When new Bucs head coach Bruce Arians talked on Thursday about what helped him decide to return to the NFL sidelines, he mentioned how his former staff becoming available as an attraction to coming back.

Arians hasn’t wasted much time in getting the band back together, with reports that Nick Rapone(defensive backs) and Kevin Garver(wide receivers) were joining Arians in Tampa. Both worked previously with Arians, as has new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, Todd McNair(running backs) and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong.


Arians reportedly wants to bring aboard Kacy Rodgers to work with the defensive line, but .a report early on Friday said the hire isn’t a done deal as Rodgers was set to interview with the New York Giants as well. If Rodgers chooses the Giants over Tampa Bay it could open the door for a possible return of Brentson Buckner who also coached with Arians in Arizona. Buckner was an instrumental part of leading a rejuvenated Bucs defensive line and also the development of first round pick Vita Vea.

As reported by Scott Reynolds earlier on Friday, the Bucs are also close to adding another assistant in defensive backs coach Kevin Ross, who played cornerback for the Chiefs with McNair and Arians for part of his Kansas City career (1984-93, 1997). Ross also played for Arians at Temple, and coached cornerbacks with him in Arizona from 2013-17 and then stayed on with the Cardinals last year in the same capacity under head coach Steve Wilks.

It is believed that Ross, whose nickname in Kansas City was “The Rock,” will coach cornerbacks and that Rapone, who coached safeties under Arians in Arizona from 2013-17, will coach the Bucs safeties. Rapone spent the 2018 season coaching at Delaware and was set to take an assistant’s position under Steve Spurrier with the Orlando Apollos, a new franchise in the American Alliance of Football, which starts this spring, before Arians called him to join him in Tampa Bay.

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

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  1. Would definitely like us to retain Buckner, Duffner (as LB coach) and Skyler Fulton.

    We know how it stands with Buckner I guess, any word on Duffner and Fulton?

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  2. No holdovers would be fine with me.

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  3. You heard it here first Nick Foles and Le’Veon Bell will be in the backfield for the Bucs 2019

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    • LMFAO. Incorrect

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    • Oh that’s so stupid buck-ass Bob you’re a moron wanting an unproven quarterback like Foles over a proven quarterback like Winston I will hit the negitive

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      • Yeah it is stupid actually. you can book it, neither will be here. If you were right every once in a while, people wouldn’t laugh at your responses. Remember when you said Jameis would be gone next year?

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    • Bell’s going to be too expensive and Foles doesn’t make any sense.

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  4. Nick Foles will be available Sunday night at 8 p.m. I guarantee you Bruce Arians will do everything he can to put Nick Foles in a Buccaneer uniform true Buccaneer fans want the best quarterback available in a Buccaneer uniform FSU / hashtag Winston fans only care about Winston.

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    • So uh, Bruce Arians spent most of his press circuit telling people he wants to build around Winston and praising him so he could quickly discard him and go all-in on Nick Foles?

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      • Don’t mind Bob, he clearly missed on the various articles and videos in the very comments section hes in. This team “will be built around Jameis”. Bruce’s words not ours buc ass. Might be time you move on from that repetitive get rid of jameis stuff. He’s on a one year prove it deal this year. His on the field play this year will decide if he’s back in the future.

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    • Bob, relax, that’s not happening lmao

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  5. Buc-Ass-Bob, you are probably going to eat up at least 40 to $45 in cap space with those two players. Good luck.

    Actually I wanted the Bucs to trade for Foles the same year they drafted Winston.
    I wouldn’t have a problem at all with Foles although he seems to be inconsistent in the regular season.
    I’m a Winston fan but I’m a Bucs fan first.

    Smartest suggestion I have ever seen you make.

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    • To all the FSU / Winston trolls I want the best quarterback the Bucs can get for this three to four year run with Bruce Arians I don’t care what he’s saying on TV right now I know he will put the best quarterback he can in place if it’s possible they’re going to get Le’Veon Bell that’s already been decided at no time in his career has Jameis Winston been above 28th rated quarterback in the league you have an opportunity to get a great quarterback they probably will for right now Winston’s the starting quarterback until he’s not the starting quarterback

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    • Bowles is 3-4 genesis McCoy JPP gone
      DeSean opened his mouth to soon he will be gone Winston 21 million there’s 50 million cap space

      4 to 5 good defence free agents will come to play with Bruce at good price

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  6. Also all you FSU / Winston trolls FSU plays Virginia Tech September 5th I’m sure they have a site for you guys to go to

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  7. Not going to happen with Foles or Bell Bobby boy. Complete non sense.

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  8. Regardless of where his former boss is coaching, the prospect of staying in the same city despite getting fired is probably very attractive to a coach and his family.

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  9. Hey Buc-ass-Bob, my dad can beat up your dad….so THERE!

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  10. Buc-ass-Bob hitting the sauce I see.

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    • No, he just got away from his handler….. Again

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  11. buc ass bob is not even a Bucs fan, he is just some guy that hates Jameis and spews out hate. He never has anything relevant to say or adds anything positive to the conversation. He just hates on Winston. He knows nothing about football, the players, the draft, the salary cap, x’s and o’s, or the coaches. This might as well be a site about water polo, he wouldn’t know the difference. He would just talk about how bad Jameis is. Move on bud your boring and irrelevant.

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  12. Foles is not coming to Tampa. Bell? I would not completely count that out.

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