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VIDEO: Buccaneers’ Bruce Arians Passes Coaching Torch to Todd Bowles

TAMPA BAY, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – The never ending news didn’t stop at One Buc Place. First, it was Tom Brady’s return from retirement, the re-signing of star wide receiver Chris Godwin, and multiple acquisitions to an already star-studded line up, one that fell one game short of reaching the Super Bowl for the second consecutive year. While players dominated the headlines, it was coaching news that rocked the NFL landscape this week.

On Wednesday night, Bruce Arians announced he was retiring after nearly 50 years coaching, three years in Tampa Bay, and slipping into a new front office role of Senior Football Consultant.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Senior Football Consultant Bruce Arians speaks during Thursday's press conference introducing Todd Bowles as the new Buccaneers head coach at One Buccaneer Placein Tampa, Florida. Photo: Todd Grasley/Florida National News.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Senior Football Consultant Bruce Arians speaks during Thursday’s press conference introducing Todd Bowles as the new Buccaneers head coach at One Buccaneer Placein Tampa, Florida. Photo: Todd Grasley/Florida National News.

“When you know it’s time, it’s time,” Arians said. “I’m extremely excited about the future and what this means for me and my successor to take over, and to have a place where I can come back where I am welcome.”

Tom Brady (center, smiling) waits in the audience before Thursday's press conference introducing Todd Bowles as the new Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach at One Buccaneer Place. Photo: Todd Grasley/Florida National News.

Tom Brady (center, smiling) waits in the audience before Thursday’s press conference introducing Todd Bowles as the new Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach at One Buccaneer Place. Photo: Todd Grasley/Florida National News.

With multiple coaches, players including Tom Brady, and dozens of media in attendance, both Buccaneers Co-Chairman Joel Glazer and Jason Licht had nothing but praise for Arians for his on the field performance and off the field character as well and surprised him with the honor of being named to the Buccaneers Ring of Honor during the 2022-2023 season.

Arians, who has a track record of hiring minority coaches and creating an inclusive staff, along with General Manager Jason Licht and the Glazer Family, dubbed the current Defensive Coordinator as the 13th Head Coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht speaks during Thursday's press conference introducing Todd Bowles as the new Buccaneers head coach at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Florida. Photo: Todd Grasley/Florida National News.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht speaks during Thursday’s press conference introducing Todd Bowles as the new Buccaneers head coach at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Florida. Photo: Todd Grasley/Florida National News.

“I understood why he suggested Todd,” Licht said. “He could have picked a number of them, he could have said Byron [Leftwich] and I would have understood why. I knew that it would be an easy transition. It wasn’t an easy moment at the time he told me, we’ve been having some conversations and I can get a little emotional about all the great times we had together.”

Coach Arians won’t be leaving the building, just acting in a different role, and passing the torch to Bowles, who worked with Licht in Arizona in 2013. It was there they formed both a personal and professional bond.

New Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles speaks during Thursday's press conference at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Florida. Photo: Todd Grasley/Florida National News.

New Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles speaks during Thursday’s press conference at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Florida. Photo: Todd Grasley/Florida National News.

“To have this opportunity is very humbling, but also very bittersweet because of Bruce,” Bowles said. “At the same time it is very exciting because we are turning the page and it’s a chance to move forward, and be a different team and a better team.”

For Bowles it’s a second chance at being a head coach in the NFL.

“It hardly ever happens, but I don’t really look at it like a second chance, because I’m in the same place and you’re around the same people,” he explained. “I was driving into work this morning and I was like, ‘Wow, I’m the Head Coach,’ but at the same time I have my same routine. “

April 4th marks the first day teams with new coaches can begin their offseason workouts. In addition, Bowles, his staff, and the front office will prepare for the NFL Draft with the first round on Thursday April 28th.

The Buccaneers 2022-2023 season is loaded with playoff teams like Green Bay, Kansas City, Dallas, San Francisco, Cincinnati, and the reigning Super Bowl Champion Los Angeles Rams.

Tampa Bay will also play the NFL’s first ever game in Germany when they travel to Munich for the league’s International Series.

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Todd Grasley is a sports reporter for Florida National News Tampa. | sports@floridanationalnews.com

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