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Todd Bowles Reveals How He Learned He'd Be New Buccaneers 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)

Last week, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially introduced Todd Bowles as their new head coach. He'll be taking over for Bruce Arians, who is moving into a front office role with the franchise.

During an appearance on The Adam Schefter Podcast, Bowles revealed how he found out that he was replacing Arians.

Arians told Bowles over the phone that he had something important to tell him in person. The only problem was that Bowles was in Charlotte and couldn't have a face-to-face meeting.

"I have a house in Charlotte, so I flew down to check on my house. When I got off the plane, I turned on my phone and had a message from Bruce that said to call him. He asked me where I was. I said I was in Charlotte to go check on my house. He said he wanted to tell me in person but I guess he can't. He said he was stepping down and turning it over to me."

Bowles was surprised by the timing of Arians' decision. After all, the NFL's annual league meeting was coming up.

"I was like, 'What? You're kidding me, right?' It's owners' week, and we were kinda past all that stuff when jobs change."

Bowles has experience as a head coach. During his four-year run with the New York Jets, he owned a 24-40 record.

There'll be a lot of pressure on Bowles to have success this fall, especially with Tom Brady back for another season.