Tampa Bay Buccaneers to hire Bruce Arians as head coach

Rex Christensen
January 9, 2019

Arians retired as coach of the Arizona Cardinals after the 2017 season. Licht was vice president of player personnel during Arians' tenure as head coach with the Cardinals.

It turns out he did, after it was reported Arians was interested in the opening in Tampa Bay after they fired their head coach. Stroud added that there have been no contract negotiations yet, but it may only be a matter of time before that occurs. According to the Tampa Bay Times, "Arians reportedly did not bring a doctor's note to his interview with the Bucs".

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

His reputation is one of a high-flying offensive guru, with a knack for getting the most out of quarterbacks like Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer. Former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury was hired as Arizona's next head coach on Tuesday.

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Arians' "retirement" after Pittsburgh ended quickly, as he landed back with the Indianapolis Colts as offensive coordinator and took over as interim head coach following Chuck Pagano's leukemia diagnosis.

Arians, who was 49-30-1 in a five-year run in Arizona, would replace Dirk Koetter, who was sacked after two seasons as Tampa's head coach.

With five years of coaching with the Cardinals, Arians racked up a 50-32 record including the playoffs and steps away as the winningest coach in franchise history.

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