Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Bruce Arians comes out of retirement to coach Buccaneers

Bruce Arians comes out of retirement to coach Buccaneers

Arians touted Leftwich during their time together in Arizona.

Arians most recently coached the Arizona Cardinals before retiring after the 2017 season.

Arians was the head coach of the Cardinals for five seasons and was able to earn a regular season record of 49-30-1. He's expected to turn around a franchise that has failed to make the playoffs since the 2007 season. Winston started the season with a three-game suspension over allegations he groped an Uber driver.

It is telling that Arians only was willing to re-enter the National Football League to coach the Browns and Baker Mayfield or Tampa Bay and Winston. 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.

Other known candidates include Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards and Cowboys defensive coach Kris Richard.

Now, Arians and Leftwich will try to work their magic with the Bucs, who certainly have some talented playmakers to work with on offense. Stephen A. views Arians as a last-ditch effort for the Bucs to help Winston.

Winston will carry a cap hit of $20.9 million on the fifth-year option of his rookie deal in 2019.

Arians spent the 2018 broadcasting games for CBS.

Among the high-profile quarterbacks he has worked with during a long coaching career are Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Carson Palmer and Andrew Luck.

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