When Bruce Arians decided to hand over coaching duties to current head coach Todd Bowles, he likely imagined it would be a smooth transition. But after what turned out to be quite a disappointing season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team made quite a big change, parting ways with offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. And Arians explained what went wrong.
During an interview with Rich Eisen this week, Bruce Arians revealed that Bowles fired Leftwich – who was the offensive coordinator under Arians – because the “philosophies just didn’t match.”
“It was very hard for me,” Arians told Rich Eisen of his decision to hand the team to Bowles, according to JoeBucsFan.com. “But it’s Todd’s football team. I handed it to Todd for a reason. He’s got to build it in his image. There’s no hard feelings between the two guys; the philosophies just didn’t match. . . . I got all the trust in the world in Todd Bowles, but I feel terrible for Bryon. I think Byron will still be a head coach soon and he should be.”
Firing Leftwich was certainly a major move for the Buccaneers after last season’s disappointment, we’ll have to see if it pays off for them this season.