Vet­eran Ari­ans back in hot seat

Sport360 - - Ryder Cup - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360 ✉ ed­i­to­[email protected]

The Tampa Bay Buc­ca­neers have an­nounced that for­mer Ari­zona Car­di­nals coach Bruce Ari­ans will come out of re­tire­ment to take over their head coach­ing job.

The NFL club said it had agreed a four-year con­tract through 2022 with a fifth-year op­tion in 2023 with the two-time coach of the year.

Ari­ans suc­ceeds Dirk Koet­ter, who was sacked shortly af­ter the Bucs com­pleted a 5-11 sea­son with a 34-23 loss to the At­lanta Fal­cons.

“Bruce Ari­ans is one of the NFL’s most well-re­spected coaches over the past two decades and we are ex­cited to have him lead­ing our team,” Buc­ca­neers owner Bryan Glazer said in a press re­lease. “Through­out this process, we fo­cused on find­ing the right coach with a proven abil­ity to el­e­vate our play­ers and lead our team for­ward.

“Bruce has played a large role in the de­vel­op­ment and ca­reer suc­cess of some of our league’s best play­ers and we look for­ward to see­ing him con­tinue that work here with our fran­chise.”

Ari­ans, who worked last sea­son as a broad­caster, has worked with a string of out­stand­ing quar­ter­backs, in­clud­ing Pey­ton Man­ning, Ben Roeth­lis­berger and An­drew Luck.

He’ll be tasked with con­tin­u­ing the de­vel­op­ment of Jameis Win­ston, who like Man­ning and Luck was a first-round NFL draft se­lec­tion.

Ear­lier the league-worst Ari­zona Car­di­nals had signed for­mer Texas Tech Univer­sity coach Kliff Kings­bury to a four-year head coach­ing deal, pick­ing some­one with no NFL coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to re­vive their for­tunes.

Kings­bury’s cre­ative of­fen­sive ideas helped make Kansas City Chiefs star Pa­trick Ma­homes and Cleve­land Browns quar­ter­back Baker May­field top play­ers dur­ing their col­lege days at Texas Tech.

Kings­bury, 39, was fired last Novem­ber af­ter go­ing 35-40 in six sea­sons at Tech then signed last month by South­ern Cal­i­for­nia as an of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, only to leave when the NFL called.

“I’ve been around foot­ball my en­tire life,” Kings­bury said.

“I’ve played in this league, coached on the col­lege level and have al­ways been fas­ci­nated by the NFL. With the of­fen­sive trends these days, it felt like a per­fect time to be here.”

Leg­end re­turns: Bruce Ari­ans.

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