Todd Bowles Details Logan Ryan Impact

June 10th, 2022

Peels back the curtain on the new Bucs free agent.

Relaxed, focused, candid — yes Joe’s talking about head coach Todd Bowles going deep answering varous questions during his visit to the Ira Kaufman Podcast.

In part 1 of his sitdown with The Sage of Tampa Bay Sports and Joe, Bowles opened up on the acquisition of safety/cornerback Logan Ryan.

It’s only June and Bowles is obviously convinced he has a gem on his hands for multiple reasons.

“I’ll tell you what, he gained my respect as soon as he got here — he wanted to watch film and he had been watching film on us,” Bowles said of Ryan. “And he’s been here every day. Phase 1, Phase 2, OTAs and minicamp. He picked it up seamlessly. Obviously, he’s been in some very good defenses before and he knows how to disguise and talk to guys. Not only does he pick it up, he’s a good leader and mentor for the other guys.

“I mean, he’ll keep the safeties after practice some. They’ll walk through some things. He gets it. You know, he gets it. And it’s not just his mental, he can play. He actually can play nickel and safety and if we need him at corner, we can play him at corner. So he’s a good chess piece, not just to move around but from a mental aspect. He’s a coach on the field.

“He’s more vocal then we’re used to having back there, which is a great thing. I think [safety] Keanu Neal is, as well. So we just look forward to Ryan getting the system down and understanding the tweaks. You know, he’s a very smart football player. There’s a reason he’s lasted 10 years in this league. Because he’s very smart. He’s very tough. He takes care of his body. And he’s a good model for other players, especially for DBs to follow when he comes in the building, because he understands how to watch film and I think that’s the biggest thing young guys don’t know how to do.”

Joe is not surprised to hear about Ryan fitting in. But the speed with which he’s impressed Bowles and how he’s obviously taken over as a leader among a bunch of defensive backs with Super Bowl rings (Ryan owns two) is extremely impressive.

Enjoy the full episode below. Part II with the head coach will pop early next week.

24 Responses to “Todd Bowles Details Logan Ryan Impact”

  1. Chris Tucker@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Glad to see he is a student of the game! He will get even more vocal, once he learns our system! Exactly what we need, a vocal leader back there!

  2. Mike Says:

    The Bucs could use all the vocal leaders they can get on defense! Love it!

  3. SB Says:

    You want 53 of these types of players on your team.

  4. GOB Says:

    Not to sound like a broken record, but Logan Ryan has 200+ snaps at three different positions. You can’t replicate that kind of experience. He’s also got a hair across his ass about his release from NY. The great thing about him is his plug and play ability. If the bucs have an injury back there, Logan can play outside his natural position, which is nickel corner. He should also bring a calming influence to a sometimes erratic secondary. He’s so knowledgeable, he’ll even challenge coaches on gameplans. Hopefully, bowles will listen to his input. e.g. the disastrous gameplan against the Rams.

  5. Defense Rules Says:

    Logan Ryan is the piece our Secondary has been missing for quite awhile. He’s the type of experienced leader that Bowles NEEDS on the field, and will find a way to get him tons of snaps. Could very well turn out to be the best signing of this off-season.

  6. D-Rok Says:

    When we first got Ryan, I thought to myself, “This guy will make a huge (positive) impact on the Bucs.” And now we are reading why I thought that. Like Brady makes everyone around him better, so too will Ryan make everyone slightly better. Love this signing.

  7. D-Rok Says:

    Agree, DR. This might be the most under-rated signing of this year.

  8. D-Rok Says:

    Before I heap more praise on Ryan: Is he an elite cover guy? No. Is he very good and knows his duty on each play and almost always is in the right place? YES. Steady, solid, few mistakes. He’s just a very good football player, and I love having players with his mentality on the team I’m rooting for. Our secondary WILL be better as long as he’s part of it.


  9. D-Rok Says:

    Agree, SB

  10. D-Rok Says:

    Imagine having a player on offense who was better than average at RB, at WR, and at TE. That player doesn’t really exist, does it? (Although Gronk might/could do OK at all 3). Point is, Ryan is competent and good at multiple positions but not truly elite at any secondary position. Great chess-piece for Bowles in the future.

  11. D-Rok Says:

    Well, geez, lemme walk back my earlier statement: Ummm, NO, Gronk prolly would not be good at RB, LOL. Not quick enough.

  12. Cobraboy Says:

    Is Ryan a future coach?

  13. Defense Rules Says:

    Cobraboy … I wouldn’t doubt it, IF that’s the path he wants to pursue. Bucs have had a number of guys as coaches over the years who were very good as players for various teams and who were able to relate their experiences to the players they coached. And that includes Todd Bowles himself, who never made All-Pro but who sure did have a knack for being around the ball (for interceptions & fumble recoveries).

  14. GOB Says:

    D-Rok, what he lacks in skill, he makes up for with excellent technique. The Patriots coaches taught him well. A lot of what makes up a good secondary players is knowing where to be, at the right time

  15. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    With all the injuries last year, Defensive Backfield was our weakest link. I think we are a lot stronger this year.

  16. Steven007 Says:

    I’ve been wanting us to pick up Ryan for years. Hopefully he fulfills our expectations here.

  17. firethecannons Says:

    hope he rounds up zyon mccollum and smb and Dean and delaney and cockrell and puts on a clinic in the film room

  18. adam from ny Says:

    i personally like how coach bowles is handling jenna early on in the pressers…

    he’s got a savvy angle in approaching people that BA did not have

  19. Stanglassman Says:

    Ryan was drafted in ‘13 and Schiano coached Rutgers until 2012 before coming here to coach. So he was coached up by both Greg S. and BB as a young player. He sounds like a great future coach for sure. If that’s the path he’d like to pursue after football.

  20. 1#bucsfan Says:

    Defense you took the words right out my mouth. We’ve bin needing his leadership n skills for awhile back there. Man Edwards, Winfield and the other DBs are going to benefit from him. Very important signing

  21. Hodad Says:

    He is just what the secondary needed. Let’s not forget we also added another good vet safety to the mix in Neal. Way to double down on the back end. We critize Todd for calling that blitz against the Rams, but the communication was really missing on that play. Who knows how it might’ve turned out if every member of the secondary was on the same page. These two signings hopefully tightens up a our group that’s looked lost at times over the past two years.

  22. THOMAS PFALZ Says:

    Two really good signings indeed, plus Hicks. WOW!

  23. Buc1987 Says:

    Hodad….all great points as usual.

  24. Jerseybuc Says:

    Ryan has been a leader on the field since his Rutgers days. It’s not all
    About 40 yard times or size and speed. Ryan has a chance to give us our best slot corner play since Ronde. That position requires instincts and guile and with Bowles as head coach I can’t imagine he isn’t super pumped to see what the veteran can do for this young Buc secondary.