It appears that Bruce Arians is not ready to hang up his whistle just yet. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be bringing the former head coach out of retirement with hopes that he can resurrect the franchise much like he did the Cardinals in Arizona.
There had been reports that he interviewed with the team over the weekend and that the team was working on a deal. On Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network broke the news on Twitter.
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
Arians was the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals from 2013-17. He got that job a year after serving as the interim head coach of the Indianapolis Colts while Chuck Pagano underwent treatment for leukemia.
He immediately got the Cardinals turned around in his first year leading them to an 11-5 record, a new franchise record for most wins in a single season. In his five years with the team, he had a record of 50-32-1 (including the postseason where he went 1-2). But after going 8-8 in the 2017 season, he decided to hang it up.
But he didn’t walk away from football altogether. He went to work for CBS as a game analyst. It now appears that his broadcast career is going to be put on pause while he tries once again to win a Super Bowl as a head coach.
“Bruce Arians is one of the NFL’s most well-respected coaches over the past two decades, and we are excited to have him leading our team,” Buccaneers owner Bryan Glazer said in a statement (ESPN).
A major factor in the decision to hire Arians was likely his experience working with and developing quarterbacks. Since the team has spoken out in favor of Jameis Winston, they need someone with a proven track record of developing quarterbacks. Arians has worked with some of the best including Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck, and Carson Palmer.
The Cardinals signed Arians to a four-year deal with an option for a fifth. But to make the deal happen, since his Cardinals contract would have run through 2019, the Buccaneers had to send a 2019 sixth-round pick to the Cardinals in exchange for the right to hire Arians and a 2019 seventh-round pick.
Former Jets head coach Todd Bowles has also been hired by the Buccaneers to be the new defensive coordinator.