What Bruce Arians just did for Todd Bowles was pretty awesome.
Arians stepped down as Tampa Bay head coach on Wednesday, and Bowles was named his successor.
The timing of this is flat-out amazing for Bowles.
He is guaranteed to have the best quarterback of all time under center for him in 2022 – Thomas Edward Patrick Brady.
If Arians retired after this season, and Brady retired as well, how good would the Tampa Bay job really be?
When Bowles coached the Jets from 2015-18, he had a 24-40, and one reason for that poor record was not having an answer at QB.
The NFL is a QB-driven league, and if you don’t have an elite player at that position, where are you going?
So for Arians to step down now, and give his long-time friend, and former safety at Temple University, the chance to start his second NFL coaching stint with Brady at QB, is a special gesture.
Look, there are probably a number of reasons Arians is retiring, some related to health.
But the timing of this, and handing Brady to Bowles, is quite a gift from one friend to another.
Because Bowles, like a lot of NFL coaches, knows how hard it is to succeed in QB no man’s land.
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