Bruce Arians signed to stay with a Buccaneers team that was in contention for another Super Bowl in 2022. It’s not that team.
Today just showed everyone how tough things are for the Buccaneers in 2022. If you still think this team is a Super Bowl contender, hats off to you. Your loyalty is impressive, but let’s see how this blind support stands against the facts of the coming hurricane.
The Bucs have already released a Tom Brady; the only player on this team who legitimately counted towards a Super Bowl run, and other players will follow. The move took this team from contender to race exit status almost immediately, and if you think Gabbert has enough gas in the tank to lead a talented attack to another ring, you might not find no middle ground here.
Unfortunately for the Bucs, the talent on the roster looked good, but it’s dwindling day by day. Ali Marpet’s retirement at his peak is a blow to one of the best offensive lines in the league, and Marpet likely won’t be the last.
Some of these free agents may get more money and a better chance of getting a ring in the free agent market. Some will not be able to resist.
Ultimately, at least on the offensive end of the ball, the Buccaneers will have a new quarterback, back room, interior offensive line and depth at wide receiver. A brand new unit with a quarterback other than Aaron Rodgers will struggle, and why would he want to come here now?
The wiring is on the wall that this team will struggle in 2022, which leaves Bruce Arians with a new option; retirement.
Arians is extremely dedicated to this franchise and is probably too good to do something like this, but that doesn’t mean we think he shouldn’t.
The current Bucs head coach has given this franchise his all and that’s a huge reason why they’re relevant now. Arians is an easy Ring of Honor lock and has already accomplished far more than Jon Gruden, so why stay on a team that clearly needs a rebuild?
The only way this season is a win for the Arians is a deep trip to the playoffs. This seems like a massive impossibility given the current roster issues. The Arians would enter this season with everything to lose from a legacy standpoint and almost no chance of making any gains.
Retirement was already one of the Arians’ goals this year, and the extension seemed to coincide with the possibility of Brady staying and the team still being a contender, but changes are happening.
No one would judge the Arians for seeing what is coming and moving forward. We certainly hope he considers it for the sake of his legacy.
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