Bruce Arians could be Jameis Winston's last chance

Bruce Arians could be Jameis Winston's last chance

Bruce Arians could be Jameis Winston's last chance

As a former Bucs coach himself who still lives in Tampa and worked with Bruce Arians nearly 30 years ago with the Chiefs, Dungy, now an National Football League analyst with NBC, says Tampa Bay made a good call in luring his former roommate out of retirement.

Arians coached Bowles at Temple, and he coached with him at Cleveland and Arizona.

The former Jets head coach agreed to terms with the Bucs to become their defensive coordinator Wednesday. They haven't won a postseason game since their 2002 Super Bowl run under Jon Gruden.

Arians was believed to be the front-runner all along because of his familiarity with Licht, who was vice president of player personnel for two seasons in Arizona before moving to Tampa Bay as GM in 2014.

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Bowles also was courted by the Chicago Bears after defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was hired as the Denver Broncos head coach.

"He's like a son to me", Arians said of Bowles. Koetter's Bucs teams went a combined 19-29 over his three seasons and never reached the postseason. He graduated from the University of South Florida and his first coaching jobs were at Tampa Bay Tech and Gaither. Arians' confidence in talking about Bowles being on his Tampa staff - when it still seemed up in the air - during a conversation with NFL Network's Rich Eisen on Wednesday seemed to indicate which way the wind was blowing.

The day after Koetter was sacked, Licht made it clear that whoever wound up replacing the coach would inherit Winston as his starting quarterback.

The 25-year-old has 75 career turnovers, including 58 interceptions. With it comes working with four Pro Bowlers (and three All-Pros) on their defense, and the Bears could enter 2019 as the favorites to repeat as NFC North champions. 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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