Coach Bruce Arians never let the Bucs' unending stream of injuries get him down this season. He is a master at getting the best out of players. "Just give a guy a job he can do.”
The 69-year old coach has tested positive for COVID and battled a partially torn Achilles tendon this season. But just like his team, he’s still fighting to win another Super Bowl.
The injury-depleted reigning world champs have subsisted on depth down the stretch.
The head coach is speculating but sees how much fun Brady still is having playing football.
John Romano | The Rams defensive coordinator is a head coaching candidate 10 years after being fired by the Bucs.


  1. Coach Bruce Arians, left, believes Tom Brady will be back next season because his passion for the game, even in practice, has never waned.
  2. Coach Bruce Arians never let the Bucs' unending stream of injuries get him down this season. He is a master at getting the best out of players. "Just give a guy a job he can do.”
  3. Bucs second-year tailback Ke'Shawn Vaughn, who totaled 17 offensive snaps in the season's first 14 weeks, has run for 183 yards on 42 carries with three touchdowns in the last four games.
  4. In his first season as defensive coordinator in Los Angeles, former Bucs coach Raheem Morris helped the Rams thump Arizona in the first round of the playoffs to earn a spot in the division round against Tampa Bay.
  5. Rams safety Taylor Rapp, here making an interception against San Francisco on Jan. 9, won't play against the Bucs on Sunday.
  6. Wayne Ward, the Bucs' groundskeeper extraordinaire, is retiring in April after 30 years on the job.
  7. Tom Brady, right, may have fewer worries on Sunday with center Ryan Jensen (ankle), left, back at practice Friday along with tackle Tristan Wirfs.
  8. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, seen here during a spring practice session at Bradenton's IMG Academy, had a memorable recruiting visit at Jesuit High this week.
  9. Inside linebacker Kenny Young, right, sacks quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the Bucs' loss to the Rams in September in Inglewood, Calif.
  10. Fans cheer in the stands during the Bucs' wild-card playoff game against the Eagles last weekend at Raymond James Stadium. The Bucs won, 31-15.
  11. Bucs leading rusher Leonard Fournette appears close to being activated from injured reserve after missing the last four games with a hamstring ailment.
  12. NFL on Fox director Rich Russo directs the over 23 cameras and field crews for the broadcast from the production trailer during the NFC wild-card game between the Bucs and Eagles Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.
  13. The NFL filed a motion asking a Nevada court to dismiss former Raiders coach Jon Gruden's lawsuit against the league, saying the accusations that the the NFL leaked Gruden's old, offensive emails are “baseless” and the “should be dismissed for failure to state a single viable cause of action."
  14. Bucs offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs (78) is attended to on the field during the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Tampa.
  15. Roughly six months after tearing his right Achilles tendon, Rams tailback Cam Akers totaled 95 yards in Monday night's 34-11 playoff romp of the Cardinals.
  16. The NFL fined Bucs coach Bruce Arians $50,000 for slapping the helmet of safety Andrew Adams during Sunday’s win over the Eagles.
  17. Tom Brady ended up with more than 400 passing yards in a 34-24 loss to the Rams in September, but he also got sacked three times and lost a fumble against the fierce Los Angeles pass rush.
  18. Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, sponsored a bill that would require Florida professional sports teams receiving government money to play the national anthem before every home game.
  19. Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles reportedly will interview this week for the head-coaching jobs in Chicago and Minnesota.
  20. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady isn't one to hang onto the ball. That was never truer than in Sunday's wild-card game.
  21. Bucs tight end Rob Gronkowski, right, is tackled by Rams linebacker Terrell Lewis during the teams' regular-season meeting. It was a game to forget for Gronkowski, who ended up with fractured ribs, a punctured lung and no game action for more than a month.
  22. Quarterback Tom Brady, left, still gets giddy when he throws a perfect pass, like Sunday's 36-yard touchdown strike to Mike Evans.
  23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians is seen on the field in the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022 in Tampa.
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