Todd Bowles: Bruce Arians Didn’t Deserve Credit For Offense

July 28th, 2022

It feels like a lifetime ago, but it was only months ago that the nation was talking/speculating about how Bucco Bruce Arians was heavy-handed with the Tampa Bay offense so Tom Brady forced Arians to quit in order to have more say in playcalling.

One guy who hasn’t weighed in much on that chatter is new Bucs head coach Todd Bowles.

Prickly Pete Prisco of CBS Sports HQ asked Bowles this week what he expects from offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich without Arians around.

Bowles replied and seemed compelled to set the record straight by rejecting the premise of the question.

“I expect him the same,” Bowles said of Leftwich. “Byron ran it the last couple of years. You know, everybody doesn’t know that. They keep trying to give Bruce the credit, and he’s a great OC, but Byron ran it the last three years. Expect the same thing.”

Bowles delivered those quotes without hesitation and in a very relaxed but earnest manner.

It gave Joe a warm and fuzzy feeling. Status quo is more than good enough when it comes to the Bucs offense.

23 Responses to “Todd Bowles: Bruce Arians Didn’t Deserve Credit For Offense”

  1. SOEbuc Says:

    Byron and Brady and any Bucs fan with a brain knew that. Bruce made it clear himself at the beginning and said Byron was going to be running the offense, Todd the defense and I’ll sit on my butt in my golf cart and blow cigar smoke. Then they win a Super Bowl and he’s a HOF coach. I love BA. Him and Todd put together a championship coaching staff in two years. But people didn’t even have to read between the lines when he said that was basically the plan when he arrived.

  2. Goatfarmer Says:

    Naa can’t be. All the conspiracy advocates, without any evidence, claim BA and his red pen ruined the Bucs. They must be right. Too boring for them otherwise.

  3. Rod Munch Says:

    Leftwich is to credit for running up the middle on every 1st down.

    Brady is to credit for bailing the Bucs out of Leftwich’s dumb calls where every series starts off 2nd and 9*.

    *No, not literally every series.

  4. JeffreyLane77 Says:

    It kinda looked to me that Byron and Brady would work together all week on the offensive game plan. Then during that weeks game Arians would try to call plays that didn’t fit with the with the plan. Just saying.

  5. David Says:

    If O line is good, I expect this to be the best Tampa offense ever
    32+ Points per game

  6. Onetrickpony Says:

    Rod Munch

  7. Listnfrmafar Says:

    BA wanted the credit not he was given it. Get the story straight. BA was at the movies.

  8. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Brady shook BL off so many times I thought Brady had Parkinson disease.

  9. WillieG Says:

    “But Brady hated Arians and wanted to bolt to Miami because…..uhhhhh, damn, got nothing, so I’m just gonna ignore this here article.” – MF @ PFT

  10. Bowles4President Says:

    BA was the head coach and got the credit for being a great head coach. Everyone is so used to the team model of the HC having to run the ship for either the offense or the defense, and they can’t rap their head around a HC trusting his coordinators so that the HC can do the 1,000 other tasks required of HC’s outside of x’s and o’s.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    It didn’t take long for Brady to have his name thrown into a conversation that has absolutely nothing to do with BRADY …please let Brady be the QB and allow the Coaches to Coach! If Brady himself said he just followed the script given by his Offensive Coordinator…there are a few here that would crap Avocados!!

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Hot Rod …you ever think that was the plan. It did win a Super Bowl!

  13. Bilobi Says:

    Let’s let the team speak for itself when they have shown what they can do leading up to and winning the next SB, after all this is basically the all pros team, minus one (Gronk), then we can do the laughing or crying in our beer and liquor Ha! Ha!😎

  14. Mort Says:

    JeffreyLane77: it shouldn’t have looked that way if you actually watched the games. Byron was not only the OC and put together the game plan, he was also the play caller for the last three years. BA literally did not do what you described.

  15. 813bucboi Says:

    BL is working magic lol

    JW and TB led the league in passing under BL


  16. Anonymous Says:

    JW was the king of passing yards from the line of scrimmage, that season he averaged about 315+ yards a game and he also averaged almost 2 touchdown passes a game but he also averaged almost 2 interceptions a game that year …there was no magic working there!

  17. It's A Bucs Life Says:

    Keep telling everyone BA was chillin like a G. Drinking, riding around on a golf cart, cussing, drinking and riding Brady’s coat tails.

    Bucs hired the awesome play caller from AZ but got the semi retired figure head who lucked into Brady after failing to whisper the good stuff to Jameis.

    Fingers crossed the cuffs are off of the offense with BA put out to pasture

  18. Goatfarmer Says:

    BA never ran a non contact practice that resulted in his best players getting seriously injured from contact.

  19. captivajim Says:

    Surprised he said that so simply & directly .. Good for Bowles. credit to him as New HC

  20. TampabayDJ82 Says:

    Speaking of coaches , WHY do we still have the same S.T. coach ? I mean I don’t even know his name but I do know he has been terrible for the last 3 years.

  21. mark2001 Says:

    Newsflash… Todd Bowles: Bruce Arians Didn’t Deserve Credit For Offense.

    So who does?

    I suspect Ira.

  22. RobSinger Says:

    Anyone who doesn’t understand that Brady has and is calling and running the Tampa Bay offense and isn’t in charge of changing expected plays at the line of scrimmage when need be, is either smoking the funny weed or drinking the silly juice.

  23. mark2001 Says:

    Brian Called it… maybe a little Bruce and mostly Tom approved it or disapproved it.