It was a year of disappointing results in many ways for the Buccaneers, and due to this, there was speculation of who would be the next potential head coach of the team long before it was official that Dirk Koetter was out.

After more than a week of a coaching vacancy, the Bucs have their next leader, as Bruce Arians has agreed to become the next head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Arians is a former two-time AP Coach of the Year, once with the Colts in 2012 and once with the Cardinals in 2014. He is also a two-time Super Bowl Champion, as he won two rings while with the Pittsburgh Steelers, first as a wide receivers coach, then later as offensive coordinator.

His first stint as a head coach came when he took over as the interim head coach for the Colts in 2012 when Chuck Pagano had to leave the team due to illness. Arians led the team to a 9-3 record and a playoff birth.

Arians signed with the Arizona Cardinals to be their next head coach the following year, where he was with now Bucs GM Jason Licht for one season. In his first year, he led the team to an 11-5 record and a playoff birth, and the following season improved that record to 13-3 with another playoff birth. Arians went 7-8-1 and 8-8 the following two seasons before retiring from football at the end of 2017. He has since been with CBS as a broadcaster.

Arians is the Bucs’ fifth head coach in 10 years. None of the previous four coaches have posted anything close to a winning record during their time in Tampa Bay.

The Bucs are hoping Arians will bring a winning culture to the city of Tampa, as he has done at some many stops before as an assistant and head coach.

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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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  1. Yes please.

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  2. Great news! I was concerned Cleveland might steal him away. Offseason is already a success.

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  3. Freaking Awesome!!!

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  4. ok ..any assist coaches mentioned?

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  5. This should re-energize the fan base and bring hope for the Bucs! I guarantee this will be a move that will also help Jameis elevate his game with his previous history with Arians. I’m really excited to see what they do in the draft too. Can’t wait!!!!! Go Bucs!!!!!!!

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  6. I’m so happy for this hire and I hope that it turns out better than last time that an “experienced” HC was hired. I’m sure that BA is smarter and won’t put unqualified family members and friends on his staff.

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  7. Let’s GO!!

    This will make or break Licht. Not sure if other GM’s could have reeled him in. I hope the work together to get the right players for a shared vision.

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  8. Thank the dark lord, this is the best possible outcome honestly…he was the best coaching candidate available by a long shot. I expect to be in the playoffs within the next 2 years though. Looks like Licht’s league relationships have paid off.

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  9. AWESOME! Goo Bucs!!

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  10. Fantastic news! Today is hopefully a turning point for this franchise. He needs to instill that winning mentality and bring in a staff to finally bring out most of the talent we know this team has! Oh happy day! Now hopefully Licht lets him have some input on the draft as well. Go Bucs!!

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  11. Ole dude got his Buccaneer cap on already. When is the first practice? Lol.

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    • Need that GoaTee back.

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  12. That photoshop job is amazing btw lol

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  13. AWESOME!!! Better then Christmas, my birthday and New Years all combined. ( which are all in the same week). SYKED!!! GO BUCS!!!

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  14. Now I’m excited. Now we just need him to get his staff together.

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  15. BABOOOOOOOOOM🔥🔥🔥🔥💥💥💥💥 goes the dynamite!!!! 🍻🍻🍻

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  16. Excited about the head coach, VERY EXCITED about the staff!! Dirk couldn’t assemble a staff to save his life

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  17. LET’S GO!

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  18. Nice, timely photo shop! Luckily the Cardinals have red colors! This is pretty thrilling to me!

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  19. Great photoshop! BA looks great in Bucs gear! GO BUCS!!!

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  20. And the DC is…

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  21. “Clyde Christianson as QB coach”. Not sure how I feel about that since he bombed as Dungy’s offensive coordinator after he fired Les Steckel.

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  22. The Bucco Bruce era begins!

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  23. Great, let’s get to work, my only ball is Clyde Christianson??? He was here as OC with dungy!!

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  24. *Balk

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  25. Dear Bucs HC Bruce Arians.

    Lead the way to the culture change that is needed for the Bucs. Congrats and welcome to Tampa Bay!

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  26. Yea! Bucs will assemble their dream coaching staff, drop some dead weight, gain some cap space, have a great draft and make the playoffs next year.

    And, all you Jason Licht haters who wanted him gone, consider this. No Licht means no Arians.

    It’s gonna be a great year.

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    • And, while I’m calling out the Licht haters, let me call out myself too. I posted many times on Pewter that we should keep Koetter. And, I was wrong. Glad to eat crow about my lack of insight. Go Bucs!

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    • Pretty early to be celebrating the wins that have not yet materialized.

      Wanting Licht fired is not “hate” – it is realism. He’s a lousy GM, the results speak for themselves.

      Whether we get the Arians who delivered many wins in his first three seasons at Arizona, or the Arians who delivered mediocre results in his last two seasons before retiring early, remains to be seen. Hopefully the latter version of Arians.

      But Licht is still Licht. 27-53.

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  27. Sweet! I’m pumped.

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  28. Okay, I’m positively giddy! This is fantastic. I never thought it would actually happen (hoped, but hey, I’m a Buc fan… not many of my hopes for the Bucs pan out).

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  29. Chicago endured Lovie Smith as HC longer than we did. In the end it took John Fox to “right the ship” kick out the overrated underachievers and correct a losing culture. That blazed a trail for a young gun to come in slinging. (With help no doubt) But what a team they have built. Yeah, they’re out this year, but look out for them next. They certainly sat us down quick. I hope Arians is our John Fox. I hope he brings accountability. I hope he brings discipline. I hope he brings desire. Hope is a word like Potential, it means nothing in the NFL. But I hope he brings that young gun with him on his staff. The one that steps in seamlessly. That continues the path to wins, the playoffs, and Lombardi’s. I am Shawshank’d Up & I Hope.

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  30. Great hire!!! The right guy at the right time. Jameis needed this, Licht needed this, and most of all the we the fans needed this!! Excited to see the staff he puts together and the players that are brought in. Go Bucs!!!!

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  31. Oh happy day!!!

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  32. While Koetter did not end up with a winning record, he was 9-7 his first year – the only winning record as of late. Good luck to Arians. I hope he can change what is going on.

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  33. Welcome to Tampa Bruce! Love your coaching style. Glad we didn’t go with a college coach to learn at our expense. Looking forward to next season.

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  34. Have not been this excited about someone coming to our team in a long time! Let’s go BA!

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  35. We got our guy. Solid in every respect. Not a retread. He has never been fired anywhere in his career. Best of the available coaches by a mile. This team will be disciplined and accountable. Great hire.

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    • He’s been fired quite a few times actually. Just search for Bruce Arians A Football Life on YouTube.

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  36. Cha-ching!!! 2019 just got a little brighter.

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  37. Wonderful News!!! Not only do we get a two time NFL Coach of the Year with two Super Bowl Rings when he was an Assistant Coach with Pittsburg and later their OC and has written a book about being a QB Whisperer—Bruce Ariens. You can see a video of his life on You Tube. And thank goodness he is replacing Clueless Warhop with a real OL Coach!!! In a year he will turn around the loosing culture and will keep players accountable when they don’t follow his instructions and hurt the Team, at last.

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  38. I’m ready….now to assemble a winning team…free agency….Do we see Honey Badger in Pewter?

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