Bruce Arians: Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach quits and will join front office, team says

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Arians — who led quarterback Tom Brady and the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl win in February 2021 — will begin a new role as a senior football advisor, the team said in a statement. Brady announced earlier this month that he would be returning to Tampa Bay for another season after a brief retirement.

Arians said he has “achieved more than I could have ever dreamed of on this incredible coaching journey” spanning 50 years, according to the statement. He won the 2012 AP Coach of the Year award as interim head coach for the Indianapolis Colts and then served as head coach for the Arizona Cardinals from 2013-2017. Arians retired in 2019 to head the Bucs.

“Winning Super Bowl LV at our home stadium, in front of my mom and family, was really the last item I wanted to check off my career bucket list. For me, this is about more than just trying to add more wins to my career. incorporate coaching,” he said.

The 69-year-old Arians denied in his statement that his health was a motivator to resign.

“Before you start thinking this is about my health, don’t do it. This is the best I’ve felt in many years and I look forward to helping this team continue to win in my new role.”

Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has been named the team’s new head coach and a press conference is scheduled for Thursday afternoon, according to the Bucs. Arians praised Bowles and endorsed his elevation in his statement.

“Todd is a great football coach and I know he will do excellent things here with the Buccaneers. The coaching staff has been crucial to the success we have had here over the past few seasons. Coaching is about teaching players, and this staff has some of the best teachers in the field,” he said.

Bowles becomes sixth minority head coach in league

Bowles, who has experience in head coaching and led the New York Jets from 2015-2018, will become the sixth minority and third Black head coach of the 32 NFL franchises, alongside Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin and Houston’s Lovie Smith.

The NFL has been criticized for the lack of minority head coaches in a league where nearly 70% of players are black.
Brian Flores, the former head coach of the Miami Dolphins, filed a lawsuit against the NFL and three of its teams for racial discrimination earlier this year. The NFL and the three teams have denied the allegations of Flores, who is black. The Dolphins later replaced Flores with Mike McDaniel, who is multiracial.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in February that the NFL had fallen “a long way” in ensuring head coaching opportunities for black and minority candidates and promised to reevaluate league policies. The league now requires all teams to hire a minority or female offensive assistant coach for the 2022 season.
Under Arians, in 2019, the Buccaneers became the first NFL team to have two women as coaches on the staff. In 2015, Arians made Jen Welter the first female NFL coach in history with the Cardinals.

CNN’s Jill Martin and David Close contributed to this report.

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