Todd Bowles’ Impact On Offense

September 4th, 2022

Influence on offense?

One reason why Joe, if all things are even, prefers an offensive-minded head coach is because defensive coaches seemingly are not aggressive with their offenses.

Defensive guys usually are way too worried about mistakes and turnovers and subsequently have their offense play conservatively. This lends itself to allowing teams to get back into games and/or pull away.

(Exhibit-A, of course, is Father Dungy and his then-prehistoric Bucs offense. Joe is convinced that cost the Bucs at least one Super Bowl.)

In naming the NFL’s best team using NFL suits as sources, longtime writer and Pro Football Hall of Fame selector Mike Sando documents that one NFL suit thinks Todd Bowles’ defensive roots and DNA may lasso the Bucs offense a little too much.

Well, it’s reasonable to think Bowles will have some influence on the offense. How much is the question?

Joe has a hunch more often than not, Bowles will be hands off and leave that to offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and Tom Brady. What smart coach wouldn’t lean on Brady?

33 Responses to “Todd Bowles’ Impact On Offense”

  1. mark2001 Says:

    Exactly Joe… Lefty is calling the plays, Brady is doing the adjustments, Arians and Moore are watching the game and throwing in their analysis. I think Bowles is bright enough to know if it isn’t broken, don’t try to fix it.

  2. George Says:

    I have very little confidence in any aspect of Bowles coaching.

  3. Chris Tucker@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I agree, and think that Todd will let Byron run the offense.

  4. David Says:

    I think he’ll be smart enough to leave it to BL and TB. I do think they will run the ball 2–3 times more game because of his influence and how it helps the defense but that was before O line issues, so we shall see

  5. BigMacAttack Says:

    He doesn’t strike me as the type to try and fix that which isn’t broken.

  6. Pickgrin Says:

    The only offensive calls Bowles will be making are situational.

    4th and short – Go for it or punt? Stuff like that.

    And even then he will usually do what the offensive minds (ahem – Brady) are “recommending”….

    Todd is smart enough to stay in his lane and largely defer offensive decisions considering the offensive talent and brain-trust involved.

  7. OrlandoBucFan Says:

    As coach, it makes sense that Bowles would have some input on the offense, but he would be a fool to mess with a good thing. Don’t fix what ain’t broken. I think Bowles is wise enough to know better. If Brady and Leftwich leave in 2023, all bets are off.

  8. GABucball Says:

    I think the only difference will be a slight uptick in the run/pass mix, I think for 2 reasons- 1. Get that interior oline some rhythm as they develop 2. Time of possession

  9. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    I don’t think Tom Brady will allow that to happen.

  10. Lt. Dan Says:

    By all accountes Coach Bowles is a smart guy – save for one call that still gives me hives. I expect he lets Lefty and Brady have at it.

  11. Wild Bill Says:

    More passing on first down please! Play to your dam strength!!! A short pass for 6 or 8 yards on first down opens the playbook choices on 2nd down. And it keeps defenses from stacking their run stopping defense on every first down. Keep them guessing and the run game will improve.

  12. Rashad Says:

    Look, as long as we are balanced against the Rams and Saints the offense will be fine.

  13. lambeau Says:

    Bowles left Chan Gailey alone in NY, and I’m sure he’ll let Byron and Tom alone; his clock management in NY was a problem, but since Tom runs the best 2 minute drill in the business, I think Todd is smart enough to defer to him.

  14. ChiBuc Says:

    “He doesn’t strike me as the type to try and fix that which isn’t broken.”

    I think that statement is as true as the reciprocal… Todd’s not the type to try to fix something that IS broke (see Rams blitzing gameplan, and lack of halftime adjustments vs saints).

    Great coach, but his confidence strikes me as stubbornness. Once he’s on the rails, he’s unlikely to change course which may bode well for him to stay out of TB/BL’s way. The jury is out on his game management skills and I’m excited to see how he has hopefully evolved in this regard from his Jets days.

  15. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Wild Bill says it all…short passes & play action on 1st downs

  16. Irishmist Says:

    Hopefully we will go more hurry up. This will cut down on the exotic blitzes our opponents are sure to throw at our inexperienced offensive linemen. Adding KK as a fullback on some plays would also help, both with blocking on running downs, and as a movable blocker that Brady can deploy where needed on passing downs.

  17. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I’d be happy if the only impact he has on our offense is field position and holding opponents to 10 points……

  18. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Perfect example was Mr Defense Tony Dungy going to be Head Coach of the Colts.
    He let Tom Moore run the offense, and stayed out of the way of Moore and Peyton. Kind of interesting Tom Moore is a part of the staff now in Tampa too lol.
    Todd has enough sense to not try and fix something that is not broken.

    GO BUCS!!!!

  19. HC Grover Says:

    No more El Blundo Blunders. Only 1 week left til we see what is up. Hope it is not a Jets Replay. Dallas will tell. Yes I am still sick about the Rams game.

  20. D-Rok Says:

    More screens, please.

  21. LakelandSteve Says:

    The only problems that may arise will be 4’th and short at midfield or in positive territory. Will Bowles be more conservative and punt or attempt field goals where In the last couple of years Arians would go for it more.

  22. Deano Says:

    Right on Wild Bill

  23. Goatfarmer Says:

    Maybe Todd can over-complicate the offense like his defense? So that the receivers don’t know their routes and the linemen don’t know who to block? That would be awesome!

  24. BillyBucco Says:


  25. captivajim Says:

    if we beat Dallas & Packers; then i think Todd lets Lefty & Brady manage game planning.. But if we loose 2 or 3 in a row ;; then Todd gets involved ….

  26. Steve M. Says:

    I hope Bowles gets better. After what he did with the Jets and the critical errors on defense during the Rams game, single coverage of Cooper Kupp and as BA said, 2 defenders who were supposed to blitz, didn’t.

  27. Alvafan Says:

    Conservative? Not a chance with Tom Brady running the offense

  28. Alvafan Says:

    Plus Bowles is not conservative calling the defensive plays

  29. 1#bucsfan Says:

    If anything Bowles is able to throw in some input on what he sees when the offense is out there as a defensive guy. Iron sharpens iron.

  30. Listnfrmafar Says:

    NO WAY Brady let’s that happened. You don’t think this was addressed upon Brady’s return? Why do you think he had BA banished? Go back and watch the games the last two seasons and see how many times Brady shook off BA & BL including the SB. If Brady doesn’t control it, Bucs go no where.

  31. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Joe, FYI Belichick is a defensive minded coach, his offenses were pretty complex and aggressive.

  32. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Wait, didn’t Dungy win the SB with Manning? The total opposite of a conservative offense.

  33. MarkR Says:

    Counting on a head coach to defer to his offensive coordinator when game changing play calls are on the line seems like a stretch to me, and it only takes one wrong decision to make the difference in a game.
    One thing is for sure, those type of decisions will not be left to TB because he will go for it every time!