Buccaneers focused on Bruce Arians as next head coach, report says

Sherman Parsons
January 11, 2019

It turns out he did, after it was reported Arians was interested in the opening in Tampa Bay after they fired their head coach.

"Throughout this process, we focused on finding the right coach with a proven ability to elevate our players and lead our team forward", Glazer added.

Christensen was the quarterbacks coach in Indianapolis when Arians was the offensive coordinator.

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.

Arians was believed to be the front-runner all along because of his familiarity with Licht, who was vice president of player personnel for two seasons in Arizona before moving to Tampa Bay as GM in 2014.

Arians, 66, stepped down past year in an apparent retirement after going 49-30-1 as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals from 2013 to 2017.

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There's a new captain on board in Tampa Bay.

Leftwich was most recently the offensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals, as he took over midseason after Mike McCoy was sacked. Now we will see if he can work the same magic with the Bucs that he did for the first three years he coached the Cardinals. Turnovers and a porous defense were the main culprits.

After the 2017 season, Stuart used all sorts of stats and graphics to show that in the final month of the season, America's Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, was one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL.

Through four seasons, that dream of a championship has gotten off to a slow start.

Arians, who worked last season as a broadcaster, has worked with a string of outstanding quarterbacks, including Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck and he'll be tasked with continuing the development of Jameis Winston, who like Manning and Luck was a first-round National Football League draft selection.

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