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Last April, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians handed the baton to Todd Bowles in an effort to avoid personnel turmoil. However, there was turmoil when nine employees left the staff that was supposed to provide consistency and continuity.

“I control the story right now,” Arians explained to Peter King after stepping down. “I don’t control it next February because [if] Brady gets hurt, we go 10-7 and it’s an open interview for the job. . . . I got 31 [coaches and their] families that depend on me. My wife is proud that she doesn’t let all those families down.”

Now almost a third of those families are deprived, because those trainers were released.

So how does Arians feel about the moves?

“I am not happy. Very unhappy. Extremely unhappy,” Rick Stroud Tampa Bay Times said this week on WDAE radio, via

“Having some communication with him about it. . . he’s disappointed,” Stroud said. “You know, he’s disappointed. I think that’s the biggest thing. You know, he wanted Todd to have this opportunity. He wanted to keep this lineup together. He wanted these [coaching] for families to be together. Most of them have one more year on their contracts. Most of them thought they’d be here as long as Todd was the head coach, they were told as much, and that’s not the case. And so he’s hurt by it. I don’t know if you will see him a lot next year or not.”

Arians spent 2022 in a sham job, deepening the perception that he was forced to leave rather than choosing to leave. With his contract now up, Ariane can go wherever he wants.

He is officially retired. He then retired when he went to work for the Colts in 2012. He was also retired when he took the Tampa Bay job. While Arians doesn’t have a head coaching vacancy for 2023 (perhaps he should), Arians could play an important role with a team that will benefit from his knowledge, experience and experience.

Bruce Arians ‘extremely unhappy’ with Buccaneers job appeared originally on Pro Football Talk


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