Buccaneers trade for ex-Cardinals coach Bruce Arians

A warm embrace Bruce Arians Jameis Winston intertwined in Bucs’ future

Arians replaces Dirk Koetter, who was dismissed December 30 after leading the Bucs to 19 wins and no playoffs berths over the past three seasons.

"I've known him for a long time", Arians said.

After a year away from the sidelines, the 66-year-old returns to be the Buccaneers' new head coach.

Christensen was the quarterbacks coach in Indianapolis when Arians was the offensive coordinator.

Bowles played for Arians at Temple before two successful seasons as Arians' defensive coordinator in Arizona. The Bucs hosted a press conference that began with remarks from Owner/Co-Chairman Bryan Glazer and then General Manager Jason Licht, who uttered the above as he welcomed Arians to the stage.

Smith and Max Kellerman discuss the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' new hire Bruce Arians and his comments on building the team around quarterback Jameis Winston.

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Leftwich was most recently the offensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals, as he took over midseason after Mike McCoy was sacked. He was twice named AP Coach of the Year with the Cardinals. Since 2017, however, he's missed eight games and nine starts, failing to convince Koetter in 2018 that he belonged as Tampa's full-time starter.

The Florida franchise has agreed a four-year contract until 2022 with a fifth-year option in 2023 to bring the two-time Coach of the Year to Raymond James Stadium.

Winston sat out the first three games of this season while serving a suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy and was benched twice after regaining the starting job because of inconsistent play.

The No. 1 overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft has completed 61.6 percent of his passes for 14,628 yards and 88 touchdowns with 58 interceptions over 56 games. Stephen A. views Arians as a last-ditch effort for the Bucs to help Winston.

He has a reputation for developing quarterbacks like Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck.

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