The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are finalizing a deal to make Bruce Arians their next head coach, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Arians retired back in 2017 following his season with the Arizona Cardinals. He spent 2018 as a game analyst for CBS.
Now come the connections between the Buccaneers and Arians…
Bucs general manager, Jason Licht, served as Cardinals’ vice president of player personnel in 2013, working with Arians.
Jameis Winston is the next connection… Winston attended Arians’ youth football camps in Birmingham, Alabama.
“Jaboo was a Birmingham legend,” Arians said prior to his Cardinals team facing Winston and the Bucs in 2016. “He would be fun to coach, there’s no doubt about it. He’s a winner and a great leader and obviously a heck of a young quarterback.”
The Bucs have been adamant about hiring a coach that will continue to work with Jameis Winston as the future QB of the team.
? BREAKING: Bruce Arians will be the next head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Can he take Jameis Winston to the next level? ? pic.twitter.com/SucXGSIisj
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