Unexpected Person Could Face Discipline From Buccaneers-Saints Week 2 Fight
Fireworks tend to fly when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints meet. Week 2 gave us a perfect example of that when Bucs wideout Mike Evans and Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore got into a scuffle, leading to a bench-clearing brawl as well as a one-game suspension for the former.
While Evans was the only player suspended, he isn't the only individual potentially facing discipline. In what's quite the plot twist, ProFootballTalk reports that Bucs senior football consultant and former head coach Bruce Arians is also being investigated for his involvement in the brawl.
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The incident occurred when Evans shoved Lattimore after he was convinced that the veteran CB got physical with the Bucs' Tom Brady and Leonard Fournette. Arians could be seen talking to Lattimore before the play, leaving fans wondering A) what he said and B) why he was even on the sidelines in the first place.
It turns out that Arians had a valid reason to be that close to the action. Bucs head coach Todd Bowles revealed on Monday that Arians was on the sidelines because the Saints didn't leave any room in the booth for Tampa Bay's personnel, according to The Athletic's Greg Auman.
Arians' retirement announcement earlier this year caught many by surprise, causing the rumor mill to focus on a potential rift between the former coach and Brady. Perhaps being so close to the sidelines awoke a fire in Arians regarding a job that he wasn't ready to move on from yet.
Nevertheless, there was no legitimate reason for Arians to get into it with Lattimore. Even if the 69-year-old was sticking up for his organization and its players, he should leave Bowles and the rest of the coaching staff to settle those situations.
Packers vs Buccaneers Week 3
Whether or not Arians is disciplined, the Bucs turn their focus to a massive Week 3 matchup with the Green Bay Packers. For now, Tampa Bay comes in as the 2.5-point home favorite over Green Bay on FanDuel Sportsbook.
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