Bruce Arians says he’s happy to reward Todd Bowles with Tampa Bay Buccaneers HC job, has ‘great relationship’ with Tom Brady

Bruce Arians said on Thursday that he’s always dreamed of giving one of his staff a head coach job and reports of friction between him and Tom Brady “can’t be true.”

Arians, who will move into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers main office this season while defensive coordinator Todd Bowles takes over as head coach, also said his family played a key role in the decision. his decision and “there’s no better time than now” to make the move.

“Some people have asked, ‘Why would you pass up your chance to advance to the Hall of Fame and win another Super Bowl?” Because I don’t care — about the Hall of Fame,” Arians, 69, told a press conference Thursday. “The succession is very important to me. This has been my dream for a long time. People who know me, they know I want one of my guys to take over.”

He said he first started thinking about leaving the Buccaneers head coach post-season but it wasn’t the right time. He said once Brady announced he was ending his brief retirement to return to the Bucs, the decision was easy and “there’s been no better time to pass the torch than now. hour.”

Brady attended Thursday’s press conference and was seated in the front row. Arians said he has a “great relationship” with the team’s star defender.

“All the players – there are a few here – everyone of them has been eliminated. Including him,” Arians said, pointing to Brady. “It’s just a part of me. That’s nothing new. We have a great relationship. … Everyone has to write s —. It couldn’t be further from the truth.”

The Arians hit 31-18 (0.633) in three campaigns with Tampa Bay, the highest win rate of any coach in Buccaneers history and led the team to victory in Super Bowl LV after the 2020 season. he won five playoffs with the Bucs; Tampa Bay’s previous coaches have won six aggregates. The Buccaneers announced Thursday that Arians will be added to the team’s Ring of Honor this season.

This would be Bowles’ second head coach job, and Arians called Bowles’ second chance “long overdue.” Bowles, 58, was previously the head coach of the New York Jets from 2015 to 2018, when he hit 24-40. He was also the interim coach for the Miami Dolphins in 2011.

“Usually, when people get fired, they blame others. The first thing I do is look at myself,” Bowles said when asked what he’s learned from his time as a coach. Jets member. “There are so many things I could do better.”

Bowles said he is looking forward to having Brady as his full-back, a luxury he doesn’t have with the Jets having to face him twice a season while Brady plays against the New England Patriots.

“I think the guy’s world. I think we’re more alike than you might know,” he said.

As for succeeding Arians, Bowles said, “I’m just me. I can’t be him,” but said he plans to heed Arians’ advice as well as advice from other coaches on the team. its staff.

He added, “When I first started in New York, you tried to do things the right way and you didn’t do it your way, you’re going to regret it. So I’m going to do it my way. .”

Bowles said Thursday that Larry Foote and Kacy Rodgers will be the Bucs’ co-defensive coordinators this season. However, Bowles will continue to use defensive play this season.

ESPN’s Jenna Laine contributed to this report. Bruce Arians says he’s happy to reward Todd Bowles with Tampa Bay Buccaneers HC job, has ‘great relationship’ with Tom Brady

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