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Bucs' Arians scoffs at rumors, says he's returning 'for 2'


After defensive lineman Vita Vea and William Gholston emptied the bucket on his head and shoulders, Arians raised both arms and turned to the stands to — quite literally — soak it all in.


Arians can add that to an impressive resume that now includes three Super Bowl rings — he won two as an assistant with Pittsburgh — and more proof that he’s one of the best offensive minds in league lore.


The man nicknamed the “Quarterback Whisperer” for his work with Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck and Carson Palmer came out of retirement to coach the Buccaneers, made a bold decision to move on from talented but turnover-prone Jameis Winston a year ago and then lured the most decorated quarterback in NFL history to Tampa.


Together, Arians and the 43-year-old Brady helped Tampa Bay win its first championship in 18 years and cemented their spot in the franchise history books.


He took a year off and worked in television before returning to the NFL with Tampa Bay — joining a young team he saw as full of potential.


1 seed Green Bay on the road before becoming the first time in NFL history to earn the chance to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium.






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