Bruce Arians says Buccaneers’ 2019 schedule is ‘ridiculous’
While teams know who they will play well in advance of the next season, the schedule release is always as much anticipated by teams as it is the fans. When during the year certain matchups occur, where those games are played, and other factors can make or break a team’s season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians on Tuesday reacted to a schedule he viewed as less than favorable, voicing his displeasure to the league office.
“Am I happy about it? Hell, no. I think it’s ridiculous,” Arians said, via Greg Auman of TheAthletic.com (per Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk).
Among Arian’s gripes was the amount of time between true home games.
The Bucs play seven weeks in between games in Tampa, with the Raiders also getting the same stretch without a game in Oakland.
After playing two of their first three at home, the Bucs play the Rams and the Saints on the road before making their trip to London to “host” the Panthers.
After their post-London bye, the Bucs then go to Tennessee and Seattle.
“They didn’t do us any favors,” Arians said. “Make it a chip on your shoulder and just say ‘Hey, this is what it is. This is the schedule. We’ll show up and we’ll play.’”
Michael North, NFL V.P. of broadcasting, said last week the Bucs and the Raiders were teams he wishes he could have a do-over for producing their schedules.