The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have endured a couple of major changes this offseason. First, quarterback Tom Brady, who seemed to be retired, announced he was returning to play in the 2022 season. Shortly after that, head coach Bruce Arians shockingly announced plans to retire from head coaching. With Arians transitioning to a front office role, Tampa Bay announced that defensive coordinator Todd Bowles would be pacing the sidelines in his place. During an appearance on ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter’s podcast, Bowles revealed the exact moment he found out he was replacing Arians.
New Bucs’ HC Todd Bowles shares how he got the news that he would be replacing Bruce Arians.
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Bowles, who said he owns a house in Charlotte, flew down to check on his house. When he landed, he saw that he had received a text message from Arians, telling him to call the Buccaneers head coach.
Bowles told Arians that he was in Charlotte, which prompted the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl-winning head coach to inform his defensive coordinator that he had something to tell him.
Arians then told him of his intention to step down and hand the keys to the franchise over to Bowles. The Buccaneers coordinator couldn’t believe what he was hearing, as he knew that the league generally didn’t see many job changes at that point in the offseason.
Bowles, who had courtside seats to an NBA game between the Charlotte Hornets and Denver Nuggets, was planning on attending the contest before he returned. Clearly, the former New York Jets head coach was completely surprised by the move, just like everyone else.
This was an interesting look behind-the-scenes at how Bowles learned he was Tampa Bay’s new head coach.