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Buccaneers focused on Bruce Arians as next head coach, report says

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Todd Bowles

The recently fired ex-Jets coach is expected to land on what will become Bruce Arians' staff with the Buccaneers as the defensive coordinator role.

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians watches during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports it will be a four year deal.

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

Arians had previously said he would only be interested in the Cleveland job, but later said he would listen to offers in Tampa due to his relationship with Jason Licht. Arians is also targeting his former defensive coordinator Todd Bowles for the same position in Tampa Bay. Licht was vice president of player personnel during Arians' tenure as head coach with the Cardinals.

In the offseason after Arians' second year, the coach signed an extension that had him with the team through 2018 and that included a team option for the 2019 season.

His reputation is one of a high-flying offensive guru, with a knack for getting the most out of quarterbacks like Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer.

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