Bruce Arians confirmed as Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach

Bruce Arians confirmed as Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach

Arians, 66, is a two-time National Football League coach of the year with a background coaching quarterbacks, including Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer. Arians touted Leftwich during their time together in Arizona. "He knows offense, and he knows how to relate to people".

General manager Jason Licht also interviewed Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards and Dallas Cowboys defensive backs coach and defensive passing game coordinator Kris Richard.

"This is a great group". I think he can win it all.

However, he has been quick to find employment, returning to Atlanta as their offensive coordinator in the latest round of hirings in the NFL. He was the architect of the Cardinals' seventh and fifth-ranked scoring defenses in Arizona in 2013 and 2014.

Bowles will be reunited with Bruce Arians, who was hired as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach on Tuesday.

Speculation around Arians joining the Buccaneers included reports he would bring in dispatched Jets head coach Todd Bowles as defensive coordinator.

Of course, one of the biggest questions may come with how Arians chooses to handle the quarterback situation, and whether or not that will help Jameis Winston continue to move forward as the team's starter.

That responsibility will fall to Byron Leftwich, who played quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers while Arians was their offensive coordinator, and began his coaching career under Arians with the Arizona Cardinals.

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