Todd Bowles Is OK With Chippy Play

August 18th, 2022

Bucs coach Todd Bowles.

So this morning is the second of two controlled scrimmage practices with the Titans. Given what happened last year, Joe is anxious to see what happens today.

Last year with the Titans came to town for two controlled scrimmages, Tennessee seemed to push the Bucs around a little bit. Joe is convinced then-Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians chewed out his team for being soft and ordered them to man up.

The next day, there were fights and tussles all over the place. Arians, who previously would loudly bark how fights would not be tolerated by his players, was asked about the fights, in particular furniture-toss, rock-throwing, bicycle-wining, V-card forging quitter Antonio Brown landed a quality right hook on a Tennessee defensive back.

“Fights? I didn’t see any fights,” Arians said. When asked directly about Brown’s fight, Arians scoffed, “Ah, swattin’ at flies.”

Yesterday it seemed at times tensions were rising between the Bucs and the Titans and current Bucs coach Todd Bowles seems OK with that, to a point.

“I thought the competition was good,” Bowles said. “You are going to get a little close here and there – it can’t be totally clean.

“We’re trying to do the right things on both sides, and I thought we did a good job.”

Joe would be concerned if the Bucs didn’t push back or even lash out from time to time. Tennessee is one of those teams that pushes the envelope on purpose. They are a physical team. The more they push and pound and get away with it, the more they will come after you.

Tough teams do well in the playoffs. Tough teams don’t tolerate getting pushed around without retaliation of some sort.

4 Responses to “Todd Bowles Is OK With Chippy Play”

  1. Tim Says:

    There’s always gonna be some pushing and shoving, if not what the hell are they out there for? Save the skirts for the cheerleaders. Nothing wrong with having a hard edge to their play. Make em remember the day they played the Bucs

  2. Goatfarmer Says:

    Good. Now teach them to block and tackle.

  3. Casual Observer Says:

    Farmer – Amen; especially tackle.

  4. CrackWise Says:

    I love it. Good article Joe.

    It would be a shame if a Canadian sport became more physical than an American sport.

    Granted, nothing is more fun to watch in person than a Championship Hockey team go the finals in Back to Back to Back years.

    Although, I stand to be corrected. I would love to see the Bucs take it down 2 out of 3 years.

    All starts with being more physical than the guys you’re playing. As we have seen the Bolts do the over and over the last decade now. You just keep pounding your opponent into submission. Eventually taking the will to even compete, right out of them.

    The Bucs are set up talent wise to do this. Now is the time to practice it.