Buccaneers Sign Bruce Arians to Four-Year Deal

11 January, 2019, 07:44 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • REPORT: Bruce Arians Expected To Be Named Head Coach of Tampa Bay Bucs This Week

Not only did they finish 3-13 and now hold the top pick in the NFL Draft, but they hired former Texas Tech head coach and quarterback guru Kliff Kingsbury to be their new head coach.

During his five seasons with the Arizona, Arians recorded a combined 40-27-1 regular-season record along with a post-season one of 1-2.

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. In a press conference, General Manager Jason Licht said a new coach would have the opportunity to bring his own staff on board.

The Buccaneers are finalizing a deal to make Bruce Arians their next head coach according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Now, Arians and Leftwich will try to work their magic with the Bucs, who certainly have some talented playmakers to work with on offense. Rapoport added that Arians hopes to finalize deals with Harold Goodwin as run game coordinator-offensive line coach, Byron Leftwich as pass game coordinator and Clyde Christianson as quarterbacks coach. Since 2017, however, he's missed eight games and nine starts, failing to convince Koetter in 2018 that he belonged as Tampa's full-time starter. Turnovers and a porous defense were the main culprits.

Winston sat out the first three games of this season while serving a suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy and was benched twice after regaining the starting job because of inconsistent play. Jacksonville's Blake Bortles (76) is the only QB who's turned it over more over the past four seasons. He's only 193 yards shy of replacing Vinny Testaverde (14,820 yards, 1987-92) as the club's all-time passing leader.

Not only does Arians have an impressive resume of working with quarterbacks - he helped Andrew Luck win Rookie of the Year and got a career season from an aging Carson Palmer in Arizona - but he has a relationship with Winston that goes way back. He has nurtured young quarterbacks such as Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer into National Football League stars as both an offensive coordinator and head coach.

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