Bruce Arians Quit Coaching, Will Move To Buccaneer’s Front Office Even If Tom Brady Returns

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The final chapter in what was the wildest outdoor season in NFL history takes place in Tampa Bay. Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians will retire from coaching and will take on a front office role with the organization as a Senior Football Consultant. the team has announced† Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles has been elevated to head coach.

While this is the latest shock to scroll across the NFL ticker, Arians told NBC Sports and the Los Angeles Times that he started thinking about making this move at the NFL Scouting Combine a month ago. He was also thinking about his retirement after the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl LVI victory in February 2021. Of course, the Arians chose to repeat this past season, and the Buccaneers were eliminated in the division round.

“I have spent most of the last 50 years of my life on the sidelines as a football coach in one form or another,” Arians said in his statement released by the team. “Today I made the decision to move from the sidelines to another role at the Buccaneers front office, assisting Jason Licht and his staff. I love football. I love the relationships, the strategy, the competition – everything. a great ride, but I know now is the right time for me to make this switch.”

Of course, the timing of this retirement from coaching will lead many to speculate that it may have something to do with Tom Brady’s decision to come out of retirement himself. It was rumored that the couple’s relationship had soured by Brady’s tenure in Tampa Bay, but Arians noted that the two have a “great relationship off the field”. Brady’s decision not to retire ultimately paved the way for this decision, as Arians knew the team would be competitive upon his departure.

“Tom was kind of the key,” Arians told NBC Sports and the LA Times† “When Tom decided to come back and all these guys now, it’s the perfect timing for me to just go to the front office and still have the relationships that i love.”

Oh, and if you were wondering if Arians might pull a Tom Brady of his own and try to get out of retirement at some point, he effectively slammed that door, saying, “This is it. I’m turning 70 in October. I’m watching just looking forward to helping the Bucs because they have been so wonderful to me and my family.”

Meanwhile, Bowles — who? Adam Schefter of ESPN Reports now receives a new five-year contract as head coach — was Arians’ recommended successor and is pleased to hand over a stable roster as he rises to head coach.

“Success has always been huge for me,” said Arians. “With the organization in probably the best shape it’s ever been in its history, with Tom Brady coming back” I’d rather see Todd in position to be successful and not have to take a few [crappy] function. I will probably retire next year anyway, in February. So I control the story now. I can’t control it in February because [if] Brady gets hurt, we’re going 10-7, and it’s an open interview i have 31 [coaches and their] families that depend on me. My wife loves not abandoning all those families.”

Bowles had been with the Buccaneers organization since 2019 when he was hired as the club’s defensive coordinator. Prior to that, he was the head coach of the New York Jets from 2015 to 2018. The 58-year-old is hired as the fourth full-time minority coach hired by the Glazers, which is the most in NFL history.

As for Arians, the 69-year-old who originally entered the NFL as a running backs coach for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1989. He then made notable stops in Indianapolis, where he served as Peyton Manning’s first quarterbacks coach, was the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers during Ben Roethlisberger’s early days, and most recently coached Tom Brady en route to the quarterback’s record seventh Super Bowl title.

He ends his coaching career with a record of 80-48-1 in the regular season to go along with a 6-3 mark in the playoffs.

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