Winston, Buccaneers conclude offseason program
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wrapped up their first offseason conditioning program under coach Bruce Arians, hopeful they're on course to end the franchise's...
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Ndamukong Suh welcomes the challenge of making a difference for yet another team.
The three-time All-Pro defensive tackle slipped on his customary No. 93 jersey and...
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are moving on from Gerald McCoy.
The team released the six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle, describing the move as a mutual agreement after nine...
Bucs bolster defense in hopes of helping Winston
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the NFL draft was all about trying to give Jameis Winston a better chance to succeed.
Bucs draft Central Michigan CB Sean Bunting in 2nd round
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hope they're finally getting it right on defense.
After selecting linebacker Devin White in Thursday's first round, the Bucs reiterated their...
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are counting on Devin White to help them become relevant again.
The powerful and speedy LSU linebacker was the fifth pick in the NFL draft on...
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New regime, same old mission for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Bruce Arians is the latest coach taking a stab at making the Bucs relevant again.
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LAST SEASON: Surprising 2-0 start, featuring confidence-building upsets of New Orleans and Philadelphia, dissolved into team's second straight 5-11 finish and firing of...
Bucs become 1st NFL team with 2 female coaches on staff
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired Maral Javadifar and Lori Locust as assistant coaches, becoming the first NFL team with two female coaches on their staff.
Leftwich joins Buccaneers as offensive coordinator
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made it official: Byron Leftwich is the team's new offensive coordinator.
The Bucs announced the hiring Wednesday, a week after incoming coach Bruce Arians said the ex-NFL quarterback would call plays next season and Clyde Christensen would serve as quarterbacks coach.
Christensen's hiring also was announced Wednesday, when the Bucs said former player Antwaan Randle El is joining Arians' staff as an offensive assistant.
Bears hire Pagano as defensive coordinator to replace Fangio
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears rode a dominant defense to the NFC North championship in a breakout season. They hope to keep it going with a new coordinator.
The Bears hired former Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano to replace Vic Fangio on Friday, hoping he can help them build on what they accomplished this season.
Arians confident Buccaneers not far from playoff contention
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay's bid to lure Bruce Arians out of retirement and back to the NFL included a pitch from baseball manager Joe Maddon.
The 66-year-old coach grew up in York, Pennsylvania, not far from Maddon's hometown of Hazelton. He and the Chicago Cubs skipper have grown close since Buccaneers general Jason Licht introduced them several years ago.
Buccaneers counting on Arians to help QB Winston blossom
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay is counting on Bruce Arians to help Jameis Winston realize his potential, however the young quarterback isn't the only component the two-time NFL Coach of the Year has to fix if the Buccaneers are going to end a long postseason drought.
A porous defense has been a problem for much of the team's decade-plus absence from the playoffs and needs immediate attention, too.
Bieniemy latest Chiefs assistant on path toward top job
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Doug Pederson went through this grind a few years ago, juggling the demands of his primary job as the offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs with overtures from NFL teams elsewhere.
Matt Nagy went through the same process last winter.
Bruce Arians comes out of retirement to coach Buccaneers
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Bruce Arians is the latest coach entrusted to transform the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers into winners.
The 66-year-old came out of a one-year retirement Tuesday to fill the team's fifth coaching vacancy in a decade.
Arians replaces Dirk Koetter, who was dismissed Dec. 30 after leading the Bucs to 19 wins and no playoffs berths over the past three seasons.
Cardinals fire Steve Wilks after 1 season as head coach
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have fired Steve Wilks after just one season as head coach.
Wilks' firing Monday followed a 3-13 season, the franchise's worst record in 18 years and the worst in the NFL this season.
He is the first Cardinals coach to be fired after one season since Joe Kuharich in 1952.
At a news conference, team President Michael Bidwill called Wilks "one of the hardest-working coaches I've ever been around" and a man respected throughout the organization.
New Cardinals coordinator brings strong Arians influence
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A disciple of Bruce Arians is now in charge of the Arizona Cardinals offense.
Whether Byron Leftwich can awaken that slumbering unit remains to be seen.
But Arians' influence is undeniable.
After a lot of lobbying, Arians talked Leftwich into taking a job as a coaching intern two seasons ago. Last year, he promoted Leftwich to quarterbacks coach.
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Larry Fitzgerald endures 0-4 start to his 15th NFL season
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Larry Fitzgerald has been on many bad teams in his 15 years with the Arizona Cardinals. This, though, is the first time he's endured an 0-4 start to the season.
Still, despite a sore hamstring, Fitzgerald soldiers on.
Cardinals routed 24-6 by Redskins in Wilks’ debut
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The new-look Arizona Cardinals looked a lot like the old ones with a desert dud of a debut under coach Steve Wilks.
Pushed around all afternoon, the Cardinals were dominated in nearly aspect on Sunday to open the Wilks era with an ugly 24-6 loss to the Washington Redskins.
Redskins face unknowns in opener against rebuilt Arizona
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Coach Jay Gruden brings his Washington Redskins across the country in search of his first season-opening win in five tries. The Arizona team he's facing is a bit of a mystery.
The Cardinals have overhauled almost everything in the wake of the retirement of coach Bruce Arians.
New-look Cardinals emphasize toughness, running game
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — "No risk it, no biscuit" is ancient history for these Arizona Cardinals.
The big-play, fling it down the field offense of Bruce Arians has been replaced by a run-oriented game that features toughness up front, and a stout defense emphasizing physical play, especially in the secondary.
At least that's the way first-year coach Steve Wilks envisions it.
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ARIZONA CARDINALS (8-8)
New faces: Coach Steve Wilks, QB Sam Bradford, QB Josh Rosen, RG Justin Pugh, RT Andre Smith, S Tre Boston, CB Jamar Taylor, WR Brice Butler, WR Christian Kirk, RB Chase Edmonds, C Mason Cole, CB Bene Benwikere.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have signed fullback Derrick Coleman to a one-year contract.
Coleman is the first deaf player on offense to play in the NFL and he has spent four seasons in the league. He has played in 47 games since joining the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted rookie free agent out of UCLA.
Bruce Arians joins CBS as NFL game analyst
NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Arians is joining CBS as an NFL game analyst.
Arians, a two-time winner of the AP's Coach of the Year award, retired as coach of the Arizona Cardinals in January. He will work with play-by-play announcer Greg Gumbel and analyst Trent Green in a three-man booth.
Arians won the top coaching award in 2012 filling in for Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano, who was recovering from battling leukemia. He also took the honor in 2014 when the Cardinals went 11-5.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — It's a new world for the Arizona Cardinals — a new head coach, new offense, new coordinators and an old problem.
The team still needs a long-term solution at quarterback.
When the Cardinals hired Carolina defensive coordinator Steve Wilks to replace the retired coach Bruce Arians, there was nary a quarterback on the roster.
General manager Steve Keim addressed that issue short term by signing Sam Bradford to start and Mike Glennon as the backup.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — David Johnson is back and, he says, better than ever.
The Arizona Cardinals running back, an All-Pro in 2016, missed last season after dislocating his left wrist in the season opener. The wrist is healed and he is a full participant in the team's weight and conditioning program that began this week.
Cardinals convene, keep 2018 goals in focus
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Making the Super Bowl this season isn't totally on the minds of the Arizona Cardinals at present. They're setting daily goals of improvement amid injury rehabilitation.
While the Super Bowl is the end goal, of course, new Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks had a different kind of message for his players after they arrived at the team facility Tuesday for the first day of the offseason conditioning program.
Larry Fitzgerald is returning to Arizona Cardinals for 15th season
It's unclear who'll be throwing to him, but Larry Fitzgerald will return for a 15th season with the Cardinals, the future Hall of Fame wideout told new coach Steve Wilks on Wednesday evening.
Wilks fills out Cardinals coaching staff with 11 hires
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — New Arizona Cardinals coach Steve Wilks has filled out his coaching staff with the hiring of 11 assistants.
That does not count the assistants retained from Bruce Arians' staff: Larry Foote (linebackers), Kevin Garver (wide receivers), Steve Heiden (assistant offensive line), Byron Leftwich (quarterbacks), Buddy Morris (strength and conditioning) and Terry Allen (running backs).
Cardinals extend GM Keim’s contract through 2022
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have extended the contract of general manager Steve Keim through 2022.
Keim is a 19-year employee of the Cardinals, starting as a college scout in 1999. He worked his way up through the ranks to be hired as general manager on Jan. 8, 2013, just in time to help team president Michael Bidwill interview and hire Bruce Arians as head coach.
In the five-year Keim-Arians era, the Cardinals went 49-30-1 in the regular season.
Cardinals hire Panthers D-coordinator Wilks as head coach
PHOENIX (AP) — Steve Wilks is the new head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, and chances are he won't tread meekly into his new job.
"Steve's personality is as an aggressive guy," his ex-boss, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, said.
Wilks, 48, spent last season as defensive coordinator of the Panthers after five seasons as the team's secondary coach. He's been an NFL assistant for 12 years.
Cardinals’ pool dwindles as search goes on for coach
PHOENIX (AP) — Back when Bruce Arians announced his retirement, Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said he would be in no rush to find a new coach.
He pointed out that Arians was the last coach hired in 2013.
But while the Cardinals have followed their methodical, and quite secretive, process, the pool of potential candidates has dwindled.
MINNEAPOLIS — Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said he is staying “in the moment” with the Vikings, but NFL teams searching for a new coach already started knocking on doors at Winter Park on Monday.
Cardinals QB Carson Palmer retires after 15 NFL seasons
PHOENIX (AP) — Coach Bruce Arians once said he and quarterback Carson Palmer would ride away into the sunset together like a pair of old desert cowboys.
Well, they have.
Palmer announced his retirement after 15 NFL seasons on Tuesday in an open letter released by Cardinals, one day after Arians said he was leaving his long coaching career.
Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said he is staying in the moment with the Vikings, but NFL teams searching for a new coach already started knocking on doors at Winter Park on Monday.
The Bears, Lions and Cardinals requested to interview Shurmur, the architect of the NFLs 11th-ranked offense, during Vikings first-round bye this week, a league source told the Star Tribunes Ben Goessling. Detroit fired Jim Caldwell, Chicago dismissed John Fox and Arizona coach Bruce Arians retired on Monday.
Arians announces retirement after 5 seasons in Arizona
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Say goodbye to "No risk it, no biscuit."
Bruce Arians, one of the NFL's biggest personalities, is retiring from coaching after five mostly successful and usually entertaining seasons as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.
The 65-year-old two-time NFL Coach of the Year, known for his Kangol-style hats, colorful vocabulary and wide-open "no risk it, no biscuit" offense, announced the decision in an emotional session with the media on Monday.
2 fired, 1 retired and 1 near miss on NFL’s ‘Black Monday’
The Lions and Bears showed their coaches the door. Bruce Arians of the Cardinals found it himself. And Vance Joseph of the Broncos remained gainfully employed despite enduring the sort of season that doesn't go down well in Denver.
What is traditionally the NFL's biggest day for firings, "Black Monday," started with a flurry when Detroit canned Jim Caldwell and Chicago did the same to John Fox, both before noon.
Fate of several NFL coaches to be decided in coming days
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jack Del Rio and Chuck Pagano are already out. Todd Bowles, Adam Gase and Dirk Koetter are coming back.
Ben McAdoo is long gone.
The fate of several other NFL coaches could be determined in the next few days, maybe even the next few hours.
It's shaping up to be another "Black Monday" for the league. There have been at least six coaching changes every year since 2011, a streak that is expected to continue in 2018.
Dawson kicks Cardinals past Seahawks 26-24
SEATTLE (AP) — If this was Bruce Arians' final game with the Arizona Cardinals, he went out in perfect fashion with a win in the place he called "our home field."
"Thanks y'all for coming to my house," Arians cracked on Sunday.
Phil Dawson kicked four field goals, the last from 42 yards with 2:21 left, Blair Walsh missed a 48-yard attempt with 32 seconds left and the Cardinals beat the Seattle Seahawks 26-24 on Sunday to close the season.
Pro Football Weekly exclusively reported last week that Bruce Arians would be stepping down as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. Now others are jumping in on this story.
Arians calls Seattle’s CenturyLink Arizona’s ‘home field’
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona coach Bruce Arians was not thrilled when he discovered his spirited post-victory words to his players last Sunday would be piped out on TV for everyone to see and hear.
"We've got a big one next weekend, now," he yelled, following a 23-0 win over the Giants, about the upcoming season finale in Seattle's notoriously noisy CenturyLink Field.
"All right? We know that's our home field. We're goin' up there and kick their (behinds)."
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says coach Jason Garrett will return for an eighth full season after Dallas missed the playoffs in a year marred by the six-game suspension of star running back Ezekiel Elliott.
The Cowboys (8-7), who finish the season Sunday at division champion Philadelphia, had an uneven start before three straight wins to get to 5-3 going into Elliott's suspension over domestic violence allegations.
Arians denies report he’s leaving Cardinals as ‘fake news’
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says a report that he and the franchise have agreed to part ways after this season is untrue, labeling it "fake news."
An article in Pro Football Weekly cited "multiple sources" as saying the split would come next week at the end of Arians' fifth season as the team's head coach.
But the 65-year-old coach said nothing has been decided.
In turbulent season, Manning returns to site of triumph
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — In his turbulent 14th NFL season, Eli Manning returns to the scene of one of his greatest triumphs.
Manning will lead the New York Giants (2-12) into University of Phoenix Stadium to face Arizona (6-8) on Sunday in the Cardinals' final home game of a difficult season.
It was in the same building, in January 2008, that Manning was the MVP in the Giants' dramatic 17-14 Super Bowl win over New England.
"I hope he doesn't repeat it," Arizona coach Bruce Arians said.
Surprised Stanton set to take back QB job in Arizona
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Drew Stanton acknowledged he's surprised that he's back as the starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals for the next-to-last game of the season.
Coach Bruce Arians benched Blaine Gabbert after five starts and turned back to Stanton, who still has soreness from a knee injury that gave the job to Gabbert in the first place.
Arians said he was making the move to give the Cardinals (6-8) their best shot at beating the New York Giants on Sunday in Arizona's home finale.
Arians going back to Drew Stanton as Cardinals’ starting QB
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Drew Stanton will be back at starting quarterback for Arizona when the New York Giants come to the desert for the Cardinals' final home game of the season on Sunday.
Coach Bruce Arians announced the move Monday, benching Blaine Gabbert after five starts.
Cardinals sticking with Gabbert as starting quarterback
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Although Blaine Gabbert's roller-coaster run as the Arizona Cardinals' quarterback took another dip, it'll keep on going.
Coach Bruce Arians plans to stick with Gabbert as his starter when the Cardinals (6-8) return home to face the New York Giants (2-12) next Sunday.
Gabbert was 16 of 41 for 189 yards, lost a fumble and threw an interception in Arizona's 20-15 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday.