Well, it didn’t take long for the Buccaneers to complete their coaching search. The team announced Tuesday that Bruce Arians was in the process of finalizing a deal to become the next head coach. The deal to make Arians the 12th coach in franchise history is for four years with a fifth-year option.
Buccaneers now finalizing deal to make Bruce Arians their next head coach, per sources. The former Cardinals’ HC will be the Bucs next HC.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 8, 2019
Arians’ coaching resume is impressive. He bounced around between the NFL and college for a few decades before settling in at the NFL level starting off as the Colts quarterback coach in 1998. After jumping from the Colts, Browns, and Steelers, Arians got his first taste of being a head coach with the Colts in 2012.
He was hired as the offensive coordinator in 2012 but when head coach Chuck Pagano had to step away due to Leukemia, Arians stepped in. After a 2-2 start, Arians led the Colts to a 9-3 record and a Wild Card Berth. After that season, Arians was hired as the next head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.
In 2012 Arizona went 5-11. Under Arians’ first year the Cardinals improved to 10-6 and just missed out on the playoffs. Over the next four seasons under Arians, the Cardinals would make the playoffs twice getting to the NFC Championship game in 2015. Arians record in Arizona finished at 58-33-1 in 2017 after he decided to retire due to health reasons.
Back in November, while a member of the CBS crew, Arians stated that he would only come out of retirement to coach the Cleveland Browns. Obviously, with this hire, that wasn’t the case.
The pairing of Arians and the Bucs just makes sense. Him and general manager Jason Licht worked together briefly in Arizona in 2013 when Licht was Vice President of Player Personnel. So obviously the two have a connection and respect what each can do to improve the team.
Arians has also been very open with his praise for quarterback Jameis Winston. He stated that Winston can “win folks back” if he does the right things. Not only that, but Arians actually coached Winston when he was younger at a camp in Alabama. Winston credits Arians for creating his goal to win a Super Bowl after the two met in Alabama.
The marriage between Arians and the Bucs may just get them to the playoffs. His offensive game plan is similar to former coach Dirk Koetter but the way to run the offense should be different. In Arizona Arians had a saying, “No risk it, no biscuit”. This could pair perfectly with the Buccaneers’ already high-octane offense. Winston is known as a gunslinger and if Arians can keep that mindset while also helping Winston make better decisions, there’s no telling where this team can go.
It looks like Arians has already started putting his staff together as well.
The #Bucs are signing Bruce Arians to a 4-year deal with a fifth-yaer option, source said. Among the coaches Arians hopes to finalize deals with: Harold Goodwin as Run Game Coordinator/OLine, Byron Leftwich as Pass Game Coordinator and Clyde Christianson as QB coach.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 8, 2019
There will be more hires to come. The most important coaches to keep an eye on are the offensive and defensive coordinators. Former Jets head coach Todd Bowles has been linked to the DC job but nothing official has come out. As for the OC position, no candidates have been talked about as of yet. Current OC Todd Monken hasn’t officially left the team but is taking interviews around the league. That will be a situation worth keeping an eye on.
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