In a somewhat shocking turn of events, Bruce Arians announced he was retiring from coaching and would assume a front office role for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Bowles Is Thankful For Arians' Tutelage
Bowles will have some big shoes to fill after Arians turned the Bucs into a contender. For that, he claimed to be thankful for his tutelage, stating that he's the biggest father figure he'll ever have in the NFL:
He will probably be – not probably, definitely – the most influential coaching figure, father figure that I have ever had in my life in this league, for as long as I shall live or continue to be in this league, said the coach. And I just want to thank him personally before I go on, just face to face so the whole world knows what he has meant to me, what he means to our coaching staff, what he means as a family man … he teaches, he takes advice, he understands, and that's what you need to be a good leader. I'll try to do that going forward.
He'll Do Things His Own Way
But even though he's a big fan of the Arians way, Bowles still claims that he'll turn the franchise around with his own methods. He doesn't intend to be Bruce Arians 2.0 by any means:
I'm just going to be me. I cannot be him. I don't expect to duplicate the things he's done. [He] won a Super Bowl, won a division – I want to duplicate that part, but probably with some tweaks and in a different way, Bowles added. There are a lot of ways to skin a cat, and I'm just going to do it my way. I'm going to do it my way. I'm going to do it my way with a lot of advice from him, a lot of advice from the other coaches. But I'm going to say what I feel. I'm a very honest guy, very straightforward there, and we'll get to know that as a group, as well.
Bowles Learned From His Past Struggles
Bowles' first HC tenure wasn't exactly successful. Now, he claims to be a much better coach and ready to take on this challenge:
I think when you take a head job [for the first time] you have to wear a lot of hats, but you had never experienced wearing those hats, Bowles said. When you understand that going in…without the experience I think you tend to do things a little differently.
He Knows He Can Do Better Now
Bowles said he's learned from his mistakes and won't hesitate to change some things from his past tenure as a HC:
You have to be man enough to know when you can change things, Bowles concluded. Usually when people get fired they blame everybody else. The first thing I did was look within myself, and there were a lot of things I can do better.
Well, for starters, he'll have a big upgrade at the QB position this time around.