New Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians is not afraid to stand up for what he believes in, and that is the continual effort to make the NFL coaching pool more diverse. Already boasting one of the most diverse coaching staffs in the league, Arians wants to take the next (and most logical) step. He aims to elevate the most underrepresented group of people in the NFL: women.


During the third annual Women's Careers in Football Forum at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last week, Arians told The Football Girl's Melissa Jacobs that he plans to establish a full-time coaching position on his staff designated for women.

Arians told Jacobs that he wants to put this role in place as quickly as the 2019 season. He expressed positive sentiments toward what he considers a strong pool of applicants.



Arians added that in order to hire a female to a full-time position would require the internal support of the organization.


"You have to have the right support from ownership," he said.

While coaching for the Arizona Cardinals, Arians hired Jen Welter, who served as the league's first female assistant coach in the 2015 preseason


Katie Sowers is currently the only full-time female coach in the NFL. She is entering her third season under Kyle Shanahan with the San Francisco 49ers. 


Also in attendance at the Women's Careers in Football Forum was Bills coach Sean McDermott, Panthers coach Ron Rivera and Ravens coach John Harbaugh, all of whom have advocated for increased women's inclusion in the NFL ranks.