The bad vibes around the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season have already carried over into the offseason. Not only did the Buccaneers recently fire much of their coaching staff, but now Bruce Arians is also upset about all the turnover.
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Arians, who stepped down as Tampa Bay's head coach last year to become a senior football consultant for the organization, is understandably frustrated that so many of his former staffers and assistants were let go.
"Many of them thought they would be here as long as Todd is the head coach, were told as much, and that’s not the case. And so he’s hurt by it. I don’t know if you’re going to see him around much next year.”- Greg Auman on Bruce Arians
A big reason why Arians changed roles was to remove himself from the locker room and eliminate some of the growing tension there, especially between him and Tom Brady. Now, there seems to be more tension than ever.
While Arians hoped his coaching staff would maintain some continuity from the recent Super Bowl champions, the organization has other ideas and apparently wants to go in a different direction under new head coach Todd Bowles. Whereas Arians was more aggressive and offensive-minded, Bowles is more conservative and comes from a defensive background.
With Brady unlikely to return as well, it's clear that the Buccaneers are going to look very different in 2023. Time will tell if these sweeping changes have their desired effect after Tampa Bay went 8-9 during the regular season and was eliminated from the playoffs in the Wild Card Round, but this offseason isn't off to a great start.