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

Tanya Simon
January 9, 2019

After retiring from coaching for a year, former Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians is coming back to the National Football League sidelines.

- The Buccaneers' next head coach will be Bruce Arians, according to multiple reports.

In the offseason after Arians' second year, the coach signed an extension that had him with the team through 2018 and that included a team option for the 2019 season.

The former Cards coach is also expected to hire Harold Goodwin as run game coordinator/offensive line, Byron Leftwich as pass game coordinator and Clyde Christiansen as QB coach, Rapoport added.

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Earlier, the Times reported that Arians was planning to bring most of his coaching staff from the Cardinals to Tampa Bay, including recently fired Jets head coach Todd Bowles as his defensive coordinator.

Arians last coached Arizona in 2017 when he guided the team to an 8-8 season.

With five years of coaching with the Cardinals, Arians racked up a 50-32 record including the playoffs and steps away as the winningest coach in franchise history. Leftwich was the quarterbacks coach in Arizona under Arians.

The Cardinals replaced Arians with Steve Wilks, who was sacked after one season and a 3-13 record.

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