TAMPA, Fla. – The team announced Wednesday night that Bruce Arians will step down as head coach of Tampa Bay Buccaneers after three seasons and switch to a pre-office role with the organization.
Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will replace Arians as head coach. A league source finalized ESPN’s Adam Schefter’s new five – year leadership training contract with the Bucs and Bowles before Wednesday.
Arians told ESPN that it did not see the change as a retirement.
“No, I’m going to the front office,” he said in a text message. “I’m still working.”
The Aryans played a key role in assessing the draft opportunities, and moving to the front office ensured that it would continue. His new job title will be as a senior football consultant.
Despite the many health fears throughout his life, the 69-year-old Arians said the move was in no way triggered by his health. Arians and Buchanan have been working on a succession plan for the past several weeks, and Arians informed players and members of his coaching staff prior to the team’s announcement.
Arians went 31-18 (.633) in three seasons at Tampa Bay, the highest winning percentage of any coach in Buchanan history, and led the team to victory in the Super Bowl LV following the 2020 season. He won five playoff games with the Bucks; Six wins along with every other coach in franchise history.
“I have spent most of the last 50 years of my life in one place as a football coach [general manager] Jason Liszt and his staff, “Arians said in a statement.” I love football. I like relationships, strategy, competition – everything. It’s a hell of a ride, but I know this is the right time for me to make this change. “
A source told ESPN on Monday that Pauls had been informed of Arians’ decision to step down and promote him. If Pauls had not worked as head coach elsewhere, Arians would have long considered him his successor. Pauls was interviewed for vacant head coach positions at the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Pierce.
Bowles, 58, was previously head coach of the New York Jets from 2015 to 18, when he was 24-40. He also served as interim coach for the Miami Dolphins, playing three games to finish the 2011 season 2-1.
With the exception of the departures of assistants such as Mike Caldwell, Cody Grimm and Antoine Randall L, Paul’s presence confirms the continuance of the Bucks staff, who remain largely unchanged after the Super Bowl victory.
“I commend the family and Jason List and Coach Arians for their support and guidance over the past four decades for putting their trust in me in accepting this role,” Bowles said in a statement. “Tampa has become home to my family and we are delighted to be a part of this community for many years. As an organization, we have all the areas to follow the successful standards established here in recent years. I look forward to starting with our players, coaching staff and front office in preparation for the 2022 season.”
Along with Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin, Washington’s Ron Rivera, Jets’ Robert Saleh, Houston’s Lowe Smith and Miami’s Mike McDonnell, Bowles is currently the sixth minority head coach in the NFL. He is the fourth black coach in Bucks history, along with Tony Dunky, Rahim Morris and Smith.
Bucks are not subject to the requirements of the Rooney Rule because their training vacancy occurred after March 1, when most of the talent team looking for potential candidates for the club were largely unavailable. Further, the Anti-Fraud Policy states that after March 1, clubs have no obligation to allow a coach under contract to interview.
After the quarter, the second major announcement for the Bucks this off-season is the Arians exit Tom BradyIn February he announced the end of his career. Seven-time Super Bowl champion Brady returned 40 days later, saying he would be playing in his 23rd season, citing “unfinished business”.
A source told ESPN that Arians had informed Brady of his decision to step down shortly after Brady announced his return.
Brady, In the Instagram post On Wednesday night, he said the Arians were a key component in his decision to play for the Tampa Bay team and that he would “be forever grateful”.
“You’m an incredible man and coach, it’s a privilege to play for you,” Brady wrote. “You are a true NFL legend and a forerunner of all the work you have done to make the league so different and inclusive. Some words that describe your style are clever, tough and loyal. I will always remember the conversations we had. All the things we discussed were accomplished when you hired me two years ago. “
Rumors arose that there was a split between Arians and Brady, but Arians denied it in an interview with the NFL Network at NFL owners’ meetings this week, and denied speculation that Brady would want to play elsewhere in 2022. Canceled his previously planned media presence for personal reasons.
“I have no clue where it is coming from,” Arians said. “Someone has to write a story about something every day. Tom and I have a good relationship. Even in spare time: ‘Where are you?’ ‘I’m in Italy.’ ‘How’s it going?’ ‘I brought the children here.’ You know, I’ll check him. I can not take him back to the golf course because he’s traveling too much, so I can not win enough money from him. “
When asked if there could be friction between the two, General Manager Jason Lischt said last week, “You’d be surprised we didn’t talk much about this. You can not believe everything you hear and see and read. There will always be. Some friction between staff and players and coach. It’s normal. Like you said, it’s healthy. We do not think about it much. “
Although Arians had previously retired as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals following the 2017 season before Bucks returned as coach in 2019, many of his staff aides told ESPN that he was shocked and surprised by the news that he had switched to a new role.
In his statement, Arians said, “I really started to think about my personal transformation plan this season.”
“I wanted to make sure Todd Bowles had the best chance of winning when he left,” he said. “A lot of head coaches come in situations that are set for failure and I don’t want it to tot.
“Tom’s decision to come back, along with Jason and his staff, did another great job of keeping this team center intact during the free agency, so it’s time for me to send the torch to Dot.”
With Arians stepping down, the 10 NFL teams – almost a third of the league – will have a new head coach this coming season. This represents more training changes from 2008-09, with 11 changes from one year to the next.
ESPN Statistics & Information and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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