be treated for leukemia. He stayed as Indianapolis’ interim coach for 12 weeks and helped them take a successful leap. This was by moving form 2-14 in the previous season to a 9-3 record in the next one.

Thus, Arians’ success with Indianapolis led him to being appointed as the head coach for the Cardinals for five seasons. He led them to two postseason runs, one division title and an NFC Championship Game in 2015. When he returned to the Buccaneers in 2019, he led them in their first playoff appearance since 2007. This was also the first playoff win since 2002 during the 2020 season.

This earned a Super Bowl victory in the Super Bowl LV.  He also received the second Coach of the Year award after 2014. Bruce Arians then retired for a second time after the 2021 season. He went on to take a different job in the NFL by becoming a consultant for Tampa Bay. Many well-known athletes including Tom Brandy have expressed their gratitude to Arians for all these ingenious techniques and training. After Arians, Todd Bowles will be named as the head coach for the Buccaneers. At his time of retirement he made a statement about working in sports for 50 years on both sides of the field. 

Arians’ Personal Life

As a resident of Paterson, New Jersey, he graduated from William Penn High School in York, Pennsylvania. He attended the York Catholic High School previously. It was there that he won the recognition of a standout scholastic quarterback. He was a graduate assistant at Virginia Tech and after that became an assistant coach for a short period of time. This equipped him with all the necessary experience to become a coach on his own. He is married to Christine Arians and they both have a very happy and lasting marriage.

The husband and wife jointly run a group known as the Arians Family Foundation. This charity is a very supportive welfare project. It develops programs to counter and find solutions for the neglect and abuse of children. The focus is on providing the new generation with safe means of growth and nourishment so they can achieve their dreams. The Arians Family Foundation also are the leading advocates for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program.  Jake, who is their only child, has played for the Buffalo Bills. 

Arians is known for his immense support for an all-inclusive policy without any racial discriminaion and dispute. He also spoke of his opinion on the murder nof George Floyd and the protests that resulted due to this heinous act. Bruce Arians felt entitled to point out the shortcomings and complicities of Americans. He was not a bit hesitant to call out whites on their inherent dislike for African Americans.

He commented that it was disheartening to witness such incidents even in the year 2020. Whereas it was hope that the nation should have grown since 1968. Although there has been some progress, a lot of work is still require to deal with such societal issues. Moreover, Arians is a prostate cancer survivor and is known to be a very family-oriented man. He has a son named Jake with his wife Christine. Jake, who was born on January 26, 1978 spent part of the 2001 season as a placekicker for the Buffalo Bills. They also have a daughter named Kristi Anne born on December 15, 1980. Now Arians and his wife have their lodgings in Tampa, Florida and on Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia. It was also in 2017 that Bruce Arians released his guide book. Its name was The Quarterback Whisperer: How to Build an Elite NFL Quarterback. 

What was Arians’ coaching philosophy?

His slogan is what encapsulates his thinking for the entire game: “No Risk, No Biscuit,” meaning one just can’t live scared. This is back up by Carson Palmer who was Arians’ former quarterback in Arizona. According to Palmer, playing for Arians is definitely exciting and you get to see that the man has got guts. During games he gives quarterbacks at least two choices depending on how the defenses line up. They can either make a first down or be gives a chance to score a touchdown. Similarly, he has no reservation for playing to lose.

He dislikes the conservatinve coaching approach and finds it to be too outdate.  In his book he supported this theory by writing that his job as an offensive coach is to not let the defense retake the field. His ultimate job is to run out the clock and take a kneel. Arians also tried to characterize what the perfect NFL quarterback should possess. According to him the QB must have a lion’s heart so that he cares for the entire franchise.

This is to say that he should not just cater for personal interests. He must also have the necessary “grit” that is require at this time. By this it means that the QB must have the capability to make thousands of decisions within the limited time of seconds. Even on the practice field, Arians is knows for spending most of the time with his trained quarterbacks. He reviewed every minor detail of what occurred during the three to four seconds of a basic pass play.

Arians considered that the foremost thing that a player must understand is his own protection. Hence the quarterback must be well-prepare and observant as to what will be coming to him from the opposing defense. Also, one of the major reasons that Arians is knows as the quarterback whisperer is heartwarming. This is because of his special relationship with his quarterbacks and what he has taught them so far. He treats them as family members disregarding any connection to football. He believes in building utmost trust and comradeship with them. This is the only reason that they all can remain united as one and achieve a single goal. There has to be great communication as well as a sense of commitment and accountability.

This means family is the most important thing for him as they all show genuine care for one another. Apart from his soft side, Arians is also regard as a hard coach for his quarterbacks. Arains is also knows to socialize with his players way more than any other NFL coach does. One instance of this is when he use to pull his car up after the Cardinal home games. The car trunk would be open and Arians could be see handing over drinks to his players as refreshment. His gestures of goodwill won over his players. If any player had a bad game then Arians would personally be there for him by giving him a beer and a hug. This was also the same case when a player had a great game.