Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians has admitted that once being overlooked made him now want to help others get recognition. Arians, who has gotten known for giving minority coaches opportunities, won two Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an assistant but now he is set to be in his first Super Bowl as head coach.
Arians, who retired from coaching a few years ago, came out of his coaching retirement to become the Buccaneers head coach in 2019. "I think probably because I didn't get a shot until I was 60 and Chuck Pagano had to get sick with leukemia for me to even become a head coach," said Arians, who, as an interim head coach of the Indianapolis Colts in 2012 was named NFL Coach of the Year before finally being named head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.
"I was a winning Super Bowl offensive coordinator and didn't even get a phone call. So the lack of opportunity I think has made me want to give more opportunities to more people."
The Buccaneers are the only team with all Block coordinators
Buccaneers offensive coordinator is Byron Leftwich, defensive coordinator is Todd Bowles, special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong run game coordinator/assistant head coach Harold Goodwi.
"A player is gonna ask the coach, 'How are you gonna make me better?'" Arians said. "He doesn't really care if the answer comes from a male or female, Black, white, brown, yellow, who -- just 'help me be better,' Arians said.
"The best teachers I had were all different races, all different ethnic groups, male and female. If you can teach, you can coach." "To hear voices in a staff meeting that aren't the same, don't look alike but they all have input -- you get better output," Arians said.
"For the players, the same thing. Not hearing the same thing over and over, to hear it from different people, different ages -- from 27 to 82 -- and every kind of ethnic group there is, and male and female. So I think our players learn from that.
I know I do. And it helps our staff." Arians took different approaches while assembling his staff. "It was time," Arians said. "It was time for that door to be knocked down and allow them because they've been putting in the time. And they were very, very qualified. The ones we have are overly qualified."