Remembering the arrival of other new Buccaneer coaches By Mitch Blackwood for BUCPOWER.COM Bruce Arians arrived at One Buccaneer Place last week to be met by applauding staff members.   The outpouring of support from most parts of the Buccaneer social media seemed sincere and Arians said all the right things at his inductory press conference.  So naturally the official media response was more than positive and the air of optimism surrounds the franchise at the moment. “Not so fast my friends” as Lee Corso would say.   The Bucs may well be unbeaten for the next eight months and everything looks rosy at the outset but have we not seen the same things written and said in the past?   Arians is the 12th head coach in Tampa Bay history and when you consider that Dirk Koetter left with the third-best winning percentage at just .396, then you have to realise that the initial appearance does not always translate into massive success.  Indeed the winningest coach amongst all Buccaneer leaders is Tony Dungy and his arrival was met with underwhelming support from media and fans alike in 1996 being he was the third choice for the job behind Jimmy Johnson and Steve Spurrier. John McKay was appointed the first head coach in early 1976 and support for his appointment was pretty universal, many being surprised that he had left USC to move into the pro game.   When he announced his retirement in November 1984, most people expected defensive co-ordinator Wayne Fontes to step up to take over after that season but he was overlooked for former Falcons coach Leeman Bennett.   After two 2-14 seasons, Bennett was at a post-season press conference believing he had the support of Hugh Culverhouse to move into a third season but was stunned when the Buccaneer owner changed his mind there and then and announced “Leeman, thank you”, The scene had been set for more unusual coaching moves after Ray Perkins arrived in early 1987 with Culverhouse announcing he had “found his Vince Lombardi”.  A case of mistaken identity as Ray went 19-41 and was fired after a win over Atlanta in December 1990 telling one of the beat writers “I think I’m done”.   Richard Williamson took over for the final three games and went 1-2 with the support of his players who loved his easy-going attitude after the disciplinarian Perkins.  Culverhouse realised he was cheap as well so gave him the job on a full-time basis leading to a 3-13 season in 1991 and another firing. Then came the daliance with Bill Parcells who had an agreement in place with Culverhouse to take over only to “jilt me at the altar” as the owner described it.   Parcells became notorious for leading teams on and then walking away from jobs over the next decade.   Having interviewed the likes of Buddy Ryan and missed out on Mike Holmgren, Culverhouse went with Sam Wyche as the fifth Buccaneer head coach and you will never see a more positive opening series of press conferences than the ones Wyche did.    He was all smoke and mirrors though although if you listen to the likes of Warren Sapp and Ian Beckles, you will hear other words used to describe him. The search to replace Dungy in 2002 went on for weeks with an initial offer for Jon Gruden being turned down by Al Davis, GM Rich McKay recommending Marvin Lewis only for that choice to be rejected by the Glazers and eventually a king’s ransom was paid to Oakland for Gruden to come and win the Super Bowl.    Seven years later and he had worn out his welcome, refusing to do the full re-build that his aging team obviously needed. Raheem Morris got the job in 2009 because he had interviewed so well for the Denver job and the Glazers did not want to miss out on finding the apparent next Mike Tomlin.   Morris had his positives as a head coach but too many negatives and his team totally fell apart in the second half of 2011 losing 10 straight games and seeing him gone after three years.  Two years of Greg Schiano was enough for anyone who had to deal with him personally or professionally leading to the choice of Lovie Smith as the Bucs attempted “to put the band back together”.    It was a great idea on paper and in principle, but Smith totally lost his team in 2015 and lost his job as a result.  Dirk Koetter then got the job to try and continue the development of Jameis Winston and failed to do so leading us to where we are today.   Full of optimism and quite rightly too but full of memories that we have been here before.