It’s been a rough season for the New Orleans Saints and it might be getting better for the Bucs, but it’s still not where they hoped to be at this point of the year.
Let’s take you back to earlier in the year when the two teams faced off against each other. New Orleans entered week 2 for what, at the time, was a huge matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Remember the brawl that broke out between the two teams?
In an interview with The Athletic, former Buccaneers head coach and now senior advisor Bruce Arians admitted to barking at officials as well as Marshon Lattimore before things turned ugly, resulting in the ejection of Lattimore and Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans.
“It was a bad call and I was chewing out the referee like I was chewing him out the first three quarters,” Arians says. “It wasn’t like nothing new. Then Marshon came by. I told him he was holding. He said he thought the pass was uncatchable. Bulls—. And then the melee started.”
If what Arians is saying is true, then his exchange with Lattimore likely wasn’t what started the fight between the teams. Shortly after the exchange between Arians and Lattimore, the Saints star safety got into it with Tom Brady. Leonard Fournette got involved and Evans ran from the opposite side of the field to come to his quarterback’s aide, shoving Lattimore.
Arians received a warning letter from the NFL for being questionably present on the sideline during the Sept. 18 contest.
Arians accepted the warning and hasn’t been involved in any similar incidents since.