A day after announcing Bruce Arians as Dirk Koetter's replacement and reportedly compensating the Arizona Cardinals in the process, the new man in charge of the Bucs indicated that Jameis Winston is all but guaranteed to return as the starter in Tampa Bay.
Dungy, 63, has been retired from coaching for 10 years, and he said that while the NFL's trend has been to seek younger head coaches - the Packers' Matt LaFleur and the Cardinals' Kliff Kingsbury, hired this week, are both just 39 - he is happy to see a team go after the experience and leadership that.
Leftwich even has a Bucs connection as a player, having started three games back at quarterback for Tampa Bay back in 2009.More news: Runaway Saudi woman ‘under the care’ of UN
Arians will become the 12th head coach in team history.
Bowles was sacked after going 24-40 with Gang Green, including three consecutive seasons with double-digit losses.
Bear in mind that Arians did have two hospital stays during his time as head coach of the Cardinals. They haven't won a postseason game since their 2002 Super Bowl run under Jon Gruden. Arians' confidence in talking about Bowles being on his Tampa staff - when it still seemed up in the air - during a conversation with NFL Network's Rich Eisen on Wednesday seemed to indicate which way the wind was blowing. 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: Samuel L. Jackson Reveals Captain Marvel Can Time Travel
The Bears could consider other in-house candidates for the job, such as outside linebackers coach Brandon Staley and defensive line coach Jay Rodgers.
During Koetter's stay with the Bucs - first as offensive coordinator, then as a first-time National Football League head coach who retained play-calling responsibilities for most of his tenure - Tampa Bay posted four of the five most productive offensive seasons in club history.
"I have so much respect for him", Nagy said of Bowles in October.More news: Lady Gaga accidentally channels Judy Garland at 2019 Golden Globes
The Bucs are counting on Arians to help Winston realize his potential.