Buccaneers focused on Bruce Arians as next head coach, report says

The Buccaneers’ strong interest in former Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is mutual, NFL.com reported, adding that the sides are likely to begin negotiations to make him the team’s next head coach.

Arians, 66, stepped away from coaching after the 2017 season, citing his health and a desire to spend more time with his family.

Bear in mind that Arians did have two hospital stays during his time as head coach of the Cardinals. According to the Tampa Bay Times, “Arians reportedly did not bring a doctor’s note to his interview with the Bucs. He brought a doctor.”

Earlier, the Times reported that Arians was planning to bring most of his coaching staff from the Cardinals to Tampa Bay, including recently fired Jets head coach Todd Bowles as his defensive coordinator.

A new coaching staff’s goal: seeing if Jameis Winston is the quarterback the Bucs can build around as he enters the fifth and final season of his rookie contract.

That’s likely why Arians could be named the team’s coach as early as Tuesday, according to the Times. He has nurtured young quarterbacks such as Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer into NFL stars as both an offensive coordinator and head coach.

He also won 49 games over five seasons in Arizona.