Bruce Arians ‘extremely unhappy’ about Buccaneers’ coaching firings

Bruce Arians ‘extremely unhappy’ about Buccaneers’ coaching firings

When Bruce Arians stepped down as Buccaneers coach within the offseason and into the entrance workplace, the thought was to maintain continuity by selling defensive coordinator Todd Bowles to the pinnacle job with a lot of the remainder of the employees remaining in place.

Lower than a yr later, Tampa Bay has now fired 9 coaches – together with offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich – after a disappointing 8-9 season and a first-round playoff exit by the hands of the Cowboys. In keeping with stories, Arians is just not thrilled concerning the adjustments.

“Not comfortable. Very sad. Extraordinarily sad,” longtime Bucs reporter Rick Stroud mentioned this week of Arians’ temper whereas talking on 95.3 WDAE radio in Tampa.

“Having had some interplay with him about it … he’s upset. You recognize, he’s upset. I assume that’s the most important factor. You recognize, he wished Todd to have this chance. He wished to maintain this employees collectively. He wished these [coaching] households to be collectively.

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“Lots of them have one other yr on their contracts. Lots of them thought they’d be right here so long as Todd is the pinnacle coach, have been informed as a lot, and that’s not the case. And so he’s harm by it. I don’t know in the event you’re going to see him round a lot subsequent yr.”

Arians didn’t remark himself, however he was vocal about retaining continuity with the workforce when he stepped down, saying final March that remaining within the entrance workplace was a strategy to “management the narrative.”

“I management the narrative proper now,” Arians mentioned on the time. “I don’t management it subsequent February as a result of [if] (Tom) Brady will get harm, we go 10-7 and it’s an open interview for the job … I received 31 [coaches’] households that rely on me. My spouse is massive on not letting all these households down.”

Now, 9 of these coaches are out of labor – and Arians is seemingly sad with how issues ended.

The 70-year-old’s contract with the Buccaneers expired after the 2022 season ended, so he’s technically not a member of the group. Maybe the firings harm his probabilities for a return.

Quarterback Tom Brady can also be a free agent, that means this workforce might look wildly completely different subsequent season.

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