Bruce Arians shocked the NFL world by announcing his retirement and stepping down as Buccaneers head coach. NFL Twitter was stunned for the Bucs.
If you thought Tom Brady’s retirement and the subsequent un-retirement was enough drama for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason, they were apparently just getting started. This time, it’s head coach Bruce Arians at the forefront.
Well, it’s now former Bucs head coach Bruce Arians.
On Wednesday in an absolute stunner, it was reported that Arians will be retiring and stepping down as the Buccaneers head coach and will move into a front office role with Tampa Bay. The team thusly confirmed the news.
Bruce Arians retirement: NFL Twitter reacts to shocking Bucs news
Given that there were no indications prior to the report that this decision was coming, it’s not surprising that the NFL world on social media was absolutely rocked by the announcement.
Particularly with Brady returning, this is truly a stunning announcement. Though, as several Twitter users speculated, you have to wonder if there was some sort of rift brewing between the head coach and quarterback.
Bruce Arians replacement: Todd Bowles will be new Bucs head coach
As noted in the reports and the release from the Buccaneers, Todd Bowles will step in as the new head coach for the club.
Bowles previously served as head coach of the New York Jets but has seen his stock rise once again with Tampa Bay as the defensive coordinator, considered by many to be a potential head coaching candidate in recent years.