However, he has been quick to find employment, returning to Atlanta as their offensive coordinator in the latest round of hirings in the NFL.
Arians replaces the fired Dirk Koetter, who spent three seasons as the Bucs head coach and agreed Tuesday to become the Atlanta Falcons' offensive coordinator.
Earlier, the Times reported that Arians was planning to bring most of his coaching staff from the Cardinals to Tampa Bay, including recently fired Jets head coach Todd Bowles as his defensive coordinator.
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The day after Koetter was sacked, Licht made it clear that whoever wound up replacing the coach would inherit Winston as his starting quarterback. Off the field, he received a three-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy - a punishment stemming from a November 2017 investigation into groping allegations made against Winston by a female Uber driver.
Through four seasons, that dream of a championship has gotten off to a slow start.
The No. 1 overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft has completed 61.6 percent of his passes for 14,628 yards and 88 touchdowns with 58 interceptions over 56 games.
He has a reputation for developing quarterbacks like Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck.