There’s a new sheriff in Tampa Bay and his name is Bruce Arians.
The franchise fired Dirk Koetter following the team’s 5-11 campaign last season and brought in the longtime NFL and college assistant to turn around the Buccaneers heading into 2019. Arians isn’t the type of coach that’s going to lay down and cater to any player, regardless of their stature in the organization, and it appears one of the players he’s trying to reach this offseason is Vernon Hargreaves.
Tampa Bay recently exercised the fifth-year option on the team’s first-round pick from the 2016 NFL Draft so they clearly want him to remain on the roster for the foreseeable future but in order to do so, the former Florida Gator is going to have to buy-in to what Arians wants from him.
On Tuesday, Arians was asked why Hargreaves wasn’t at practice. The team’s new head coach didn’t say much but it appears he’s using the media to get his message out to the young defensive back:
#Bucs HC Bruce Arians on Vernon Hargreaves not practicing:
“You’d have to talk to Vernon. He’s got to get his mind ready for practice.” pic.twitter.com/LLLROj09rs
— PewterReport (@PewterReport) May 14, 2019