Retiring as Coach, Bruce Arians Joins the Buccaneers’ Front Office

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Bruce Arians, who coached the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the past three seasons and led the team to a Super Bowl title, will become a consultant in the team’s front office, the team announced Wednesday night.

Todd Bowles, Tampa Bay’s defensive coordinator, will replace Arians as head coach.

Arians, who is a cancer survivor, said in a statement that his surprise decision to step down was not related to his health.

He told his coaching staff and players about the move on Wednesday evening after departing early from the annual N.F.L. 

“I have accomplished more than I ever dreamed I could during this incredible coaching journey,” Arians said. “For me, this is about more than just trying to add more wins to my coaching record.”

Arians’s move comes just a few weeks after quarterback Tom Brady changed his mind about retiring and decided to return to the Buccaneers for a third season, his 23rd in the N.F.L.

Bowles, who is Black, will become the sixth head coach of color at a time when the N.F.L. is under criticism for not doing enough to promote diversity its coaching ranks.

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