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 OL coach Harold Goodwin
Bucs OL coach Harold Goodwin – Photo by: Getty Images

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.

Bucs passing game coordinator Byron Leftwich - Photo by: Getty Images
Bucs passing game coordinator Byron Leftwich – Photo by: Getty Images

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.

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  1. Not only have the Bucs landed one of the top HC candidates out there. But to land Bowles and Lefty? That shows that the Bucs franchise is a hot destination for coaches and players.

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  2. How can anyone not be excited right now? This is amazing.

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    • 2 reasons. Clyde Garbage Christensen amd Bumski Byron Leftwich

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  3. Are they hired or expected to be hired? Headline of this article is misleading.

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  4. Sounds like this is too early. “Expected” doesn’t mean they’re in just yet. Will continue to hold breath until I know for sure Bowles is in. Otherwise, very exciting day!

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  5. “Your comment is awaiting moderation”

    Really pewter? Take that crap off.

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    • You too what is with that crap?

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    • Never had that happen or heard of it before.

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      • I guess I said something wrong?

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        • What are you guys talking about? What crap?

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          • When I made my first post it was saying I had to get it approved by a mod..it’s not doing it anymore so I don’t know what’s up with that.

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  6. Haven’t been this excited for the Bucs since Fitzmagic blinged up post game interview.

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  7. Great news!!

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  8. The pieces are coming together so nicely. It’s almost, dream like… we Bucs fans know a loosing culture. To have this breath of fresh air almost seems too good to be true. Is it time for the draft yet?

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  9. Oh Yeah! We WILL have a REAL Defense Now!!! Along with a Great Coach & Staff. GO BUCS!!!

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  10. This has been in the works for some time now and it’s good to see the Bucs get the guy they targeted all along.

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  11. No offense to Christenson, but being the OC of the Colts with Peyton Manning as the QB must have been like being the Maytag repairman.
    Manning virtually called his own plays while he was behind center in his last few years with the Colts.
    I am glad Leftwich isn’t the QB’s coach. He had one of the worst deliveries in the NFL He looked more like Bog Gibson that an NFL QB.
    I remember a game the Bucs played against him when he was in Atlanta and I think they swatted the ball out of his hand during his delivery at least three times during the contest.

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  12. Also landing Goodwin as a coach is a big victory for the Bucs organization.

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  13. Buccaneer.com has not even reported the story yet. This is strange.

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  14. All this is awesome. A New Oline coach too?? Is it Christmas again so soon? Now for some curiosities to fall into place. A New ST Coach. Where is Bradley? Where is Monken?

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    • Big winners are the current players on the roster that want to win. The mercs and slackers will be sent packing.

      I am excited to see how the o-line is reworked as well as the defense.

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  15. Well at least the addition of Bowles means we’re going to a 3-4 which forces us to either get rid of a lot of defensive players or at least force them to new positions and maybe they’ll play better there. I don’t like the 3-4 but I like the majority of these defensive players even less.

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    • Pretty confident in who our new Dline coach is. I think that gives our new DC a head-start. Lots of fans have talked of Bowels running a hybrid 34 / 43 D. That makes me think some players might move to more productive rolls in this D. -and some will just move on.

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      • I think the first to move on will be the slackers alldaway talked about above. We will finally know who JPP was talking about other than Grimes.

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  16. Just wondering why everyone is so excited with Leftwich? He didn’t exactly light it up during his interim time last year.

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    • He’s not playing interim role here, he’s a fine assistant who Arians has spoken highly of.

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    • He’s coaching not playing. He was good enough to be a first round Draft pick. Many coaches weren’t great players.

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      • No I’m talking about his coaching last year. ARZ was probably the biggest dumpster fire of an offense last year. I know the situation was bad, but the results of Leftwich’s time as an interim OC was not exactly inspiring.

        Just wondering why everyone is acting like he is a slam dunk hire.

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  17. Best part is that the Bucs can cut the slackers and generate huge cap space to work with. Arians must be giddy to work with this offense.

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  18. great news! Just what the doctor ordered.

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  19. Overall quite positive about new direction. That said Christ was terrible while part of Dungy’s staff here, one of a continuing series of offensive blunders. Lefty not a sure thing either. But overall positive and if those are Arians’ guys so be it.

    Hope he will tell Licht what/whom to draft, with as many holes as donuts on this roster after JL’s half decade in charge we can’t afford any more meatheaded 2nd/3rd round picks.

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  20. This finally feels like a major win … been waiting for a major win for soooo many years. The ship has wind in its sails once again.

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  21. So a coach who’s never done anything…..check his record. A DC who has no clue how to stop scoring…,.check his record….. and Brian Leftwich??!!!! Tampa fans here we go again. Guess we need to accept mediocrity as usual. Don’t get me wrong I like Arias he’s s cool but now you see why Our GM stayed. The Glaizers have no intention on building a winner. Unfortunately the coaching selection was not the greatest out there so it is what it is. Another no playoff three year trip upcoming. Even worse Matt Ryan has A good OC again. Yikes

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    • Agree, nice to see someone seeing it for what it truly is. Just like our Dline FAs and our Center we’re gonna be such a force last year!! Just like are drafts are good the next day.Its amazing how just new retreaded assistant coaches who have no true “ jump off the paper” resumes make up for our QB avg 21+ turnovers a year and kickers who are useless beyond 50 and are a coin flip from 35-45.Same offseason hype over nothing to truly be excited about. Expect Atl will be Atl again and NO will still be NO.The more things change, the more they stay the same. Can’t wait until I’m 50. Hopefully we’ll be formidable by then.

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    • Luke,

      Why are you making things up? Todd Bowles had the top 5 defense in scoring back in 2014. Just because they are bad as a head coach, doesn’t make they can’t be a good coordinator.

      https://www.ganggreennation.com/2015/1/13/7537863/everything-you-need-to-know-about-todd-bowles-defense

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    • A coach whose never done anything? Lol your post is as laughable as
      Your knowledge. He’s a TWO TIME coach of the year! I’d hardly call that “nothing”. After the coaches this team and us fans have had to deal with, this is a huge upgrade on all fronts. Funny how the two people complaint here are the two that no one ever sees posting on this site. Perhaps your a jealous Arizona cardinals fan?

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  22. Well I guess we should expect to do at least as good as what the Cards did with pretty much the same crew. Don’t remember them winning the NFC championship, or even going to it let alone winning the S.B.. Time will tell. Not that excited about Lefty, or Clyde. While the latest coaching hires have gone new school, Lefluer, Kingsbury. Last couple of years, McVay, Shanahan, we’ve gone old school. Time will tell who did better, but McVay’s team will be playing this weekend, old school Fisher couldn’t get them there. I thought it a bit troubling that Bruce said he’d love to coach the Browns who never thought enough of him to even give him an interview. We’ll soon see who they thought was a better option. Most fans posting here on P.R. seem to be happy with B.A. coming aboard. I’ll remain causally optimistic.

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    • McVay’s team drafted a quality QB #1 overall. We did not.

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    • The Bucs went the ‘young and inexperienced’ new coaching route 2 years in a row with Raheem and Schiano and it didn’t work out to well. I’m glad to see them get someone with some experience, and someone who knows what they are doing. At least we don’t have to worry about a coach putting together a staff who has never worked with each other before. That puts us way ahead of all the new coaches who don’t know anyone in the NFL and are grasping at straws hoping to put together a staff with people who can gel and are not just desperate for a job.

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  23. sureferdudesm the Cardinals did play in an NFC title game, however they lost.

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  24. Luke I looked up Arians record. For a coach who’s supposedly done nothing in his nfl career I think you should look up his record. 2 Time nfl coach of the year, a career record of 58-33-1, 2 super bowl rings as a coordinator. Pretty good for someone who’s done nothing. Todd Bowles was made head coach in 2015 for the Jets after winning the APs assistant coach of the year in 2014. So I think everybody should be excited with these hires. Enough with the negativity.

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  25. How is it Jim Caldwell was garbage, but take away the year Peyton got hurt preseason and his records better than Arians. He also WON two SB as a coordinator and lost one as HC! Also was qb coach during Flacco’s best run and Staffords! Guy brought the Lions to the playoffs twice. His numbers are even better but he was “ trash” and “ garbage”.Must be Arians rocks a Kangol – we’re excited to be the Arizona Cardinals 2.0! I was around for Sam Wyche as well, he was the “ guy” but “ Tony” was ehh when he got hired.

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  26. Here here… This isn’t the time for negativity. Whos going to be our OC? Does Arians call plays? Lefty doesn’t need to have great mechanics to teach them or to know how to help Winston read defenses. He’s a hungry young coach that I know Arizona was high on. Can’t wait for the staff to be finalized so PR can start formulating what we can expect our schemes to look like. Fun times. Let’s enjoy this! I feel we finally have a strong leader that we haven’t seen the likes of here for a decade. Gruden won but I still see Dungy as the best leader of men this team has ever had. Arians actually comes across as a great mix of both. Go Bucs!!

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  27. Clyde(sdale) is BACK ! Get ready for Shaun King 2.0 ! Fire those cannons

    Wake me in 2 years or when arial collapses on the sidelines 😟

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    • Thanks for coming out from behind the bushes to spew nonsense. You may go back to your troll hole now. Good that no matter what , this team has positive fans like you to keep us happy

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  28. After Dirk Koetter was “relieved of his duties” there were folks on this board declaring that the Bucs were so bad that the organization wouldn’t be able to find a HC who would even be willing to do the job. Guess that myth was debunked.

    One of the things Bryan Glazer said in the press release was that Coach Arians would “evaluate the roster”. That’s where his experience will be most valuable. He is already highly regarded and should have the immediate attention and respect of the players and scouting staff. At this point, he is the best one for the job. We can’t take a chance on some young “up and coming” hopeful. Few have the success the Rams experienced. After a decade of floundering, I’m happy to have someone who won’t be overwhelmed taking the helm.

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  29. Scu, that’s my biggest hope, B.A. evaluating the roster. I think we need to do a lot of add, and subtract. I think some of the Jet L.B.’s are F.A.’s this year. As much as fans think we’re fine at L.B. Kwon is coming off an ACL, Beck has only been healthy one season, David isn’t getting any younger, and carries a hefty price tag, and the rest don’t belong in the NFL. McCoy, and JPP are on the down side off their careers if they return, Allen, and Curry were over paid, Grimes should of been gone a long time ago. The rest of the secondary is very young, the jury is still out on VH111, Justin Evans can’t stay healthy, still need another safety. Should I go on about the mess we have on the O line, do we have a legit running back? Fans are excited for B.A., but the miracle worker couldn’t make Helen Keller see. I have more hope with this staff, but there’s sooo much work to do.

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  30. Though I was hoping they were going to get Arians, I just think back to all the “improvements ” made last offseason, and remind myself to be cautiously optimistic…

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  31. I guess I missed it… today’s paper said Byron Leftwich is the O. C.

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  32. I’m happy for all of us long suffering bucs fans about getting coach Arians. And I see a lot of comments about the defense being reworked and it does need attention, but offense needs a little work too not as much as the defense but for starters moving Donovan Smith to right tackle and drafting a good left tackle would help. Also need a new right guard, those couple of changes would go a long way toward fixing the offense.

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  33. I hope BA and Licht can make some deals with AZ and get David Johnson and Patrick Peterson to come here. It might not be too far of a stretch since the Cards were fielding calls on them last year before the deadline.

    I’m excited to see what they do with the roster. There’s definitely going to be some changes. Who knows, maybe LeVeon Bell might be on the table now? It will be interesting to see who they go after.

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  34. My Money is On Desean Jackson reconsidering leaving

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  35. dont know where he could go that would be more exciting than this

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