Bowles was DC during Arians' first two seasons in Arizona. They haven't won a postseason game since their 2002 Super Bowl run under Jon Gruden. Among outside options are former Browns defensive coordinator and interim coach Gregg Williams, who was relieved of his duties Wednesday, and former Broncos head coach Vance Joseph.
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.
His offensive coordinator will be Byron Leftwich, whom he coaxed into coaching three seasons ago. Since 2017, however, he's missed eight games and nine starts, failing to convince Koetter in 2018 that he belonged as Tampa's full-time starter.
Bowles ultimately made a decision to stick with his mentor, a source said, despite the Bears' vacancy being perhaps the most attractive in the league.
The Buccaneers will also hire Todd Bowles as defensive coordinator.
Bowles, the Cardinals' defensive coordinator from 2013-14, interviewed with Bears general manager Ryan Pace for the head coaching job that went to John Fox. None of them have previous head coaching experience.
The Arizona Cardinals travel to Tampa Bay in 2019 so it will be quite the reunion for the Bucs staff under Arians.
"Jameis Winston will be here", the GM said of the No. 1 overall pick from the 2015 draft, who's due to earn $20.92 million next season in the final year of his rookie contract.
On the field, Winston has struggled throughout his first four years with turnovers, compiling 58 interceptions and 18 lost fumbles.