It’s looking like Bruce Arians will be the next head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers very soon. Both sides have an interest in working together.
UPDATE: The Buccaneers announced that the organization completed an interview with Bruce Arians for the head coach position.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Bruce Arians have a mutual interest in their head coaching vacancy.
It seems that the Arians to the Bucs train is full steam ahead. JoeBucsFan.com reported on Thursday that Tampa Bay would introduce a head coach no later than next week and that coach would likely be Arians.
It appears that the site was on to something. With both parties sharing an interest, it could be a quick process.
Bucs general manager Jason Licht worked with Arians in Arizona in a front office role, so the two have a history of working together. Arians also has raved about Jameis Winston in the past.
With Tampa Bay announcing that Winston will be there quarterback next season, signing a coach that has Winston’s back makes plenty of sense.
Plus, Arians was consistently competitive in Arizona. He held a 49-30-1 record with the Cardinals, making the playoffs twice. He only finished under .500 once as a head coach, something Tampa Bay has done at will over the past decade.
At the same time, Tampa Bay is set to interview Kris Richard on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Richard will also meet with the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets as well.
The defensive play-caller for the Dallas Cowboys has turned his unit into one of the five best in football. He spent his previous time in Seattle working with the legendary “Legion of Boom” defense.
Unlike Arians, Richard comes from a defensive background and could work well with a young Tampa Bay secondary.
The problem is, it seems like the Buccaneers are on board with Arians. Unless something goes awry at the last minute, it looks like Arians will be the next head coach of the franchise.