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Bruce Arians originally retired from the National Football League and the Arizona Cardinals following the 2017 season, as the franchise looked to rebuild. Arians surfaced as a potential candidate for several teams, he previously said he'd only return to coach the Cleveland Browns.

Bruce Arians coming back after a one-year hiatus

The NFL has reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers interviewed Bruce Arians for their head coach position over the weekend.

The front office has now instructed Arians to fix Jameis Winston, who struggled once again in 2018, throwing for his highest average passing yards per game, while also recording a problematic interception rate of 3.7%.

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The Bucs ended up going 5-11 this year, leading them to fire head coach Dirk Koetter.

Bruce Arians is coming off a one-year break from football. He retired from Arizona, citing health problems. Before his retirement he coached in Arizona from 2013 to 2017, ending up going 49-30-1 and led top-10 offenses in 2015 and 2016. Arians crowning moment was the 2015 season when the Cardinals went 13-3, and Carson Palmer played like a star, throwing for over 4,000 yards, 35 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions.

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He ended the season with a 104.6 passer rating. The Cardinals ended up reaching the NFC championship but was blown out by the Carolina Panthers. The Cardinals just hired ex-USC OC Kliff Kingsbury [VIDEO] to be their head coach.

Bruce Arians must convince Jameis Winston to play aggressively

Tampa Bay Times reports that Bruce Arians loves to run an offense that throws the ball downfield, and that should be accepted by his new quarterback. The challenge will be convincing Winston to be that aggressive, while also reducing his turnovers. Winston is often intercepted; he is tied for seventh highest among active players. Finding harmony might be difficult. However, Bucs have a roster full of playmakers including Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Cameron Brate, and O.J. Howard.

Arians has a history with Jameis Winston, coaching the quarterback when he was just 12 years old. The two spoke together before a Cardinals-Bucs game in 2016. Arians praised Jameis Winston, calling him a legend. Despite his poor performance and a three-game suspension, the Bucs have agreed to bring back for 2019. Arians will either turn Winston into the quarterback that Tampa Bay envisioned when they drafted him in 2015 or be forced to look for a new franchise quarterback. Time will tell what the future holds for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Bruce Arians. Was this the right decision for Bruce Arians to make?