Last Sunday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head man Bruce Arians became the oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl.
With nearly five decades as a coach under his belt, the 68-year-old Arians knows a thing or two about NFL success. The coach put together a masterful gameplan on both sides of the ball to beat the Kansas City Chiefs and win a championship. His team was dominant on both sides of the ball, scoring at will and holding the Chiefs’ offense at bay. The Bucs beat the defending Super Bowl champs rather convincingly with a 31-9 final score.
Throughout the 2020 regular season, the Bucs were one of the best teams in the National Football League. While headliner Tom Brady gets much of the attention, Arians deserves just as much credit for the team’s success. He led his team to an 11-5 regular-season record and went on to destroy every team in their playoff path, including heavy favorite, the Green Bay Packers, and their all-world quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Bruce Arians Talks Difficulties During Pandemic-Plagued Season
This past NFL season was unlike any other season in the history of the league. Players, coaches and teams’ executives were forced to adapt to counter a deadly pandemic sweeping over the country. The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc across the league, with teams having to alter practically everything from practices to game day rituals. Appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” the jovial super bowl-winning coach talks about his team’s adjustment to the pandemic.
Arians explains one of the consequences of the ongoing pandemic is a lack of interaction among teammates and coaches. He says this is evidenced by his wife only meeting Brady upon completion of the championship games.
“You know what’s amazing?” he asks Kimmel. “My wife met Tom Brady for the first time on stage when we were handed the Lombardi trophy. And that’s the way our whole team and coaching staff was this year.”
The coach says as he does with most people, Brady made a quick impression on his wife and the two hit it off.
Arians notes the team typically hosts a “family day” during the season so players and coaches can get better acquainted. The pandemic made family day a no go this past season.
“We really, really miss that this year,” he says.