Tampa Bay's Bruce Arians steps down as Head Coach and moves into the front office

 | March 31, 2022

In a shocking move, Arians hands the reigns over to Todd Bowles, the previous defensive coordinator

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Today, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that Bruce Arians has decided to move into their front office. In his absence, the Buccaneers won't look for another head coach but promote from within. 

Todd Bowles, the Defensive Coordinator for the Buccaneers will move into the position. Bowles has experience as a head coach and the Buccaneers worked out a five-year contract with Bowles as well.

In a text message, Arians told ESPN that he doesn't consider this a retirement, stating: "No, moving to the front office, I'm still working." Arians was a key piece in evaluating prospects, his move to the front office won't change that.

Arians went 31-18 in three seasons with Tampa Bay, claiming the highest win percentage of any coach in Buccaneers history. He also led them to win Super Bowl LV, with the help of Tom Brady of course, who's returning to the team.

Arians had this to say about the transition: "I have spent most of the last 50 years of my life on the sidelines as a football coach in one form or another. Today, I have made the decision to move from the sidelines into another role with the Buccaneers front office, assisting [general manager] Jason Licht and his staff."

He continued, "I love football. I love the relationships, the strategy, the competition -- everything. It has been one hell of a ride, but I know this is the right time for me to make this transition."

Bowles was interviewed by many teams this offseason but was considered by many to be Arian's successor. He was previously a head coach for the New York Jets, where he went 24-40 from 2015 to 2018.

In a statement, Bowles noted his appreciation for the role: "I am appreciative of the family and Jason Licht for having faith in me to take on this role, and to Coach Arians for his support and guidance over the past four decades. Tampa has become home for my family, and we are excited to remain part of this community for years to come."

He went on to say, "As an organization, we have all the pieces in place to continue the winning standard that has been established here in recent years. I am eager to get started with our players, coaching staff, and front office in preparation for the 2022 season."

With this hire, Bowles will become the sixth minority head coach in the NFL. He'll join names such as Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans' Lovie Smith, and many more. 

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