TAMPA, Fla. — The NFL issued a warning to former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians for his sideline behavior against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, a source told ESPN Wednesday. Telling him similar behaviour in the future would result in him and the club being disciplined.
Arians, now a senior assistant to general manager Jason Licht in the Buccaneers front office, was on the sidelines in the Buccaneers’ 20-10 win over the Saints when cornerback Marshon Lattimore was not called for a pass interference He became very active when passing wide receiver Scotty Miller, which not only resulted in quarterback Tom Brady confronting the officials, but wide receiver Mike Evans was ejected from the game along with Lattimore. .
Evans was suspended for one game. He appealed the punishment, and a hearing was held on Tuesday. A ruling on the appeal is expected this week.
Arians and Licht were on the sidelines, not in the booth upstairs, as head coach Todd Powers said the Saints didn’t offer a booth. The Saints said they did offer seats in the press box for Arians and Licht.
Arianne spent most of the game on the sideline bench, but during the altercation he was seen standing on the white stripes reserved for officials, players and coaches.
Arians resigned as head coach of the Buccaneers in March, though he remains an employee of the team, participating in every practice so far during the regular season and appearing in all games.
Pro Football Talk first reported the league’s warning to Arian.