“He’s Been There And He’s Seen How Not To Do It”

April 7th, 2022

For the five total seasons Todd Bowles was Bucco Bruce Arians’ defensive coordinator, Arians’ teams were a combined 52-29 in the regular season, plus 5-2 in the playoffs.

So Bowles has watched Arians coach his way to winning 65 percent of his games with the Cardinals (2013 & 2014) and the Bucs. For those wondering, that’s a Hall of Fame-level percentage.

It’s Bowles’ Buccaneers team now, but Arians flexed a bit on 98.7 FM in Phoenix yesterday when asked why Bowles will be successful.

“He’s been there and he’s seen how not to do it,” Arians said, referring to Bowles’ four years leading the Jets.

Arians said he’s excited for Bowles because he takes over the Bucs without needing a “feeling out” process; he knows all the coaches, players and the front office. “He can change what he wants to change but he knows the system works,” Arians said.

Joe thinks Arians is on the money, and it represents added pressure on Bowles. There’s no reason to fail with this Bucs roster in a weakened NFC. Win the division, finish with a No. 1 or No. 2 seed and at least get to the conference Championship game. Barring an injury to Tom Brady, that’s the bar for Bowles.

21 Responses to ““He’s Been There And He’s Seen How Not To Do It””

  1. BitcoinTom Says:

    He’s been there? Like calling blitz 40 secs left and leave the triple crown receiver against a safety? Yep he is totally been there.

  2. Scurvy Dogs Says:

    LOL @ bit…at least he knows what not to do in 2022.

  3. Scurvy Dogs Says:

    *fingers crossed*

  4. Bucsfan13 Says:

    @bit. Bowles should not be defined by that one mistake. I actually think he’s going to be a refreshing change from BA. Less talk, more work.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    There can be no question that BA left Bowles in great shape as far as restarting his HC career…….He’s already started to speak up for BL….so perhaps BL is next….
    Bruce Arians is all about legacy….he’s beginning his coaching tree….like Parcels, Dungy, Bill & others….

  6. HC Grover Says:

    Ariens…the thing that would not leave.

  7. Craig Says:

    If it fails it will not be Bowles’ fault. If it works it will not be Bowles’ win.

    Ariens side step wasn’t really a step away, it was a step behind cover.

    This is not like any coaching change I have seen, the massive staff will stay the same, or close, because there really isn’t time to change anything.

    I hope it works, and I hope Bowles is a Trask fan, because he is the future of the Bucs now and will be the future of the Bucs at the end of the day, whether Bowles is HC or not.

  8. PSL Bob Says:

    We were lucky with injuries during our SB run. We were decimated last year. Hopefully, this year will be a mediocre year for injuries. As long as none of our key players get taken out for the season, we should be in good shape.

  9. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Bucsfan13, this is a game of what have you done for me lately? Yesterday’s successes are just that yesterday’s. I agree BA is like shat on your shoe, GO AWAY and let these guys go to work. Bowles and BL are big boys they don’t need you babysitting them. WTF.

  10. Aaron Says:

    Who Dat Is going to Da Playoffs

  11. Defense Rules Says:

    BitCoinTom … ‘He’s been there? Like calling blitz 40 secs left and leave the triple crown receiver against a safety? ‘

    I assume since you’re calling out Bowles that you’ve watched & rewatched that play 100 times at least and you’re now 100% certain that it was the play-call and NOT player execution of the play that caused the breakdown.

    Well I’ve watched it a bunch of times too Tom, and to me every time it looks like faulty player execution. Would the max blitz have worked IF Bucs’ players had executed it as designed? I THINK that it would’ve, but obviously can’t say that conclusively since that’s NOT what happened.

    Best I can recollect, no one in the media has interviewed Todd Bowles about THAT play. Nor have they interviewed in detail any of the Bucs’ defenders who were actually involved in the play (just vague generalities; no specifics). MAYBE they did & I missed it, but rewatching that game’s Postgame press conference, both BA & LVD said the play was a blitz call but that some guys got the call, some didn’t. DUH! A playoff game, tied score, last minute, with the whole season on the line and SOME PLAYERS DIDN’T GET THE CALL? YGBSM.

  12. Wild Bill Says:

    My understanding is the Rams were in hurry up play and the bucs were too slow getting set. True or not it was a major fup.

  13. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Wild Bill, which would tell me the play most likely came in late. DR, ABSOLUTELY the wrong play call execution or not. Stafford is the best against the blitz. Why do you keep defending the call? There are so many professional players and coaches that called him out for it.

  14. Anonymous Says:

    It was a risky call to blitz with three game on the line, just like it was for the Rams to win the Superbowl. But, it was most definitely a blown play by the secondary, and with cupp and Stafford that capitalized immediately on it. Bowlers it’s a good coach either way you slice it….

  15. BiggBucc Says:

    It was a risky call to blitz with three game on the line, just like it was for the Rams to win the Superbowl. But, it was most definitely a blown play by the secondary, and with cupp and Stafford that capitalized immediately on it. Bowlers it’s a good coach either way you slice it….

  16. Bucs Win Says:

    Aaron, not a chance in hell.

  17. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Bucs are about to find out. Hope so.

  18. TJ Says:

    It was a stupid call plain and simple. Our secondary was getting toasted ALL game on blitzes. Actually getting toasted all season on EVERY play. Our defense was not Super Bowl Championship level D. Not at any point last year were we a championship Defensive team. Unlike last year where the defense got its act together for the playoff run. It was coaching. He had a bad Year and it was topped by a bad game against the Rams. But that’s how we played all year. Todd Bowles Defenses on the Jets were exactly the same in regards to being poorly disciplined and ALWAYS towards the league lead in penalties.

    All that being said, I LOVE the hire of Bowles as head coach. The players RESPECT him and maybe the two other Defensive coaches will emphasize DISCIPLINE and the collective group of coaches win championships.

  19. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Some of you guys are making yourselves look foolish. Look I get that it’s fashionable to be a hater but some of you have gone well beyond “fashion”.

    Todd Bowles played seven years in the NFL…he’s coached more than two decades…and people come here and wish to judge close to 30 years in the NFL on ONE FREAKING PLAY. IF Bowles made the very worst mistake in the world that would be MORONIC. Given that it’s just as likely it was Devin White’s mistake why aren’t you all jumping on him. Should we trade him for one play?

    Some of you guys must wake up to a breakfast of Wheaties floating in urine!!!
    I mean really who whizzed in your cereal to create such unfounded and ignorant hate!

    I don’t know if the Bucs even make it to the SB this year. But if they do and even win it there will be guys here talking about Bowles ONE call in ONE game last year! Get the eff over it. That season is gone. It’s time to get ready for the next one.

    The worst thing you can do in life…sports, business, relationships whatever is to let yesterday’s failures paralyze you!

  20. Listnfrmafar Says:

    stp, Bowles has exactly had a career as a winner, you cannot discount his 4 yrs at the Jets. Last two seasons the Bucs O averaged over 30 pts a game. He clearly digressed in 2021, yes in part to injuries that all teams experienced. He’s in a great position to cement a legacy, let’s see how he does.

  21. Bucs96NYC Says:

    Bucs schedule is TOUGH this yr even w/ the weak division. How the games are scheduled will be key. If it’s soft in the beginning & let Bowles x the new additions settle in then I think he’ll be fine but we don’t get out to a good start & the questions start….


    You know all the ppl that say Arians leaving isn’t a big deal lol. The guy won the last 4 places he’s been! ARE YOU KIDDING ME! That’s not by accident!