When Bruce Arians arrived, one of the main problems that required immediate attention was the culture that surrounded the Bucs. It simply wasn’t there. But if you flash forward a couple of years later, it’s apparent to even newcomers like Kyle Trask that Arians and the Bucs have indeed changed the culture.
“You can definitely tell that they have a great culture and a great group of people in this building and I can’t wait to get started,” Trask told The NFL Network Thursday.
It wasn’t easy; transforming a perennially-losing team into a title contender. Arians frequently spoke about getting Tampa Bay on the right track, but he followed through with his ideals when he cut Vernon Hargreaves III in 2019. Arians caught the former first-round pick loafing on the field during the win. So, he cut Hargreaves two days later.
“We have one team, one cause,” Arians said prior to the start of the 2019 season. “If you ain’t on that cause, you ain’t on the team. That’s it. If you’re not buying into that accountability to win that trophy, you’re not going to be a Buc. I don’t care who you are.”
The message is a lot different these days, that’s for sure.
“I think they all know the culture and love the culture,” Arians said back in March. “They’re all getting paid. Ain’t nobody coming back cheap. It’s a great organization. We have a team that should be in the hunt again. But I think the camaraderie of that football team, what they went through together with the pandemic and everything else, there’s a bond that starts and it’s hard to break that bond. They all want to play with each other.”
Arians accomplished what he set out to do all the way back in January of 2019 (with a little help from Tom Brady, of course), which is impressive in itself. What’s even more impressive is that he was able to get a Super Bowl ring out of the deal.
Bruce Arians was asked about the first thing he wanted to change in Tampa: "Breaking that losing culture," he said. "Accountability, accountability to the cause, and honest-to-God caring for each other. If you don't care about each other, you won't be accountable to each other."
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Will he get two? According to Trask, it starts with the Bucs and the culture that currently surrounds the franchise – which is a winning one. Therefore, there’s no reason to think that there will be a lack of Lombardis getting tossed from boat to boat in the future.
You can check out The NFL Network’s full interview with Trask here.