Todd Bowles new Bucs HC - Bruce Arians steps down

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Bruce Arians stepping down as Buccaneers head coach; Todd Bowles to succeed him

There is more major retirement news for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Head coach Bruce Arians is stepping down from his post and moving to the team's front office, with defensive coordinator Todd Bowles replacing him as the new head coach, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported Wednesday.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Bucs are giving Bowles a new five-year contract as their HC, according to a source informed of the agreement. Bowles was one of the highest-paid defensive coordinators in the NFL and will now be paid a salary in line with other head coaches around the league, per Garafolo.

The Bucs later announced the change and said Arians will take on a senior football consultant role within the organization.


On the heels of winning the NFC South, advancing to the NFC Divisional Round and with the 2022 NFL Draft roughly a month away, Arians, 69, explained the timing of the move in a Wednesday night statement.

"The simple answer is that I have accomplished more than I ever dreamed I could during this incredible coaching journey," Arians said in part. "Winning Super Bowl LV at our home stadium, with my mom and family in attendance, was really the last item I wanted to check off my career bucket list. For me, this is about more than just trying to add more wins to my coaching record.

"This team is in a much better place than it was three years ago due to Jason's great work and the Glazer family's commitment to winning. Before you start thinking this is about my health, don't. This is the best I have felt in many years and I'm looking forward to helping this team continue winning through my new role."

Arians continued: "I want to focus on what I can give back to this incredible game that has provided so much for me and my family. I really began thinking about my personal transition plan earlier this offseason. I wanted to ensure when I walked away that Todd Bowles would have the best opportunity to succeed. So many head coaches come into situations where they are set up for failure, and I didn't want that for Todd. Tom (Brady)'s decision to come back, along with Jason and his staff doing another great job of keeping the core of this team intact during free agency, confirmed for me that it was the right time to pass the torch to Todd. I began conversations with Jason and the Glazer family a few weeks ago about a possible succession plan. Their understanding and support mean the world to me."

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Well, that escalated quickly.

I wonder if Tom wanted him out?
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southdakbearfan wrote: Wed Mar 30, 2022 11:18 pm Well, that escalated quickly.

I wonder if Tom wanted him out?
Pure speculation, but I doubt it. Arians wanted to handle this in a unique way that not only took care of his coaching staff, but also ensured that Todd Bowles didn't go into a shit situation.

Families stay in the area, Arians stays in the building, and Bowles is rewarded accordingly.
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kind of a surprise but it is nice Bowles gets the HC job with a nice new 5 year deal (Bowles was my pick for the Bears in that poll someone posted a while back)

yet another twist in an off season that has been full of them
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Classy move by Arians IMO
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dplank wrote: Thu Mar 31, 2022 10:11 am Classy move by Arians IMO
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