Buccaneers star Chris Godwin said Tuesday on The Pat McAfee Show that Arians would "let you know straight up, like, 'You're playing like s--t'" (Warning: tweet and video contain profanity):
Godwin's comments don't come as a surprise. Not even Tom Brady was immune to public criticism by Arians during the 2020 season.
The approach obviously worked. Things were looking a bit shaky for Tampa Bay when it sat at 7-5 heading into its Week 13 bye. The team then reeled off four straight wins to end the regular season before its run to a Super Bowl title.
Coaches can obviously go too far in attempting to leave their imprint on a team. But Arians is evidence of how tough love can be productive when it's warranted.