Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians walked slowly to center field after his team beat the Eagles 31-15 Sunday in the wild-card round of the 2022 NFL playoffs. The veteran coach was limping as a result of an Achilles tendon injury, but he still wanted to meet his counterpart, Nick Sirianni, for the post-match handshake.
It seemed that Sirianni never came over to greet him.
As Arians arrived at midfield, Fox cameras showed him standing alone. Sirianni was nowhere to be seen.
It’s unclear if Sirianni didn’t walk toward Arians or if the broadcast didn’t stick with the shot long enough to show that he finally arrived. Neither coach addressed the handshake, or lack thereof, after the game; as such, it does not seem that this situation is so important.
However, the interaction attracted much attention on social media. From jokes about a potential snub to Eagles fans expressing disappointment over Sirianni’s alleged absence, the NFL’s Twitter had a field day with the league’s latest perceived handshake snub.
It was fitting enough that Nick Sirianni was nowhere to be found by Arians after the game. Sirianni didn’t show up for the win, why show up for the postgame handshake?
— Austin Thompson ???? The idiot gentleman (@AustinWroteThat) January 16, 2022
Unfortunately, fans on both sides will have to wait to see if Arians takes it personally. The Bucs and Eagles aren’t scheduled to play during the 2022 regular season, so it may be a while before we see this matchup again.