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5-11, 4th in NFC South

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Byron Leftwich has officially agreed to terms with the Bucs as their offensive coordinator, per a source. Bruce Arians called him a "rising star in this business."

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Goodwin: Wilks' firing amid no black hires 'hurt'

Tampa Bay's new assistant head coach, Harold Goodwin, didn't mince words when asked about his disappointment over the firing of Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks after one season and over the lack of minority hires.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs new assistant coach/run game coordinator Harold Goodwin on Steve Wilks' firing: "That hurt a little bit. ... It's hard to build something from the ground-up in one year. It's like, ‘Hey, I want you to start this Fortune-500 company, but you've got one year. That's impossible."

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Source: Bucs hire former USC RB coach McNair

Former USC running-backs coach Todd McNair, who spent the past seven years fighting the NCAA over the Reggie Bush scandal and lost, has been hired to the same position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs have officially named Harold Goodwin the assistant head coach/run game coordinator and Keith Armstrong the special teams coordinator.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

I can confirm that Todd McNair will be joining the Bucs' staff as running backs coach, as first reported by Pewter Report. McNair played for Arians at Temple and Kansas City and coached with him in Cleveland (2001-2003) before spending six seasons at USC (2004-2009).

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

I talked to Drew Stanton, who played for Bruce Arians in both Indianapolis and Arizona, about some of Arians' philosophies. He told me, "You don't win football games in the first half. You can lose them but you don't win them. You have to be smart in the first half. You have to pick and choose your battles. That was a B.A. saying, ‘You play the first half to see what you have to do in the second half.'" Blown first-half leads and countering opponents' halftime adjustments became a real issue under Dirk Koetter. The Bucs were 18-13 since 2016 when they had a lead at any point in the first half. That .581 win percentage ranks 25th in the NFL.

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Winston, Arians have head start on chemistry

Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston and new head coach Bruce Arians go back more than 10 years, to when Winston was in high school and attended Arians' his football camp in Birmingham, Alabama.

Arians says Bucs' job 'was the one for me' (1:18)
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Bowles to lead Bucs D despite late push by Bears

Despite a strong push by the Bears, former Jets coach Todd Bowles joined mentor Bruce Arians as the Buccaneers' defensive coordinator, sources told ESPN.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs will officially introduce Bruce Arians as their new head coach in a news conference Thursday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bruce Arians told the Rich Eisen Show just now: "I think [Winston] can win it all. He has the intelligence, the toughness and obviously the arm ability to lead a team. Now we've gotta put the right pieces around him, we've gotta do some things defensively, but if anybody can do things defensively, Todd Bowles can do it."

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Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston and Bruce Arians have quite a history together. That connection played a big role in Arians' hiring.

Stephen A.: Arians is not a 'slam dunk' for Tampa Bay (1:48)

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs make Bruce Arians' hiring official. Here is a statement from Bucs owner/co-chairman Bryan Glazer:

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Todd Bowles is joining the Bucs as their defensive coordinator, confirmed by Dianna Russini. Bowles typically runs a 3-4 defense, and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is due $13 million in 2019, while WILL linebacker Lavonte David is due $9.75 million. Neither have guaranteed money left on their contracts. They also invested significantly in defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul by trading for him last year. Some big decisions will have to be made between now and March.

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Arians comes out of retirement to coach Bucs

Bruce Arians is ending his retirement to become the next head coach of the Buccaneers. He could be joined in Tampa Bay by Todd Bowles, his former Cardinals defensive coordinator, sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini.

Arians' history with Winston makes him appealing to Bucs (0:47)

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The biggest draw, aside from his résumé, for the Bucs in hiring Bruce Arians is his close relationships with general manager Jason Licht and quarterback Jameis Winston. Licht, who worked in Arizona, shares in Arians' “no risk it, no biscuit” philosophy and Winston knows Arians from youth football camps. The former Cardinals head coach inherits a challenging situation in Tampa Bay. The Bucs have had double-digit losing seasons seven out of the past 10 years, have gone through four head coaches since firing Jon Gruden after the 2008 season and have the NFL's second-longest playoff drought at 11 straight seasons.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Monday, all was quiet on the Bucs' front in terms of negotiations with Bruce Arians. But several league sources were adamant last night when I spoke to them that Arians is their guy. An interesting wrinkle to all this was Tony Dungy pushing for Jim Caldwell to get a look, although those same sources who told me that reiterated that Arians is Tampa Bay's guy. They're expected to begin contract negotiations soon.

Team Stats

Passing Yards320.31st
Rushing Yards95.229th
Points For24.812th
Points Against29.031st