Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Buccaneers focused on Bruce Arians as next head coach, report says

Buccaneers focused on Bruce Arians as next head coach, report says

Bowles will be reunited with Bruce Arians, who was hired as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach on Tuesday. In 2012 they improved to No. 7 in Bowles' first season and No. 5 in his a year ago in Arizona, when he was named the NFL's top assistant prior to taking the head-coach position in NY.

Appearing on "The Rich Eisen Show" Wednesday, Arians was asked whether he trusted not only Winston's arm but his character, and the two-time Coach of the Year honoree expressed nothing but support for the team's former No. 1 overall draft pick. Bowles was DC during Arians' first two seasons in Arizona.

Former Cardinals offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich is expected to serve as pass-game coordinator with Harold Goodwin, who was OC under Arians in Arizona, acting as run-game coordinator.

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With Rodgers now added to the Buccaneers staff, Tampa Bay is starting to look like Jets South.

The Bears could consider other in-house candidates for the job, such as outside linebackers coach Brandon Staley and defensive line coach Jay Rodgers.

Jason Licht previously worked with the Cardinals during the tenure of Arians. Koetter's Bucs teams went a combined 19-29 over his three seasons and never reached the postseason. The Broncos were tied for third with a 4.9 yard rushing average. Turnovers and a porous defense were the main culprits. Jacksonville's Blake Bortles (76) is the only QB who's turned it over more over the past four seasons. On the field, he was uneven in the fourth season of his National Football League career, swapping starts with veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick and finishing with just 19 touchdowns to 14 interceptions in a 5-11 last-place season. Winston's pocket presence, footwork and decision making must improve under Arians.

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