Todd Bowles Impact
The NFL world was surprised when news broke that Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach, Bruce Arians, was moving to a front-office role. In his place, veteran defensive coordinator Todd Bowles was promoted to lead the franchise, not offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich.
During the Buc’s press conference that began with a farewell to Bruce Arians, the team introduced Bowles as head coach who was quoted saying “We’re not changing the program, we’re trying to add on,” Bowles said.
Bowles has head coaching experience, he was the head coach of the New York Jets from 2015 to 2018, helping the Jets nearly reach the playoffs with a 10-6 record in his first season before New York entered a stretch of struggles that included two 5-11 seasons and a 4-12 campaign in 2018, after which he was fired.
Currently, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are +700 to win Super Bowl LVII. Many sports betting sites had the team middle of the pack prior to Tom Brady coming out of retirement, but they shot up the board with the news Brady was back. However, the news of Bruce Arians moving on did not shift the odds. In fact, rumors were that a few sportsbooks had moved their odds back slightly. Although it’s hard to tell if the Bucs’ Super Bowl odds shift was due to the coaching news or just industry alignment.
There are two ways to look at this coaching change news. On one hand, the team could shift more into a conservative defensive approach. Todd Bowles is a defensive-minded coach and could lean on his defense in key situations. Where a more aggressive coach may go for it on 4th and short mid-field or in the opponent’s red zone, Bowles may likely punt and lean on his defense.
The other option is the team made Bowles the head coach opposed to Byron Leftwich as the front office didn’t want to pile on to Leftwich’s role. They wanted him strictly focused on coaching and scheming the offense to maximize output and Tom Brady’s usage. Brady thinks he can play 3 or 4 more years, but eventually, his body is going to catch up with him. Leftwich has to create an offense in which Brady can thrive without getting hit. A quick passing attack with a clean pocket will increase the Bucs ‘ chances of winning another Super Bowl.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed C Ryan Jensen, G Aaron Stinnie, and Fred Johnson this offseason. Jensen and Tom Brady are friends and work great together on the field. Stinnie is being penciled in at left guard and Fred Johnson should compete during Bucs’ training camp and likely add depth to the line.
Many sites have Mock Drafted the Bucs an offensive lineman for the NFL Draft at the end of the month, but whoever is selected will likely be asked to step in and contribute right away. I personally feel the Buc’s are trying hard to win another Super Bowl this year, as they know Tom Brady isn’t a long-term answer. This NFL Draft will be focused on adding talent that can play in 2022.
I personally think we could see an increase in rushing attempts in 2022. I’m very curious in seeing who the Buc’s draft with the 27th pick overall. What if the team drafts running back Breece Hall? Leonard Fournette stock would hit the floor, but in terms of increasing the Bucs chances of winning games, and keeping the focus off Brady, drafting a stud RB like Breece Hall makes a lot of sense. Buccaneers did meet with a number of RBs at the NFL Combine and would benefit from a more balanced attack. What are your thoughts, leave a comment below.
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