According to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, who made an appearance on the Colin Cowherd Show on Monday, the Buccaneers included Bruce Arians’ doctor as part of the interview process with the former Arizona Cardinals head coach during the weekend. Wanting to hire Arians to replace head coach Dirk Koetter, Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht had the 66-year old Arians take a full physical before he considered offering Arians the job as Tampa Bay’s head coach.

Arians has had several health issues occur as he’s gotten older, starting with prostate cancer in 2007. In 2013 he was treated for skin cancer on his nose. During Arizona’s 2016 season, Arians was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma, which is a form of kidney cancer. Arians was also briefly hospitalized in November of 2016 with chest pains.

Arians was cancer-free when he returned to the Cardinals to coach in 2017, which would be his last season before retiring to spend more time with his family.

“Now I feel great,” told AZCardinals.com in the spring of 2017. “My energy has returned. I’m told I’m cancer-free again. I’m ready for at least one more season of NFL football – maybe more.

“Moving forward, I want to be a beacon of hope for others struggling with cancer,” Arians said. “My fight is their fight. I’m not coaching for myself in 2017; I’m coaching for everyone who’s dealing with cancer. This is my charge.”

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  1. I can’t say I worry about his health, but I would gladly take a couple of good seasons with him to bring some life back into bucs football.

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    • I can’t say that I don’t worry about his health is what I meant.

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  2. Cancer 3 times. Do we really want another coaching search in 2-3years? I’d prefer Bieniemy.

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    • No guarantee there’s still not another coaching search in 2-3 years even with a Bieniemy hire.

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  3. I just hope it wasn’t the same doctor and physical that JR Sweezey took and that other guard from the Saints a few years back.
    Colin, unless you are unlike the rest of us, “Tomorrow is promised to noone.”

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  4. I’ll be shocked if he chooses Cleveland over Tampa. Hire the man!

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    • Considering Cleveland has already stated they have no interest in him, and passed on him last time, I don’t think they are the worry. It is Tampa or bust for him, and like he said (and I predicted) it is only a short term solution to see if this team has any talent now or needs a total rebuild with a new GM. The offense is probably good to go if Winston can keep it together, but the defense is the big question.

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  5. Bienemy is a running back. That’s the problem with this stuff. 1 year of Mahomes and it’s Bieniemy. No it’s not. It’s Andy Reid.

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  6. I’d love to see the Bucs hire him but only if it is understood that he is to hire an assistant HC that he Grooms to take over in 2 to 3 years when he’s ready to step down again.

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    • Groom 2; one on offense and one on defense.

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  7. We’ll be the first team in NFL history that uses it’s medical tent for the head coach during games! Seriously, the Glazers think this team is ready to win now, and are O.K. with a coach who likely won’t last three years. I thought we should tear it all down, start with a young coach, new G.M., and move on from our under preforming high priced players. I guess we’ll see who’s right.

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  8. So what is the hold up on BA? Licht, get his contract done! He needs to be lining up his assistants now before they are snapped up by other New HCs and today is when the owners want a splash announcement!

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    • With his history, chances are his physical was much more involved than simply opening up his mouth and saying “ahhh”. Assuming they want to get all the results from every test before consummating the hire. May take a couple days depending on what tests were performed.

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  9. Okay. So Meathead and the Glazer’s interviewed him in his underwear?!

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