Bruce Arians retired after the 2017-18 NFL season, after five years at the helm of the Arizona Cardinals.
Arians didn’t get a head coaching shot until late in his career, when he led the Colts to a 9-3 record as interim coach filling in for Chuck Pagano during his time off with cancer.
He parlayed that into the Cardinals gig, and became one of the more well-respected head coaches in the league, reaching the playoffs twice, including one NFC Championship Game appearance.
After a pair of eight-loss seasons, Arians retired at the end of last season, and the Cardinals replaced him with Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks.
Following one poor season, Wilks is out, and Arians is interested in a return to coaching. It won’t be in Arizona to teach young quarterback Josh Rosen however.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Bruce Arians interviewed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this morning.
It is an interesting fit, with the Buccaneers committing to up-and-down former first overall pick Jameis Winston for another season.
Winston has shown flashes of brilliance in between plenty of poor quarterback play, and drew serious heat after allegedly groping an Uber driver in Arizona in March 2016, which earned him a suspension to start this season.
Former Cardinals’ HC Bruce Arians interviewed this morning for the Buccaneers’ HC job, per league sources. Arians has known Jameis Winston from his football camps in Alabama, and Bucs’ GM Jason Licht from their time together in Arizona.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 5, 2019
Ian Rapoport followed Schefter’s report, saying that Arians is the front-runner for the job.
If the #Bucs hire Bruce Arians as their head coach — and he is the front-runner — they are not required to provide compensation to the #AZCardinals, sources say. Arians did retire in AZ, but his 2019 team option was declined. Tampa Bay can proceed without any obstacles.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 5, 2019
In late November, Arians said that he would “only” listen to the Cleveland Browns, home of 2018 No. 1 pick and potential Rookie of the Year winner Baker Mayfield, about their opening.
Now, it looks like he very well may return to coaching, but for a very difference franchise.