Bruce Arians Says Buccaneers Will Be 'Built Around' Jameis Winston

Bruce Arians

Bruce Arians

Christensen was the quarterbacks coach in Indianapolis when Arians was the offensive coordinator.

Arians is 66 years old, and retired from the Arizona Cardinals following the 2017 season.

Arians, who was 49-30-1 in a five-year run in Arizona, would replace Dirk Koetter, who was sacked after two seasons as Tampa's head coach. In a press conference, General Manager Jason Licht said a new coach would have the opportunity to bring his own staff on board.

The Arizona Cardinals travel to Tampa Bay in 2019 so it will be quite the reunion for the Bucs staff under Arians.

It is telling that Arians only was willing to re-enter the National Football League to coach the Browns and Baker Mayfield or Tampa Bay and Winston.

Mike McCarthy has no interest in any other job outside of Jets
A source confirmed to The Athletic that the 40-year-old will become the 19th head coach in franchise history. Gase replaces Todd Bowles, who was sacked after he went 24-40 in four seasons and no playoff appearances.

Despite setting franchise single-season records for points, total yards, passing yards and touchdown passes, Tampa Bay lost 11 of 14 following a surprising 2-0 start with upset victories over New Orleans and defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia.

Now, Arians and Leftwich will try to work their magic with the Bucs, who certainly have some talented playmakers to work with on offense. Leftwich was an intern for the Cardinals in 2016 under Arians, and would go on to become the team's offensive coordinator.

"Jameis Winston will be here", the GM said of the No. 1 overall pick from the 2015 draft, who's due to earn $20.92 million next season in the final year of his rookie contract.

Arians spent the 2018 season in broadcasting.

He has a reputation for developing quarterbacks like Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck.

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