Bruce Arians has been hired to become the latest head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Arians is the fifth coach in the past decade to take the helm of the Buccaneers.
Per MSN Sports, Arians replaces Dirk Koetter, who was fired on Dec. 30 after leading the Buccaneers to just 19 wins over the previous three seasons.
Arians is a highly decorative coach. Arians previously coached the Arizona Cardinals for five seasons, racking up an impressive 50-32-1 record. Arians also has postseason experience, which includes one divison title, two playoff berths, and three seasons with double-digit wins.
Buccaneers owner Bryan Glazer said, “Bruce Arians is one of the NFL’s most well-respected coaches over the past two decades and we are excited to have him leading our team.”
The Buccaneers have not made the playoffs since 2007 and have finished last in the NFC South in seven of the past eight seasons.
The team hasn’t won a postseason game since their 2002 Super Bowl which was won under Jon Gruden. Gruden was fired in January, 10 years ago.
The Buccaneers fired Koetter after back-to-back seasons with a 5-11 record that ultimately dropped his three year record to 19-29.
The organization ultimately hopes that Arians will be able to show quarterback Jameis Winston his potential.
Winston was the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and is about to be in the final year of his rookie contract.
In 2018, Winston was suspended for the first three games due to violating the leagues personal conduct policy and was also benched twice during the season after being inconsistent.
Arians could be the answer to Winston’s potential. Arians coached incredible quarterbacks including Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Carson Palmer and Andrew Luck.