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Former Jets coach Todd Bowles will join Bruce Arians in Tampa

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After an interesting last 24 hours of whether he would, or would not, be joining Bruce Arians’ staff with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, former Jets coach Todd Bowles will in fact come with him.

That news was first reported by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported first on Wednesday afternoon:

 

Bowles had also been talking with the Chicago Bears about replacing Vic Fangio, as their defensive coordinator for Matt Nagy’s staff. Fangio landed the Denver Broncos head coaching job on Wednesday morning.

Bowles was fired two weeks ago after four seasons, as the head coach of the New York Jets compiling a record of 24 and 40. He initially had a 10 win season in 2015 missing the playoffs on tiebreaker. However, they did no better than five wins in the next three seasons.

The important part of the story for Arians and the Bucs is that Bowles was with Arians with the Arizona Cardinals in 2013 – 14, as they became a playoff contender. Led by players like defensive end Calais Campbell and corner back Patrick Peterson, Bowles was named the AP Assistant Coach of the Year for 2014, which helped him get the head coaching job.

Arians was a guest on NFL Network’s Rich Eisen radio TV simulcast Wednesday afternoon. He told Eisend that Bowles “is like a son to me and that Arians “is excited to have him on board” with the Bucs.

Bowles is also former NFL player primarily with the Washington Redskins and one year with the San Francisco 49ers playing eight seasons from 1986-93.

Arians agreed to come out of retirement to take over the Buccaneers job signing a four-year contract. He will meet the media for the first time in Tampa Bay on Thursday afternoon.

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