All three of his coordinators — defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong — are Black. So is assistant head coach and run game coordinator Harold Goodwin.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever been part of anything like this,” Leftwich said in a session with reporters Monday in the lead up to Sunday’s Super Bowl LV between the Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs.
“This is unique. This is different. This is not the norm. This is not the norm of how this league and how the coaching staff looks across the league. It’s a blessing that BA has his view that he has. I just hope no one believes that he’s just giving us anything. If you know him, you know he’s not giving you anything. You’ve got to earn everything that you pretty much get from him or his view of you.”
For Arians, “inclusivity and diversity are great ways to teach,” he explained when talking to reporters last week.
“I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving,” King said at the time.
Arians said Monday about his staff: “If you can teach, you can coach. As far as the women, it was time. It was time for that door to be knocked down and allow them because they’ve been putting in time, and they’re very, very qualified. The ones we have are overly qualified.
“As far as race, that was not by design. Those are the best coaches I know. But to hear voices in a staff meeting that aren’t the same, don’t look alike, but they all have input, you get better output.”
“You have to understand this is not something that’s done because of checking boxes,” Locust said.
“It’s not done because of an initiative. It’s who BA is and has always been. I think that’s why it works so well here is that he’s gathered individuals that he knows will benefit the organization. He has talent. He has people he can trust around him. And it doesn’t matter what we look like. He’s put together that staff because it’s people that he feels will help the team win.
“Clearly, that combination has worked. … And hopefully it will set an example for the rest of the league to kind of take notice and stop being maybe so narrow in their candidate search.”