Last April, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians handed over to Todd Bowles, in a bid to avoid staff unrest. The turmoil came nonetheless, with the departure of nine staff from a staff meant to ensure consistency and continuity.
“I’m in control of the narrative right now,” Arians told Peter King after stepping down. “I don’t control it next February because [if] Brady gets injured, we’re 10-7, and it’s an open interview for the job. . . . I’m 31 [coaches and their] families who depend on me. My wife doesn’t want to let all these families down.
Now nearly a third of those families have been left behind because those coaches have been fired.
So how do Arians feel about the moves?
“Not happy. Very unhappy. Extremely unhappy,” Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Weather said this week on WDAE radio, via JoeBucsFan.com.
“Having had an interaction with him about it. . . he is disappointed,” Stroud said. “You know, he’s disappointed. I guess that’s the most important thing. You know, he wanted Todd to have this opportunity. He wanted to keep this staff together. He wanted these [coaching] families to be together. Many of them still have a year left on their contract. A lot of them thought they would be here as long as Todd was the head coach, we said, and that’s not the case. And so he is hurt. I don’t know if you’re going to see him a lot next year.
The Arians spent 2022 in a made-up job, reinforcing the perception that he was expelled, not that he chose to walk away. With his contract now expired, Arians can go where he wants.
He is officially retired. Then again, he retired when he went to work for the Colts in 2012. He also retired when he took the job at Tampa Bay. Although Arians hasn’t been connected to any head coaching vacancies for 2023 (perhaps he should be), Arians could play an important role with a team that would benefit from his knowledge, his experience and expertise.
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