Buccaneers To Hire Bruce Arians As Head Coach, Todd Bowles As DC

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If Jameis Winston is down to his last chance with the Buccaneers, new head coach Bruce Arians might be the man to revive his career.

Arians, 66, spent the 2018 campaign away from the National Football League after retiring from his role as head coach of the Cardinals following five seasons with the team.

Those are the type of numbers to make other franchises blush and kick the tires to see if he would be interested in making a head coaching comeback somewhere else.

The Buccaneers fired Dirk Koetter, who had coached the team the past three seasons, hours after their season-ending loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

The former Jets head coach agreed to terms with the Bucs to become their defensive coordinator Wednesday.

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Though Ohio State fans would gladly remind you that the Buckeyes put up 62 points in a 23-point win in November. Hired last offseason by Jim Harbaugh, he coached the Viper position and was one of the team's key recruiters.

Arians also confirmed that Byron Leftwich and Harold Goodwin will be on the Tampa Bay staff.

Bowles ultimately chose to stick with his mentor, a source said, despite the Bears' vacancy being perhaps the most attractive in the league. Todd Bowles was sacked as the New York Jets' head coach just last week, and the former Assistant Coach of the Year quickly emerged as an option for the Bears to replace Fangio. None of them have previous head coaching experience.

Arians had previously said he would only be interested in the Cleveland job, but later said he would listen to offers in Tampa due to his relationship with Jason Licht. According to the Tampa Bay Times, "Arians reportedly did not bring a doctor's note to his interview with the Bucs".

Through four seasons, that dream of a championship has gotten off to a slow start. He's only 193 yards shy of replacing Vinny Testaverde (14,820 yards, 1987-92) as the club's all-time passing leader.