“He Actually Sits Down And Teaches You The Game”

April 12th, 2021

It’s safe to say that Todd Bowles is no Lovie Smith.

Joe once had a private chat with a Bucs defensive back who said that while playing under Lovie, the head coach/defensive coordinator maybe talked to him once — for a minute — during his time on the roster.

Fast-forward to Bowles, the Bucs defensive coordinator who has been spending personal/teaching time with the young Bucs defensive backs before the sun rises at One Buc Palace.

In an interview with SpaceCoastDaily.com, cornerback Jamel Dean talked about how much he appreciates how Bucco Bruce Arians and Bowles run the team, and how Bowles is a great hands-on communicator.

“They make the environment calm for us, to where you’re not walking around tight or stressed out,” Dean said of the Bucs’ staff.

“And then playing under Todd Bowles’ system … I learn a lot from him because not only does he coach, but he actually sits down and teaches you the game and explains to you why he’s doing certain things. So now when you’re on the field and he makes a call, you know why he’s doing it and what to expect to happen out of it.”

Joe heard Dean’s full interview and walked away pondering just how much the Bucs’ super young defensive backfield matured last season.

They’re all returning, and they’re all under 25. If they can each just take a half-step forward in their games in 2021, the Bucs will have something extra special.

24 Responses to ““He Actually Sits Down And Teaches You The Game””

  1. Swampbuc Says:

    How in the world does Loser Smith even have a job? And who hires a guy who says his system doesn’t work in college because of running quarterbacks. Hello?! Earth to Lovie? Ever heard of Lamar Jackson? He’s in your division? You play him twice a season?

    He’s so terrible.

  2. Dewey Selmon Says:

    And continue to draft and develop DB’s. One of the 3 is going onto greener pastures in the next 1-2 years. We can’t pay them all.

  3. Bucsfanman Says:

    Todd Bowles ain’t no “Pressbox Smitty” either!
    There is no way that you can deny the development, team-wide, over the last two years. If they continue on the slightest of upward trajectories, we’re going to be OK at that position for a good minute.

    Seems I remember a certain poster extolling the greatness of the failed DC prior to Bowles. What was that person’s name?! They seem to have disappeared after the SB. Strange!

  4. Jeff Says:

    Bucs coaching stepped it up last year from a coaching perspective. The one on one game planning and ensuring players understand their jobs was a massive difference maker

  5. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    There is no doubt, Davis, Dean, Murphy-Bunting, Winfield, Whitehead and Edwards have reached their full potential. This is a young group of DBs and no telling how good they will be in the coming years.

  6. 813bucboi Says:

    did smitty ever show up?…lol…

    dirk and smitty ruined dozens of players….

    folks who know football could see the problem under dirk and smitty was coaching and scheme NOT talent and players…

    GO BUCS!!!!

  7. Mikadeemas Says:

    You guys still don’t realize that the Joes created “Realist/Realisto” to rile us all up. Probably Pablo and Koby too, for laughs. GO CHAMPS( BUCS) !! Sorry Joes. But I DID save enough using Elite Restoration to put a nice down payment on a Currie Ford F-150 with enough left for lunch at Big Storm….JS.

  8. BA4President Says:

    Bowles is so good at the x’s and o’s, I almost feel like it would be a waste of his talents for him to be a head coach again somewhere and be bogged down with all extremely random responsibilities that HC’s have.

    Obviously HC’s get paid better, but there is a lot of extra junk that comes along with that position compared to being a coordinator. That said, you can’t blame someone for wanting to be captain of the ship.

  9. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Lovie Smith said he and his antiquated defensive system weren’t successful in college because offenses run too many 3 receiver sets. Does he realize it’s HIS JOB to devise a plan to try and stop an offense, whether it be college or pros? An excuse of “They didn’t run the offense I wanted them to” is literally the weakest excuse I’ve ever heard.

  10. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Did we just sign pornstache to our backfield? Gio Brenard.

  11. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    It was Todd Bowles brilliant defensive scheme that helped beat the Mighty KC Chiefs.
    IMHO, if we have another great year, it may be hard to keep him here in Tampa.

  12. David Says:

    Biggest offseason move/non-move for any team in the NFL:
    Buccaneers being able to keep Bowels and Leftwich another year.

  13. David Says:

    Bowles. 😂

  14. BUCFAN4LIFE Says:

    It’s extremely impressive and totally unheard of in todays NFL that a SB Champion retains all 22 starters AND their Coaching Staff ! MAJOR Kudos to our AC/DC loving GM ! (I love AC/DC also !l .

  15. Steven007 Says:

    Dewey, you took the words out of my mouth. Best mustache in the NFL. Assuming he still has it.

  16. 813bucboi Says:


    good call

    GO BUCS!!!!

  17. Miller5252 Says:

    I remember when Arians took over and said he was going to be having 2 practices going at the same time. Made me wonder why aren’t all teams doing the same thing so you can get maximum reps for all the player, and you know, develop the younger talent. I look at almost like minor league for football. You only get better at your craft by doing it over and over again. I know we’re in win now mode, but with that bigger staff and 2 practices it’s really improved a lot of players.

  18. Topdoggie Says:

    Something just don’t make sense. I was happy when Lovie was hired. Dungy ball back in Tampa. I mean he took a team to the Superbowl. Now I am convinced they wrote Forrest Gump based on him.
    How does that happen.

  19. Kev@Inverness Says:

    You guys still don’t realize that the Joes created “Realist/Realisto” to rile us all up. Probably Pablo and Koby too, for laughs.
    I’ve thought that might be the case too. If it’s true, based on what we hear on the podcasts, my bet is it’s Lee that does the pen-name trolling.

  20. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Topdoggie: I knew the Bucs were doomed with Lovie Smith when he cut a 28 year old Pro Bowl CB, Darrelle Revis, because he “didn’t fit his system”. Unbelievable.

  21. Iamabuc Says:

    @Kev@Inverness…. I always thought the same about the worst of them all, TMaxi-pad, who by the way;¡ have disappeared with the rest. To this day, I still think so.

  22. Mike Honcho Says:

    It’s so important for learning ANYTHING, in any profession, whether it’s football or anything else, to know the WHY. If you know the WHY, the what comes much easier. And with Bowles teaching them the why, they WILL become much better as a result. Great coach, we’re lucky to have him.

  23. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Don’t be silly. The trolls are real. They’re like a rash you can’t get rid of.

  24. Dan Williamson Says:

    My son was interviewed on miller and moultan back in 2014 and asked about the NEW lovie smith hire? His reply” does it even matter?” And thats about the gist of it.