Buccaneers hire Arians as head coach


"Bruce Arians is one of the NFL's most well-respected coaches over the past two decades and we are excited to have him leading our team", owner Bryan Glazer said in a release.

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

"Cleveland is the only job I would consider", Arians told the Canton Repository in November. Arians is also close to bringing former New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles aboard as his defensive coordinator, according to Trevor Sikkema of Pewter Report. "So, I would listen", the text reportedly read.

The Arizona Cardinals travel to Tampa Bay in 2019 so it will be quite the reunion for the Bucs staff under Arians. Bowles worked under Arians in the same role with the Cardinals in 2013-14.

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

Arians spent the 2018 season in broadcasting.

Arians, 66, is a two-time National Football League coach of the year with a background coaching quarterbacks, including Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer. Former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury was hired as Arizona's next head coach on Tuesday.