Bruce Arians’ Success & Todd Bowles’ Struggles Against Aaron Rodgers

October 15th, 2020

Aaron Rodgers will smile if he takes a minute to think about the last time he faced a Todd Bowles defense.

For those unaware, the Buccaneers defensive coordinator owns a place in New York Jets history on their list of poor head coach picks. In 2015, Bowles rode a miracle season from Ryan Fitzpatrick, and monster years from Brandon Marshall and Darrelle Revis, to a 10-6 record in his first year as Jets head coach. And then everything fell apart for Bowles over the next three seasons. Think Dirk Koetter for one more year but without the offensive yardage.

During that stretch in New York, Bowles faced the Packers late in the 2018 season. The Packers were struggling with a 5-8-1 record. The end result was Rodgers going 37-for-55 for 442 yards and two touchdowns with no picks. In all, the Packers rolled up 540 yards of total offense.

That was Bowles’ only look at Rodgers with the Jets, and he didn’t face Rodgers when he was Bucco Bruce Arians’ offensive coordinator in Arizona.

Interestingly, Arians, with defensive coordinator James Bettcher, took on a good Packers team with Rodgers twice during the 2015 season. Arians’ pounded Green Bay 38-8 in their first meeting that season, sacking Rodgers a whopping nine times. Then they met in the playoffs, where the Cardinals won in a closer game with Rodgers completing only 55 percent of his passes and throwing a pick.

It will be interesting to learn whether Arians and Bowles drew on those games to try and find an edge on Sunday.

9 Responses to “Bruce Arians’ Success & Todd Bowles’ Struggles Against Aaron Rodgers”

  1. jjbucfan Says:

    If he sits back like he did against Brees, we are dead, Rodgers will pick us apart. He needs to be aggressive. I don’t mean blitz every play, I mean man up on the outside. If he plays that damn 15 yards off crap, we are done. He let freaking Foles have his way against us. JMO

  2. Miketb19 Says:

    This will be a big test for Todd Bowles and our Defense
    I’m really looking forward to seeing if our front seven can get some pressure on A Rod I mean a big reason he has been so good this season his offensive line are playing like maniacs I mean through 5 games Rodgers has been sacked just 3 times like that’s insane

    I’m also really looking forward to seeing Carlton Davis go up against Davante Adams that is going to be an awesome match up

  3. Ftmyersbuc Says:

    Mike packers only played 4 games.

  4. 813bucboi Says:

    bowles cant give up the big plays…

    GO BUCS!!!!

  5. Defense Rules Says:

    The Pack is a good rushing team & Rodgers is a very good scrambler. They run on a tad over 45% of their plays & are averaging a tad over 5 YPC after 4 games; not too shabby IMO. And Rodgers is a fairly accurate passer, completing over 70% of his passes.

    Easiest way to beat Green Bay is to keep their offense off the field.

  6. Rod Munch Says:

    I won’t hold anything that Bowles did with the Jets against him.

  7. Ericb Says:

    Well thank god well have goodwin and evans this time unlike last game …we need to play man coverage and well stop them…take away thier strong points adams and jones, then they will have a very hard time…also look at the tape when the pats played them the last time which two seasons ago were shut down by the pats…GreenBay d is giving up alot of passing yardage and the d is not very good…take away thier strong points exploit thier weakness

  8. james west Says:

    run run rojo run and keep rodgers on the sidelines

  9. unbelievable Says:

    Front 4 need to get some actual pressure without blitzing.

    Our linebackers and safeties need to be really on point and tight in coverage against their running backs and tight ends.

    Carolina, San Diego and Chicago constantly has running backs running wide open in flair routes and go routes.

    And can we get Dean starting over SMB?