Bowles is close with new Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians, for whom he coached in Arizona and played at Temple. It came after the Bears lost defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to the Broncos as their new head coach, leaving an opening for Bowles to lead the NFL's top-ranked defense in Chicago.
Arians, who was 49-30-1 in a five-year run in Arizona, would replace Dirk Koetter, who was sacked after two seasons as Tampa's head coach.
Arians replaces Dirk Koetter, who was dismissed December 30 after leading the Bucs to 19 wins and no playoffs berths over the past three seasons. Rapoport added that Arians hopes to finalize deals with Harold Goodwin as run game coordinator-offensive line coach, Byron Leftwich as pass game coordinator and Clyde Christianson as quarterbacks coach.
He also won 49 games over five seasons in Arizona. Todd Bowles was sacked as the New York Jets' head coach just last week, and the former Assistant Coach of the Year quickly emerged as an option for the Bears to replace Fangio.More news: United Nations refugee agency takes over case of Saudi woman
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"I think he can win it all", Arians said. None of them have previous head coaching experience. Koetter's Bucs teams went a combined 19-29 over his three seasons and never reached the postseason. According to the Tampa Bay Times, "Arians reportedly did not bring a doctor's note to his interview with the Bucs".
"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.
The 25-year-old has 75 career turnovers, including 58 interceptions. On the field, he was uneven in the fourth season of his National Football League career, swapping starts with veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick and finishing with just 19 touchdowns to 14 interceptions in a 5-11 last-place season.