Bucs signing Bruce Arians to 4-year deal as new head coach

Bucs signing Bruce Arians to 4-year deal as new head coach

The Buccaneers sent a sixth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft to the Cardinals in exchange for a seventh-round selection and the rights to hire Arians as their next coach.

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Christensen was the quarterbacks coach in Indianapolis when Arians was the offensive coordinator. The Bucs hosted a press conference that began with remarks from Owner/Co-Chairman Bryan Glazer and then General Manager Jason Licht, who uttered the above as he welcomed Arians to the stage. None of them have previous head coaching experience.

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His retirement was a big blow to Arizona and it certainly it appeared as though Arians, who had notable medical issues the last few years in Arizona, was done. He was twice named AP Coach of the Year with the Cardinals.

Arians spent the 2018 season in broadcasting. Turnovers and a porous defense were the main culprits.

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.

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The 25-year-old has 75 career turnovers, including 58 interceptions.

But Winston, who's 21-33 as a starter and only led the team to one winning season in four years, has not been a bust. He's only 193 yards shy of replacing Vinny Testaverde (14,820 yards, 1987-92) as the club's all-time passing leader. He has nurtured young quarterbacks such as Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer into National Football League stars as both an offensive coordinator and head coach.

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