Bruce Arians getting the band back together, Bowles to be Bucs’ defensive coordinator

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Bruce Arians’ coaching staff in Tampa Bay will look a lot like his coaching staff in Arizona.

Arians has already assembled the key members of his staff, Albert Breer reports, and one of those will be Todd Bowles as defensive coordinator. Bowles, who was fired as head coach of the Jets after the 2018 season, previously served as the defensive coordinator in Arizona under Arians.

Other assistants joining Arians will include Harold Goodwin as run-game coordinator and Byron Leftwich as pass-game coordinator. They too coached under Arians in Arizona.

One of the advantages to moving quickly to hire a new head coach is that the new head coach can get his favored assistants before other teams snatch them up. The Buccaneers are now comfortable that they have a good staff in place.

51 responses to “Bruce Arians getting the band back together, Bowles to be Bucs’ defensive coordinator

  1. Jets will be LAST to sign a new Head Coach after interviewing at least seven candidates and will NOT have the pick of the litter for assistants.

  2. Bowles is a helluva coach, hope he uses this a springboard to another shot as a HC. He had a perpetual mess in NY.

  3. As a Cards fan I wish BA the best, I know the Bucs will do way better this year because he’s a heck of a cosch. I don’t feel bad because I feel like theres more potential to accomplish more with Kingsbury.

  4. Bucs fans should be pleased. They will have a real head coach. The NFC South will have Payton, Arians, Riverboat Ron & Dan Quinn (the worst of the bunch).

  5. “Congratulations, Coach Bowles. You deserved a much better fate with the Jets, but you will continue to win in the league.”

    You didn’t watch the Jets much because Bowles was a terrible head coach. Good guy but terrible head coach.

  6. I love that he’s loyal to his coaches and his former coaches are loyal to him. Really wish them the best of luck in the future.

  7. mindelm42 says:
    January 8, 2019 at 7:26 pm
    Jets will be LAST to sign a new Head Coach after interviewing at least seven candidates and will NOT have the pick of the litter for assistants.

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    Not always a bad thing, the eagles were the last to sign a coach when they got Pederson and got him and a fantastic supporting cast.

    Getting a good coach is as random as which QB succeed and flop, the big names aren’t always the best. Everyone wanted Hue Jackson, McAdoo and Adam Gase at the time…

  8. I love the sentiment that Bowles got a bad deal with the jets. He had 3 years in a row with 5 wins so get a clue people. He is lucky too have reached and finished 4 years. He is a coordinator not a head coach the jets found that out the hard way as he was a terrible in game coach with no discipline towards his players and a defense that consistently underperformed. So maybe watch a jets game under Bowles first before you say the jets did him wrong

  9. Man as a Bucs fan I love the hires, but I’m a little concerned about scheme. Offense will be fine with Arians, but Bowles’ bread and butter is the 3-4, and we’re built for a Tampa 2 pretty much on D. Going to take a while to flip to a 3-4 roster wise, and in the meantime it negates our best defensive player Lavonte David (yes David not McCoy at this point). We wont be a top notch 3-4 as currently constructed, so Bucs fans get ready for some tough business decisions..but overall good move by the front office. Coming from a NON Jason Licht Fan

  10. Matt Lafleur and Kliff Kingsbury were hired. Lafleur comes from the Shanahan coaching tree and they are notorious for hiring within that tree on the offensive coaching staff, plus he’s retaining Mike Pettine. Kingsbury is going to have a hard time selling himself after getting fired by his alma matter and going back on his word at USC to the better assistants in the league so the Jets and Browns are doing just fine.

    All of that aside I wish Todd Bowles well in Tampa Bay and hopefully he can reflect on his career here and get another shot at HC’ing again.

  11. “He’ll never win a Super Bowl with that stupid hat.”

    Well, now Hailtothenamechange, I think stupid hats only bring bad luck at the casino. That’s what I heard.

  12. I thought he retired because of health reasons? Maybe he just didn’t want to be in AZ any longer with Carson Palmer retiring. At least we don’t have to listen to him announcing games anymore. He was awful and boring.

  13. I like Bowles as a defensive mind…hopefully he adapts to personel and not the other way around.

    LaVonte David is basically the prototype Cover 2 Will. He could conceivably kick inside but it’s hard to imagine JPP in a 3-4 and they owe him a lot of money still. McCoy too, who they could maybe get out of his deal but you hate to lose talent when you are already lacking it.

  14. Why does this dude get a pass for being a slippery guy? He quit on the cardinals and people are excited about his leadership? Him and Jameis deserve each other.

  15. IMO this is a GREAT hire — so long as he does not bring Amos Jones in as his special teams coach.

  16. Great news. The Cardinals were riding high for a while there, and players and coaches came and went. Nothing lasts forever: the first “oh no…” moment happened when Todd Bowles left to be head coach of the New York Jets.

    That felt like the beginning of the end. The cork had popped. Lightning in the bottle has to stay IN the bottle.

    It always seemed like there was unfinished business with this crew. If it happens in Tampa FL then that’s what football wants. I’ll cheer ’em on.

  17. Moving quickly to get the preferred assistant coaches was a great move by Arians. Getting Todd Bowles who was a great defensive coordinator in Arizona works out big time. Someone should explain to Dolphins owner Stephen Ross the correct way to hire a head coach which involves hiring the best assistants right away. One of the issues with Adam Gase was that he could never attract a really good Defensive Coordinator. Part of it is timing!

  18. thegreatgabbert says:

    January 8, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Carson Palmer will be the new quarterback.
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    I’d take Palmer over Winston

  19. These hires are GREAT for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Not only did they get a quality HC and D Coordinator but they’ve set them up for a smooth succession if and when BA decides to retire or has sudden health issues. I will give a thumbs up for the Glazers for getting it right this time.

  20. chinahand11 says:
    January 8, 2019 at 8:34 pm
    “He’ll never win a Super Bowl with that stupid hat.”

    Well, now Hailtothenamechange, I think stupid hats only bring bad luck at the casino. That’s what I heard

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    well maybe he IS onto something. coaching jameis winston is like playing russian roulette

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