Arians, a 69-year-old two-time cancer survivor, announced he would be stepping down to take a front office gig with the team and that health was not a factor in his decision. Arians finished with a 31-18 record in his three seasons with Tampa Bay, highlighted by the Bucs’ 2021 Super Bowl title with Brady at quarterback.
Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, who is the former head coach of the Jets, will take over for the Arians.
Brady, who had previously been briefed on Arians’ intentions with his teammates, posted a photo on Instagram of the two on the pitch, writing, “It was a privilege to play for you.”
“Smart, tough and loyal are just some of the words to describe your style,” Brady wrote. “I will always remember the conversations we had when you recruited me two years ago and all the things we discussed came to pass 💯. We have all benefited from your leadership and guidance and I am very proud of everything we have accomplished. You played a big part in the decision to join the Bucs and I will be forever grateful to you.
Brady himself appeared to retire earlier this year before reversing his departure from the sport, in which he won seven Super Bowl titles.