The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians, who has led the team to Super Bowl championships for the past three seasons, will be a consultant in the team’s front office, the team announced Wednesday night. The team’s defensive coordinator, Todd Bowles, will replace Arians as head coach.
Cancer survivor Arians said in a statement that her surprise decision to resign was not related to her health. He told his coaching staff and players Wednesday evening, after leaving early from their annual NFL meetings in Palm Beach, Fla.
“During this incredible coaching journey, I accomplished more than I ever imagined,” Arians said in a statement. “For me, it’s more than just trying to add more wins to my coaching record.”
Arians, 69, said he started thinking about his “personal transition plan” earlier this season. He wanted to ensure that Bowles, who played for the Arians at Temple and served as the Arians’ defensive coordinator for both the Buccaneers and the Arizona Cardinals, had “the best opportunity to succeed.” This will be the second NFL head coaching opportunity for Bowles, who went 26-41 in four seasons with the Jets.
As a head coach, Arians were 80-48-1 with a .624 win percentage. In eight seasons with the Indianapolis Colts interim leading the Cardinals and Buccaneers, four of their teams have qualified for the postseason. The Buccaneers won the Super Bowl title during the 2020 season, placing the Arians second in Tampa.