Peter King of NBC Sports and Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times dropped the crazy news on Wednesday that Bruce Arians was stepping down from his role as the Buccaneers’ head coach.
Todd Bowles, the former Jets head coach who has served as Tampa’s defensive coordinator since 2019, will take over as the new coach for the Bucs. Arians will move to Tampa’s front office.
Arians would release a lengthy statement after his retirement:
“Before you start thinking this is about my health, don’t. This is the best I have felt in many years and I’m looking forward to helping this team continue winning through my new role.”
Arians explained to King and Farmer that he is stepping away because “succession has always been huge for me. With 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 and not have to take some [crappy] job,” Arians said. “I’m probably retiring next year anyway, in February. So, I control the narrative right now. I don’t control it next February because [if] Brady gets hurt, we go 10-7, and it’s an open interview for the job. … I got 31 [coaches and their] families that depend on me. My wife is big on not letting all those families down.”
Soon, Tom Brady would release a statement on Instagram:
Brady retired shortly after the Buccaneers lost 30-27 to the eventual Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams at home in the divisional round of the playoffs. In March, Brady un-retired.