Blitzing Todd Bowles

November 8th, 2020

Wizardry with blitzes.

This is one of the coolest breakdowns Joe has seen.

As most NFL fans know, Greg Cosell of NFL Films co-hosts a BSPN show called “NFL Matchup.” It’s excellent in that it breaks down tape to come up with tendencies teams use.

Sadly, this show is buried on BSPN’s schedule at 6 a.m. Sunday mornings or some other dumb time. But, it’s what America wants.

(Column Intermission: Joe had a long chat at One Buc Palace once with a producer from NFL Network in the days before “Good Morning Football,” which has been a huge success for the network. Now suits and producers at these big networks don’t just wing stuff; they have oodles of research data on what people watch and what people don’t. Joe confessed to the producer about being sad to see NFL Network’s X’s and O’s show with Brian Billick and Brian Baldinger get canceled for “Dude, Where’s My Car?” or whatever the hell that show was where players gave tricked out rides away to fans. The NFL Network producer told Joe the Billick/Baldinger show was the least-watched show on the network. What was the highest? Anything fantasy — dear God! The producer laughed and needled Joe for being “a football purist” and telling Joe networks don’t target purists because that is a way too niche of an audience.)

Anyway, we all know Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is a developer of crazy blitzes and he loves to blitz. Cosell broke down one such crafty blitz that resulted in a sack (GASP! No pressure!) on Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert.

It’s an amazing breakdown and shows how much, well, choreography goes into a defensive play. Every move has to be just right for the play to succeed.

Bowles reminds Joe of these dudes who sit around bar tables watching football while drawing up plays and coverages on napkins in-between tossing back a few cold ones. Don’t try to tell Joe you don’t know dudes who do this.

Bowles is sure creative.

13 Responses to “Blitzing Todd Bowles”

  1. m0j0 Says:

    That was a thing of beauty!

  2. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    Wow, that was really good. Great strategy, and Nice breakdown

  3. kyle Says:

    wow, that was really cool. Love the way he breaks that down so you can see what is actually going on. I would never notice that in a live game for sure! thanks joe!

  4. #1bucfan Says:

    Yea this goes to show us how much planning and strategy goes into just 1 play. Really liked watching this. Gotta say maybe Todd bowels was the best pick up instead of Brady, gronk or AB lol

  5. PSL Bob Says:

    As a casual football fan, you really don’t get to see exactly how a scheme unfolds on TV. All we would know is that Whitehead got to the QB for a sack. But a lot of planning is blurred in the seconds before that. Great breakdown! Would love to see more of that.

  6. bojim Says:

    I tried but the napkins kept tearing.

  7. bucnole Says:

    There could be an entire show devoted to each team with this kind of breakdown/analysis – that would be some awesome programming to watch

  8. Seattle Buc is back in TB Says:

    Yeah I enjoy this stuff. Networks are going to dumb it down to the WWF, Masked Singer crowd. Nice play.

  9. No Risk It No Biscuit Says:

    Coaching Baby!!!! Coaching!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!

  10. Joe Says:

    I tried but the napkins kept tearing.


  11. Sport Says:

    This is a perfect example of why this is the best staff since Dungy and Gruene eras. Not only can they scheme, they can coach. And these guys can play.

    Yet some people feel like they know more than our coaches and can evaluate players better than our experts. You guys are funny. Look at Vea’s role in this play and for those of you whining about him not getting sacks can learn something here.

    In BA I Trust!

  12. Says:

    Wonder how many of those Bowles has up his sleeve?

  13. David Says:

    That was awesome execution.
    If that running back goes over to whitehead,
    Suh gets the sack.