Bruce Arians is the latest coach entrusted to transform the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers into winners. That's the same offensive/defensive combination that helped the Arizona Cardinals compile a 21-11 record over the 2013-14 seasons.
Those are the type of numbers to make other franchises blush and kick the tires to see if he would be interested in making a head coaching comeback somewhere else. The former Jets head coach will be Arians' defensive coordinator, according to sources.
General manager Jason Licht also interviewed Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards and Dallas Cowboys defensive backs coach and defensive passing game coordinator Kris Richard.
The fact that Arians opted to go to Tampa Bay instead of returning to the Cards after a year away and finishing what he started may not sit well with Cardinals fans. Arians and Bowles worked together during their time in Arizona. They allowed 29.0 points per game, the second-worst mark in the league. Along with former Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks, Leftwich was sacked on December 31.
Todd Bowles has resurfaced a little more than a week after the Jets fired him after four seasons.
Arians, however, reminded Eisen that he's known the embattled Bucs quarterback since he was in high school, when Winston attended one of Arians' football camps, and suggested his Buccaneers team will be centered on the former Florida State star. Bowles spent the last three games of 2011 as the Dolphins' interim head coach (compiling a 2-1 record) after the firing of Tony Sparano, then moved on to Philadelphia as the secondary coach in 2012. Arians came calling the following offseason. Once again he was given an in-season promotion, taking over as the Eagles' defense coordinator in mid-October after the firing of Juan Castillo.