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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Articles tagged: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bruce Arians to become Buccaneers’ head coach

Bruce Arians

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.

Report: Todd Bowles could reunite with Bruce Arians in Tampa Bay

Todd Bowles

Bruce Arians appears to be on the verge of being named the next head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he could be looking to get some of his old staff back together.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Todd Bowles, who was recently fired as head coach of the New York Jets, is considered the top choice to join Arians’ staff as defensive coordinator.

Bowles may get some head coaching interviews, but a defensive coordinator seems like his best bet coming off another disappointing season in New York. If he does decide to go the DC route, he should have plenty of options, and his long history with Arians could play a role.

Bowles was the defensive coordinator under Arians for two seasons with the Cardinals in 2013 and 2014. Both were also assistant coaches with the Cleveland Browns together in the early-2000s, so they have a strong relationship.

Bruce Arians, Buccaneers expected to negotiate head coaching contract

Bruce Arians

It appears that Bruce Arians’ retirement from coaching in the NFL will only last one year, as the former Arizona Cardinals head coach is closing in on an agreement with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Bucs, who fired Dirk Koetter after the 2018 season, have reportedly zeroed in on making Arians their next head coach. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the two sides are expected to hammer out the details of a contract in the near future.

Buccaneers GM Jason Licht was a personnel executive with the Cardinals when Arians was their coach, so the connection there was likely significant. Arians also has experience working with some of the best quarterbacks in NFL history like Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer, so the Bucs likely want to see what he is able to do with former No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston.

Arians had said at one point that he would only come out of retirement for one job, but it seems like he was itching to return to coaching. He should be a great hire in Tampa.

Report: Bruce Arians ‘front-runner’ for Buccaneers job

Bruce Arians

The odds certainly seem to be increasing that Bruce Arians’ retirement will be a one-year proposition.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Arians is the front-runner for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ head coaching job, and they would not owe compensation to the Arizona Cardinals, his most recent employer, if they hire him.

Beyond the fact that Arians worked with Buccaneers GM Jason Licht in Arizona, Arians is also known to be a fan of Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston.

Arians and the Buccaneers are said to have mutual interest, and he interviewed for the job Saturday. It certainly sounds like this one will get done.

Report: Bruce Arians, Buccaneers have mutual interest as head coach

Bruce Arians

Bruce Arians’ retirement certainly sounds as if it could be a brief one.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Arians is interested in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ head coaching job, and the team is interested in hiring him. There does not appear to be a formal interview scheduled, but it sounds as if it’s trending in that direction.

Rapoport’s NFL Network colleague Tom Pelissero added that there is “a sense in the building” that Arians will ultimately land the job.

Arians formally retired from coaching at the end of the 2017 season, leaving the Arizona Cardinals behind. He proceeded to spend much of 2018 making noise about getting back into the game, culminating in his willingness to listen to Tampa Bay’s overtures. Arians doesn’t have the job yet, but things certainly seem to be trending that way.

Bruce Arians willing to listen to Buccaneers’ interest

Bruce Arians

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are reportedly hoping to entice Bruce Arians out of retirement to come coach them, and the former Arizona Cardinals coach is apparently willing to entertain their overture.

According to Alex Marvez of SiriusXM, the Buccaneers have legitimate interest in speaking to Arians, who retired as coach of the Cardinals a year ago. Other veteran coaches like Jack Del Rio and Jim Caldwell are also said to be in the mix.

Arians had previously said he would only consider coaching the Cleveland Browns if he were to return from work, but as rumors intensified on Monday, he confirmed to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that he’d be willing to consider the Tampa Bay opening.

Listening and taking a job are two very different things, and Arians had indicated that he still believes he is unlikely to coach next season. Perhaps serious interest will change that.

Dirk Koetter fired by Buccaneers

Dirk Koetter

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wasted no time in making the first end-of-season coaching change of the regular season.

The Buccaneers announced in a statement that they have fired head coach Dirk Koetter after three seasons at the helm.

“We sincerely appreciate the hard work and commitment shown by Dirk over the past several years. Working with Dirk has been a pleasure and we wish him and his family all the best in the future,” chairman Joel Glazer said in a statement.

According to one report, the Buccaneers only kept Koetter for 2018 because their preferred replacement wanted too much money. That doesn’t exactly count as a long-term vote of confidence, and after a second consecutive poor season, there was very little reason to justify retaining him for 2019.

Koetter will finish his Tampa Bay career with a 19-29 record in three seasons. His first season was moderately successful at 9-7, but two straight five-win years sealed his fate.