Todd Bowles Named Head Coach Good For Tom Brady, Better For Byron Leftwich

March 31st, 2022

Resume building.

Joe already twittered this morning about why it is better short-term for the Bucs to have hired former defensive coordinator Todd Bowles to replace Bucco Bruce Arians than offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich.

Why? Because the Bucs are in win-now mode. Bowles has experience as a head coach working in arguably the toughest market in the land. Leftwich has never been a head coach. So when you are focused short-term, Bowles is a much better option.

Vinnie Iyer of The Sporting News believes this is a win-win for Leftwich. Reports said Lefwich was a finalist for the gig in Jacksonville, and now he doesn’t get thrown in a fire of his first head coaching gig with Super-Bowl-or-failure expectations.

Additionally, Iyer types, Tom Brady will only make Leftwich look smarter and more valuable for future job openings.

Bowles no doubt got the promotion over Leftwich because of experience. Leftwich is only 42, nearly three years junior to Brady. But his wait to become the next offensive hot shot head coach is Brady’s gain.

Brady can continue the direct peer relationship with Leftwich. Leftwich can continue to have his full focus on offensive scheming and organization instead of worry about all aspects of the operation.

Leftwich gets better as a play-caller and coaching candidate the longer he gets to work with Brady. They might have been running Arians’ style of aggressive passing offense, but Leftwich tailoring it to Brady’s strengths and objectives in his own way is what made it so successful. That won’t change.

Joe hadn’t thought of Iyer’s angle of working with Brady (again) boosting Leftwich’s shot at getting a head coaching gig.

Joe has reservations about Leftwich, but we should learn this fall just how much weight Arians threw around behind the scenes in relation to the offense.

No NFL offensive coordinator in the history of the game has guided two different quarterbacks to throw for over 5,000 yards in a season. Well, none other than Leftwich.

37 Responses to “Todd Bowles Named Head Coach Good For Tom Brady, Better For Byron Leftwich”

  1. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    Should’ve been Leftwich named as HC. Bowles totally f’d up vs. Rams

  2. Proud Bucs Fan Says:

    And bowls won’t undermine Leftwich and Brady like a certain head coach did last year because of ego.

  3. Captain Dan Lawrence Says:

    I believe we made the right decision for the team moving forward! Go BUCS!

  4. New England Patriots Fan Says:

    Is it better being a OC making 300k or a HC making 5-10m/y?

  5. Dooley Says:

    Bowles has more HC exp, Leeftwich gets to keep padding his HC resume. I wouldve been happy with either being HC, works even better both ae STILL here. Continuity is underappreciated

  6. Bird Says:

    And yah if brady was causing people to be axed like lamarcus claims

    You dont think the head coach would have been Leftwich? Him and brady are tight and brady would have even more power

  7. New England Patriots Fan Says:

    I like the Todd hire because it allows Tom to control the offense with Byron and replacing Byron at OC with another SB caliber OC this time of year would be impossible and they may fight with Brady.

  8. NCBucfan Says:

    So we are calling it a success because Jameis threw for 5000+ yards? Lol. Didn’t he also have like 36 turnovers that year. How is that success?

  9. TDTB2022 Says:

    Leftwich owes Licht a few Bromosas.


  10. GOB Says:

    Its better for Brady. Without the added distractions of head coaching, BL and Brady can focus singularly on the offense, without BA sticking his fat red face into the gameplan. For all of you believing it was coincidence that BA “stepped aside” the same day Brady announced his return, I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you. Had leftwich been name head coach, it would effectively, at least partially, have taken away Brady’s only sounding board. Bowles needs only coach the defense, and not make mistakes. Bowles doesn’t need to be a great head coach for Tampa to achieve.

  11. Listnfrmafar Says:

    All sarcasm aside, is there anyone on this site that doesn’t truly believe the following is the reason BA is gone?

    1. Losing a game to the 4-13 Jets and your HC is arguing on the sideline with a player? Not to mention one that is known for being unstable?

    2. Coming in at the 11th hour to change up a game plan that BL & TB12 worked on all week?

    3. Constant bashing of players in pressers after losses?

    6. Striking another player on National TV?

    7. And the final straw, not being prepared for at that time the biggest game of the season?

    8. I would add one more, using Darden as your return guy and not firing your ST buddy coach.

    Brady wasn’t going to play for BA again. I am not saying he didn’t like BA as a person but not as a coach. After the Rams game Brady gave is ultimatum and BA said he wasn’t leaving. Being the chest pumper that he is, he boast how he was coming back. Glazers and Licht took one look at the downfall of revenue and the direction the team was headed in and hence the BS office job. A BA contingency could of been Bowles as new HC, which doesn’t effect Brady, he has his puppet BL. If you don’t agree with me, you’re probably in denial. Sorry reality sucks.

  12. Lamarcus Says:


    No. Leftwich is not a HC candidate. Only bias Bucs fans believe that. Bowles was the right choice in this isolated situation. Why would you have Leftwich take over a team like this??? It’s so dramatic around here even have players tripping naked in the middle games, Brady crying about how he being yelled at, etc. This Paytons Place not One Buc

  13. Cleanhouse Says:

    Coach Brady- go for it man….let’s see your vision unfold. I trust your winning instinct.

  14. Navfree17 Says:


    You constantly come on here spewing wrong facts. And, then say if we don’t believe you, we’re in denial!

    1. Your very first “point” is wrong! We didn’t lose to the Jets.
    2. Etc..garbage..repeating what National talking heads are repeating and pure speculation. But, please continue making balloon bicycles at kids parties. Clown.

  15. New England Patriots Fan Says:

    When is AB resigning, his cut/quit cost Tampa a third ring and Brady his chance at 3 in a row.

    AB was the second best weapon on the team following Chris injury.

    Tom came to Tampa for weapons and a chance to have a say on offense.

    He lost 2 great weapons and the offense was never the same.

    That Rams game was a 27-3 comeback to 27-27 it was one of Toms greatest games of his entire career with multiple hurt and cut weapons.

    AB as a no4 would be a great signing and he would drop his lawsuit

  16. New England Patriots Fan Says:

    @List, you and I and a few others since the AB situation repeated it would cost Team a SB, Tom was angry at BA, Tom didn’t retire from league just Tampa, Tom didn’t like BA influence on offense etc, every thing we stated came true and was backed up by the actions of the people involved and still like 50% of the commenters are in denial. Haha.

  17. David Says:

    I commend BA where the way he is handing this off. This creates a stable coaching environment for the next several years while they transition away from Brady after next year or the year after.
    It shows the loyalty he has to his coaches. He could’ve retired next year along with Brady and some of these older guys leaving and left them in a bad situation.

    All the noise about Brady wanted him gone I think it’s absolute BS. Between the NFL network and ESPN there are a lot of ex players talking and many of them play with BA. They all say it’s garbage. They all say every player loves BA, he’s great to be around, tough and fair.

    The fact that so many “fans” of the Buccaneers on these pages swallow that and garbage is insane to me.

  18. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Listnfrmafar, keep on trying. Maybe you’ll be able to convince yourself. Just because BA didn’t tip you in the men’s room is no reason for your idiocy.

  19. Steven007 Says:

    List, all sarcasm aside, that’s not how it went down. You know how I know that? You weren’t there. For any of it. Neither was I. And I’m not talking about your numerated list. I could do a much longer list showing the opposite kinds of things. But as I’ve stated before, at this point who cares? Done is done. In the service of what exactly do we need to know every detail of why this decision was made? Knowledge that we will never fully know in any regard. Case in point, none of the talking heads with inside information knew any of this. It was then fed to a few well-known scribes just as planned. I do understand with your Bruce hatred the need to pound your point in every chance you get. When I was less mature I used to do the same things. That was a long time ago. Here’s hoping one day you reach that same epiphany. Fingers crossed.

  20. Ash Says:

    Ab ain’t coming back to the bucs I’m not sure he will play anywhere this upcoming season so yoy go ahead and let that candle die.

  21. SufferingSince76 Says:

    NE Pat fan, you’re as delusional as Listnfrmafar. There’s no proof of anything and you wouldn’t know anything other than what you’ve read. Does New England no longer have a team?

  22. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Russell Gage got the $ AB would’ve got if he didn’t Ass-out. AB is done.

  23. WillieG Says:

    I wonder how Bowles will handle situations like the 1 minute at the end of the first half in the NFC Championship game? Any insight?

  24. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Nav, never said Bucs lost to the Jets, at that point in the game when the AB episode went down the Bucs were losing. Steven, I agree with you, if there was dissention between BA and Brady and I definitely believe there was the timeline and actions of both seem to confirm this, BA did the admirable thing by stepping down. He may not of had a choice but let’s give him the benefit of the doubt. Is it immature to let everyone know I told you so? Yes but sorry to say there is some satisfaction reminding those who have doubted me in a not so nice way that in fact they were wrong. As far as the talking heads, Joe can attest to this, many of these stories are planted by people in players and or coaches camps to get out in the mainstream. This is definitely one of them.

  25. JayWill Says:

    I know for a fact Byron wanted to used playaction and/or motion more in 2019 because he saw how it benefited Winston. He was overruled by Arians. They used it least in the league even the Winston had a triple digit rating using them. Byron even pointed out how often Brady, Mahomes & Wilson used it because it made it easier on the qb…1st yr with Brady he had to go over Arians head during the bye week, to get changes made to the offense because Byron and Brady were getting their game plans overruled by Arians. Brady is polite in the camera but he is just aa ruthless as Jordan and will throw his weight around now that he isn’t with Belicheck. I was told Brady said “I see why Manning and Winston threw so many picks this scheme is bs.”

  26. Steven007 Says:

    But the thing is List, you didn’t tell us so. You just continually took a crap on the coach. That’s not telling us anything any other number of posters supposedly told us. You didn’t know this was going to happen. I didn’t know this is going to happen. I mean Shaq Barrett didn’t even know it was going to happen. So I guess I’m just saying, stop pretending you knew it was going to happen because you didn’t. But I do applaud you for admitting your immaturity. That was, ironically, mature of you.

  27. Anonymous Says:

    Not until the full truth comes out about the monumental defensive breakdown at the end of the Rams playoff game will we know the entirety of just happened in Tampa. Whatever it was so utterly frustrated Brady to cause him to knee jerk retire. It was something that was so beyond the GOAT’S ability to control that Brady was never going to let it happen again. Honestly, it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that BA caused some of the confusion on the defensive side during that final Rams drive. It would be very interesting to see isolated sideline footage of the Bucs’ coaches their (mis)communications with the Bucs’ defenders. What IS clear is that BA immediately circled the wagons after the game to keep any one player or coach from being blamed. Perhaps the truth already came out here and I missed it. Regardless, throwing the game away so obviously will forever haunt Tom Brady in the same way his dropped pass in the Eagles SB still haunts him.

    Clearly, the lack of professionalism indicated by that last defensive series, along with BA’s beloved “Booze Culture” and the leaked story about his interference with Byron and Tom’s weekly gameplanning last season, were all factors which drove Brady to retire. If Brady was ever going to reconsider his decision, BA stepping down would have been his first demand.

    Perhaps his second demand was that veteran teammate and SB champ Logan Ryan be signed so that Tom would be assured that his same dedication, attention to detail and accountability would be demanded of a Defensive unit that needed it greatly. No more “gravedigger” antics. An “act like you’ve been there before” attitude will be the new look of a Bucs Defense which will slowly earn its swagger back one game at a time.

  28. Anonymous Says:

    Why is know nothing List still here? nothing he posts is accurate, and I mean zip, zilch, zero. yet he continues with his insider info no matter how many times he is proven wrong. Are the Pats really that bad and boring that their fans have to pollute our Bucs board?

  29. geno711 Says:

    Listnfrmafar Says:
    March 31st, 2022 at 12:24 pm

    I really did not understand any of your points.

    I would say I clearly continue to see no evidence that Brady and Arians had a rift.

    But you and Mike Florio can agree with a narrative. Freedom of choice.

  30. a-bomb Says:

    Speculate all you want but here are facts: Without BA coming aboard, Licht would have been fired and Brady would have never gone to Tampa. For that reason alone BA is a Bucs legend.

  31. Bucs Guy Says:

    I just have one question on Bowles — is he going to continue on as Def Coors or is he going to hire/promote a new Def Coord?

  32. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Geno, that wasn’t my post, obviously one of you with nothing better to do posted under my name. Like I said Steven and Anonymous, you are in denial. Are you both oblivious to the obvious? Bucs made up a job for him to save face, he doesn’t even know what his role is. Stop with the BA crush, Brady saved his career and that’s a FACT! NO BRADY NO SB NO NFC SOUTH TITLE! Deny that.

  33. Bobby M. Says:

    Leftwich will probably be a career OC….and likely a good one but he’s been passed over now by the Cardinals who got a good look at him…..multiple teams that have interviewed him AND now the Bucs who also had very good insight on him. Until Leftwich proves he can groom a young QB, he has no value and at best will only be attractive to teams in total disarray.

  34. Steven007 Says:

    List, no Arians and Licht is fired. No Licht and Arians, no Brady. And that is a fact.

  35. Listnfrmafar Says:

    So TB12 wins somewhere else. No big deal.

  36. alton d green Says:

    Do y’all realize that it hasn’t been 1 complete day and you guys are arguing already. There’s no room for Helter Skelter on Tom Brady’s team. I am saying that if we screw up, it will be on Todd Bowles’ ego. TRUST ME!!!!!

  37. stpetebucsfan Says:


    You know why your posts ALWAYS stink? Because you ALWAYS pull them from your rectum.