Todd Bowles On Tackling Issues: The “Want To” Is There

December 10th, 2020

Bucs fans have watched tackling deteriorate in recent weeks and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles addressed that today.

First, Bowles talked about how the defense overall is stressing more fundamentals now, and he noted there was a little too much focus on what opponents have been doing.

Joe asked Bowles whether tackling woes have been about something more than just fundamentals, perhaps a mental situation?

Bowles replied that the “want to,” aka effort, is there and he reiterated the talk of fundamentals and all the other things that go along with good tackling.

While the Vikings certainly aren’t the Chiefs, Joe could see defensive players getting overly concerned about specific Vikings. Two-time Pro Bowl QB Kirk Cousins is getting hot; Dalvin Cook is the NFC’s best running back, and rookie receiver stud Justin Jefferson already has busted the 1,000-yard mark with four games to play.

Joe will be keeping a close eye on tackling Sunday. It just has to get better, and what’s extra frustrating is that the Bucs were more sound tacklers earlier in the season.

9 Responses to “Todd Bowles On Tackling Issues: The “Want To” Is There”

  1. zzbuc Says:

    They better get better..LVD Devin White Carlton D even Winfield is missing tackles, that is a real problem…..If they don´t get better, things are going to get nasty……

  2. Fred mcneil Says:

    Oh, I agree 1000%. Missed tackles are the #1 problem.
    Missed tackles and dropped passes have been rampant.
    Off topic, but I can’t find the answer anywhere … back in the 70s and 80s, didn’t it only take one foot inbounds for a catch? Long time ago, was that true?

  3. PSL Bob Says:

    Speed, rush to the ball, and gang tackling have been the trademark of this team for a long time. That was certainly the case earlier in the season, and many TV commenters spoke to that during games. I really can’t figure out why that has deteriorated over the last several games. Doesn’t sound like Bowles has the answer either. Too often, poor tackling has resulted in opponents picking up 1st downs on third and long. Hopefully, they get their mojo back and march into the playoffs on a winning streak.

  4. jmarkbuc Says: college.

    And NOW were working on fundamentals? Too much focus on what opponents are doing..what does that even mean?

    Didn’t seem there was too much focus on Tyreek Hill running free, one on one.

    Sometimes I wonder if these coaches listen too or believe anything they say. smh.

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  6. Defense Rules Says:

    Gotta keep it simple.

    Sack the QB & there’s no need to tackle anyone else.

    Intercept his passes & your opponent has to worry about tackling you.

    And oh ya, TFLs are a beautiful thing.

    There must be more to it than this; seems pretty simple while I’m watching from my La-Z-Boy recliner.

  7. 941Boltsfan Says:

    Let’s not forget that extraordinary athletic talent Adam Thielen very good at the football

  8. David Says:

    It’s really simple.


    This is not a Buccaneer thing. The entire NFL, for the last 15 years, has gone downhill in this regard. They look for a big hit without wrapping their arms around the ball carrier. It’s absolutely ridiculous why this has become tolerated by coaches.

  9. ModHairKen Says:

    The best way not to miss tackles is being in front of the ball career and have a teammate next to you.