The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired 66-year-old two-time NFL Coach of the Year, Bruce Arians, as their head coach for the 2019 season. Tampa Bay, mired in an 11-year drought from the playoffs look, is now on their 5th coach since firing Jon Gruden in 2009. Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, it is a 4 year deal with a 5th year option.
The #Bucs are signing Bruce Arians to a 4-year deal with a fifth-yaer option, source said. Among the coaches Arians hopes to finalize deals with: Harold Goodwin as Run Game Coordinator/OLine, Byron Leftwich as Pass Game Coordinator and Clyde Christianson as QB coach.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 8, 2019
In Arians, the Bucs hope they’ve found a QB whisperer, as he’s brought the best out of Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck and Carson Palmer. He has a relationship with both QB Jameis Winston and Bucs GM Jason Licht and his offensive style is not dissimilar to the offense of Dirk Koetter, as an off-shoot of the Air Coryell vertical attack. In addition, Arians’ philosophy of “no risk it, no biscuit” is something that’s worked for him in his previous head coaching stops in Arizona and Indianapolis.
Including Indianapolis, where he took over on an interim basis as his good friend Chuck Pagano battled Leukemia, Arians
Arians defenses have always been 3-4 defenses, and Todd Bowles (a coordinator with a 3-4 playbook) is expected to be defensive coordinator in Tampa Bay, so one would expect a dramatic change in philosophy and personnel with the Buccaneers on the defensive side of the football.
The biggest questions about Arians isn’t whether he’s a good coach, he absolutely is, it’s about whether at his age if the fire is still in the belly. Tampa Bay is hoping they get the fiery coach we all saw in Amazon’s All or Nothing: A Season With the Arizona Cardinals series. If they get that guy, Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers are in for some good things.