Arians' 'proven ability' led to Buccaneers job, says Glazer
Bruce Arians' "proven ability" led to his hiring as the new head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to franchise owner Bryan Glazer.
Former Arizona Cardinals coach Arians came out of retirement to sign a four-year contract with an option for a fifth season with the Bucs on Tuesday.
The 66-year-old stepped away from coaching after the 2017 campaign, citing his health and a desire to spend more time with his family, but returns to the NFL after just one season working in the broadcast booth.
Arians replaces Dirk Koetter, who was fired after three seasons in charge, with the last two of his years at the helm ending in 5-11 records and bottom spot in the NFC South.
Glazer made it clear why the franchise targeted Arians, who had previously said he would only return to the game to coach the Cleveland Browns.
"Bruce Arians is one of the NFL's most well-respected coaches over the past two decades and we are excited to have him leading our team," said Glazer.
"Throughout this process, we focused on finding the right coach with a proven ability to elevate our players and lead our team forward.
"Bruce has played a large role in the development and career success of some of our league's best players and we look forward to seeing him continue that work here with our franchise."
Proud and honored to be named the Head Coach of the @Buccaneers!! To work for such great ownership, the Glazer Family, and with GM Jason Licht. Time to get to work!! #tampaBAy #buccobruce #GoBucs pic.twitter.com/IlZE5duEME— Bruce Arians (@BruceArians) January 9, 2019
Arians posted on Twitter: "Proud and honoured to be named the Head Coach of the Buccaneers!!
"To work for such great ownership, the Glazer Family, and with GM Jason Licht. Time to get to work!!"
Recently-fired New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles is poised to join as Arians' defensive coordinator, with Byron Leftwich set to run the offense.
Arians joins the Bucs at a time where starting quarterback Jameis Winston is entering the final year of his rookie contract and facing an uncertain future.
The Bucs confirmed they sent a sixth-round pick in the 2019 draft to the Cardinals in exchange for a seventh-round selection and the rights to hire Arians.