Relax, everyone. Just relax.
What happened to the Buccaneers on Monday happens to every team in every sport at some point: players jumping ship for more money to play elsewhere.
For those who haven’t heard the news, here are the big headlines: Kwon Alexander struck gold in San Francisco. DeSean Jackson is going back to Philadelphia. And Adam Humphries is trading in red and pewter for Titan Blue.
Judging by my social media feeds, you’d think the world is about to end. Well, D-Jax turned back into a crybaby when he stopped getting the ball thrown to him. People loved Kwon’s passion but I read today that he missed a lot of tackles – a big problem for this defense over the past couple of years. Humphries is the loss that hurts me the most. Here’s a guy coming off a career year. But hey – money talks, and Tennessee offered more than Tampa. End of story.
Everyone is replaceable, ladies and gentlemen. Let’s see who the Bucs get in the draft, and more importantly, what Bruce Arians does with the players they acquire.
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We now know who’ll be guiding the Buccaneers’ ship next season, and it’s someone the NFL is very familiar with.
Bruce Arians was named the team’s new head coach on Tuesday night. Arians coached the Arizona Cardinals for five seasons, and was successful there, making the playoffs twice. We can only hope he’ll help Tampa Bay end an 11-year playoff drought. After 2017, Arians “retired” (yeah, okay) and then spent the 2018 season in the broadcast booth with CBS, teaming up with Greg Gumbel and Trent Green.
I like this hire. Of course, I’ve said that about a lot of hires over the years. This guy has a proven track record – not just in Arizona, but in Pittsburgh, Indianapolis and Cleveland prior to that. He’s also an offensive-minded coach.
Hey coach: have you seen our defense over the past few years…
As for the guy he’s replacing, Dirk Koetter? He just became the Falcons’ offensive coordinator. Oh, the drama.
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