Currently sitting at 2-4 after back-to-back losses, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are coming off a much-needed bye week desperate for a victory.
Thankfully for them, their new head coach has a track record of winning games coming off the extra week of rest and preparation.
To what does Arians attribute his post-bye-week success:
"I don’t know. I think each and every year is so different as far as the health [and] how tired your football team is," Arians said Friday. "Like I said, I’ve had two physical practices those weeks, I’ve had practices [and] no practices, so each week is just a feel for your team and where they’re at health-wise. This unusual stretch – kind of pretty much in the summer, we decided we probably weren’t going to practice this week because of the trips and [it] pretty much was a good decision, I think.”
In his five years as the head coach in Arizona, Arians' Cardinals were 4-1 when coming off the bye week. To put another one in the win column, this time for the Bucs, Arians will have to beat the Tennessee Titans on the road Sunday. The Bucs are in the middle of a brutal and unusual road trip that has them going seven weeks without a true home game.
The Titans are coming off an impressive win after making a quarterback switch from Marcus Mariota to Ryan Tannehill, while the Bucs are trying to stop a losing streak. Arians will be hoping his past success after the bye week continues in his new gig.