The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a press conference with Bruce Arians announcing him stepping down as head coach.
“A number of people have already asked, why are you stepping away from a chance to go to the Hall of Fame and win another Super Bowl?” Arians said. “Because I don’t give a s— about the Hall of Fame. Succession is way more important to me. This has been my dream for a long time. Guys that know me, they knew I wanted one of my guys to take over. And that’s more important to me than anything, and have a place that I could go and be welcomed back. And obviously, I have a job now and the title’s pretty good. We’ll figure out what the hell it means, but it’s pretty damn good. And I get to stay and have the relationships that I love, and I couldn’t turn it over to a better person. We’ve been together, I’d hate to say how many years, age both of us. Todd’s going to do a great job.”
“I didn’t really do s—. You guys led the ship,” he said of the staff.
Bruce Arians had all Black coordinators and part of his succession plan was to give a Black coach a head coaching opportunity in a league that struggles with diversity. That should be commended. Way to set an example!
— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) March 31, 2022
Bruce Arians said his decision was not health related. “Not at all. Want to stay that way too. Succession was always my dream,” he told me.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) March 31, 2022