Bruce Arians isn’t buying into any gender stereotypes.
On Tuesday, the new Buccaneers coach was asked about the team’s recent coaching hires, Lori Locust and Maral Javadifar, who are the first female coaches in the NFL.
Arians didn’t mince words when asked about how the women will be treated on the team.
“Who gives a s—? They’re good coaches,” Arians told reporters at the NFL owners meetings. “Now, if they can’t do it, they’ll get fired like everybody else.”
The team announced last week that Locust will be an assistant defensive line coach, while Javadifar will serve as an assistant strength and conditioning coach.
Javadifar most recently worked as a physical therapist in Seattle, while Locust previously worked as the defensive line coach for the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football during the league’s inaugural season this spring.
“I know how hard it can be to get that first opportunity to coach at the highest level of professional football,” Arians said in a statement. “Sometimes, all you need is the right organization to offer up the opportunity. The Glazer family and our general manager, Jason Licht, were extremely supportive of my decision, and I know Maral and Lori will be great additions to my coaching staff.
“I have known Lori going back to my days at Temple University and I’ve seen firsthand just how knowledgeable and passionate she is about this game. I was equally impressed with Maral’s background in performance training and physical therapy and I know she will be a valuable asset to our strength and conditioning program.”
It’s not the first time Arians has broken barriers by hiring a woman to his staff. While the head coach of the Cardinals, he hired Jen Welter as a training camp intern in 2015. Welter was the first woman to hold any NFL coaching position.
Arians also employs, Byron Leftwich, who is one of only two black offensive coordinators in the NFL (Eric Bieniemy of the Chiefs is the other). Arians mentored Leftwich when he was on the Cardinals staff from 2016-17 as an intern and later the quarterbacks coach.