In a shocking move on Wednesday night, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians stepped down and named Todd Bowles as Tampa Bay’s head coach. Arians, who will turn 70 in October, will move into a position in the Bucs front office. His new title will be “senior consultant for football.”

NBC Sports’ Peter King broke the news.

“Succession has always been huge for me,” Arians told King. “With the organization in probably the best shape it’s been in its history, with Tom Brady coming back … I’d rather see Todd in position to be successful and not have to take some [crappy] job. I’m probably retiring next year anyway, in February. So, I control the narrative right now. 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 big on not letting all those families down.”

The 58-year old Bowles, who is the league’s highest-paid defensive coordinator, previously coached the New York Jets from 2015-18. He posted a 24-40 record in his only full-time head-coaching job. Bowles becomes the fourth Black head coach in Bucs history. Pewter Report has previously reported that Bowles would be in line to succeed Arians should he retire.

Bucs DC Todd Bowles

Bucs DC Todd Bowles – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

The Bucs had hired more minority head coaches than any other NFL team before promoting Bowles. Now Tampa Bay is way out in front as the league’s most progressive organization.

Bowles is the sixth minority head coach in the NFL right now, joining Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin, Washington’s Ron Rivera, New York Jets’ Robert Saleh, Miami’s Mike McDaniel and Houston’s Lovie Smith.

Arians, who left the NFL Annual Meeting early on Monday morning and didn’t make any media appearances, further explained his reasoning to step away.

“It hit me after the Super Bowl,” Arians said. “I thought really hard about going out on top. Then it was like, nah, let’s go for two. [The 2021 season] was a grind with all the injuries but still winning and getting to where we got. Immediately after, two to three weeks afterwards [I thought] if I quit, my coaches get fired. I couldn’t do it then.

“Tom was kind of the key. When Tom decided to come back and all of these guys back now, it’s the perfect timing for me just to go into the front office and still have the relationships that I love.”

Arians was 49-31 as a head coach in Tampa Bay. His .633 winning percentage was the highest in team history. He’s the third most-winningest coach in Bucs history behind Jon Gruden (57) and Tony Dungy (54).

Arians had a franchise-best 6-1 record in the postseason, including winning Super Bowl LV in 2020. He also guided the Bucs to their best winning record, going 13-4 in the 2021 regular season.

“I don’t really feel like I’m stepping away,” Bruce said. “I’m not retiring. I’m just moving to the other side of the building. I’ll be at practices. I’ll be in the office. Whatever they need me to do.”

The Bucs will be holding a news conference with Bowles at 1:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, announcing him as the team’s 13th head coach.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 27th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive coordinator/defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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chefboho
chefboho
2 months ago

Oh the media is gonna have a frenzy over this. Was it Bruce’s health? Was it because Brady wanted him out or else? Very interesting to see how the defense will be handled. Bowels certainly didn’t have it in NY running multiple positions. Just crazy month for Bucs fans. I will say good luck to you in the front office Bruce. A perfect face for the organization!

Last edited 2 months ago by chefboho
Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  chefboho
2 months ago

You’re a complete asshole. Just shove it up your ass with your juvenile “bowels” taunt … what are you, six years old?

Last edited 2 months ago by Naplesfan
chefboho
chefboho
Reply to  Naplesfan
2 months ago

Lol. There’s my little girl chumming in to feel important again. No one cares for anything you say so as usual, I make a point, you just make yourself look like an ass. He wasn’t successful doing multiple jobs as a coach. The proof is there. I’m not saying he can’t be a head coach, just that I hope he delegates to focus on being the team leader. And you say I’m the childish one. And in 100% honestly, I didn’t realize I spelled his name wrong until I read your reply again lol. I didn’t mean to spell it… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by chefboho
PissedOffBuc1988
PissedOffBuc1988
2 months ago

Wow.

Dude
Dude
2 months ago

I don’t see much changing going forward. I think this is a good hire, and a great chance for Bowles to start an HC job with a good team, where as most new HC’s are starting with bad teams. Go Bucs!

PissedOffBuc1988
PissedOffBuc1988
2 months ago

Arian’s is amazing. I love how he is giving bowel’s at least a year with tom and allowing him to enter a great situation. Bowels now needs to deliver. I’m assuming Larry Foote becomes defensive coordinator now which is also huge. I respect the hell out of Bruce for this move. I like this a lot.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
2 months ago

I hope that you merely committed a typo and don’t subscribe to the infantile moronic use of the taunt “bowels” used by chefboho all the time.

PissedOffBuc1988
PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  Naplesfan
2 months ago

Complete typo. I like bowles a lot.

SenileSenior
SenileSenior
2 months ago

The franchise was obviously prepared for this eventuality.
Thank you Mr. Arians for everything you have given us here in Tampa Bay. I wish you and your family well!

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Go Bucs!!!

bucballer
bucballer
2 months ago

Glad BA is going to retire and enjoy his family a little more. Don’t love the Bowles choice as HC, but I don’t hate it either. He’s in that Tony Dungy mode of coaching. No emotions, can’t tell if he’s winning or losing. It is what it is. Thank God Brady decided to come back! Wonder why Lefty, who is supposed to be the next up and coming coaching candidate, wasn’t elevated to HC? Perhaps, they thought he wasn’t ready? I would agree with that assessment. If we r successful this year, he is probably gone after this next season.… Read more »

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  bucballer
2 months ago

Unless BA gets a bad call from the refs, you can’t tell much from him if the Bucs are winning or losing which is fine with me. I don’t need a coach on the sidelines doing rah rah like Sean McVay. Coaches need to be focused during the game, not running up an down the sidelines like a fool.

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  drdneast
2 months ago

Nobody would agree with u that BA isn’t an emotional guy. Coach wears his heart on his sleeve. Many liked that about him. But for u to say he is unemotional… well that’s just incorrect.

twspin
twspin
Reply to  bucballer
2 months ago

Todd Bowles is an Excellent choice.

Dave
Dave
Reply to  twspin
2 months ago

Based on what? Literally, what is on his coaching resume that shows he is an “excellent choice”? His record as a head coach is quite bad, his defense has been shredded time and again by even inexperienced QB’s, and he’s known for being unwilling to adapt his game plans and scheme even when they’re not working.
From all logical angles this is an awful choice.

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  twspin
2 months ago

Excellent???? What makes u say such a thing? His won/loss record with Jets is awful. I tell u what, if this move results in him not making the defensive calls anymore it’s a win for the Bucs. I believe he’s fired in three years.

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  twspin
2 months ago

U r easily satisfied. Surely he’s not an excellent choice?! He’s a choice though. Believe Lefty would’ve been a better choice. Some guys r better coordinators than head coaches. This seems to be that case. And he was just an average coordinator at best. He did cost us that last game of the season. Just saying. Wish him well. I am a Buc fan.

twspin
twspin
Reply to  bucballer
2 months ago

You. like the rest of many fans have no idea of what happened on that last Rams Drive. If you truly did, you would not blame Bowles. Rewind and watch the movement of the secondary players. BOWLES IS AN OUTSTANDING CHOICE. Don’t blame Bowles for players actions. But thats what Buc fans do..Scapegoat.

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  twspin
2 months ago

Outstanding? Again, I don’t think so, but I hope so my friend! I’m a Buccaneers fan from the start, so I will get behind whomever is driving the bus. Would love to see Bowles have success here. Again, this may turn out a win for the Bucs as Bowles won’t be making the defensive calls on game day. Bowles is a really good guy. Let’s get behind him and this team! Go Bucs!

twspin
twspin
Reply to  bucballer
2 months ago

I’ll remember you when we win the Superbowl this coming season. And you too will be sayin, Man Bowles was an..EXCELLENT/OUTSTANDING CHOICE.

PissedOffBuc1988
PissedOffBuc1988
2 months ago

I’ll also say that Tampa’s commitment to diversity is riavled by no one. We are the crème de la crème of the league in that regard, too.
I’ll also say that Tampa’s commitment to diversity is rivaled by no one. We are the crème de la crème of the league in that regard, too.

Last edited 2 months ago by PissedOffBuc1988
DD1406
DD1406
2 months ago

This is quite a thoughtful, considerate decision-He really wants Tod to succeed! Glad you’re still a part of the team, BA!

Devasher
Devasher
2 months ago

Remember when Bruce stated that Brady wasn’t going anywhere because they would need 5 first round pick? Followed by reports how this offended Brady. Then you have the smoke about San Fran and Miami as well as Bruce coming in and writing over what Tom and Byron worked on?
This was going to happen when Tom decided to come back it just wasn’t going to happen the day he did so it wasn’t clearly related and I’ll take it because Tom Brady and any coach at all is better than Bruce Arians and Blaine Gabbert.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Devasher
2 months ago

Utter horseshit

Devasher
Devasher
Reply to  Naplesfan
2 months ago

Glad to know such a paragon of faulty logic such as Naplesfan doesn’t agree with my take. There is no greater stamp of approval.

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  Devasher
2 months ago

LOL> Well I do have to say that is a very valid point.

Devasher
Devasher
Reply to  Naplesfan
2 months ago

Naplesfan, I know you are wrong a lot of times, but is the confirmation that Brady knew of Arians stepping down WHEN HE RETURNED by Rick Stroud make it the quickest period of time you’ve been proven wrong? Stroud posted it at 924 PM EST

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  Devasher
2 months ago

Writers need to fill spaces and make their name known in this day and age, the truth is just something that gets in the way. Grow up and quit believing every rumor you read. Do you reall think a professional acting coach like BA is would come in and start red lining game plans in front of his OC and Tom Brady.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
2 months ago

Glad to see a head coach control his own destiny, which happens in all too few cases. Classy move for Arians to make sure that all his assistants were taken care of in a transition. As for the usual douchebags here in the PR peanut gallery (drdneast, fredster, and chefboho), two of which were chortling just a couple days ago in a comment thread about about drdneast having successfully “predicted neither of the two coordinators would get a head coaching job this year”, it’s delicious irony, of course. The other one of the three asshats, chefboho, the one who loves… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Naplesfan
drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  Naplesfan
2 months ago

I only mae that point about Bowles because of his moronic final defensive call gainst the Rams whih I think i pointed out. Other than that I think he has done a fine job as our DC. As it turned out, I was right in saying he wouldn’t get a head coaching job with any of those current teams who were looking for a HC. i surely did and still do want Lefto out of here. I am perfectly fine with Bowles as a head coach as long as he doesn’t call anymore zero coverage blitzes against Matt Stafford.

chefboho
chefboho
Reply to  Naplesfan
2 months ago

I love knowing I own space in your head.

fredster
fredster
2 months ago

So Bowles will call plays on D still? Or be a New D coordinator? I wonder if the cancer is back?

PissedOffBuc1988
PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  fredster
2 months ago

I’m guessing Foote will take over DC

BucHarbour
BucHarbour
2 months ago

Well this is a shock. Even more so than Brady unretiring. At least this keeps the core staff in place. This is an off-season for the ages already.

TBChucky
TBChucky
2 months ago

Thanks for everything coach! Glad you’re still in the building!

nybuccguy
nybuccguy
2 months ago

Will we get a 3rd round pick for having g a minority candidate head coaching?
Is that rule still in place?
Does it apply when the hire is within the same organization?

Erik Jager
Erik Jager
Reply to  nybuccguy
2 months ago

They may get two three round comp picks. Hurray!

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  nybuccguy
2 months ago

Excellent question.

WeAretheChamps2002+2021
WeAretheChamps2002+2021
2 months ago

Why? Headscratcher… It can’t just be merely Arians wanting Bowles to succeed him…

scubog
scubog
Reply to  WeAretheChamps2002+2021
2 months ago

Finally someone who gets it.

JSW
JSW
2 months ago

Wow! Total shock! No more “No risk it, no biscuit.” Teams tend to take on the personality of their head coach. I just hope we don’t become a boring, unemotional, milk/toast team… I hope we can still have a lot of fun around here!
Thank you BA, for the best 3 year run in Bucs history! (Even 2019 was fun. Despite 7-9, we were in every game.). All the best!

Last edited 2 months ago by JSW
drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  JSW
2 months ago

I would hardly call Bowles defensive scheme milquetoast.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  drdneast
2 months ago

I’m impressed that you knew how to spell it. LOL!

Spitfire
Spitfire
2 months ago

I’m ok with this, Brady and Leftwich will be running the Offense and maybe our Defense can get a fresh look. When Brady hangs it up, if Bowles didn’t bring enough to the table then they can find someone else. With Arians still around, this shouldn’t change much. If anything it should allow Brady and Leftwich to do more of what they want.

Bucfannomatter
Bucfannomatter
2 months ago

Just WTF??? Bowles is garbage. Total garbage. Couldn’t even do the job he was hired to do, last year. All those high scoring games? That was Bowles. Should have given that job to Leftwich. We are now going to lose Leftwich. And we are stuck with an inept coach who will be FIRED…AGAIN…in a couple of years, Then we languish. 10 years…revolving door of coachs and players, while Leftwich flourishes probably. That blitz where Cooper Kupp gets open deep will always be in my head, and I realized what a POS Bowles is. I was there. Saw it first hand.… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Bucfannomatter
PissedOffBuc1988
PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  Bucfannomatter
2 months ago

Lol

twspin
twspin
Reply to  Bucfannomatter
2 months ago

STOP!..Look around…Here it comes, Here it comes..Its just your 19th Nervous breakdown..LMAO
Relax. Our Bucs will be just fine.

inspecto
inspecto
Reply to  twspin
2 months ago

Good one I could even hear the music !

Bucfannomatter
Bucfannomatter
2 months ago

I’m F-ing PISSED! PHUCK BOWLES. HE’S GARBAGE. I know it. Most of the nation knows it. Now we get to confirm it. With a Superbowl contending team, no less. Unreal

PissedOffBuc1988
PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  Bucfannomatter
2 months ago

Lol

twspin
twspin
Reply to  Bucfannomatter
2 months ago

LMAO at you because..It must be miserable being you right now. Here’s one for ya….BOWLES FOR PRESIDENT. Enjoy your Cardiac Arrest.. LOL.

Bucfannomatter
Bucfannomatter
Reply to  twspin
2 months ago

Bowles for president. Lol

Templeton Davis
Templeton Davis
2 months ago

As long as Todd is delegating the play-calling to somebody who is too smart to call a Zero Blitz on Cooper Kupp with 23 seconds left before a playoff win… I’m okay with this… I guess.
Best to Bruce. I loved his no-nonsense press conferences and his stone-faced sideline demeanor.
Sigh. The king is dead. Long live the king.

scubog
scubog
2 months ago

It’s a shame that some want only to point at one play to define a coach’s career. A play in which, if they really paid attention, they’d see Suh within a foot or so of taking down Stafford. How about give him some credit for his defenders getting the Bucs back in the game instead of going down to a lopsided defeat. Any credit for dealing with the multitude of injuries and still be in the upper half of the league? I don’t know much about Bowles’ situation with the Jets, but I do know the Jets were pretty bad… Read more »

Joseph
Joseph
2 months ago

Wow what an off-season this has been. I will miss arians as hc such a class act thinking of his coaching staff as he retires. I’m excited to see bowles as hc hope gronk comes back and we draft well can’t wait for the new season to start. Go bucs

SenileSenior
SenileSenior
2 months ago

I am happy that Arians was able to “step up” under perfect circumstances. Not health problems. No rancor or conflicts.
Bowles will be stepping into an excellent situation with great chances for success. Reminds me of how Tomlin was able take command at Pittsburgh.
I like TB’s personality. I love his low-key sense of humor.
Might have to refer to him as TB2 while we still have the G.O.A.T.
The football gods continue to favor our franchise.
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Go Bucs!!!

DD1406
DD1406
2 months ago

Tod Bowles without a doubt deserves this opportunity- I’m a firm believer in the American concept of ‘promoting from with in’-if every coach was judged by their first couple of seasons, we would have no successful coaches!

BrooklynBucsFan
BrooklynBucsFan
2 months ago

I find it hard to believe that Brady would demand Arians step down so they could hire TODD BOWLES?!?! They guy that called “The Blitz”… Gimme a break haha 😂 “That’s right glazers, I’ll come back if Arians goes, But I need you to wait until all the other great coaching candidates are hired because I really want Todd, the guy I beat unmercifully in NE when he was last a head coach, yup that’s right, Arians sucks, but Todd is the greatest.” I just can’t see that being the case. I’m very happy for Todd, I think he’s a… Read more »