TAMPA, Fla. — The NFL has sent former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians a warning about his conduct on the sidelines during Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints, telling him that conduct similar to the future will bring discipline for him and the club, a source told ESPN on Wednesday.
Arians, who now works in the Bucs’ front office as senior assistant to general manager Jason Licht, was on the sidelines in the Bucs’ 20-10 win over the Saints, and became very lively when cornerback Marshon Lattimore was not called for pass interference. on a pass intended for wide receiver Scotty Miller, which resulted in not only quarterback Tom Brady facing the officials, but also wide receiver Mike Evans being ejected from the game, along with Lattimore.
Evans received a one-game suspension. He appealed the sentence and the hearing took place on Tuesday. A decision on the appeal is expected this week.
Arians and Licht were on the sidelines rather than upstairs in a cabin because head coach Todd Bowles said the Saints did not provide a cabin. The Saints say they provided seats for the Arians and Licht in the press gallery.
Arians spent the majority of the game on the bench, but during the altercation he was seen standing on the white tape reserved for officials, players and coaches.
Arians resigned as head coach of the Buccaneers in March, although he is still an employee of the team, coming to every practice so far during the regular season and appearing at every game.
Pro Football Talk first reported the news of the league warning to Arians.