Bruce Arians out as Bucs coach, Todd Bowles takes over

A wild off-season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got even wilder.

After watching legendary quarterback Tom Brady retire and then come out of retirement within weeks, the drama around the franchise took another turn, with head coach Bruce Arians retiring from practice and moving to a front office role.

Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has been promoted to head coach in place of the Arians.

The Arians’ run at Tampa Bay was undeniably a success, as the franchise increased its win tally in each of its three seasons at the helm. The team won seven games in 2019, 11 games in 2020 en route to a Super Bowl championship, and 13 games last season before dropping to the NFC Divisional Round.

Now he will inherit a team led by arguably the greatest player in NFL history, plus enough leftovers from the 2020 championship squad to compete for another title in 2022. And according to Arians, that is what he always wanted for one of his best assistants. .

“Succession has always been huge for me,” Arians told King. “With the organization probably in the best shape ever, with the return of Tom Brady I’d rather see Todd in a position to succeed and not have to take it [crappy] work. I’m probably retiring next year anyway, in February. So, I control the narrative right now. I don’t control it next February because [if] Brady gets hurt, we go 10-7, and it’s an open interview for work I’m 31 [coaches and their] families who depend on me. My wife doesn’t want to let all these families down.”

As for whether Brady’s return had anything to do with Arians’ move, the coach insisted that it didn’t.

“No,” Arians said. “No. Tom was very supportive of what I do. I mean, I had conflicts with all the players I coached because I insulted them all, including him. Great relationship off the pitch .”

Now a new era is underway in Tampa Bay under Bowles, who has head coaching experience, leading the New York Jets to a 24-40 record over four seasons in 2015-18. The Jets went 10-6 in his first season and went 5-11, 5-11, 4-12 in the next three seasons.

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