The Buccaneers have hired Bruce Arians to be the team’s next head coach, and Arians is bringing some familiar faces back to Tampa Bay. According to a report from Ian Rapoport, Arians will be hiring Harold Goodwin as the Buccaneers’ running game coordinator and offensive line coach, Byron Leftwich as the passing game coordinator and Clyde Christensen as Tampa Bay’s new quarterbacks coach.
Arians is also expected to have Todd Bowles as his defensive coordinator once again – this time in Tampa Bay. Bowles served under Arians as the Cardinals defensive coordinator in Arizona for two years (2013-14) before leaving to become the head coach of the New York Jets in 2015. Bowles was just fired by New York after going 25-35 in three seasons with the Jets.
Bucs general manager Jason Licht interviewed Goodwin in 2016 prior to promoting offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to replace Lovie Smith. Goodwin, who was Arians’ offensive coordinator and offensive line coach in Arizona, is African-American and that interview satisfied the Rooney Rule requirement that allowed Licht to proceed to hire Koetter. Licht was the vice president of player personnel in Arizona in 2013 and worked with Licht and Goodwin, and has a ton of respect of Goodwin’s football prowess.
Christensen was the quarterbacks coach and the receivers coach under Arians at the University of Temple from 1983-85. He served as the Bucs tight ends coach from 1996-98 before moving to quarterbacks coach from 1999-2000 and then the offensive coordinator 2001 before being fired as part of the Tony Dungy regime after a first-round playoff loss after the 2002 season.
Christensen followed Dungy to Indianapolis where he served as the wide receivers coach 2002-08, the offensive coordinator 2009-11 and the quarterbacks coach 2012-15 before becoming the offensive coordinator in Miami from 2016-17. Last year, Christensen was the Dolphins’ director of football/player development.
Leftwich, a former first-round pick as the quarterback of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2003, was the Bucs’ starting quarterback in 2009 before giving way to first-round pick Josh Freeman. Leftwich played under Arians in Pittsburgh in 2008 and again in 2010-12 as Ben Roethlisberger’s backup and won a Super Bowl ring. He began his coaching career under Arians in Arizona as the Cardinals quarterbacks coach in 2017. Leftwich spent the 2018 season in the same capacity under Steve Wilks until being promoted to offensive coordinator midseason.