The decision to impose a one-game suspension on receiver Mike Evans was just part of the league’s reaction to Sunday’s hubbub between the Bucs and Saints. The NFL also had a message for the team and former head coach Bruce Arians.
According to a league source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL sent a warning letter to the Arians and Buccaneers following Sunday’s incident.
Arians was usually properly in the bench area, but he was clearly in the white strip reserved for officials, players and coaches during the altercation. He was also clearly involved in the verbal aspect of the kerfuffle.
Details of the warning are not known at this time. Presumably, the Buccaneers face potential penalties during the game, and the Arians face potential discipline in the form of a fine or maybe even a ban from the bench area. Either way, it probably won’t come to that.
“He will comply,” the source said.
The league realizes that there is a potential problem with a former head coach serving as an unofficial agitator and/or otherwise behaving as if he were still the coach even though he was not. is not. Good for the league to shut it down, quickly and decisively.