Critics still cite the timing of Arians’ departure to give way to former defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.
They claim that Arians’ removal as head coach was Brady’s condition for returning.
It’s also questionable that the head coach moved on to a front-office role that no one knows the exact job description.
But time and time again, Arians continues to shoot down speculation that he was forced out of Tampa Bay, as Tampa Bay Times beat writer Rick Stroud shared.
Arians reiterated Brady did not force him out. “No, not at all,” Arians told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “You know me. I cuss them all out. We have a great relationship.” https://t.co/W1iUxxS1Lf
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) April 6, 2022
Stroud tweeted, “Arians reiterated Brady did not force him out. ‘No, not at all,’ Arians told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. ‘You know me. I cuss them all out. We have a great relationship.'”
If that’s the case, then the timeline of events for the Buccaneers this offseason was purely coincidental.
Will Arians Coach Again?
It’s easier to bring him back as Buccaneers head coach if he’s still employed with the team.
For now, they’ll look at what Bowles can do with a playoff contender.
He was set to fail in his head coaching stint with the New York Jets.
He has no reason to fail this time, especially with Brady as his quarterback.
Bowles can let Brady and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich work on their plays while he tinkers with the defense.
But if he fails, Arians is just waiting in the wings.