Super Bowl-winning head coach Bruce Arians won't be on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sidelines next season, as he will retire from coaching
Take a position in the team's front office, the team announced Wednesday night.Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has been named as Arians' successor.
Under Arians, the Buccaneers went from 7-9 in 2019 to NFL champions the following season, defeating the Kansas City Chiefs, 31-9, in Super Bowl 55
The Bucs won the NFC South division and a wild-card playoff game last season before falling to the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional round.
The organization in probably the best shape it’s been in its history, with Tom Brady coming back … I’d rather see Todd in position to be successful
Take some [crappy] job," he told NBC Sports' Peter King. "I’m probably retiring next year anyway, in February. So, I control the narrative right now
Brady deciding to return to quarterback the team another season may have ultimately moved up Arians' timeline
I thought really hard about going out on top. Then it was like, nah, let’s go for two," he said. "(Last season) was a grind with all the injuries but still winning
Getting to where we got. Immediately after, two to three weeks afterwards (I thought) … if I quit, my coaches get fired. I couldn’t do it then.
Tom was kind of the key. When Tom decided to come back … and all of these guys back now, it’s the perfect timing for me just to go into the front office
Arians, 69, is a two-time NFL coach of the year and has an 80-48-1 record in five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals and three with the Buccaneers