Vikings Want To Interview Todd Bowles

January 15th, 2022

This is especially interesting given the Minnesota Vikings’ other interests.

Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Vikings have requested to interview Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles for their vacant head coaching position.

So why is that interesting, Joe? Well, the Vikings also previously asked to interview Buccaneers VP of player personnel John Spytek. It’s unclear whether that interview happened, but perhaps it did and Spytek explained why his first choice for his first head coaching hire would be Bowles.

That wouldn’t surprise Joe. However, Joe would be surprised if Bowles was hired in Minnesota, which just moved on from a defense-first head coach. Going with back-to-back defensive guys is rare. And Bowles’ New York Jets resume was brutal.

Bowles has generated no head-coach interest to date from the New York Giants, where the organization was able to keep a close eye on Bowles during his Jets tenure. And Giants fans and observers seem disinterested.

Former Giants Pro Bowl running back Tiki Barber, a New York sports radio voice, spelled out his list of preferred candidates to be the Giants’ next head coach. Bowles didn’t make the cut; Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich did.

14 Responses to “Vikings Want To Interview Todd Bowles”

  1. Beeej Says:

    Checking a box most likely

  2. Tackleblockwin Says:

    Spytek + Bowles + finding a solid OC would be a wise move. It makes a ton of sense to me.

  3. Thisisouryear!! Says:

    I think Bowles would do well in Minnesota. I’d hate to see him leave. I’d rather Arians retire and have Bowles take over here.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    One bad thing about the Rooney Rule is that candidates get interviews when they really aren’t good prospects….Don’t think that’s the case with Bowles, however.

  5. Alanbucsfan Says:

    I don’t know why Bowles would want to leave Tampa Bay. He’s well paid and well respected here.
    He has a GM who likes to draft defensive players and there’s a good chance the Bucs take a DLineman or 2 early in next year’s draft. Davis will likely be re-signed.
    I doubt if he cares if Leftwich was promoted to HC when or if Arians retires.
    I don’t see Licht hiring a HC that wouldn’t want Bowles as defensive coordinator.

  6. Swampbuc Says:

    Everyone wants offensive guys for the fans.

    Defense wins championships.

  7. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Joes: Do we know if the interview is a zoom call, or a visit to Minnesota? Thanks!

  8. Sparky Says:


    there are enough qualified minority candidates that no team HAS to interview an unqualified one. Unqualified white coaches get interviewed ALL the time though, and no one complains about that.

  9. webster Says:

    Well said sparky. Its a damn shame any time a black candidate get interviewed in any profession, people like tampabucfan immediately spew this unqualified crap. To date, there is only ONE black head coach in the nfl when the league is 70% black players. If any idiot believes this many black players who retire after many years of playing and get into coaching for many years is somehow unqualified, then thats the reason why the rooney rule exist. But its cool to hire a white coach who never played in the league and has only 7 – 8 years total of coach experience with maybe 1-2 years of coordinating experience. Smdh

  10. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Sparky, so your theory is every black coach that doesn’t get hired it’s due to the Rooney rule and it’s not possible after the interview they just aren’t the right fit? So when white coaches interviewed for Miami, Texans last year why wasn’t a white coach hired. FYI, Bowles was a head coach, he was horrible.

  11. webster Says:

    List you are an idiot. There is only one black coach in the nfl. How many white coaches have been horrible as you called bowles? A whole lot of them. And your reading comprehension is s#!+. sparky said an nfl team does not have to interview unqualified minority candidates because there are plenty that are qualified because tampabaybuc implied the minority candidates were unqualified and only interviewed because of the rooney rule. I can guarantee there are minority coaches better than joe judge. Btw…the jets organization is horrible so you cant put all the blame on bowles. He did have a 10 win season with that s#!+ show organization.

  12. Sparky Says:

    @listnfrmafar No, that’s not my theory. I don’t even understand how you got to that from what I said.

  13. Sparky Says:

    @webster gets it. thank you.

  14. Crickett Baker Says:

    I agree with Alecbucs..and I love our current coaching teams. Best EVER!