Leadership Test For Todd Bowles

August 11th, 2022

The Tom Brady extended absence is one heck of an early test for head coach Todd Bowles.

Not only is Brady the team’s larger-than-life spiritual leader, he’s a tempo-setter and a guy who raises the games of others.

Can Bowles get the most out of the team with Brady missing two weeks weeks in August? (Joe’s including the three practices Brady already has missed.)

Will the players know and understand why Brady is gone? Will they all believe whatever reason is offered?

Bowles’ coaching staff also now loses Brady’s real-time feedback, which they’ve come to rely upon and certainly trusted. Joe hopes Brady, wherever he’s going, will be able to watch practice film and share feedback in a timely manner.

No matter how you spin it, Bowles has to ramp up communication with the offense and whatever steps he was taking to earn their trust and buy-in. He had talked about investing time to better know the players on that side of the ball.

Joe is not going over the top here. Brady isn’t just another player, and he will not be attending practices during his hiatus. It’s a huge void.

The goal is a Super Bowl, and a fast start likely will be critical to homefield advantage and a smoother start to winning the NFC south, two of the team’s primary goals.

12 Responses to “Leadership Test For Todd Bowles”

  1. Lt. Dan Says:

    Selfishly – that sucks I want him at practice. But as a human being I pray that everything is ok in his personal life. Much needed reps for Trask – glass half full.

  2. NeverGIVEup Says:

    Well, seeings how this entire staff won the Super Bowl without a preseason. I think it is safe to say that the leadership and accountability program from the coaches is unmatched. That is, until another team does it.

  3. NeverGIVEup Says:

    Oh and @Joe

    Don’t take me dismissing your concerns as a negative. I personally appreciate you guys giving us fun stuff to talk about. Lord knows the alternative topics in life are really divisive. Thus, this is a fun and welcomed relief outlet for some of us.

    Thank You (and Ira) very much

  4. Buc92’ Says:

    This is great for Kyle Trask … the ultimate test & I predict he rises, next season will be won this preseason mark my words


  5. LakelandSteve Says:

    If the Bucs want to determine if Trask is the next quarterback it looks like this is the time. Hopefully they will let him play the majority of the next two games so he can try and get comfortable and the Bucs staff can see who they really have in Trask. It’s better to find out now than next year during the season. If he plays well then maybe he will be the guy next year. If he stinks it up then they will have no doubt that they have to either find someone in the draft or get someone who is already out there.

  6. Bowles4President Says:

    Maybe Arians can bark at the player a little more next week. Couldn’t hurt?

  7. Listnfrmafar Says:

    If BA was HC he would schedule a presser stating whether or not he would throw Brady off the team. Bowles is a non entity when it comes to Brady.

  8. Craig Says:

    It is not Bowles who is on the hotplate, it is Leftwich.

    Brady can adapt to bad play calls, because he sees the defense so clearly. Gabbert and Trask aren’t anywhere near that good, they need some good plays called to make it work.

    I wonder if the Tom/Giselle feud is being mediated (marriage counselor?)

  9. George Says:

    Someone in his family could be having medical issues . Supposedly this was scheduled in advance .

  10. Eddie Marz Says:

    Either give Brady his time off or he doesn’t play this year. It’s a no brainer, give him what he needs and you have him for one more year. It won’t be an issue when the season starts. GOBUCS!

  11. Eckwood Says:

    Leadership vs coordinator vs Head Coach !!

    Welcome to the Todd Bowl

  12. Crunchbuc Says:

    The beginning of a disasterous season with the Authority of a Bruce Arians. Bowles is a weak leader. When Brady forced Arians out I knew we had lost the SB. You must have a strong leader in the HC chair. Bowles is not it. 8-9 at best this season. Hide and watch.