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Bucs hired former Steelers WR Antwaan Randle El as an offensive assistant.

Former NFL S Cody Grimm, son of legendary OL coach Russ Grimm, was also hired as a defense/special teams assistant. Coach Bruce Arians has done a great job of getting young coaches into the league, notably Byron Leftwich who has risen to OC duties rather quickly. Randle El played for Arians in Pittsburgh. This will be the 39-year-old's first coaching gig.
Jan 15 - 11:41 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports new Bucs coach Bruce Arians is attempting to convince DeSean Jackson to return to the Buccaneers next season.

One of the first moves Arians reportedly made upon being hired was ask for Jackson's phone number. The two have yet to talk, but Arians has all the intention in the world in bringing the secondary-lifter back in 2019. Jackson would admittedly be an enticing Best Ball option in Arians' downfield full-throttle attack, but his presence would also likely keep Chris Godwin on limited reps for another year.
Jan 12 - 11:40 AM

Speaking Thursday, new Bucs coach Bruce Arians said Jameis Winston just needs to be a "little bit smarter."

"No pressure. No pressure whatsoever," Arians said of his expectations for his new quarterback. "I want him to relax and play the game. Talent is no issue. It’s just becoming a little bit smarter." It's a fair appraisal of Winston's to-date skill-set. Arians made it clear in so many words he would only come out of "retirement" for the right quarterback situation. He didn't get the Browns/Baker Mayfield job, but he must be comfortable with 25-year-old Winston. Winston's down-field mindset certainly jibes with Arians'. He simply must cut down on his turnovers. It's going to be a tricky needle to thread.
Jan 10 - 4:56 PM

Buccaneers hired Keith Armstrong as their special teams coordinator.

Armstrong interviewed for the same position in Buffalo before accepting the Bucs' offer. Bruce Arians coached Armstrong at Temple in the 1980s and the two have stayed close over the years. Armstrong was let go by the Falcons last week following an 11-year tenure as special teams coordinator. That role has since been filled by Ben Kotwica.
Jan 9 - 5:57 PM

Bucs hired ex-Jets DC Kacy Rodgers as defensive line coach.

Rodgers was new Bucs DC Todd Bowles' DC for the Jets, but Rodgers will now return to his customary position coach role that he served for 20-plus years before getting his first coordinator job under Bowles. Rodgers missed some time during this past season to what was called a serious illness.
Jan 9 - 3:49 PM

Bucs hired ex-Jets coach Todd Bowles as defensive coordinator.

This was the word on Tuesday, but then a report came out that Bowles was possibly having second thoughts and considering the Bears' DC job after Vic Fangio left to be the Broncos' head coach. Bowles, for better or worse, will go join his longtime friend Bruce Arians in Tampa Bay despite the Chicago job being the far more attractive one from a talent standpoint.
Jan 9 - 3:34 PM

Coach Bruce Arians said on Wednesday that OC Byron Leftwich will call the Bucs' offensive plays.

It's a shift in philosophy for Arians, who called his own plays as the coach of the Cardinals before retiring at the end of the 2017 season. Leftwich has been groomed by Arians as his QBs coach in Arizona, and Leftwich was a holdover for Steve Wilks in 2018 before the whole staff was fired. Leftwich is a rising star in the coaching ranks, and Arians is doing him a favor letting him try to swim on his own. It's entirely possible Leftwich is groomed as the Bucs' future head coach.
Jan 9 - 1:34 PM

Bucs hired ex-Cardinals OC Harold Goodwin as assistant head coach and run-game coordinator.

Goodwin, 45, has been by new coach Bruce Arians' side at his last four stops now, coaching together in Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Arizona, and now Tampa Bay. Goodwin spent 2018 out of the game but did draw some head-coach interest in the offseason ahead of 2017. Goodwin will handle run-game plans while up-and-comer Byron Leftwich will coordinate the pass offense.
Jan 9 - 1:30 PM

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs reports ex-Jets coach Todd Bowles hasn't finalized anything with the Bucs and is considering the Bears' defensive coordinator job.

It was widely reported on Tuesday that Bowles was going to Tampa Bay to rejoin coach Bruce Arians as his defensive boss, but Biggs reports Bowles and Matt Nagy have spoken multiple times in recent days with Bears DC Vic Fangio now off to the Broncos as their new coach. Bowles would have far more talent to work with in Chicago, obviously. He'd be silly not to take that job.
Jan 9 - 12:45 PM

Bucs acquired coach Bruce Arians and a 2019 seventh-round pick from the Cardinals in exchange for a 2019 sixth-round pick.

Since Arians retired ahead of the 2018 season, the Cardinals officially still owned his rights. Arizona initially had no plans to require compensation, but later decided to swap late picks with Tampa. Arians gets a four-year deal from the Bucs.
Jan 8 - 8:19 PM

Bucs hired ex-Cardinals OC Byron Leftwich as offensive coordinator.

Ex-Cardinals OC and Bruce Arians assistant Harold Goodwin is expected to sign on as the running-game coordinator. Dealing with close to zero talent, Leftwich posted mixed results as the Cardinals' interim offensive coordinator in 2018, but he's someone whose coaching star remains on the rise. Early reports have Arians handling his own play-calling, however, meaning Leftwich won't have a huge role on Sundays.
Jan 8 - 7:18 PM

Bucs hired ex-Jets coach Todd Bowles as defensive coordinator.

Bowles was Arians' defensive coordinator in 2013-14, and the duo had great success together in Arizona. Bowles' Jets defenses were far more or hit miss, but Bowles was always dealing with some crisis or another as the Jets' head man. He will be able to focus on the meat and potatoes in Tampa. It's a good hire.
Jan 8 - 7:15 PM

Bucs hired Bruce Arians as head coach.

The coaching carousel's worst-kept secret is now official. Arians' latest "retirement" ends at one year. Rumored to be eyeing his ex-defensive coordinator Todd Bowles for the same job in Tampa, Arians could oversee a lightning quick turnaround for a franchise that has been adrift since firing Jon Gruden following the 2008 season. Going on 67, Arians is a stubborn, set in his ways head coach, but he likes aggressive defense and even more aggressive offense. That plays in the 2019 NFL. He's an excellent match with a like-minded Jameis Winston, though Winston's turnovers are going to drive Arians up the wall. Reducing them will be Arians' first project on offense. A dud in the broadcast booth, it's good to see Arians back on the sidelines, even though his tenure will likely be brief.
Jan 8 - 5:18 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports ex-Jets coach Todd Bowles is the "top choice" to be Bruce Arians' defensive coordinator in Tampa Bay.

Arians has yet to finalize a deal with the Bucs, but all signs point to that happening soon. When it does, Bowles will be the favorite to lead the defense, an outcome which would be far from surprising considering he worked as Arians' DC for two years in Arizona. That said, Bowles does have some options. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports he met with Washington earlier this week, but no specific role was discussed.
Jan 8 - 1:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bucs are "focusing on hiring" Bruce Arians.

Rapoport, who has consistently reported Arians as the Bucs' top target over the last couple days, adds negotiations are likely to begin soon. It has to be noted negotiations could be tricky considering Arians' age, health, and that he just "retired" last year, but all signs continue to point to Tampa Bay hiring him in the near future.
Jan 8 - 12:24 PM


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