In a shocking development not really seen by many, Bruce Arians is retiring as the Bucs’ head coach and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is stepping in to become the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Whether it’s health reasons (most likely), or if there’s maybe truth to the whole “Brady and BA don’t get along” thing (eh), Arians is transitioning to a front-office role as a “senior consultant for football.”
Arians obviously won a Super Bowl here in Tampa and won 2 AP NFL Coach of the Year awards during his time in Arizona.
Todd Bowles, his replacement, has been the defensive coordinator of the Bucs since 2019 and served as the head coach of the New York Jets for 3 unsuccessful years.
While this move certainly comes out of left field, and speculation abounds for the reason as to why Arians retired, the ramifications of this are huge. Do the Bucs hire a new DC, or does Bowles keep the reins with defensive play calling?
A lot of questions, not a lot of answers.
Hopefully the Bucs are able to rally around their new head coach and keep the good vibes of this offseason going, as they’ve been able to retain a large portion of their free agents, including Chris Godwin, Ryan Jensen, Leonard Fournette and Carlton Davis, while also bringing in guys like Logan Ryan and Russell Gage.
Might be a bit of a concern, but with Tom Brady the Bucs are certainly well-equipped to handle a shake up in leadership like this.
We’ll see where things go from here.