Buccaneers' Bruce Arians Says He Doesn't Regret Hitting Andrew Adams in Helmet

Doric SamJanuary 18, 2022

TAMPA, FLORIDA - JANUARY 16: Head coach Bruce Arians of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians came under fire for getting physical with safety Andrew Adams during Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Arians was seen slapping Adams in the helmet and then following up with an elbow. When asked during Monday's press conference if he regrets his actions, Arians stood by what he did and explained that he was trying to stop Adams from drawing a penalty.

"No, and I've seen enough dumb,” Arians said. "You can't pull guys out of a pile. We just got a big play, great field position, and he's trying to pull a guy out of a pile, and I was trying to knock him off of that guy so he didn't get a penalty."

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio noted that "neither the league nor the NFL Players Association had a comment" regarding whether Arians was wrong for making contact with one of his players.

Arians is known for being an "old school" coach, so it shouldn't be a surprise that he hasn't apologized publicly for his actions as of this writing.

While it is not yet known whether Arians will be disciplined in any way, Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Greg Lewis was fined earlier this season for shoving Cleveland Browns safety Ronnie Harrison Jr.

The Buccaneers won Sunday's game 31-15. Tampa Bay never trailed and scored all of its points in the first three quarters while holding Philadelphia scoreless until a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns.

The Buccaneers will play host to the winner of Monday night's Arizona Cardinals vs. Los Angeles Rams game next week in the NFC Divisional Round.