Bruce Arians Says Buccaneers Will Be 'Built Around' Jameis Winston

Bruce Arians Says Buccaneers Will Be 'Built Around' Jameis Winston

Bruce Arians Says Buccaneers Will Be 'Built Around' Jameis Winston

Arians replaces Dirk Koetter, who was dismissed December 30 after leading the Bucs to 19 wins and no playoffs berths over the past three seasons.

"Obviously I'll have a big hand in it", Arians said Wednesday on the Rich Eisen Show.

Just because the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a head coaching change entering 2019 doesn't mean they'll also make a quarterback change.

As a former Bucs coach himself who still lives in Tampa and worked with Bruce Arians nearly 30 years ago with the Chiefs, Dungy, now an National Football League analyst with NBC, says Tampa Bay made a good call in luring his former roommate out of retirement.

Arians last coached Arizona in 2017 when he guided the team to an 8-8 season.

Christensen was the quarterbacks coach in Indianapolis when Arians was the offensive coordinator. In a press conference, General Manager Jason Licht said a new coach would have the opportunity to bring his own staff on board.

The 66-year-old Arians will not call offensive plays for the team, instead handing that responsibility to offensive coordinator/pass-game coordinator Byron Leftwich.

The Bucs fired Koetter after consecutive 5-11 finishes that dropped his three-year record to 19-29.

Arians spent the 2018 broadcasting games for CBS.

A new coaching staff's goal: seeing if Jameis Winston is the quarterback the Bucs can build around as he enters the fifth and final season of his rookie contract.

The No. 1 overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft has completed 61.6 percent of his passes for 14,628 yards and 88 touchdowns with 58 interceptions over 56 games.

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