Todd Bowles Again Defends Leonard Fournette

September 14th, 2022

Bucs coach Todd Bowles.

Von Miller has been doing quite a bit of whining this week.

One of the premier pass rushers in the game was appalled that Playoff Lenny took out Cowboys freak Micah Parsons on Sunday night when Tom Brady completed a 48-yard bomb to Julio Jones.

To that point Parsons was a gamewrecker. Then Playoff Lenny flattened his arse.

Miller almost immediately took to Twitter Monday morning and whined how that play should be abolished and all but demanded NFL warden Roger Goodell to put a stop to it. Then Miller went on NFL Network and whined some more, calling for abolishing the block.

Miller wasn’t finished. He did a video with Bleacher Report and while he took great pains to say he doesn’t have anything against Playoff Lenny, he was outraged and again campaigned for the hit to be banned, citing player safety.

Bowles commented on Playoff Lenny’s block yesterday, but since Miller went on national forums and platforms do bellyache more, Joe asked Bowles what he thought of Miller doing on a full-court press trying to have the NFL ban Playoff Lenny’s chip block.

Bowles pretty much repeated what he previously said.

“I don’t make nothing of it. It was a legal hit,” Bowles said of Miller’s comments on NFL Network.

Bowles is right. And here is why Miller is barking so much about it:

Miller hosts a pass rusher camp in Texas each summer. Why does he want to help dudes on opposing teams improve their pass rush? Simple, a rising tide lifts all boats. The more sacks a guy can get, the more he is paid. That then helps raise the salary floor of other pass rushers.

So Miller knows if chip blocks are banned, then that will lead to more sacks. More sacks means more guys getting a raise. Miller’s barking about Playoff Lenny’s chip block has little to nothing to do with player safety. That’s a convenient, feel-good front. A trojan horse.

As always, follow the money.

51 Responses to “Todd Bowles Again Defends Leonard Fournette”

  1. MonkeyMan Says:

    He needs to STFU. So sick of his loud mouth always begging for attention.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I suppose that’s true, but I would sure like to see defenses get some rules that actually help them for once. The league has become way too offensive and quarterbacks- especially running ones- are treated like china dolls.

  3. Stpetematt Says:

    I suppose that’s true, but I would sure like to see defenses get some rules that actually help them for once. The league has become way too offensive and quarterbacks- especially running ones- are treated like china dolls.

  4. DoooshLaRue Says:

    That was a badazz legal block.
    Joe should make a gif loop of it and run it 24/7 on this here corner of the interweb.

    Oh, and Antoine Winfield shading Cheetah in the SB too.

  5. Stu Padaso Says:


    Legal hit…….quit crying like a little girly man.

  6. Hawk Says:

    Is he going to cry if someone petitions Goodell to ban sacks when the quarterback is facing the other direction?

  7. Ben the GA Buc Says:

    100% correct, Joe. Only reason it looked as violent as it did was bc Parsons didn’t see it coming.

    Sorry brother, that’s on you. Can’t believe a grown man who sacks QBs on the blind side is complaining about getting chipped when he wasn’t paying attention.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Just how exactly would you ban that hit… was a shoulder to the chest…..

    Yes, Parsons was not looking but how would Lenny know that?

    So….to ban it you would have to say that you can’t block someone unless they see it coming…..ridiculous.

  9. Buczilla Says:

    As always, follow the money.

    I agree Joe.

  10. Joe Says:

    The league has become way too offensive and quarterbacks- especially running ones- are treated like china dolls.

    The more the league gets less physical and tilts to more offense, the higher the ratings go and the more cash that comes in. Owners aren’t in a hurry to make less cash (nor is the NFLPA).

    And yeah, Joe finds it atrocious how much the NFL protects quarterbacks. From a football perspective, it sucks. From a business perspective, it’s damn smart.

  11. Mike pizzoli Says:

    They could potentially say no hitting another player at anytime when he is engaged with another player or when the player isn’t looking. I don’t agree but that’s how I could see them trying to explain why it needs to be banned

  12. Joe Says:

    Just how exactly would you ban that hit… was a shoulder to the chest…..

    Miller is claiming Parsons was a defenseless player. He didn’t see Playoff Lenny coming.

  13. CleanHouse Says:

    Joe, you make a lot of assumptions then state them as fact. We have no idea that Von Miller is commenting motivated by money or does his camp only to make more money for his position group.

    It’s kinda silly how you immediately went there.

    I think the hit just fine for football. I’m digging what Fournette brings to this team.

  14. WhatTheBuc Says:

    Honestly Fournette could have hit him harder. He didn’t hit him while he was engaged even though it would still have been legal. Running backs chip all game. Generally the back just grazes the rusher and the chip is useless. Did you notice that Parsons didn’t get any more sacks after that? Don’t cry for defenders. The defense tees off on guys all the time. I think the league is going to copy Fournette’s technique. Rather than line up an extra tight end, just line a running back up behind the tackle. There’s no doubt that it’s effective.

  15. BigMacAttack Says:

    Less protection and more sacks will lead to more QB injuries. Having said that, many RBs dive at defensive linemens knees which also leads to more injuries and personally don’t subscribe to. Leonard didn’t do this, or anything close. Protect yourself at all times. Keep your head on a swivel and expect the unexpected. Miller is a whinebag.

  16. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Defenseless player, like when two Cboys held ME up while a third blasted him from behind. GTFO. My point being that guys are getting hit all over the field without seeing it coming. OLinemen get blind sided constantly. The Pu$$ification of the World continues. SMDH

  17. Mr. Editor Says:

    That was a great and legal block. Parsons was harassing Brady until that hit. D-linemen will need to be more careful when they stunt and twist. They will make adjustments and so on and so forth. The game evolves. The river flows.

  18. mark2001 Says:

    Parsons thinks he is a big star. Lenny wasn’t impressed and after the shoulder, Micah saw stars. He didn’t see him. How many times do QB’s get blind sided by a rushing DE and are almost broken in half? How about the Cee Dee forearm shiver he gave Winfield? Did AW Jr. cry and moan? Not that I heard.

  19. AbucAway Says:

    People do things for two reasons: the good reason, and the real reason. (Paraphrased)
    -JP Morgan

    The good reason- player safety
    The real reason – money

    Sounds like a reasonable explanation, Joe’s.

  20. D-Rok Says:

    Joe Says:
    September 14th, 2022 at 6:34 pm
    Just how exactly would you ban that hit… was a shoulder to the chest…..

    Miller is claiming Parsons was a defenseless player. He didn’t see Playoff Lenny coming.

    So, if 4 offensive linemen decided to gang-up on Parsons, and then flatted him and jumped on him, certainly suffocating him to death with about 1200 pounds of offensive linemen man-meat, Parsons, and Miller, would be cool with that?

    Geez I’m ROFL at these pansy DE’s and their “entitled” view-points. It was a great block that knocked a guy on his butt. It happens to every player who has ever played football – someday, your clock will get cleaned and your cleats will go flying. Shut up and play the game. Parsons and Miller are acting like retards, if it’s OK to still say retard in this day and age.

    KNOCK THEIR BLOCKS OFF! – Page 3, Handbook of Football, 101.

  21. Bucschamp Says:

    Lol pass rushers goal is to knock down their target but when they get knocked down they cry on social media

  22. ClwJB Says:

    The 240ish lb “DE” got destroyed and is butt hurt

    That is all

  23. Maniac Buc Says:

    So tired of people like MonkeyMan making comments about people who they don’t know personally. I disagree with Von here, but people like MonkeyMan can make those comments behind their keyboard. Show up at Vons’s and Aqib facilities out here in Dallas and make those same comments. Hopefully it’s a time when I’m there so I can witness it. We know you won’t, and if you won’t, then you shouldn’t be making them on line. Keep it about football, and let the other crap go.

  24. Goatfarmer Says:

    Von the Con Miller can kiss my bag.

  25. Bucschamp Says:

    Also don’t know why he was complaining. He was clearly a force against Wells and Lenny just helped. It’s 2 vs 1. If this was parson vs Lenny 1 on 1 and Lenny floored him that would be a lifetime of shame lol.

  26. D-Rok Says:

    No matter what, the goal was accomplished.

    Coach to Cam J: “Man, watch out for that chip-block.”

    Cam J: *SOBBING* “Coach, those guys are vicious dogs out for blood.”

    Insert biggest SMUG emoji I can find. Message sent to rest of league, and I LOVE IT.

    Nothing better to me than a player on offense laying the wood.

  27. BuddhaBuc Says:

    Lumberjack Lenny!

  28. A Bucs Fan Says:

    Truck Stick Lenny got it done.

    If they take this block out of the game then DL should not be able to stunt or run games on olinemen anymore either!

  29. SickofLosing Says:

    If Von wants the chip block banned then the NFL might as well ban gang tackling. That’s pretty much the same thing when a ball carrier is wrapped up and gets blasted by another defender from the sides and/or behind.

  30. Eric Says:

    As 99 always said “keep your head on a swivel” it’s football b@tch!! STFU great chip block.

  31. MovingMatthew Says:

    The NFL is a man’s sport – sometimes boys get hurt

  32. Crickett Baker Says:

    If I feel a little down, I watch that clip of that block and it always makes me smile. 🙂

  33. Goatfarmer Says:

    Lenny for Emperor.

  34. Bucfan1988 Says:

    Ironic Von Miller complaining about that hit when he jacked Brady in the chin with his helmet last year in the Bucs/Rams playoff game…

    Brady yelling at the refs bleeding in his mouth and no call for that hit…

    Miller needs to drink a tall glass of “shut the hell up”…
    Parsons killing his rep by siding with a Miller as well. Not smart…

  35. CrackWise Says:

    Re watching the game now. #41 and #48 are the main reason Lenny went off.

    Wow these guys are special for real

  36. BigMacAttack Says:

    BucFan1988 and Brady got a 15 yard penalty for that by the cheating Little Hockley Jr.

  37. CrackWise Says:

    #41 and #88

    Ko and Ot

  38. Joe Says:


    You see how Ko Kieft took out Kyle VanderEsch? More than once? Beautiful, textbook blocks. Owned him.

  39. alaskabuc Says:

    I find it a bit ironic that grown men that are paid to knock TF out of offensive players are so adverse to getting bit back. I think Von is just trying to get out ahead of the 8-ball and avoid being the next “Truck Stick” Lenny highlight.

  40. Mr. Editor Says:

    Sweep the leg…no mercy.

  41. Oddball Says:

    #41 already has t-shirts with Kieft’s House of Pancakes from his college days.

  42. Cobraboy Says:

    Dear Cam Jordan: fear the Lenny chip…

  43. ModHairKen Says:

    Von Miller is a cooter.

  44. MadMax Says:

    Hey Von, act like your boy Parsons and pull a magic trick where you disappear…this isnt a good look for you man.

  45. Bucswin Says:

    So the hit was sooo bad Parsons is out for the season? Oh right. Can’t even compare this one to Sapps (legal) hit that ended that guy’s career. What a joke!

  46. dbbuc711 Says:

    Put the pass rushers in pink tutus and orange “don’t hit me” jerseys

  47. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Que A League of Their Own. There’s no hitting in football! Von an Parsons should take up soccer if they don’t want to get hit!

  48. Bob Buc Says:

    Somewhere is a researcher who studies cognitive function trying to find an easy test that confirms CTE in football players due to repetitive shots to the head. He has found the key by studying Von Miller from the time period where he cheap-shotted Tom Brady last season with a helmet to the chin hit to this week. Being cool with the Brady shot and going to the fainting couch over Lenny dropping Parsons is the answer. This type of wacky behavior is a sure sign of bad wiring in the noggin. And let’s just ignore that a marquee is not a type of player it’s a canopy over the entrance to the movies.
    As befuddling as it is listening to Micah Parsons (MP/Ms. P*ssy), it’s way more aggravating listening to “sports-writers” for major outlets describe what happened. After watching the tape many times and after stopping laughing my ass off, I’ve tried to square what was written with what my lying eyes told me. I read that Ms. P was engaged, was blindsided, and that Lenny went airborne to deliver the hit. Obviously, these writers have little to no experience with hitting anything – of course, we can’t count bongs.
    On the play in question, MP beat our LT so badly that he was no longer engaged when hit. Now this period from being the hitter to the hit-ee was only a couple of hundredths of a second but distance-wise, footballs a game of inches, right? So time-wise, Ms. P was not engaged.
    Next, he didn’t see Lenny? I’ve heard a rumor that you need peripheral vision in this sport. The only way he couldn’t see him is if he has zero peripheral vision or had two carboard toilet-paper tubes glued to his eye sockets.
    Last, going airborne? I guess when a punter goes airborne, they’re trying to kill a “marquee” rusher who is trying to kill him. Or maybe, just maybe, the punter is following through, delivering max power. Fournette was planted at the time of contact and left his feet as he drove Ms. P in the same direction – airborne.
    The bottom line is that Ms. P and Vonette can dish it out but can’t take it. Their arguments boil down to “he hit me too hard.” It’s the same as a bank robber getting in a shootout with the police and getting shot and crying about police brutality. They may yet figure out that sometimes you’re the hammer and sometimes you’re the nail.

  49. Ben the GA Buc Says:

    Bob Buc, epic post. Well done.

  50. TampabayDJ82 Says:

    So was Lenny supposed to stop and say ” Hey Parsons , I’m going to knock you out so get ready” ?? And do Miller or Parsons waive to the QBs and say I’m going to be ripping your head off before they crush QBs for a living ? No ! If Lenny doesn’t get that block , Parsons would have hit Brady hard af and everyone would have been saying “Wow Parsons is the greatest thing since LT” like they were all game ! Bunch of wussies… Go Bucs and I hope Lenny does the same thing to one of the AINTS players this week , you know , the one’s that took out Lenny and Godwin and probably cost us the Super Bowl ? Funny how Sean ” Punchable Lips ” Payton was supposedly ‘Sick’ for the Bounty Gate 2.0 game 🎯..

  51. Patrick Shea Says:

    He left his feet and hit the guy in the head