Bruce Arians hiring by Bucs gives Stephen A. 'cause to pause' | First Take

  • Published on Jan 9, 2019
  • Stephen A. Smith doesn't see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' hiring of Bruce Arians as a great choice by the team as long as Jameis Winston is their quarterback. Damian Woody argues that it's not only the hiring of Arians, but also the signing of defensive coordinator Todd Bowles that will elevate the Bucs for 2019.
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  • lewis parkes
    lewis parkes 10 days ago

    They hired Arians to help Winston so if Winston wasn’t on the team Arians would have the job so idk what max and Stephen are talking about

  • Bruce DeBoer
    Bruce DeBoer 29 days ago

    He talked to Maddon becuz they grew up together...

  • lewis parkes
    lewis parkes Month ago

    The whole reason they got Arians is to
    Improve Jamies so they say Winston is trash which is true but the whole Arians appointment is to improve him

  • MPeterson1958
    MPeterson1958 Month ago

    I like watching Stephen A's head exploding every time someone exposes his insecurity by doing something he disagrees with. It's worth the price of admission.

  • adam christner
    adam christner Month ago

    I dont believe in jamies either he might win 1 all this time for 1 superbkwl waste of time i think if he dont make it to playoffs this year hes done watch

  • Julian Rodriguez
    Julian Rodriguez Month ago

    Damien's face @1:41 lmao

  • Julian Rodriguez
    Julian Rodriguez Month ago

    This was a good hire in my opinion. Bucs have some good pieces on their defense.

  • Berryz Bridge
    Berryz Bridge 2 months ago

    Mark my word. The Bucs will challenge for first place in the NFC South!!!

  • Alejandro Padilla
    Alejandro Padilla 2 months ago

    Yes shut up Molly !

  • Grant Nuxoll
    Grant Nuxoll 3 months ago

    Shut up molly

  • Gage Crooks
    Gage Crooks 3 months ago

    Hope. Bruce does well there

  • Joshua Dow
    Joshua Dow 3 months ago

    Tip delivery guys then. In the Tampa Bay area NO ONE HAS TIPPED their deliveries yet dating back to 2013.

  • Matt Urben
    Matt Urben 3 months ago

    John Lynch, Jameis Winston and Warren Sapp can do some things now. Don’t forget about Cadillac Williams, Keyshawn Johnson, Derrick Brooks and them boys neither!

  • Money Machine
    Money Machine 3 months ago

    Cwauze to Pwauze

  • Mike Post
    Mike Post 3 months ago

    Stephen A Smith has no idea what he’s saying... “Jameis apparently had a relationship with Dirk Koetter” no they didn’t you dummy. They’ve had problems since year 1

  • Tom Prichard Progressive commercial

    I don't like the Arians hire. S.O.B pulled an Urban Meyer.

  • Matthew Williams
    Matthew Williams 4 months ago

    He made Carson Palmer a good qb and he was traded from Cincinnati uh oh yeah and they won the division in the West with Palmer and didn't have a single season under eight wins so do the math! It's a great fit it's the reason why we also got the d-line coach last year. To catch the big fish you gotta use the right lure!

  • Jeremy James
    Jeremy James 4 months ago

    What Arians did with the Colts roster when the head coach was out with cancer made me a believer in his coaching skills

  • Justin Gardner
    Justin Gardner 4 months ago

    Reading an awful lot of comments about “ passing records” and Fitztragick- few facts...1- Top 20 passing yard seasons by a QB not ONE won the SB..2- NO QB that’s thrown 42+ TDS in a season has won the SB..3- The TB offense COMPLETELY played like garbage in first half vs. Pittsburgh!! Two of the 3 INTs were on the Oline!! Go watch them. TJ Watt came UNTOUCHED from Left DE when Pitt rushed 3!! Dotson went inside n Watt deflection caused int inside Pitt 15!! The pick 6 .. Jensen got blown into Fitzpatrick’s face before he could step n throw, go watch these plays if you think I’m lying. Godwin dropped TWO TDs and fumbled inside Pitt territory. 2nd half? Team played well and executed and Fitzpatrick almost pulled it out.Offense let Fitzpatrick down in first half vs Steelers- Second half he played just like first two games. So listen to yourselves- if you’re talking stats then Fitzpatrick proves that ANY QB with avg talent can put up stats in Koetter’s passing offense! He set an NFL record for a 3 game stretch that NOONE did before! Not Bress, Manning, Rodgers no one! So Fitzpatrick in REALITY played basically PERFECT football for 3 games. Beating 3 playoff/SB contenders! Game 4 they went up to Chi and Trubisky put up 35 b4 half!! They lead NFL in sacks at that point too and Fitzpatrick had no time to throw at all!! So he’s benched after half! THAT RIGHT there ENDED TB season and caused internal problems. I don’t care who you are if YOU played or did something basically PERFECT and set records and lost your job.... you are NOT going to care anymore- why would you?? A player thinks I played almost perfect football , no QB could have done better!!! Not ANY other QB could have made the rest of the team NOT perform like they did in 1st half vs Pitt or 1st half vs Chi. He wasn’t blocking or dropping balls or fumbling - HE played close to PERFECT n got benched. He didn’t care and I wouldn’t have either when you come back to me after the seasons done. Now I don’t think Ryan Fitzpatrick is a franchise QB , elite pro bowler , etc. However he put together the best 3 games ANY QB EVER could have done and lost his job after being down 35 at the half in game 4. If the supporting cast helped play a complete game vs Pitt and he’s 3-0 with best 3 game stretch statically in NFL history , how can ANYONE justify sitting him after one half , where again the team played awful.Last and final note.. Winston came in and his first drive ??? You guessed it ended in an INT!

  • Justin Gardner
    Justin Gardner 4 months ago

    Jason Licht’s Guy!! Bragged on hard knocks how it was soooo out of this world to get the QB like Jameis. You dream as a GM to get that guy blah blah blah. One of bottom 3 GMs in NFL history!! Signs 4 Def linemen last yr and traded for another JPP was a gift by the Giants- the world has you taking Derwin James at 7!! In 50 mock drafts.You get lucky , Buf gives you 2 2nd rd picks to move to 12- James is still there...BPA by every draft analyst and a need! He takes a DT who had 3.5 sacks! Nothing against Vea other than showing four games of potential- it’s the fact you invested a HUGE chunk in D line and pass on a player who is now ALL PRO as a rookie!! N here it’s a D-line heavy draft and you still need secondary help. The two #2’s from Buffalo? Flushed down the toilet, a RB with 22 touches all season and the 12-13th ranked DB! I thought trading , YES trading UP into rd 2 for a kicker was the worst I’d see from him, nope , last year flubbing the Bucs draft took the cake! Should have Derwin James and one of the stud Guards that were BPA early 2nd. Now he needs SECONDARY and OLINE help!! On top of LB now. 28-62 and still has a job? Because he knew Bruce Arians? Sooo what!! You think LA Rams were the best job when McVay took it? No!! Get a SMART GM let him find a good HC. Oh he’s also paying his center the most $$ at his position in the entire NFL to lead all centers in holding calls, and personal fouls on top of subpar play.TB needs to get a NASTY Oline!! In last 11 drafts they took Off Line ONCE in first two RDS!! Same stretch with no playoffs! Not COINCIDENTAL!!

  • Dylan Todd
    Dylan Todd 4 months ago

    exactly why is staying with Jameis baffling? Was it baffling for Pittsburgh to stay with Ben after his issues? Turn overs aside, do his stats indicate he's a bad QB? Has he EVER lost the locker room or didn't have guys believing in him? And why would she think Jameis was done when the Bucs have consistently said he's the guy? Whether a person likes Jameis or not, that position is ignorant and ill-informed.

  • sand man
    sand man 4 months ago

    "Oh i forgot about the todd bowles hire." Once again stephen a spewing at the mouth about tampa! stephen a still owes the glazers an apology for the comments he made on them for firing lovie smith and shaming them by pulling the race card and bringing bigotry into the equation. Keep preaching damien. only one who ever knows what hes talking about on here.

  • Nicholas Totty
    Nicholas Totty 4 months ago

    Cards fan sayin bucs will have their super bowl run sooner than ppl think

  • Eugene Abreut
    Eugene Abreut 4 months ago

    You people need to stop it. Jamis is not the guy. Forget about “building” you don’t build super bowl quarter backs. Tom Brady, Payton Manning, drew brees, Michael Vick , Eli Manning. Or even Elite QBS like Carson Palmer and cam Newton. These guys been lighting it up sense at least there 2nd or 3rd season. If a qb don’t got it by the 3rd year. That’s fucking it. They don’t have the skill. Someone name me 1 good QB that didn’t start winning games until his 4th season and actually had success not just a lucky year.
    Get over it my fellow bucs fan. Jamis belongs in Arena football

  • Mogwai Man
    Mogwai Man 4 months ago

    It amazes me how teams still perform inside hires for head coaching positions. Even in college it doesn't work.

  • Stephen Blackson
    Stephen Blackson 4 months ago

    lol anyone wanna tell stephen a that palmer was hurt most the year his final season? and what an idiot for actually believing when arians said he only wanted the browns job. the browns job was the only job open at the time. immediately after bucs fire koetter he comes out and says he will listen to them... how does this clown have a job seriously. licht and arians go back to arizona. max and molly dumb as fuck for saying jameis career is done. guess they didn't watch jameis to end the season. ESPN tells them what narratives to push been that way for a long time.

  • Mike Brown
    Mike Brown 4 months ago

    well you know how that goes hate on young jameis that guy has potential

  • Major Dude
    Major Dude 4 months ago

    Steven A can’t remember shit! Alzheimer’s? Dementia? Retarded and/or stupid? Inflated sense of importance and value for sports reporting, absolutely. Hang it up, bud.

  • WolverineSticker
    WolverineSticker 4 months ago

    Does ESPN read the comments??? Molly STFU nobody cares about you opinion stop trying to talk over people just present the damn topics Jesus christ

  • El Chapo
    El Chapo 4 months ago

    He was 50-30-1 actyally get your facts right espn

  • G. Joseph
    G. Joseph 4 months ago

    I never agree with Steven A. but the dog found the bone. Winny has got to go, enough is enough. When the Bucs play, I sleep.

  • Brendi Boi
    Brendi Boi 4 months ago

    I can’t take Winston seriously because of the “Eat the W” debacle.

  • Joe Signorino
    Joe Signorino 4 months ago

    Any white coach hired gives him caused to pause

  • ven lafaxine
    ven lafaxine 4 months ago

    We need a new QB and Secondary bucs

  • Wang Chung
    Wang Chung 5 months ago

    Bruce a clown. He gave up on Arizona when it got tough. "Retired" my ass.

  • heron fields
    heron fields 5 months ago

    Molly cmon man her voice! So annoying please stfu stay in a moderators place

  • Amin Henriquez
    Amin Henriquez 5 months ago


  • Dago Frank
    Dago Frank 5 months ago

    N I'm a life long bucs fan time to move on from that dumbass

  • Dago Frank
    Dago Frank 5 months ago

    Jameis does suck

  • Shawnr_18 ,
    Shawnr_18 , 5 months ago

    Shalacked em 1:08

  • Eddie Cardwell
    Eddie Cardwell 5 months ago +1

    Ariana is the best hire this entire off-season in terms of coaches. Arians is a mastermind and a hell of a coach. Then they go and hire my next favorite coach on the market in Todd Bowles and made him the DC. Tampa knocked it out of the park with both hires. Expect a big season coming up. Jameis has got to go though. Sign Foles!!! Foles to Evans, DJax, and OJ Howard would be big time. Evans replaces Jeffrey as the big body WR, DJax replaces Agholor as the speed guy, and OJ Howard replaces Ertz as the athletic receiving TE, but much younger and faster. Evans is better than Alshon too. Foles is perfect for Tampa.

  • Adrian Rivera
    Adrian Rivera 5 months ago

    He never developed a QB in Arizona what makes you think he turn Wibston into a franchise QB...

  • Ryan Mobley
    Ryan Mobley 5 months ago

    Whew! The hate for Jameis Winston is REAL!

  • Anthony Cashatt
    Anthony Cashatt 5 months ago

    Tampa Bay should go get Nick Foles and move on from Jameis Winston!! I believe their offense would much more successful with Foles and Fitz as their QBs.

  • Jerromi Muckle
    Jerromi Muckle 5 months ago

    Why woody lookin at Stephen A like he imagining some food

  • dexter morgan
    dexter morgan 5 months ago

    Worst sports network on tv

  • Happy
    Happy 5 months ago

    Stephan A is usually on the money but he has his head up his ass on this one....

  • nymike06
    nymike06 5 months ago

    The bimbo in the red dress sounds ridiculous with her fake rage.

  • John Haver
    John Haver 5 months ago

    This fucking guy is terrible.

  • Farquad Shmoogle
    Farquad Shmoogle 5 months ago

    Bucs should have never brought back Jameis. They should and could have traded for Flacco. Everyone thought Palmer was done, and then he went to Cards with Arians.

  • Phx Az
    Phx Az 5 months ago

    I’m a Cardinals fan and for him to do that is bullshit n I hope he don’t win

  • Gwrightproductions1
    Gwrightproductions1 5 months ago

    Maddon just broke bread with the man. Arians said he was already convinced.

  • s1ms07
    s1ms07 5 months ago

    So bottom line, Coordinators can't coach a team? Is that what they're saying? 🤔

  • jbruner17
    jbruner17 5 months ago

    Only 23 coaches in the history of the NFL have more playoff victories than Mike McCarthy...and he has a Super Bowl victory! And they go & hire Bruce who has never won a playoff game!??

  • Leveraged
    Leveraged 5 months ago

    Who woke up Molly?

  • flip dibiase
    flip dibiase 5 months ago

    973 Paterson,nj shit good hire

  • Andrew Burcl
    Andrew Burcl 5 months ago

    Jameis bout to go off this year

    I PUNCH POLITICIANS 5 months ago

    Is Stephen A. a.k.a dip$hit even qualified to speak about athletes?

  • Antoine Butler
    Antoine Butler 5 months ago

    Stephan A "cause to pause" smith

  • Brad The Titan
    Brad The Titan 5 months ago

    What did jameis do with Dirk? How did that end?

    Idk how about the #1 passing offense.
    Our run game and defense was our flaw. I thought ESPN was more professional then this

  • DBeazRN 3
    DBeazRN 3 5 months ago

    Molly....just stop....stop interrupting everyone.....seriously......just S-T-O-P IT!!!! 🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️

  • Maria Earnhardt
    Maria Earnhardt 5 months ago

    Oh ain’t nobody care what you guys say

  • Maria Earnhardt
    Maria Earnhardt 5 months ago

    Hey we don’t believe in Fake News ESPN!

  • Kyle Fish
    Kyle Fish 5 months ago

    Tampax Kellerman is the female Jemele Hill

  • Jim Walker
    Jim Walker 5 months ago

    Ignore the haters Jaboo. He been paid to say that noise.

  • Georgie Is MGTOW
    Georgie Is MGTOW 5 months ago +1

    Shut up Molly

  • Georgie Is MGTOW
    Georgie Is MGTOW 5 months ago

    1:00 Max is getting his dose of MK Ultra.

  • Curtis Jordan
    Curtis Jordan 5 months ago +1

    Arians is a hell of a coach. They will win with him but if it is sustainable, idk. If I have to have a coach for 4 years he can get the job done.

  • tow mater
    tow mater 5 months ago +1

    Jameise Winston can win in Ariens offense .just have to have a good OLine

  • tow mater
    tow mater 5 months ago

    Lmao poor Smith . Its always the race card . I hope hes atleast happy when hes home .

  • Matthew Johnson
    Matthew Johnson 5 months ago +1

    Didn’t he just retired?????? This is crazy.

  • Uncle Sam
    Uncle Sam 5 months ago +3

    Stephen A Smith's opinions..
    Black guy gets the job: I approve, it's been long overdue.
    White guy gets the job: This gives me cause to pause.

  • Black Man
    Black Man 5 months ago +1

    Yes, Winston needs to grow up, however he is a very talented kid! Yes, he needs to protect the ball more but his QB rating is very decent at 87.8 despite being inconsistent. Maybe Arian will demand more from him than Dirk did!

  • A1 iLL
    A1 iLL 5 months ago +1

    Nd den on top of dat da nigga Arians ain even wanna be here, so wen shit don't go rite n fall on Winston cum bak to dis video, dat nigga say he wanted to coach cleveland basically dis nigga jus in it fa da money heon care bout da bucs

  • A1 iLL
    A1 iLL 5 months ago

    U dumb ass niggas jus repeat da media "oh he went to Arians camp, dey cool" Mann shut the fuck up, da nigga was a kid Arians ain't think bout his ass coaching his players da next season.. Da Bucs still go be ass until dey get a line to protect Jameis PERIOD!!
    DA GM gotta go, who try ta make a franchise QB with no protection?! He just turned thousands of fans against a single player asked to do everything when ain shit done for him. I hope Arians build around Jameis like he say

  • sean callahan
    sean callahan 5 months ago +1

    Winston is a terrible human being and I am tired of him representing my team. Move on. He isn't good enough of a player or person to lead the Bucs. Go get a new face of the organization and I'll start attending games again. I don't support men who sexually assault multiple women. I've got principles. Tired of the moral conflict when watching my team.

    • Jared Wright
      Jared Wright 5 months ago

      But you cool with Trump and if you ain’t cool with Trump you are a snowflake but if you are cool with Trump you’re a racist I don’t play the lying whore games but I see you do all yea and I voted for Trump

  • A1 iLL
    A1 iLL 5 months ago

    If u think Winston ain a good QB u retarded n don't watch football.. WEN HAS A QB BEEN GREAT ON THE RUN 24/7 EVEN MIKE VICK STRUGGLED

  • Benedikt Mix
    Benedikt Mix 5 months ago

    you often forget how stupid Stephen A is

  • chupei cycling
    chupei cycling 5 months ago +1

    was first take's producer asleep or something? why weren't they using the footage from the camera pointing at SAS when the staff was fixing max's mic?

  • Dathen Holley
    Dathen Holley 5 months ago +1

    Molly is irritate n because she loudly force her way n the conversations...especially when time is run n out

  • dillpickles
    dillpickles 5 months ago +1

    Im sorry but her voice when she chimes in out of nowhere is nails on a chalkboard

  • ChilledLion
    ChilledLion 5 months ago +1

    cardinals had 0 idea of the direction they wanna take.... Arians hat and shirt logos are in opposite directions

  • Island Tama
    Island Tama 5 months ago +1

    Molly 🤐

  • bob smith
    bob smith 5 months ago +2

    Doesn't matter who the coach is...Jameis is a bust.

  • Wesley Lo
    Wesley Lo 5 months ago +1

    Luv the hire. Arians and Bowles worked well together in Arizona. Should work well together again. Only issue is maybe Arians health. He retired for a reason. Good sign he’s healthy if he’s coming back I guess. Arians to fix Winston. Bowles to fix the defense.

  • Basiru Jabbi
    Basiru Jabbi 5 months ago +1

    Winston can play bowels as a DC will help a lot in my money

  • BigHeroC
    BigHeroC 5 months ago +1

    Hey steven a...aaron rodgers "supposedly" had a relationship with'd thst work out #hesabaaaaaadman

  • zachwhitlow4
    zachwhitlow4 5 months ago +2

    What is SAS talking about brining up Lindley and Stanton? They only came in when Palmer went down with an injury so of course their team didnt have the same success? Most teams dont replicate the same success with a backup or 3rd string QB in so that point makes no sense to me

  • reginald jackson
    reginald jackson 5 months ago +2

    i swear i don't understand the disrespect for Jameis.. in all honesty every so called elite QB had as many or just as many turnovers after their 4th year starting. the man has X amount passing records in the NFL and in the Bucs organization . the bucs in whole ranked dead last or close to it in every category except passing🤔.. fuck the haters.. go jameis.. go Bucs

  • Jameis Winston
    Jameis Winston 5 months ago +1


  • J509
    J509 5 months ago +1

    Hahaha. Good Luck Tampa Bay!

  • Kota Kidd
    Kota Kidd 5 months ago +1

    Dude Tampa going too be scary, I've watched this guy coach the shit out of Arizona and unfortunately he had Palmer as a QB and couldn't do much with him, but I will say he deserved a ring with Arizona, not my team but when I can't watch my Cowboys because I'm stuck watching AZ game's you see how much of a good coach he is

  • Brian Longenecker
    Brian Longenecker 5 months ago +2

    5:51 That Steven A Neck Swivel

  • Brian Longenecker
    Brian Longenecker 5 months ago

    He’s right about Tampa’s D. There is none.

  • Jimmy Rodgers
    Jimmy Rodgers 5 months ago +1

    Max is a liberal turd

  • Ironiic Clipz
    Ironiic Clipz 5 months ago +1

    He said he needed no convincing

  • Louis Hill
    Louis Hill 5 months ago

    Black offensive and defensive coordinators. First head coach to hire a female coach in the NFL. Good choice. #Two Thumbs UP coach.

  • Anthony Smith
    Anthony Smith 5 months ago

    steven a smith is sure wishy washy lol first he said that winston isn't a bust and needed better coaching now he says tht bruce arians isn't a good higher because of jameis winston

  • Peter Griffin
    Peter Griffin 5 months ago

    Let’s Go Tampa Bay Buccaneers!!!!!!

  • bigwaltpro
    bigwaltpro 5 months ago

    Arians is big hire. He and Winston knows each other he will be able to get the most out of him.