Bruce Arians plans to be careful while coaching amid pandemic
The NFL decided to push through with training camps and the regular season despite the continuing widespread of the coronavirus. The pandemic continues to pose a threat to all the athletes and coaches involved, most especially to those with underlying conditions and old age. Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians will be vulnerable, but insists to still coach his new-look team.
In a conversation with Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the long-time coach bared his precautions going into the season:
“I got to be real careful,” Arians said. “I’ll probably double with a mask and a [face] shield. You know, because l already had my scare out there [in Arizona] once a couple of years ago.
“For me personally, I’ve got a plan and I just have to be smart enough to stay with it.”
The 67-year old coach has already survived three bouts with cancer. He is one of the league’s oldest coaches, together with Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll who are both 68-years old. Arians also has a staff with other older coaches, including 81-year-old offensive consultant Tom Moore.
This is an exciting time for Buccaneers personnel and fans alike, as the team has acquired A-list players over the offseason. Long-time Patriots quarterback Tom Brady decided to bring his talents to Tampa Bay. His running mate Rob Gronkowski also came back out of retirement to play with his quarterback. The two players will bring their invaluable championship experience with them as they settle in their new team. Their presence will definitely benefit Mike Evans and Chris Godwin as the team will try to improve their 7-9 record.
The Buccaneers will aim to make the playoffs and have set their sights set on a potential trip to Super Bowl LV, which is hosted by the city of Tampa.