Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians is retiring after three seasons, reported Jenna Laine for ESPN . While Arians is stepping down, he is not officially stepping away from the NFL. In fact, he’s taking more of a front-office role with the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay’s defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will be replacing Arians as head coach, reported Adam Schefter.
Todd Bowles now becomes the fourth Black head coach in Buccaneers’ history – two more than any other NFL team ever has had.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 31, 2022
Arians officially retired, however, he is not viewing it as such. In fact, he’s viewed as he’s still working just with a different title.
“No, moving to the front office,” Arians said in a text message. “I’m still working.”
Bruce Arians’ impact on the Buccaneers
Arians played a huge role in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ success. He evaluated draft prospects and only shows why he’s deserving to do more of the same during his tenure in the Bucs’ front office. According to ESPN, his new job title will be senior football consultant. He made sure to clarify that this move was not health-related, as many may know, he’s battled with health issues for the majority of his career. He came together with the Bucs’ and they were able to make a plan that involved him being around the game just not so hands-on.
Arians ‘ three seasons with the Buccaneers, he went 31-18, the highest win percentage amongst any Bucs coach ever. Granted he was playing with what many consider the greatest football player of all time, let alone, the best quarterback, Tom Brady.
“I have spent most of the last 50 years of my life on the sidelines as a football coach in one form or another. Today, I have made the decision to move from the sidelines into another role with the Buccaneers front office, assisting [general manager] Jason Licht and his staff,” Arians said in a statement. “I love football. I love the relationships, the strategy, the competition — everything. It has been one hell of a ride, but I know this is the right time for me to make this transition.”
Brady’s relationship with Arians
Brady’s admiration and respect for Arians show in his latest post on Instagram . It’s safe to say that the Buccaneer’s offseason has been a roller coaster for the fans. First, Brady officially retires, later he returns back to the NFL. As of recent, Arians steps down from coaching but is still involved within the organization.
“You are an incredible man and coach, and it was a privilege to play for you,” Brady wrote. “You are a true NFL legend and pioneer for all the work you have done to make the league more diverse and inclusive. Smart, tough, and loyal are a few of the words to describe your style. I will always remember the conversations we had when you recruited me two years ago and all of the things we discussed came true.”