-Bruce Arians was named 2020 Champion for Equality honoree by the Women's Sports Foundation and Founder Billie Jean King will present him the award in October on a Yahoo! Sports broadcast.
Arians has the most gender-diverse staff in the NFL and the Bucs employ women in a multitude of roles throughout the organization.
"Since taking the helm in Tampa Bay in January 2019, Arians has assembled the most gender diverse coaching staff in the NFL," announced the Women's Sports Foundation. "He has hired two female coaches as full-time assistants — a first within the league — and this offseason, the Buccaneers have added to their front office talent with the addition of Jacqueline Davidson as the team's director of football research. Indicative of his belief in equal opportunity, the two-time Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year has spent his career working for gender inclusivity in what is historically known to be a male-dominated sport."
Not only do the Bucs have two female coaches and now Director of Football Research Jacqueline Davidson, the team's dietitian is Stephanie Kolloff-O'Neill, Carly Helfand was hired as a scouting assistant last season and roughly half of the team's vice presidents in its business operations are female.
Arians and King met for the first time face-to-face when the Bucs played the Falcons in Atlanta last season. King was indeed sporting a 'No Risk-It, No Biscuit' Arians Family Foundation t-shirt under her tapered blue blazer. She will present Arians with the award during a live broadcast in October during the 2020 Annual Salute to Women in Sports special.
-CBS Sports also thinks Arians has the best chance of any current head coach to win his first Super Bowl this year. The list detailed 23 coaches who are in the hunt for their first Lombardi Trophy as a head coach.
"Arians has been a head coach for seven seasons and in each of those seasons, he's come up empty in the Super Bowl department, so to fix that problem, he brought in a secret weapon for 2020: Tom Brady," wrote John Breech. "If the Buccaneers are going to win their second Super Bowl in franchise history, this feels like the season where it could happen."
Arians, of course, has been a part of two Super Bowl-winning teams – first as the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers coach in Super Bowl XL, then three years later, as the Steelers' offensive coordinator the team won Super Bowl XLIII. Now, it's just a matter of Arians doing it as the head coach and make history as the first team to ever win the Super Bowl as the host. Super Bowl LV comes to Tampa on February 7.
-Coach Arians met with the media yesterday. He covered a variety of preliminary topics, including the young players and how their first few days of camp are going after the absence of an offseason program. And though it's early, Arians had some thoughts on a few players.
"Tristan is what he is," said Arians. "He's not really a surprise, nor is Antoine. They're both showing us exactly what we thought they were: very smart players coming out of really good programs. Some of the other kids – Chapelle Russell showed up in great shape and ready to go. Ke'Shawn was a little behind because of the COVID test. He's catching up fast. Ray, same way. That room got kind of wiped out and missed a couple weeks. Tyler has been hurt the whole time so there were some other young kids that were undrafted that I really can't wait to see in pads and see if they can handle the noise level."
Arians also talked about the wide receiver room. Who the Bucs' third receiver behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin will be remains a question mark going into the 2020 season. One guy that stuck out to Arians especially has been wide receiver Justin Watson.
"The guy that's looking really, really good is Justin Watson," said Arians. "He lost 10 pounds and I think he hit 21 miles per hour yesterday out on the field and that's flying. [He] looked way more confident in what he's doing. Justin, Scotty [Miller] – we've got a bunch of different pieces there. John Franklin looked good, 'Mitch' [Bryant Mitchell] has looked good – it's a battle for three, four, five and six. We might have different packages with a different three."
For more how the wide receiver room is shaping up, see what Scott Smith had to say on Thursday.
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