Get to know the Bucs’ newest assistant coaches

New Bucs coach Bruce Arians is getting the band back together.
Then-Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich warms up his players prior to a game against the San Francisco 49ers in October in Glendale, Ariz. [AP Photo/Ralph Freso]
Then-Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich warms up his players prior to a game against the San Francisco 49ers in October in Glendale, Ariz. [AP Photo/Ralph Freso]
Published January 8
Updated January 8

TAMPA — New Bucs coach Bruce Arians is getting the band back together.

When news that Arians will be the team's next head coach becomes official, he will have key components of his coaching staff already assembled. His assistants have connections to Arians' days on the Arizona sideline as the Cardinals' head coach.

A look at the assistants reportedly joining Arians' Bucs staff:

Todd Bowles, 55, defensive coordinator

Bowles was just fired as New York Jets head coach after going 24-40 in four seasons, but before then he worked as Arians' defensive coordinator with the Arizona Cardinals in 2013-14. In 2014, Bowles' Cardinals defense ranked fifth in scoring defense (18.7). He had an eight-year career as a player and was the starting safety for a Super Bowl-winning team with the Redskins in 1987. Arians was his college coach for three years at Temple.

Quotable: "Everybody believes that when he draws something up, it's going to work," Pryor said. "He's just very good at what he's doing, and he's definitely putting the right people on the field in different packages to get the job done." — Jets safety Calvin Pryor on Bowls in 2016 to Newsday.

Byron Leftwich, 38, offensive coordinator

Leftwich, a college star quarterback at Marshall who had a nine-year NFL career with four different teams — including a brief unsensational run as Bucs starter in 2009 — is seen by Arians as a future head coach. Leftwich began his coaching career as an intern with the Cardinals in 2016. Arians made him quarterbacks coach in 2017 and, after Arians' departure, he remained in Arizona. He took over as interim offensive coordinator after OC Mike McCoy was fired in October.

Quotable: "I played the game as if I was a coach. I never really had the physical ability to run around. I could throw the ball, but I had to think my way through the whole time. I think (Arians) understood that and appreciated my knowledge, how much work I put into the game." — Leftwich to NFL.com

Harold Goodwin, 45, run game coordinator/offensive line coach

Goodwin was Arians' offensive coordinator for all five seasons in Arizona. In 2015, the Cardinals' offense ranked first in the NFL in total offense (408.3 yards a game) and second in scoring offense (30.6 points a game). He's coached with Arians for many years, on the same staff in Pittsburgh and Indianapolis before Arizona. Goodwin interviewed for the Bucs' head coaching job given to Dirk Koetter in 2016.

Quotable: "I think B.A. has groomed me, kind of like he groomed Todd (Bowles). Every year he's given me more and more responsibilities. Obviously I get to see him work every day, how he handles the team, the administrative part of it. I think it's helped me grow a lot." Goodwin in 2016 to ESPN.com

Clyde Christensen, 62, quarterbacks coach

This will be Christensen's second run as a Bucs assistant. He previously served on Tony Dungy's staff, first as tight ends coach (1996-'98), then quarterbacks coach (1999-2000) and after that as offensive coordinator (2001). He also has a deep history with Arians, coaching on his Temple staff from 1983-85 and as his quarterbacks coach with the Colts in 2012. Last season, Christensen was Director of Football/Player Development with the Dolphins.

Quotable: "I think gunslinger is a complimentary phrase. To me, that means he doesn't have fear. … When I use the term gunslinger, it's a guy who comes in and goes. It's not that he takes stupid chances. It's not a derogatory (term)." Christensen to the Palm Beach Post in 2016 when he was Dolphins OC.

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