Buccaneers announce Bruce Arians interviewed today

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The Buccaneers want to make a splash with their head-coach hiring, and a two-time Coach of the Year might do it.

Bruce Arians interviewed for the Bucs’ head-coaching vacancy today, the team announced.

Arians was chosen as NFL Coach of the Year in both 2012 and 2014, so his credentials are impressive. He also has a good reputation for getting the most out of quarterbacks, and the Buccaneers want to see Jameis Winston play at a consistently high level after three years of fits and starts.

Although Arians previously said the Browns job is the only one he’d be interested in, he changed his tune when the Buccaneers job became open. It won’t be at all surprising if he’s coaching in Tampa in 2019.

30 responses to “Buccaneers announce Bruce Arians interviewed today

  1. I’m legitimately excited for the first time in a long time as a Bucs fans. A coach the caliber of Bruce Arians (with presumably Todd Bowles as his DC, and an outside shot at someone like Freddie Kitchens as his OC) would truly bring about a culture change. After trimming some fat before FA and with the 5th pick in tow this might just be the beginning of a positive change in Tampa.

  2. This guy can get offensive production — but at a cost. He throws players under the bus on a regular basis, and bailed on his team due to “health” reasons (miraculous cure, btw). I’m sure it wasn’t because the team was obviously going nowhere in 2018. Then, he exclaimed that he would only be interested in the Browns…and here is he. Tool or fool? Definitely an a-hole.

  3. On paper this is the best candidate for the Bucs. My concern is his longevity. His age and health have to be a concern. No matter how successful Arians can be, the Bucs will probably be looking for another HC within 5 years again if they hire him. However, now that I think about it, if they go with someone else they’ll probably be looking again in 2 years. Go ahead and hire Arians.

  4. Presumably, the Bucs wouldn’t have interviewed Arians in the first place if they hadn’t already figured out what complications his Arizona contact would bring about. I hope it doesn’t require trading draft capital.

  5. Too bad the GM (who was close to singing Jameis love ballads on hard knocks) already said that the new head coach would be stuck with Winston. Arians should hold out for a better offer from a functional organization. He deserves better.

  6. The self proclaimed maven of football needs to retire. Didn’t he already do that?
    Seen him, done that, no need to see him on the sideline or in the broadcast booth ever
    again. Is the NFL so pathetic that Bruce is the answer to any teams head coaching needs?

  7. Good catch for the Bucs if it works out. I still hope he goes to Cleveland and clobbers the AFC North for a while. But maybe the wife wants Florida…

  8. I knew it. He saw the writing on the wall with the organization and decided to jump ship. Part of me believes Carson Palmer did too, because in today’s NFL where you can’t touch the QB he could of played a few more years.

    It also goes to show how much of a class act Larry Fitzgerald is to a fault. So much self sacrifice.

  9. Arians did have his guys playing hard and when he had Todd Bowles running the defense it was aggressive on both sides of the ball.

    Arians offense needs a o-line that can protect because he likes to keep the pressure on with those vertical balls. Good coach, I would prefer it if he went to the AFC.

  10. He’d be the coach to get the most out of what Tampa’s got. Unfortunately, they’ve got Jameis–so there ain’t much “most” there.

  11. jmc8888 says:
    January 5, 2019 at 2:38 pm
    So, since he’s still under contract with AZ… what are they trading for him?
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    Nothing according to Ian Rapoport, his team option for 2019 was declined and when he retired he only had a year left on his contract. Apparently the Bucs are home free to hire him and the Cardinals won’t get jack.

  12. OBP says:
    January 5, 2019 at 2:28 pm
    I’m legitimately excited for the first time in a long time as a Bucs fans. A coach the caliber of Bruce Arians (with presumably Todd Bowles as his DC, and an outside shot at someone like Freddie Kitchens as his OC) would truly bring about a culture change. After trimming some fat before FA and with the 5th pick in tow this might just be the beginning of a positive change in Tampa

    You do realize that Kitchens is under contract still with the Browns, right? There is virtually no chance they let him go.

  13. takemytalentstosoutheuclid says:
    January 5, 2019 at 3:54 pm
    OBP says:
    January 5, 2019 at 2:28 pm
    I’m legitimately excited for the first time in a long time as a Bucs fans. A coach the caliber of Bruce Arians (with presumably Todd Bowles as his DC, and an outside shot at someone like Freddie Kitchens as his OC) would truly bring about a culture change. After trimming some fat before FA and with the 5th pick in tow this might just be the beginning of a positive change in Tampa

    You do realize that Kitchens is under contract still with the Browns, right? There is virtually no chance they let him go.
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    You do realize I said “outside shot” at Freddie Kitchens because it’s already common knowledge that Kitchens is still under contract, right? Until the Haslems either announce they’re retaining the same staff or making Kitchens the new HC there is still a chance a new HC would want his guy over Kitchens. Now I personally would view it as a huge mistake if the Browns let him out of the door but it’s already been stated that that decision will be left to their new HC, so the outside shot he’s available is there until it isn’t.

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