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Bucs Star Reacts To Todd Bowles As Head Coach

NFL: JAN  11 Bucs Coaches Press Conference

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 11: New Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles speaks to the media during the introductory press conference for new Tampa Bay Buccaneers Assistant Coaches on January 11, 2019 at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa,FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Bruce Arians is no longer head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He told the team he's retiring on Wednesday and is handing the show over to Todd Bowles.

While Tom Brady learned of Arians' retirement plans right after the quarterback took back his own retirement, not everyone else saw the news coming.

Speaking Thursday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, star linebacker Shaquil Barrett called it "a wow moment" when Arians informed the team of his decision.

Although Barrett didn't foresee Arians stepping down anytime soon, he's glad Bowles will get another opportunity as an NFL head coach.

“He seemed like he was going to be there forever," Barrett said of Arians, "but I'm so excited that coach Bowles gets a chance to lead a team again. And I’m happy that he isn’t going nowhere because I know he was looking for head coaching jobs the last couple of years. I’m glad he’s able to find it with the Bucs.”

When asked if he's ready not to "get cussed out all the time" by the new coach, Barrett joked that they "don't know Bowles." He added the the defensive coordinator can be tough, but there's mutual respect.

After 15 years in the NFL, Bowles received his first head-coaching job with the New York Jets in 2015. They improved from 4-12 to 10-6 in his first season, but won a combined 14 games the following three years.

He then worked under Arians for the last three years in Tampa Bay. With help from Barrett, who has compiled 37.5 sacks and earned two Pro Bowl nods since Bowles' arrival, the Buccaneers have finished each of those seasons as a top-three rushing defense.

While the news caught Barrett off guard, the Buccaneers will have a familiar face to resume their Super Bowl aspirations.