Buccaneers Super Bowl-winning coach Bruce Arians moves to front office, replaced by assistant Todd Bowles | Sports

TAMPA, Fla. — Bruce Arians has decided to retire as coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and take on a front-office role with the team, a stunning move announced Wednesday night.

Arians, who turns 70 this season, coached the Buccaneers to the Super Bowl title in the 2020 season — Tom Brady’s first with Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers were 31-18 in the Arians’ three seasons there and he was 80-48-1 in eight years as head coach overall in his five seasons with the Cardinals. from Arizona.

Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will replace Arians as coach.

NBC Sports and the Los Angeles Times first reported Arians’ decision and that Bowles would be promoted.

“I have spent most of the last 50 years of my life on the fringes as a football manager in one form or another,” Arians said in a statement released by the team. “Today I made the decision to move from the sidelines to another role within the Buccaneers front office, assisting (general manager) Jason Licht and his team.

“I love football. I love relationships, strategy, competition – everything. It’s been a hell of a journey, but I know it’s the right time for me to make this transition.”

This is the second major retirement announcement for the Buccaneers this offseason, following Brady’s announcement in February that he was ending his career. Brady, a seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback, returned 40 days later, saying he would return for a 23rd season and noting he had “unfinished business.”

There was no public indication at the NFL’s annual meetings on the Atlantic side of the state in Palm Beach, Florida that such a move was forthcoming. Arians was there, briefly, and did an interview with NFL Network about what the team would have done to replace Brady had the quarterback not changed his mind. Licht spoke to reporters for a short time during meetings, as did team co-owner Joel Glazer.

Arians did not do a group interview there, with the team saying he was leaving for personal reasons. He was also one of four coaches who opted out of the annual group photo of all NFL head coaches at meetings.

Bowles served as Miami’s interim head coach for three games in 2011 and went 24-40 in four seasons with the New York Jets from 2015 to 2018.

“I thank the Glazer family and Jason Licht for believing in me to take on this role, as well as Coach Arians for his support and guidance over the past four decades,” Bowles said. “Tampa has become my family’s home and we are excited to be part of this community for years to come. … I look forward to getting started with our players, our coaching staff and our front office in preparation for the 2022 season.”

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