The offseason for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was uncommon. Their starting quarterback announced his retirement shortly after the team’s playoff defeat to the eventual champion Los Angeles Rams.

Soon after, Tom Brady announced his retirement. Exactly two weeks later, Bruce Arians announced his resignation as head coach.

Even while the veteran won’t be coached by Arians this season, he will still see him quite a bit. The Buccaneers have hired the 69-year-old as a part of their executive committee after he stepped down as head coach after the 2021 season.

What Arians said on Tom Brady and his return to NFL

Arians said in a recent interview with Tampa Bay Times‘ Rick Stroud that he would still be the Buccaneers coach had Brady remained in retirement.

“I was going the other way. I was thinking he wasn’t going to play. I was thinking about who are we going to get? Who wants to trade? There wasn’t anybody to draft. That was obvious. Me, to the public, I was fine with the two we had: Blaine (Gabbert) and Kyle (Trask). Because I’ve seen Blaine win with a good team behind him. Had Tom not come back, I probably would still be coaching. I couldn’t give Todd that situation.”

Arians to Tampa Bay Times‘ Rick Stroud