Veteran Arians back in hot seat
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.