Conflicting info continues to heighten the drama around whom will be the next coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? While it still appears that the name to watch is Bruce Arians, former coach of the Cardinals, the deal is not done and still may not get done.
As we wrote on the final Sunday night of the regular season when the Bucs fired coarch Dirk Koetter, Arians was the obvious top target as his replacement for several reasons.
Arians’ previous successes in Arizona and in Indianapolis recently, bring great credibility to a Buccaneers situation that has struggled to win games for a decade. And, Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht was previously director of Pro Personnel in the Cardinals front office and therefore, has previous relationship with Arians.
Another intriguing part Arians coming to Tampa Bay is he previously coached Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston during a football camp, when Winston was in high school. And, the two are believed to have a good relationship.
That would be key, as Licht announced a week ago Monday that Winston will be brought back for the fifth option year of his rookie contract for the upcoming 2019 season. And, he made it clear that the new coach would need to embrace Winston, as the Bucs starter.
On Monday, Bucs fans began to buzz after a radio reporter/internet writer in Charlotte tweeted:
Per sources Bruce Arians to be named #Bucs HC as soon as tomorrow.
— Sheena Quick (@Sheena_Marie3) January 7, 2019
However, she is not connected now, or previously, to Arians or to the Buccaneers. So, that must be taken with a grain of salt.
Bruce Arians remains the front runner for the Bucs HC job and it sure looks like it’s going that way. However, I’ve been told they’ve not entered into contract negotiations yet with Arians yet.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) January 7, 2019
And the fact is: it’s now Monday afternoon and the Bucs could have already hired Arians (or someone else) and have not done so. So, that is also interesting.
Could they be negotiating a deal? Sure.
However it’s also possible that the Buccaneers have decided to interview other candidates and maybe, like one of them or one of the coordinators that they have already interviewed, just as much as they like Arians.
Furthermore, the two premiere information insiders for NFL news are Adam Schefter of ESPN and Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. They have coaches, former coaches, agents, GMs, former GMs, etc. constantly leaking to them.
And, neither one of them has reported or tweeted anything about Tampa Bay having a deal done or even, having one imminent with Arians, as of Monday afternoon.
So, with Buccaneer fan scouring the internet the radio and anywhere else they can find, to get the latest info on whom will be their latest head coach, it’s still an unknown as to how interested Arians is in the job and how close they are to agreeing on a deal?
Or are we about to find out?
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