Arians: Andy Reid Is NFL's Most Innovative Coach

The Chiefs averaged a league-high 35.3 points per game this season

Tiki and Tierney
January 23, 2019 - 9:01 pm

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For months, Bruce Arians said only one job could lure him back to coaching, and that job was the Cleveland Browns. Well, he is now the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

What happened to Cleveland?

“Well, they never called,” Arians said on Tiki and Tierney. “The stars aligned for this: great ownership, knew the general manager, loved the quarterback, and all my assistants were available. What else do you have to do to get a job? This was a perfect situation.”

The Buccaneers have finished 5-11 each of the last two seasons and haven’t made the playoffs since 2007. They hope that Arians, 66, can change that.

That alone makes Tampa Bay an anomaly. Arians’ resume speaks for itself, but the NFL went young with its head-coaching hires this offseason.

“I have to laugh when I see all these young people getting hired when probably the most innovative guy in the last 20 years has been Andy Reid,” Arians said. “What Andy did with his weapons this year, I thought, was outstanding.”

Arians, though, isn’t surprised by the NFL’s youth trend – or any trend, frankly. After all, he has seen the game change a great deal over his 40+ years in coaching.

“It’s cyclical,” he said. “It’s not brand new. I don’t know if there’s anything new in football anymore, but it does run in cycles. So much defense, Tampa 2 – now it’s more wide-open offense.”