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On Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers filled their vacant head coaching position with ex-Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians. Arians has a career record of 80-49, and reached the playoffs twice in five years with Arizona. His best season came in 2013, when the Cardinals went 13-3 in the regular season, making it to the NFC championship game in the playoffs.
Tampa Bay went 5-11 this year, making it the second year in a row with only 5 wins. Previous head coach Dirk Koetter was relieved of his duties after his third year, making him the fourth coach in a row to be fired before reaching a 4th year coaching the team. The Bucs
The appointment of Arians will cost the Bucs more than many expect. Even though Arians decided to leave the football team in 2017, Arians’ previous contract with the Arizona Cardinals runs until next year. In exchange for the rights of Arians contract, the Bucs are trading away two draft picks, the sixth and seventh round of this years 2019 draft.
The Bucs will feel that the trade will be well worth it. Arians has only posted one losing season his whole career, a year in which a tie put his team at 7-8-1. The Tampa Bay Bucs have only posted one winning season in the last seven years, a record that they will be looking to vastly improve after appointing Arians.
Arians will have to get to work quick, as he’s signed up for a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in 11 season. The Tampa Bay franchise has made it clear that they plan on moving forward with Jameis Winston as the quarterback, and it will be up to Arians to continue his development and turn him into a winner. Winston has thrown 58 interceptions in just 56 games, and will need drastic changes if he wants to challenge for an NFC South title in the near future.