Bruce Arians’ true feelings on Buccaneers playing Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs in Super Bowl LV
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians clinching his first NFC Championship title last Sunday has been a long-time coming. After being a head coach for almost a decade, the 68-year-old tactician finally got his hands on the George Halas trophy after Tom Brady and the Bucs defeated the Green Bay Packers.
Now that he’s heading to his first Super Bowl game as an NFL head coach, Arians’ jubilation has been cut short. Ahead of the Buccaneers’ final showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs, the two-time Coach of the Year isn’t too thrilled with who his team will be up against.
“I’m not really excited playing Tyreek Hill and Kelce and Mahomes,” Arians said (via B/R Gridiron).
Seeing what the defending champions have accomplished so far this season, fans would definitely understand where the skepticism of the Buccaneers coach is coming from. The Chiefs, led by Patrick Mahomes, dominated the entire NFL this season with a 14-2 regular season record. Come playoff time, they took care of business against the Cleveland Browns and the Buffalo Bills to book their second trip to the Super Bowl in as many years.
Though it’s been Mahomes’ name in the headlines all season long, his teammates Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce have arguably been two of the biggest reasons why the Chiefs have been successful in their 2020 campaign.
The 26-year-old Hill has had another crazy season as the Chiefs’ main receiving weapon. The three-time Pro Bowler finished the regular season with 15 receiving touchdowns and has upped his game even more once the postseason began. Kelce, on the other hand, also had a career year as the team’s top tight end. The 31-year-old notched a career-high of 1,416 yards and 11 receiving touchdowns this season.
These numbers are already quite daunting for Bruce Arians and the Buccaneers, and these don’t even take into account Mahomes’ MVP-worthy season.