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Buccaneers hiring Bruce Arians as next head coach

Buccaneers hiring Bruce Arians as next head coach

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially announced the hiring of Bruce Arians as the 12th head coach in franchise history on Tuesday.

Goodwin goes back with Arians all the way to the Indianapolis Colts days, coaching their offensive line for one season in 2012 before moving with Arians to Arizona in 2013 as the team's offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for five seasons.

Arians, 66, has been an National Football League head coach just once (not including his 12 games as interim head coach of the Colts), but has decades of experience coaching both at the professional and college levels. They haven't won a postseason game since their 2002 Super Bowl run under Jon Gruden.

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The Bucs' new coach believes his quarterback can lead Tampa to the promised land.

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

Bowles ultimately made a decision to stick with his mentor, a source said, despite the Bears' vacancy being perhaps the most attractive in the league.

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Jason Licht previously worked with the Cardinals during the tenure of Arians.

The Bucs fired Koetter after consecutive 5-11 finishes that dropped his three-year record to 19-29. He graduated from the University of South Florida and his first coaching jobs were at Tampa Bay Tech and Gaither.

"Jameis Winston will be here", the GM said of the No. 1 overall pick from the 2015 draft, who's due to earn $20.92 million next season in the final year of his rookie contract. With it comes working with four Pro Bowlers (and three All-Pros) on their defense, and the Bears could enter 2019 as the favorites to repeat as NFC North champions.

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The Bucs are counting on Arians to help Winston realize his potential.