Bruce Arians to become Buccaneers’ head coach
Another NFL head coaching job is being filled.
The same day that the Arizona Cardinals announced they have hired Kliff Kingsbury as their head coach, a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Bruce Arians was finalizing a deal to become Tampa Bay’s head coach. Ian Rapoport says he is getting a four-year deal with an option for a fifth.
The Buccaneers job became available after the team fired Dirk Koetter, who completed his third unsuccessful season as the team’s head coach. Arians took the year off from coaching after retiring, but he wants back in.
Arians had success with the Arizona Cardinals and was a two-time Coach of the Year. A brilliant offensive mind, he is 58-33-1 as a head coach. He took Carson Palmer to a conference championship game and went .500 with quarterbacks like Drew Stanton and Blaine Gabbert. He should be able to improve Jameis Winston’s play.
One bonus about hiring Arians is that he may secure former Jets head coach Todd Bowles as his defensive coordinator. The two teamed up together in Arizona and had success.