Bruce Arians Steps Into New Buccaneers Role

A stunning succession plan is in motion at Tampa Bay Buccaneers headquarters.

Bruce Arians informed his coaching staff and players that he is stepping aside as the Buccaneers’ head coach and will take on a new role for the team as a Senior Football Consultant. The Buccaneers are promoting Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles to the position of head coach.

“I am appreciative of the Glazer family and Jason Licht for having faith in me to take on this role, and to Coach Arians for his support and guidance over the past four decades,” said Bowles. “As an organization, we have all the pieces in place to continue the winning standard that has been established here in recent years.”

After speaking to the players and coaches, Arians released a statement explaining his decision and thanking the Glazer family and others in the organization for their support. Arians, who said the move  was in no way prompted by health issues, had spent the past several weeks working with the Glazers and General Manager Jason Licht on a potential succession plan. It was paramount to Arians that he left Bowles in a position to succeed.