TAMPA — Bruce Arians stepped into the Buccaneers facility Wednesday met by a wave of applause from team staff members who waited for Tampa Bay's next coach.
He waved, then walked forward as the applause continued. Chants of "BRUCE" rang through the entryway the further he moved.
Some Bucs fans would have reacted the same way if given the chance to stand in that hall Wednesday. Others might have just stood there, unsure how to react.
Each type of fan responded when the Times asked Bucs fans to weigh in on Tampa Bay's hiring of Arians.
Meet the fans who are all in, already in line to buy a Kangol Hat:
Christopher Stagman, Rockledge: "I am a disheartened lifelong Bucs fan who is tired of the losing and disappointment every year. This past season hurt the most. I really believed we had a chance to turn the corner and compete within the division, especially after the 2-1 "Fitz-magical" start. I am absolutely thrilled with this hire. My cap is off to Bucs ownership for having the stones to keep Jason and hire a proven winner and professional coach. There is hope for a fan base that has endured an agonizing decade of losing. I can't wait to purchase my Buccaneers Coach Arians Driver Cap.
Frank Curtis, Tennessee: Great hire …some stability and experience is a very good thing …and he's a good coach.
David Sosa, Texas: I'm very comfortable with the hire compared to the last few hires they've made since Dungy and Gruden.
Jim Rowland of Brooksville: I think they got the best guy available. Hopefully, his relationship with Winston pays off. And he's had some really good defenses with a lot of the same assistants he is bringing with him. Stay healthy, Bruce!
These fans have been burned by the Bucs before, but they’re not ready to write off Arians just yet:
Adam J Locascio, Land O Lakes: As a Bucs fan for 37 years, it's tough to get too up or too down over a new coach being hired. I remember people scoffing at Tony Dungy as he was the Bucs' third choice in 1996 and he was a runaway success. Then, we were thrilled a few years ago that Lovie Smith was going to bring us back to the glory days of the Tampa 2 and he flopped harder than a fat guy on a treadmill. That being said, Arians is a guy who has a history of grooming big-armed QBs. There is a reason to be optimistic. However, he can't cover Julio Jones.
Larry E. Collier, Lakeland: I just don't buy into the hype! I believe Bruce will give it his best shot, but with this assemblage of players that may not be enough. We need to make some significant changes on both sides of the ball. I hope that happens, however, I have serious reservations. That being said, I think it was a move that needed to be made. I support the Bucs, but remain noncommittal.
Fire the cannons … and this coach already:
Gus P of Clearwater: Bruce Arians…really? Another recycled NFL coach and recycled assistants. Naive Buc fans will pay good money to watch another sad sack team next season. Thank God I jettisoned my season tickets years ago.
Jim Wright of Tampa: Another terrible hire for the Bucs. Bruce is 66 years old and had nothing in common with 20-year-olds. His old thinking does not match up with creative thinkers. He could be Jameis' GREAT GRANDFATHER! The Bucs are thinking short term, Bruce will be the coach for about (4) years and then start over again.
And then there are the fans who have other thoughts and questions:
Christopher Doyle of Tampa: Now that we have a Bucco 'BRUCE', do you think they will bring back the old uniforms?