Bruce Arians Retires; Todd Bowles Takes Over As Head Coach

March 30th, 2022

It’s official.

And it’s officially one hell of a wild offseason.

Bucco Bruce Arians has ridden off into the sunset in his golf cart.

Todd Bowles has been named the Buccaneers’ new head coach, per a jaw-dropping report at NBC Sports.


Arians isn’t leaving the organization, per Peter King, he’s now “senior consultant for football.”

“He said he’s relinquishing the Tampa job because “succession has always been huge for me. 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.”

Per the report, Bucs coaches learned of the change tonight.

There’s more to the report linked above, but wow is this a stunner. And it sure smells like Arians pulled a power play on the Bucs to slam Bowles into the head coaching gig.

So what does Tom Brady think of all this? As King’s report explains, many will speculate Brady wanted Arians out and got his way, but Arians addressed that and explained it is ridiculous and Arians’ call for many reasons.

83 Responses to “Bruce Arians Retires; Todd Bowles Takes Over As Head Coach”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    What in the world??

  2. Eraera Says:

    Wow. Just wow.

  3. Leopold Stotch Says:

    What the four letter naughty word???

  4. buddy Says:

    Knew that TB12 wanted him out and that was only way TB was coming back so TEAM GLAZER made him move on. Back to being garbage under Bowles.

  5. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Brady is about prove (again) just how great he is by carrying this team into the playoffs without Arians.

  6. TampabayDJ82 Says:


  7. danbucsfan Says:

    thank you bruce!!

  8. Tye Says:

    WHAT is going on this offseason?….. Just crazy!

  9. Arn Platz Says:

    Love and respect for BA and love the Todd Bowles pick

  10. SKBucsFan Says:

    I hope he is okay and isn’t in bad health.
    Am really concerned with Bowles taking over. Hopefully he let’s BL and TB12 run the offense completely. He has no say during a game.

  11. SC. Bucs Fan Says:

    No way Brady didn’t know. No way this doesn’t go to moderation.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    I’ll take it. I wanted him as HC over Leftwich so I’m perfectly perfectly fine with this.

  13. Tye Says:

    At least its NOT Leftwich, I guess…. better of 2 evils…

  14. Eric Says:

    Brady wanted him gone 100 percent.

  15. BrooksNDunn Says:

    Absolutely CRAZY off-season.

    Wouldn’t have been upset if Leftwich was the guy. Bowles did already get a chance in New York.

  16. Richard Dickson Says:

    So Brady came back and let a coach he wants out of the job have a hand in multiple personnel decisions and stick around in an operational position?

  17. Rob In Land O Lakes Says:

    Wow. Let the rumor train gather steam now…..

  18. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Does this mean we qualify for an extra 3rd pick this year?

  19. Steven007 Says:


  20. JAMEISLOVER3 Says:

    Bring back Jaboo please. I’m tired of watching this Brady fraud who quit on his team

  21. Tom S. Says:

    This is 100% Brady. The rumors about Bruce coming in and marking over what he and Leftwich gameplanned for the week were from his side, the rumors about the 49ers and Dolphins. Tom runs the show and he is going to get what he wants. Obviously they aren’t going to announce Bruce out the minute Brady comes back to avoid the obvious.

  22. tb12lfg Says:

    Holy cow batman… WTF just happened

  23. cmurda Says:

    Nuts but Bowles as Head Coach not D Coordinator could be exactly the way it should be. I’m definitely surprised but not depressed and if B.A. stays in a front office role, this isn’t terrible.

  24. gotbbucs Says:

    Not sure he was doing much other than stepping on toes anyway.

  25. Buc king Says:

    Rip bruce..still tied as my favorite coach may your final years be that of greatness

  26. Cleanhouse Says:

    🥃 to you coach!

  27. EA Says:


  28. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Does this mean we qualify for an additional 3rd pick this year?

  29. Marine Buc Says:


    I hope this isn’t health related.

    Thanks for everything Bruce.

    I’m glad they picked Todd Bowles over BL.

    I wonder how this will affect the draft?

    I’m also curious to find out what BA’s new role will be.

  30. Zzbuc Says:

    This is Crazy!!

  31. Bird Says:

    Man. I am in shock. He didnt attend meetings this week for personal reasons?

    Crazy town. Wonder what brady thinks of this?
    Something is up with that statement

    Let the conspiracy stories begin

  32. 813bucboi Says:

    Brady wanted him out and I have no problem with the glazers giving him what he wants…we’re in good hands with TB BL TB…..


  33. LOL Says:

    This SCREAMS that Brady and him had beef.. idk, might just be a freaking coincidence….

  34. Aceofaerospace Says:

    I still haven’t gotten the taste of that last blitz call out of my mouth yet. Oh well, it’s all good. Let’s go Todd! You da man now!

  35. Hondo Says:

    Get Brian Flores as D coach

  36. Scotty In Fat Antonio Says:

    Any draft pick compensation this year for hiring a minority coach?

  37. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Stop the bull crap. You guys are once again talking out of your rear orifice. Don’t make fools of yourselves again.

  38. Alstott up the gut Says:

    This can be a surprise to us, as long as it wasn’t a surprise to the team! Thank you BA for all you did!

  39. Greg Says:

    Definitely a lot going on here and we probably won’t know what actually transpired. Todd Bowles is definitely HC material and with everything he has set up with the personnel I feel strongly he will be just fine unlike what he had with the Jets. Go Bucs!

  40. 813bucboi Says:

    Any shots of BA moving out his office late at night?…lol….

    De ja va…lol….


  41. Bucanero Says:

    Hate to see him go but it was coming. I was expecting him to retire at the end of last season but with Tom Brady’s retirement he had to hold the wheel until calm waters. Now he can go into the sunset. Thank you coach B.A. for making this a winning franchise. Thank you for turning around this offense and pulling the trigger on Jay-miss and on superstar receiver A.B. thank you coach for binging Tom Brady and making the Bucs the best offense in the league.

  42. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    “With the changes to the NFL’s Rooney rule in 2020, teams from which a minority head coach or executive is hired are awarded two third-round compensatory picks in the following two drafts.”

    So I’m wondering do we qualify?

  43. Anonymous Says:

    Greatest coach in bucs history, won’t be the same without him 🙁

  44. D-Rome Says:

    I agree with everyone else saying there may have been a real issue between Brady and Arians. I didn’t buy it but the timing of it all just seems very suspect. I’m glad Bowles is getting another opportunity, glad that Brady is here, and glad that Arians will be a part of the organization.

  45. Geno711 Says:

    Congratulations Bruce Arians and Todd Bowles!!

  46. Anonymous Says:

    Very sad nobody was like Arians you could tell the locker room loved him. But he is 69 coaching that’s not easy but damn I will miss him and hearing him talk go Bucs

  47. Brady vs BA Says:

    So who now thinks that the Brady/BA rift was BS? Tom said he’d come back as long as BA wasn’t the HC. Everything comes out in the end.

  48. WillieG Says:

    I’m not happy about this. And I wish Brady would speak up and squash all the stupid speculation about him not wanting BA as HC.

  49. Defense Rules Says:

    Shows a ton of class on BA’s part … ‘Succession has always been huge for me. 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’.

    You done good BA, and you’ve got a lot to be proud of. Glad you’ll be sticking around as ‘senior consultant’.

  50. NDoGS burner Account Says:

    More like Brady pulled a power play, which is probably not a bad thing.

  51. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Hat Tip to our former Coach

  52. Oxycodoms Says:

    Defense head coach wont interfere game plan. Kind of like dungy and manning

  53. Bucs def4lf Says:

    Live and die with Brady as OC and QB , couldn’t ask for more…

  54. Stanglassman Says:

    BA’s red pen got him demoted to administration.

  55. Proud Bucs Fan Says:

    Tom Brady made the power move. Bucs just instantly got better.

  56. unbelievable Says:


    I’m sorry, but what?

    What is happening? LOL.

    2 scenarios:
    1) Brady knew, and everything is all good.
    2) Brady didn’t know, tries to get a trade, turns into ultimate chitshow

  57. JeffB Says:

    Bet he un-retires in 40 days

  58. gotbbucs Says:

    He was a stabilizer, which is exactly what this program needed when he took over. I think it takes some pretty big balls to walk away from this team right now. Good on him for hooking his assistant coaches up with guaranteed employment.

  59. Red86 Says:

    Thank you Coach Arians! Congrats coach TB!

  60. BucsfanChad Says:

    So who is going to be the new DC? Wouldn’t mind seeing Brian Flores, or a previous member from BA or Bowles staff that knows how to utilize a Todd Bowles defense.

  61. Bird Says:

    You guys really believe brady made a power move to get out arians and replace with bowles

    If one situation probably irked brady the most last season , it was the end of the rams game.

  62. #8 Says:

    I predict colluding to get more picks. Just not sure when we get them. Smart.

  63. Trey Long Says:

    Very concerned about defense.

  64. james west Says:

    what’s next?

  65. TimboSlice Says:

    Joe, in all honesty, I need you to tell me how I should feel about this haha

  66. ClwJB Says:

    It should be no surprise that the coach who has afforded the most opportunity to his assistant coach group as anyone, ever, he passes the torch to a man who had a “crappy” team shot once. This ain’t the Jets, he has TB12 et al

    Cheers to you BA, you did it exactly how you wanted too


  67. D-Rok Says:

    Wow. Let’s see what unfolds in the next few months.

  68. Proud Bucs Fan Says:

    Wow, even getting throw out, bruce arrogance is still trying to take all the credit. What a clown.

  69. Calbucsfan Says:

    Damn, can’t even go to In-N-Out for dinner without another stunner coming out of TB Bucs! Sure hope this isn’t health related, thank you for helping to make the Bucs relevant BA and glad to hear you’re staying on with the organization too.

    Bowles vs Leftwhich? At least Bowles has be HC before, and better that he Lefty focuses on being the OC, he’s got the GOAT to please first.

  70. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Thanks BA for a super bowl ring! This sure sounds like Brady had something to do with it, and it was all prearranged, as a condition for Brady returning.
    But that is just speculation, we have no proof.

  71. TBfan Says:

    At least no one’s coming up with ridiculous scenarios based on no fact whatsoever. I hear that CNN has multiple openings if you guys are interested.

  72. Jerry Says:

    I seriously doubt the Glazers forced Arians to retire so that Brady could come back. That just sounds ridiculous.
    He had been talking awhile about wanting to set his coaches up for success. With Brady back for at least one more year, he figured this could be the best chance to bow out while leaving Bowels in a good situation.

    The guy is 70. He’s had health issues. He had COVID last year. He needed the golf cart to get around when it was hot. He accomplished what he wanted to do. He came back to coaching, won a super bowl, tried to go back2back, and now doesn’t really need to prove anything else. The conspiracy theories are a bit lame.

  73. Eric Says:

    Very interesting cause all Arians had to do was stand on the sidelines, he had given up the play calling.

    Weird as there was no inkling this would happen.

    Give up the opportunity to coach the GOAT one last season?

    I’m not buying the company line. Then again why would Brady want a Defensive head coach.

    I’m confused.

  74. Oneilbuc Says:

    Never like BA no risk it no biscuit offense but always respected him for trying to diversity changes in the NFL!!! Love him for that !!

  75. Oneilbuc Says:

    Trying to make diversity changes

  76. Bojim Says:

    Enjoy life now. Thanks for the SB!!!!!

  77. SOEbuc Says:

    Most memorial Super Bowl all time 2020. Thanks Bruce.

  78. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Time to call Pittsburgh and see if Flores would like a promotion to DC…

    Think about it.

  79. Tom Sumner Says:


  80. knowitall Says:

    AB’s coming baaaaack !!…and Bruce’s new gig will be actually be on the field they’re bringing back Bucco too !

  81. Buczilla Says:

    Damn, I’m gonna miss em. Good luck coach.

  82. adam from ny Says:

    wowzers fuggin’ wowzers…!!!

    just getting wind of this right nowzers…

    the rift was crazy real…

    tom said to the glazers, “it’s me or BA…up to yall”…

    and they are handling it as delicately as possible…

    i said it days ago in post…

    tom is 2nd in line right under the glazers

  83. Vico Says:

    ROH, HOF.