Bruce Arians confirms Byron Leftwich will call plays for Bucs in 2019

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Arians, who was 49-30-1 in a five-year run in Arizona, would replace Dirk Koetter, who was sacked after two seasons as Tampa's head coach.

The Arizona Cardinals travel to Tampa Bay in 2019 so it will be quite the reunion for the Bucs staff under Arians.

"Bruce Arians is one of the NFL's most well-respected coaches over the past two decades and we are excited to have him leading our team", Bucs owner/co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a statement.

The latest team to pick up a new coach is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who announced on Tuesday that Bruce Arians will be their new head coach.

Arians last coached Arizona in 2017 when he guided the team to an 8-8 season. He's expected to turn around a franchise that has failed to make the playoffs since the 2007 season. He went 34-14 in his first three seasons at the helm, including a run to the NFC Championship Game in the 2015 season.

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Winston is entering the final year of his rookie contract.

That responsibility will fall to Byron Leftwich, who played quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers while Arians was their offensive coordinator, and began his coaching career under Arians with the Arizona Cardinals.

The 2018 Bucs led the league in passing yards and amassed 500 yards total offense five times, yet were just 1-4 in those games.

He has a working relationship with Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht, who was previously with the Cardinals, and Arians has worked with quarterback Jameis Winston since he was a youth football camp attendee.

He has a reputation for developing quarterbacks like Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck.

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