Not since Jon Gruden was traded between the Oakland Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has there been so much hype about a Buccaneers Head Coach. Bruce Arians has been named the 12th Head Coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Since Gruden’s sacking in 2009, the Bucs have had Raheem Morris, Greg Schiano, Lovie Smith and Dirk Koetter as Head Coaches. All four men were considered, at the time of appointment, the right guys for the job but none of them carried the reputation and standing within the game which Arians carries into One Buc Place.
Retiring after battling health issues from the Arizona Cardinals after the 2017 season, Arians was working as a game analyst for CBS during 2018. However, the two time Coach of the Year has been tempted out of his coaching retirement to right the Buccaneers pirate ship and set sail for the post season.
The Bucs, who were in the market for a new Head Coach after the firing of Dirk Koetter, had went 19-29 through Koetter’s tenure. Prior to the Arians appointment in Arizona in 2013, the Cardinals had went 18-30 over the course of the previous three seasons. Eerily similar records for the two teams who had plenty of talent but never seemed to form a team.
Between the 2013 and 2015 seasons, Arians record with the Cardinals was an impressive 34-14 culminating in a defeat at the hands of the Carolina Panthers in the 2015 NFC Championship game. Two relatively mediocre injury ravaged seasons followed that NFC Championship game resulting in a final 49-30-1 record and a winning percentage of .636. Dream numbers as far as the owners of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are concerned.
Arians’ has brought with him an instant upgrade in coaching staff and in particular the addition of Defense Coordinator Todd Bowles should have an immediate upturn in the Bucs fortunes. Bowles lead the Cardinals Defense in 2013 and 2014 under Arian’s as Arizona finished both seasons as one of the top seven defensive units in the league. With the Bucs finishing as a bottom four Defensive team in each of the last four seasons, it’s easy to see where the biggest improvements can be made.
As far as Offense is concerned, Arians has already stated that Jameis Winston will remain the face of the franchise and, more importantly for Bucs fans, the team will be built around the 2015 overall 1st pick. This must come as music to Winston’s ears after a turbulent 2018 season under former Head Coach Koetter. Throughout his career, Arians has worked with a multitude of signal callers including Big Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck and Carson Palmer. It’s no coincidence that each of his students performance improved significantly under his tutelage. The fact that Arians is a known fan of Jameis from when Winston was attending one of Arians’ camps when still a High School student. Expect the 25 year old signal caller to thrive under Arians tutoring.
So with a highly respected Head Coach in charge. An upgraded coaching staff. A commitment to build the team around a talented but still raw Quarterback. What else could Bruce Arians possibly do to make the Bucs fans any happier?
All that’s left for Bruce to do is to rid the Bucs of those awful unis……………..
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