Former Cards coach Leftwich joining Arians in Tampa Bay

Cardinals fans should have mixed feelings about the Bucs hiring Bruce Arians

He served as Arians' defensive coordinator for two seasons and was named the Associated Press' assistant coach of the year for the 2014 season.

He also won 49 games over five seasons in Arizona.

Appearing on "The Rich Eisen Show" Wednesday, Arians was asked whether he trusted not only Winston's arm but his character, and the two-time Coach of the Year honoree expressed nothing but support for the team's former No. 1 overall draft pick.

It turns out he did, after it was reported Arians was interested in the opening in Tampa Bay after they fired their head coach.

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.

There's a new captain on board in Tampa Bay.

As a middle schooler in Alabama, Winston attended a football camp ran by Arians and his son Jake.

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.

Rodgers, Bowles' defensive coordinator in NY, is joining the Buccanneers staff, according to SiriusXM's Alex Marvez.

The Bears could consider other in-house candidates for the job, such as outside linebackers coach Brandon Staley and defensive line coach Jay Rodgers.

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

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

The day after Koetter was sacked, Licht made it clear that whoever wound up replacing the coach would inherit Winston as his starting quarterback. He's only 193 yards shy of replacing Vinny Testaverde (14,820 yards, 1987-92) as the club's all-time passing leader.

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