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Wednesday, December 07, 2022

New Books coach Todd Bowles admits he ‘blew it’

Tampa – To win the news conference, they had to give up first. In that sense, Todd Bowles presented it with candor and brevity.

“I blew it,” the new Books coach said Thursday.

Learn this about 58-year-old Todd Robert Bowles: While different from immediate predecessor Bruce Arian in myriad ways, they share blunt genes. This is a feature that is generally appreciated by fans.

That’s why the married father of three boys is likely to win his first day on the job, easily admitting to the failure of the Bucs’ final defensive game of the 2021 season in an NFC Division playoff game against the Rams.

Instead of dancing around or dodging the question why he called for Matthew Stafford’s cover—zero, all-out blitz—which resulted in Rams quarterback NFL Offensive Player of the Year Cooper Kupp separating for a 44-yard completion – been isolated. The former NFL safety first tackled it with a helmet.

“We were trying to win,” said Bowles, whose strategy resulted in Matt Gay kicking a 30-yard field goal as Los Angeles were lifted to a 30–27 victory after time ran out.

“I’ll never apologize for trying to win. If I didn’t call the zone and (Staffard) stopped play, you’d say I should have blitzed. ‘We blitz all the time, we blitz’ How did you not come?’ That’s part of football, that’s coaching. You have to learn to make peace and live with it.”

Less than 24 hours before Bowles’ introduction as the franchise’s 13th head coach – and its fourth Black head coach – Bowles was making a convenient scapegoat for one of the Bay Area’s most excruciating losses.

On Thursday, the Bucks announced that Arian was vacating the head-coaching job for the front-office spot Bowles was still processing that he would be given the position of head coach of the NFL after leading the Jets from 2015–18. I was given a second task. , with a five-year contract to boot.

“A lot of people had to agree for it to happen. It’s not a one-man show,” Bowles said of the succession plan, which allowed Ariane to pass the torch to the New Jersey native, which she’d known since 1983. knows from when Arion first coached him in the temple.

“I feel so humbled, I feel so honored, I feel so excited. I’m ready to go, and we’ll try to move this thing forward.”

If nothing else, Bowles will go his own way.

Unlike Arian, who made the ‘win or lose, we drink’ half-serious chant on his watch, Bowles does not smoke or smoke cigars. And while Arian’s practice rebuke was frowned upon, Bowles is more likely to point out the player’s shortcomings with dry sarcasm.

“I think if I tried to put on a Kangol hat and come here and raise my goatee (Ariane trademark), you guys would look at me like I’m crazy,” Bowles said. “‘Look at this clown, he’s little Bruce.’ I can’t do that, and I’m not going to. I’m not going to try.”

Ariane didn’t organize this succession plan—which Bowles didn’t learn about until Monday—to replace himself with a clone. He knew that Bowles’ style, along with his football intuition and the lessons learned with the Jets, with which he went before 24-40, gave him every chance to succeed.

The Books’ off-season developments, namely the retirement of Tom Brady and the subsequent re-signing of several major free agents, have optimized those opportunities.

“(Bowles) is probably the most talented person I’ve coached,” Arian said. “And I think he, as a player-coach, (offensive coordinator) Byron (Leftwich) as a player-coach, he just had it. You knew he had it.”

By all accounts, that “it” factor is beloved.

“He’s an extraordinary person, great family man, talks about his family all the time,” said general manager Jason Licht.

“He’s a mentor to a lot of people in this building, not just players, but other coaches, staff members. You often find people in his office just giving them advice on how to be a better person.”

Because he would now have to answer for the Bucs’ offense and supervise it in practice, Bowles said that defensive line coach Casey Rodgers and outside linebackers’ coach Larry Foote would serve as co-defensive coordinators, although Bowles would still serve as co-defensive coordinators. Will call things on game day.

And as long as he doesn’t disrupt the dynamic encouraged by Leftwich and Brady, he’ll intervene where he sees fit.

“I’m the head coach,” said Bowles. “I get to do what I want.”

Blunt genes at work.

“My method is not rocket science,” he said. “It’s like every other coach: You work hard, you understand the players, you try to put them in the best shape possible to play football.

“So I’m not trying to change the program, but you try to say that you have to be yourself. You try to imitate someone else, that’s not okay.”

Contact Joy Knight [email protected], Follow @TBTimes_Bulls

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