“I’m Happy”

August 5th, 2021

Bucs DC Todd Bowles

Yesterday it was a little bit of a shocker when Adam Schefter of BSPN broke the news that Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles signed an extension to keep him with Tampa Bay for the next three years, should he decide not to pursue a head coaching job.

Bowles was made available in a press conference after practice today (Bucco Bruce Arians stepped aside as he does from time to time for one of his coordinators). There Joe asked why stay with the Bucs when he may get a head coaching job elsewhere.

The decision was simple, Bowles said. As college basketball analyst and famed Bucs fan Dick Vitale said of why he chose to live in the Tampa Bay area, it’s quality of life.

“I love it here,” Bowles said. “I have a great group of coaches that Bruce has put together. We’ve got some good players that are great to work with. I love the area and the camradrie.

“it’s not being about a head coach it’s about being the best coach and a chance to succeed and be happy. I’m happy.”

Ah, but lest we forget, as Schefter pointed out, Bowles’ new contract makes him the highest paid defensive coordinator in the NFL. While terms were not released by Bowles or the Bucs, it’s no stretch to think Bowles might be making as much as a low-salaried head coach.

So near-head coach cash with about half the responsibilities and hassle of a head coach? That’s a pretty sweet deal.

Bucs safety Antoine Winfield was asked about Bowles’ new deal and he said he’s “excited” because that means Bowles will likely be his coordinator through the end of his rookie contract that expires after the 2023 season.

Enjoy The Ira Kaufman Podcast, Episode 2 of this week.Β 

15 Responses to ““I’m Happy””

  1. dls5492 Says:

    Good for Coach Bowles. Sometime the grass isn’t greener on the other side.

  2. Bobby M. Says:

    Bowles learned from his experience with the Jets, he sees the value in support from the organization, he sees the layers of talent on the defensive side, i’m sure no state income tax is nice….there’s a lot to like about the Bucs right now as a coordinator.

  3. Bojim Says:

    +1 Bobby

  4. Wild Bill Says:

    It’s nice to make almost a head coach salary an be able to work with great young talent and not have the extra stress and not have to shovel snow and not have a state income tax and walk on the beach barefoot in Febuary if he wants to. Oh ya, that’s some of why I moved here too. Smart choice coach!

  5. Ftmyersbuc Says:

    In other words when bruce retires in the next coupla years it is understood by Todd, Bruce, and the Glazers who will replace Bruce

  6. Duane Says:

    Worth every penny, and could make our run for a championship look easier if his defense continues to ascend. Glad to see him take care of business so he can take care of business.

  7. mark2001 Says:

    Message to Tom, if you would deliver it Joe. Please tell him that we fans were also quite happy with the play of the defense in the playoffs and SB last year.😁

  8. mark2001 Says:

    Todd of course…Brady on the brain.

  9. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Fear is the way people control other people.
    I think the fear of Bowles leaving to become a head coach somewhere is what got him this big contract.
    Hey, ya got to do what you got to do, to get paid.
    I am glad to have him sticking around.

  10. BucEmUp Says:

    Smart on both sides. I just hope that Brady stays involved with the staff after HE retires. The guy brings something into the building.

  11. Defense Rules Says:

    Todd Bowles is a smart man. Great group of coaches to work with. Supremely talented players to coach. Great facility to work in & great area to live in. His boss BA gives him full autonomy with the defense. Extremely well paid & getting awesome results in his chosen profession. Gee, no wonder Todd’s happy.

  12. crazyBucs_CL Says:

    @β€œit’s not being about a head coach it’s about being the best coach and a chance to succeed and be happy. I’m happy.”
    Kudos to Bowles; there are not many people understanding the meaning of happiness. Being smart, sometimes translates to good life. Bowles got one, why destroy it. πŸ‘πŸ‘

  13. PSL Bob Says:

    No doubt in my mind that his extension comes with an implicit understanding that he’ll be the head coach once BA retires. And BA is likely to retire when TB steps down. So Bowles’ challenge will be to win with someone other than TB under center. Watch the draft and FA these next two years. Unless Trask shows Superman skills this year, which he won’t likely have an opportunity to do, the Bucs will bring in another QB to take over from TB. It won’t be Gabbert!

  14. stpetebucsfan Says:

    OK so we can eliminate money in the decision. Bowles is already worth tens of millions of dollars and DC or HC he’s only going to add to his current multi-millionaire status.

    However the challenge and ego stroke of running your own show will still have some appeal. But I believe him.

    Hard to imagine in 2021 America but what if someone did NOT make a decision based on bling, or fame, or prestige. Nah it can’t be in 2021 ‘Murica.

    He has three kids Tyson, Troy and Todd. Tyson is only 11 and you can see pics of his kids on their Pee Wee football teams. Maybe…just maybe it’s not just Todd who loves Tampa Bay…perhaps the entire family has found a “genuine home” here and don’t want to move yet.

    Bowles is relatively young. He doesn’t need to rush as long as the Bucs stay talented and win Bowles stock will only grow. It doesn’t really matter if it takes another five years he’s happy right now and that’s what really counts in life.

  15. Buczilla Says: