Bruce Arians is riding off into the sunset, kind of.
The former Tampa Bay Bucs head coach is now moving into the front office, ending his tenure as an NFL Head Coach. It was a surprise move that really no one saw coming, and even Tom Brady supposedly didn’t know about it until after he decided to come out of his short retirement.
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It appears Arians sent the message out just moments before the news broke.
NFL Network insider Mike Garafolo shared the text soon after the retirement decision was made official.
“I wanted to let you all know, before it becomes news in a few minutes, that I have made the decision to transition from coaching into a role in the front office helping Jason (Licht) and his staff,” Arians told his team. “Todd is going to be named the new coach and I know he is going to do a great job continuing to build upon the success we have experienced together these past few seasons.”
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“I wanted to take a minute and thank all of you for your hard work and dedication to this team. It has been a hell of a ride coaching you guys these past three seasons,” he added. “Winning the Super Bowl a couple seasons back was the last real thing I hoped to accomplish as a head coach. That was a special season, and any of you that were here for that know just how much sacrifice and self discipline it took to accomplish that goal. We couldn’t have had this great success without each of you sacrificing and buying in to what we were trying to do here.”
Todd Bowles is now the new head coach.
“With Tom coming back, the guys we’ve been able to retain, and the new free agents we’ve added, I know this team is built for continued success,” he continued. “That’s why I know now is the time. I want Todd and the rest of your coaches to have every chance to succeed—and I know they will.”
Arians will stick around as a senior football consultant.
“Now, before you start thinking this is goodbye, it isn’t,” he added. “I’ll still be around the offices and available to cuss you out when you screw things up on the practice field. I look forward to connecting with many of you in person when the offseason program starts to heat up.”
Hopefully Tom didn’t have anything to do with Arians retirement.
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