Buccaneers hiring Bruce Arians as next head coach

Heather Diaz
January 9, 2019

After four mostly bad seasons in New York, Jets fans are glad to see former head coach Todd Bowles go.

The recently fired ex-Jets coach is expected to land on what will become Bruce Arians' staff with the Buccaneers as the defensive coordinator role.

Arians will have a four-year deal with a fifth-year option, a source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

Arians has also reportedly brought on former National Football League quarterback and Cardinals offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich to run his offense.

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Arians was out of coaching for a season, working as an analyst for CBS Sports. He announced his retirement after a 2017 season in which the Cardinals had a record of 8-8.

Arians replaces Dirk Koetter, who was dismissed December 30 after leading the Bucs to 19 wins and no playoffs berths over the past three seasons.

Speculation around Arians joining the Buccaneers included reports he would bring in dispatched Jets head coach Todd Bowles as defensive coordinator. In his three years in Arizona before that lone campaign under.500, Arians helped the team improve from 10-6 to 11-5 to 13-3 in 2015.

The Cardinals replaced Arians with Steve Wilks, who was sacked after one season and a 3-13 record.

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