TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
30 2021 OFFICIAL YEARBOOK
Bruce Arians was named the 12th head coach in
Buccaneers history on January 8, 2019.
Arians is a two-time Associated Press NFL Coach of the
Year, earning the award in 2012 (Indianapolis Colts) and
in 2014 (Arizona Cardinals). He is the only coach in NFL
history to earn the award multiple times in a three-year
span with different teams and is one of only 12 coaches in
NFL history to win the award multiple times.
Since beginning his head coaching career in Arizona in
2013, Arians owns a 67-44-1 regular season record (.603)
and a 5-2 record in the postseason. His 5-2 postseason
record as a head coach translates to a .714 winning
percentage, which is tied for the fourth-best playoff
winning percentage of any coach since the merger, and the
second-best among active coaches. Including his time as
interim head coach in Indianapolis in 2012, Arians is 76-47-
1 in the regular season, earning a .617 winning percentage.
Just two years into his time in Tampa Bay, Arians
delivered the organization’s second Super Bowl title,
defeating the Kansas City Chiefs, 31-9, in Super Bowl LV.
The 2020 postseason run marked the team’s first playoff
berth since 2007, while the team’s 11 regular season wins
tied for the second-most in franchise history.
The Buccaneers finished the 2020 season with eight
consecutive wins – including the postseason – marking the
longest winning streak in team history. Tampa Bay’s nine
road wins in 2020, including playoffs, also set a franchise
record for the most in a single season. Additionally, the
Buccaneers established single-season franchise records
in points scored (492), total touchdowns (59) and passing
As the NFL’s sixth-ranked defense (327.1 yards allowed
per game) and seventh-ranked offense (384.1 yards per
game), Tampa Bay ranked fourth in the league with both
a +137 point differential and a +56.9 yards per game
differential throughout the 2020 regular season. The
Buccaneers finished the regular season first in rush
defense (80.6 yards allowed per game), third in scoring
offense (30.8), fourth in passing offense (298.5 ypg), fourth
in sacks allowed (22.0) and tied for fourth in sacks (48.0).
Including the postseason, the Buccaneers ranked first in
points scored (615), first in points off takeaways (145), first
in double-digit victories (10), first in total takeaways (34),
first in quarterback hits (142), first in tackles for loss (107)
and tied for first in sacks (58.0).
Entering the 2021 NFL season, Arians (18-14) stands tied
with Pro Football Hall of Famer Tony Dungy (54-42) as the
Buccaneers coaches with the highest winning percentage
in franchise history (.563).
Over Arians’ first two seasons in Tampa Bay, the
Buccaneers rank first in the NFL in passing yards per
game (309.5), second in scoring (29.7), third in total yards
per game (391.0), first in rushing yards allowed per game
(77.2), first in rushing yards allowed per carry (3.43), fourth
in sacks (95.0), eighth in point differential (+146) and 10th in
total net yards allowed per game (335.5).
In his first season with the Buccaneers in 2019, Arians
led Tampa Bay to a two-win improvement over the previous
season, guiding the team to a 5-3 record over the last eight
games to finish 7-9. The team’s seven wins were its most
since 2016. In addition, the Buccaneers 5-3 record on the
road matched the then third-best road mark in team history.
Under Arians’ direction, Tampa Bay’s offense set
then franchise records for both points scored (458) and
touchdowns (54), while leading the league in passing
offense at 302.8 yards per game and ranking third in
the NFL in total offense at 397.9 yards per game. On
the defensive side of the ball, the Buccaneers boasted
the NFL’s best run defense, limiting opponents to 1,181
rushing yards over 16 games (73.8 avg.), the lowest total
allowed in a 16-game season in franchise history.
Shaquil Barrett, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin all
earned trips to the 2020 Pro Bowl in their first season
under Arians, with Barrett and Godwin also earning AP
Second-Team All-Pro honors. Barrett led the NFL with
19.5 sacks, surpassing Warren Sapp (16.5 in 2000) for
the single-season franchise record. Evans and Godwin
were the best receiving duo in the NFL, combining for
2,490 yards and 17 touchdowns on 153 receptions, while
becoming just the second pair of Tampa Bay teammates
to each go over 1,000 yards receiving in the same season
and the first to each top 1,100 yards. Godwin set careerbest
marks across the board with his 86 receptions,
1,333 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, finishing
third in the NFL in receiving yards and tied for fourth in
receiving touchdowns, despite missing the final two
games of the season due to injury.
In his first season with Jameis Winston, Arians
helped the fifth-year quarterback to the first individual
5,000-yard passing season in team history. Winston
led the league with a team record 5,109 passing yards
and finished second in the NFL with a team-record 33
passing touchdowns, while maintaining 8.16 yards per
attempts, which was the second-highest single-season
mark in franchise history and ranked sixth in the NFL.
Upon being hired by the Buccaneers, Arians quickly
built a staff of qualified assistant coaches, bringing on a
collection of coaches with decades of NFL experience. In
building his staff, Arians also put together one of the most
diverse coaching groups in the NFL. The Buccaneers are
the only team in the league to have three coordinator
positions, as well as the role of assistant head coach,
filled by minority coaches. In addition, Arians’ staff made
NFL history by becoming the first to have two female
coaches in full-time assistant roles.
Prior to arriving in Tampa Bay, Arians spent five
seasons as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals
(2013-17) in addition to a 12-game stint as interim head
coach for the Indianapolis Colts (2012), compiling a
regular season record of 58-33-1. During that 92-game
stretch Arians was a head coach, his 58 wins ranked
fourth in the NFL, trailing only Bill Belichick (73), Pete
Carroll (63) and Mike Tomlin (59).
Throughout his 27-year NFL career, Arians has
worked closely with some of the league’s top passers
including Pro Bowlers Tom Brady, Peyton Manning,
Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck and Carson Palmer.
As an offensive play-caller, Arians directed top-10
offenses with four different teams (Tampa Bay, Arizona,
Indianapolis and Pittsburgh) over 11 seasons.
During his time in Arizona, Arians compiled a 49-
30-1 regular season record (.619 winning percentage).
The Cardinals’ 49 wins during that span were the
seventh-most in the NFL and the third-most in the
NFC. Arians won 50 total games in Arizona (49 regular
season, one postseason), finishing his time there
as the winningest coach in franchise history. His 49
regular season wins are also the most by any coach
in Cardinals history.