The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the process of finalizing their hire of former Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Tampa Bay has been working to bring Arians back from the announcer’s booth, where he spent the 2018 season working for CBS Sports. From 2013-17, Arians was the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.
He took Arizona to the playoffs twice and reached the NFC Championship Game in 2016.
Buccaneers now finalizing deal to make Bruce Arians their next head coach, per sources. The former Cardinals’ HC will be the Bucs next HC.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 8, 2019
The 66-year-old Arians has dealt with health issues in recent years, which factored into his decision to step down in Arizona.
However, ESPN’s Jeff Darlington reports that the Bucs have checked all those boxes as they evaluated Arians.
The Bucs had some concerns about Bruce Arians’ health — enough to require a physical — but that hurdle has been cleared, per sources. There’s also been a hangup with the language in his Arizona contract that has caused a delay. But again… it’s all moving toward finality.
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) January 8, 2019
Arians will take over a Tampa Bay franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs in 11 seasons. He will also be tasked with trying to resurrect former No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston.
Tampa Bay finished 5-11 in 2018.