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Buccaneers focused on Bruce Arians as next head coach, report says

Buccaneers focused on Bruce Arians as next head coach, report says

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will bring in Arians to be their next head coach, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

The Bucs, who've finished last in the NFC South seven of the past eight seasons, haven't made the playoffs since 2007 - the second-longest drought in the league.

Glazer said he chatted with Arians after his Buccaneers interview in Tampa and he learned Arians' doctor was part of the interview process that included a trip to a local hospital. Bowles worked under Arians in the same role with the Cardinals in 2013-14.

In January 2018, Bruce Arians retired after the Arizona Cardinals ended their season with a win over the Seattle Seahawks in the regular season finale.

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It was a winning combination that saw the Cardinals go 10-6 and 11-5 during their tenure together and ultimately led to Bowles being hired as a hot head coach with the Jets.

The former Cards coach is hiring Bryon Leftwich as offensive coordinator and is expected to hire Harold Goodwin as run game coordinator/offensive line and Clyde Christensen as QB coach, Rapoport added.

A new coaching staff's goal: seeing if Jameis Winston is the quarterback the Bucs can build around as he enters the fifth and final season of his rookie contract.