TAMPA BAY, FL- Tampa Bay Buccaneer head coach Bruce Arians has stepped down from the position.
On Wednesday, Bruce Arians announced his retirement from coaching and will take a position in the Bucs front office. Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has been picked to replace him.
Buccaneers’ owner Joel Glazer said in a statement, “When Bruce arrived in Tampa Bay three years ago, he spoke about establishing a winning culture and adding another Super Bowl champion for our community. He delivered on both of those promises, and our family is deeply appreciative for all that he has accomplished during his time as our head coach.”
Arians started off at the college level then became on offensive coach for the Colts, Browns, Steelers and in 2012 became the offensive coordinator of the Colts. He would take over as the interim head coach after Chuck Pagano fell ill with leukemia, which he has since beat.
Arians won the AP NFL Coach of the Year in 2012 and is the only interim head coach to win the award. He then moved on to coach the Arizona Cardinals then retired for a short time before becoming the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Bruce Arians won the Buccaneers their second Super Bowl in Super Bowl LV.
Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles was promoted from within the organization and was given a new 5-year contract. He also becomes the 6th active minority head coach in the NFL. His previous experience comes from his time as head coach of the New York Jets, though his time in Tampa should be easier since quarterback Tom Brady has un-retired.
“The simple answer is that I have accomplished more than I ever dreamed I could during this incredible coaching journey. Winning Super Bowl LV at our home stadium, with my mom and family in attendance, was really the last item I wanted to check off my career bucket list…” Arians said, “This team is in a much better place that it was three years ago due to Jason’s (Tampa Bay’s general manager) great work and the Glazer family’s commitment to winning.”