“Embarrassing Stuff”

November 29th, 2022

Bucs coach Todd Bowles.

Joe likes to use this quote from his good friend Mike Tanier of Football Outsiders because it is so damn true.

And man, did this quote apply to the Bucs on Sunday.

Failing offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, well, what more needs to be said unless someone is asking what high school he will be coaching next year. And while Joe hates roasting Bucs coach Todd Bowles because Joe likes him a lot and really wants him to succeed, Bowles’ bloody hands are all over the carcass of the Bucs’ loss to the Browns.

No, Bowles may not have been calling the plays on offense but he’s good with Leftwich botching games week after week. If Bowles didn’t accept, condone, tolerate and approve of Leftwich’s nonsense, Leftwich wouldn’t be here.

The quote of Tanier’s that Joe is referencing is, “Never underestimate how a bad coach can drag a team down.”

Boy, oh boy, was that on display in Cleveland. Joe doesn’t know how the Bucs recover from that loss. You look at the schedule. Where exactly are four wins, which should wrap up this hapless NFC South division?

It seems Benjamin Solak of The Ringer is of the same mind as Tanier. Solak suggests Bucs fans have every right to be unhinged over how Bucs coaches fully threw away a vital win in Cleveland.

Yes, this is likely Tom Brady’s final year with the Bucs, unless something changes dr astically. It is not just irresponsible, but immoral how this coaching staff is p!ssing it away. Joe will never see the greatest quarterback in NFL history lead the Bucs again.

68 Responses to ““Embarrassing Stuff””

  1. captivajim Says:

    Bowles has the audacity to say ” he owns it ” “i’m ok with the decisionI made ” ;; the problem is I seriously doubt the players are Ok with it ; Knowing what Brady did in last 44 seconds of Rams game …. How could they be Ok with it ???

    He will never genuinely be seen or respected as a HC by all our guys -never. Nor should he be !!!!

  2. ElioT Says:

    Bowels and Leftwich make Arthur Smith look like a smart HC.

    Let that sink in.

  3. Upstate NY Buc Fan Says:

    Section 105 seat #20-I was ashamed and cussed at all game for how lousy Brady and the offense looked, I watched Bowles walk out with Lefty before game started, they looked like 2 zombies walking to the sidelines… I had to leave before the final TD to avoid being ambushed by Browns fans, BAD!!!!

  4. Goatfarmer Says:

    Brian Flores or Eric Bienemy

  5. sasquatch Says:

    If Bowles remains after this season it will be one of the worst decisions in franchise history. The Glazers must make a change. I hope they read this stuff.

    When the national media is calling the coaching an embarrassment, something’s not right.

  6. LVMYBUCS Says:

    I just know what they were thinking when they gave him the job did they really think he learned how to be a good head coach after being fired from the Jets overnight.

  7. bucfan999 Says:

    Bowles is a DC who is only acting like a HC. Bowles was afraid of the GOAT throwing an interception and putting his defense in a bad position. He wasn’t trying to win the game.

    Some people are what they are, Bowles is a very good aggressive DC, always at the top of the league in blitzes but for some reason he is a very timid HC. He doesn’t think like a HC trying to win a game, he thinks like a DC saying don’t make a mistake that will put his defense in a bad position & that’s what is wrong with him. HE IS A DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR NOT A HEAD COACH.

    Jason Light & the Glazer Boys need to act fast after this season and fire Bowles & Leftwich or they will lose all the goodwill from the fans that has been built up the last 3 seasons.

  8. Defense Rules Says:

    Good article Joe. I feel pretty much the same as you about Todd Bowles. Unlike you though, I put a lot more blame for this debacle of a year on Jason Licht. And yes, on Bruce Arians also.

    Licht is the GM. He has hiring AND firing responsibility. Far as I’ve always been told, HCs don’t fire anyone without the approval of the GM (and surely ownership). At this point, I would’ve cut bait on both Leftwich AND Armstrong.

    Even suggesting that Bowles is running this offense (or even influencing it) is circumspect. Bucs have only run the ball on 33.6% of our plays this year. Does THAT sound like what a defense-minded coach like Bowles would direct? Hardly. Last season BA’s offense ran it 33.8%. Year before he ran on 36.3% of the plays.

    In Sunday’s game Bucs ran it on only 20 plays our of 66 (30.3%) against a team with a really bad run defense. Bucs threw it DEEP on 11 plays (one resulted in a PI penalty), and completed only THREE. Does THAT sound like what a defense-minded HC like Todd Bowles would direct? No way. Bowles is staying hands-off this offense … and THAT’S the problem. Letting BL run the offensive show without adult supervision is akin to committing hari kari.

  9. Defense Rules Says:

    bucfan999 … ‘He (Bowles) doesn’t think like a HC trying to win a game, he thinks like a DC saying don’t make a mistake that will put his defense in a bad position & that’s what is wrong with him. HE IS A DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR NOT A HEAD COACH.’

    Nailed it.

  10. D-Rok Says:


    D-Rok Says:
    November 29th, 2022 at 12:07 pm
    Defense Rules, if you’re reading this:
    You’ve been correct in calling out Licht for his blunders this year. Not signing Suh was huge, especially after we got Hicks. No problem from me getting Hicks – our D-line was gassed at end of season last year. But Hicks, Vea, Suh in a rotation? That trio, now in hindsight, would’ve been huge.

    Licht brought in Gage and Julio. Hasn’t worked out yet, but there’s still time for them to shine and bring production, but I’m not holding my breath. It didn’t work out for these 2 new additions, but I can at least see why he made those moves.

    Licht did nothing to replace the talent of Jensen and Cappa. They thought they were smart by thinking Hainsey and Goedeke would step up. Hainsey has been average, but a HUGE downgrade from Jensen. Don’t need to point out Goedeke’s flaws, they are obvious. But it’s the evaluation of these players, and the lack of moves, that is suspect.

    So there’s a few blunders up until now, player-wise. Now, however, I think it’s getting to GM negligence, because he is standing still and doing nothing while this team massively underperforms and is mostly not competitive. Whilst I realize the owners usually sign-off on important coaching hires/fires, doesn’t the GM have a responsibility to make changes when coaches are inept? Maybe Glazers have hand-cuffed him and he can do nothing even if he wanted to.

    It’s obvious to anybody with half a brain that SOMETHING needs to change. Is Licht really content with this record with this talent? Licht needs to be a leader, make some coaching changes, and do something to light a fire under this team.

    So I’m with you – Licht should be doing something, but is not. And if he’s not, WHY isn’t he telling us fans why not? Don’t we deserve to be informed? Or am I asking too much or being naive?

    Todd is not an NFL head-coach, that much is evident. Leftwich needs help, that much is evident. The run-game needs help, the pass-game needs…etc.

    This season is wasted unless change occurs, now.

    End of rant.

  11. unbelievable Says:

    The Trio of Ineptitude:

    Bowles. Leftwich. Armstrong.

    (Bowles is a very good DC, but he’s not a HC, clearly.)

  12. robert Says:

    It’s pretty bad, when you get to where you can’t stand to see their stoopid a$$ faces. and that is because neith othe the coaches have taken accountability.

    they are not be qualified as a ball boy at this point.

    and hearing brady say he would rather lose and play than not play….dude is starting to sound like a washed up qb that can’t let go.

    Trask is getting closer and closer to getting his shot. just hope the coaches don’t blame the rest of the losses on him. they should have been fired weeks ago. we all know why they still have a job.

  13. Tye Says:

    What is embarrassing is how BAD Bowles and Leftwich are setting ‘minorities’ Back by being SO PUTRID that it makes those old mindset feel justified thinking certain types make poor coaches….
    We don’t need just any ‘minority’ to represent, We need quality, top notch guys to represent!

  14. TombsEN Says:

    Man why are my comments not coming through???

  15. SB~LV Says:

    Bowles is bad for business!
    I don’t look forward to coming here !

  16. TombsEN Says:

    There is no need for people to talk about color when venting their frustrations with Bowles and Leftwich keep it to football for goodness sakes. Pete Carroll and Bill B failed their first times as coaches too so can’t blame the Glazers for giving Bowles another shot.

  17. Bring back the lawn chairs Says:

    Dungy 2.0
    ‘We just have to play better’.

  18. Tucker Says:

    It’s 9 games in already unless they change? They havent changed in 9 games seeing the same gutless gameplan week in and week out and if you don’t have confidence in the greatest to ever do it why are you here get your things and don’t let the door hit you on the way out don’t forget to take leftwich and Armstrong with you. It is absolutely criminal what you are doing to this team and the players, they should have cuffed you on the tarmac. Do the fans a favor and quit coward.

  19. CChead Says:

    Its not the ratio of run to pass plays. Its the actual play calls and when they are called. I don’t remember seeing Evans going over the middle to make a high percentage pass to move the sticks on 3rd down.
    What I do remember from Sunday was 3rd down passes short of the sticks over and over again.
    Play calling sucks. Its as bad as I have seen since the Greg Schiano and Mike Glennon days 10 years ago.
    Get rid of this coaching staff now. Let TB12 call his own plays at the line. Manning did it in Denver and won a Super Bowl.Guarantee we score more than 18 ppg.

  20. HC Grover Says:

    Amazing….he thinks he is doing all the right stuff. It flys in the face of reality. He must be a nut job.

  21. Mike Johnson Says:

    Buc fans are in the top 4 worst of the NFL.

  22. Bring back the lawn chairs Says:

    Either Bowles gets an epiphany
    Or it’s gonna be same old same old next time.
    Because a clock management specialist is not on the incoming horizon imo.

  23. Beej Says:

    Whatever our run % is, we had 18 of 20 runs not even average 3 yards each. 3rd and 7, rinse and repeat. If we could run 3x in a row and move the sticks, we WOULD run more. I see no reason to assume running MORE would improve the outcome. It’s been exactly the same since our first preseason game

  24. Seattle Buc is back in TB Says:

    Just Brutal roasting lol. The coaches deserve every bit of it. Don’t let up. What a joke. Bruce must be disgusted.

  25. Bring back the lawn chairs Says:

    Somewhere out in cyberspace Mike smith is laughing his arse off knowing he wasn’t the worst the Bucs have seen….
    Same goes for lemon Bennett,
    And ray Perkins too.

  26. jehzsa Says:

    OTOH, J. Camarda got the gameball….again.

  27. HC Grover Says:

    A Leapord can’t change his spots and Bowles can’t change his Prevent Game Plans. It will get even worse if he tries. You ain’t seen nothing yet. If he changes his plan he will be lost in orbit with Plan 9 by the half and no way back to the Earth.

  28. adam from ny Says:

    one thing to consider if this continues to play out the way it has, is if coach gets canned, we happen to lose a top flight DC…it’s not like he is going to be demoted back into the position…

    we could be looking for both a new OC and DC if they pull the plug…

    it’s a real shame to lose such a great DC…

    outside of the rams game to end last season, and yeah no one is going to forget that — he has been a top tier DC here who has the guys buying in to the system, knowing it well after being in it for years, and flying around & not thinking first when they bring their A game

  29. Vsyl Says:

    Please, bring in sean Payton

  30. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    Just think. If Brady made a few of throws he missed, we wouldn’t be having these discussions.

  31. adam from ny Says:

    time to start thinking saints…

    they have been our rival for the longest and they aren’t going to be forgetting week 2 with BA & lattimore yelling, ME13 getting kicked out, and all the usual bucs vs saints antics…

    this game ain’t gonna be no kinda pushover

  32. adam from ny Says:

    yeah brady sailed a handful of throws at the dogpound

  33. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Adam from NY..

    No pushover? Yeah, I think Pittsburg, Carolina, Cleveland taught us that.

  34. Wild Bill Says:

    Yes the Bucs have fallen off a cliff. But so have teams like Green Bay, LA, and New Orleans. How far the once mighty have fallen this season. Must be the Covid jabs effect on older rosters (joking). Teams with young bloods are taking over. It’s become a season of change. They all sold their souls by over paying aging vets and now the football version of the grim reaper is kicking their ass.

  35. Roc Says:

    Ok so Bowles won 14 games in three years with the Jets and we are surprised

    Team is unprepared

    Team plays mediocre


  36. adam from ny Says:


    ok so i tried to block it out…lol 🙂

    as if those games never happened


  37. AmauryGuzman Says:

    A waste of a season. This team has a lot of bad losses. They should be 7-4 or 8-3 minimum. They haven’t gotten better at all.

  38. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    Welp, I’m refusing to get on the “Gloom & Doom” wagon. Unless there’s free beer.

  39. Buczilla Says:

    If Brady agreed to stay at least another year if we managed to lure Jim Harbaugh here, I’d be doing everything in my power to make it happen if I were ownership. I know that our cap situation isn’t the best, but we are l still oozing talent all over the place. If Harbaugh wants to get back in the NFL, he’d have to be nuts not to sport a massive boner after seeing all of our offensive talent. Make it happen Glazers!

  40. Aceofaerospace Says:

    After losses to Cleveland, Carolina, Pittsburg and Baltimore, why should I expect them to win another game. I have zero confidence in this coaching staff. Zero!

  41. Kidfloflo Says:

    Joe’s do u know Tom’s reaction to the fact that Bowles was scared he was gonna throw a pick and that’s the reason he didn’t take a time out!! I mean the guy has been a turnover machine this year so I get it….would love Brady’s take

  42. mg Says:

    Hire Charlie Weiss to call plays.

  43. Captain Dan Lawrence Says:

    This is all about Bruce Arians trying to get his buddy a head coaching job. Looks like That didn’t work out so well!!!

  44. geno711 Says:

    Deion Sanders to USF as I said in Morning Cup of Joe a week ago.

  45. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Harbaugh is not leaving Michigan anytime soon, so forget that idea.
    Bowles cost us the Cleveland game two ways. That all out blitz left their receiver uncovered and wide open. Then, failing to preserve some time so Brady could go win the game was reason number 2.
    Not calling a time out had the national media questioning Bowles, and rightfully so!

    I was ridiculed here on JBF at the start of this season for mentioning that my football buddies at my local sports bar hated Todd Bowles as a Head Coach. These guys are from New York, and were Jets Fans. They remember Todd Bowles all too well from his days as Jets Coach.
    These guys predicted all that is happening to our team right now, and said to me “Chris, we are in trouble, now that they made Bowles head coach”!

    To the Poster who said Jason Licht is not w/o blame, how right you are!
    Anyone else, besides me, notice how Licht has basically disappeared lately ?

    It is my feeling Licht, Lefty, and Bowles all need to go next year.
    Time to rebuild, time to start over!

  46. Joe in Michigan Says:

    When guys say stuff like “I can live with that” (Bowles, after giving the game away on Sunday), or “That was a ticky-tack call” (Devin White, after pushing the QB when he was clearly out of bounds, which is called 99.9% of the time), is there any chance of improvement?

  47. Infomeplease Says:

    If your head coach doesn’t have the confidence that his team can win how can his players!

  48. Infomeplease Says:

    Winning head coaches inspire confidence not suppress it!!!

  49. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    Brains Leftout is a total embarrassment.

  50. ClwJB Says:

    It’s so obvious to everyone except the 3 or 4 people that matter, the Glazers

    They obviously don’t mind being the laughingstock of the league after spending like drunken sailors and with the GOAT at QB these simpleton coaches are getting nothing out of their investments

    Sad, so very sad

  51. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    At the very least Bowles should meet with Brady & BL….let them know that Brady can override the playcall…
    And keeping that quiet would be the least embarrassing for BL…..
    There is no way Licht is firing BL mid-season….just simply ain’t gonna happen.

  52. DrunkinYbor Says:

    From No risk it no biscuit to be like a 🐢 turtle hide inside your shell maybe just maybe we will do well.

  53. DrunkinYbor Says:

    We should have hire Doug pederson. At least he isn’t afraid to win. He went for a 2 pt. Conversation to beat the Ravens. Meanwhile no balls Bowles saved two TWO timeouts for well ummm nothing

  54. DoooshLaRue Says:

    You ever notice that Beardless Lovie never seems to be saying anything when you see him on the sidelines?
    Reminds me of Lovie himself, staring stoically upwards while getting his ass kicked.
    BL is similar.

    Maybe they’re waiting for some divine intervention.

    Or maybe they’re just totally inept and hoping no one notices.

  55. Old School Bucs Says:

    I wish people would stop saying this is Brady’s last year as a Buc. If I have to explain it then you dont know or understand Brady!

  56. Crickett Baker Says:

    Hmm..Maybe the players think the play-calling sux and that’s why they are out of position so much. Trying to make a better play (which of course won’t work).

  57. EEK Says:

    if Jeff Saturday can coach an NFL team, how about Ian Beckles or Trent Dilfer?

  58. Joe Morello Says:

    Thanks Joe. Spot on man…..it’s sad Todd “no balls” Boles and Byron “Left Field” Leftwich don’t read blogs or critiques about their ineptitude.

  59. Defense Rules Says:

    D-Rok … Responded to your 12:07 PM post around 3:30 PM when I got home from Atlanta, and it posted (got to go to the Bama-Auburn Iron Bowl this weekend & it was a lot of fun). But on rechecking this thread tonight, mu comment back to you is no longer on there. First time I can remember that happening on JBF. I’ve had instances where something I wrote just disappeared into Never-Never Land, but never one that posted THEN disappeared. Happened today with another one I wrote back to NEfan also. Bizarre; Joe must’ve been ticked that I criticized Licht.

  60. ChiBuc Says:

    DR & D-Rok, good takes. I believe the x-factor that has everyone spellbound from making any changes is Bruce. Licht wasn’t doing so great until BA and Byron and Todd aren’t just his boys, they’re his biatches. None of them are gonna go against the man who put the mustard on their hot dog, not even ownership…he got them a shiny trophy. That self indulgent puppeteer is holding all of the strings, but look how he gets none of the blame for their actions as he pulls the strings. Meanwhile, back at the ranch while he is on the buccaneers’ clock, he’s out pimping his legacy maker, BL, for a HC job.

  61. Joe Says:

    If Brady agreed to stay at least another year if we managed to lure Jim Harbaugh here

    LOL Why would Harbaugh come here? He’s finally got things at Michigan rolling. Probably makes as much or more than an NFL coach. Doesn’t have to deal with egos and if he needs a player or two he can go out and recruit/buy one. There’s no salary cap in Ann Arbor.

  62. D-Rok Says:

    Joe with the Mic Drop. Dang, son!

  63. D-Rok Says:


    You from Chicago, yo? Lotta family talk in your writing bro. But, you make sense.
    I’m naive to think anything will change, this year. Which sucks. What a waste!!

  64. Micah Says:

    Go out there and cut it loose, who cares if you throw the dam ball 60 times. Stop playing conservative. Throw to set up the run! Obviously running is not set up the pass. Spread all the talent out and take advantage of it. Bowles is to conservative for this team.

  65. Buczilla Says:

    LOL Why would Harbaugh come here? He’s finally got things at Michigan rolling. Probably makes as much or more than an NFL coach. Doesn’t have to deal with egos and if he needs a player or two he can go out and recruit/buy one. There’s no salary cap in Ann Arbor.

    One can dream Joe! Besides, I didn’t think that there was a chance in hell that we’d get Brady either and sadly all that I’ve got left for this season is hopes and fantasies for the future.

  66. JVZ Says:

    Makes no sense not to demote Bowles back to OC and put BA back into the drivers seat for the rest of the season. Oh, tell him not to forget his red pen.
    Or, let Lefty call what he wants but give TB the final decision…. He would ignore Lefty, but i one would ever know.

    It took this long into the season to stop picking on all the chair-born HC’s and QB’s. Ineed to apologize to all of you. But enough if this crappy game calling is enough.

    Somehow, get the ball into TB’s hands and let him play like he knows how.

    Embarrassment is a gross understatement here……

  67. DrunkinYbor Says:

    Is this a playground game with 6 and 8 year olds! Matching whits? Bowles you can be over prepared extremely accurate in your statistical analysis but you DONT have the Feel for the game. How utterly discouraging this would make me feel as a player. Bowles is a good man and absolutely thinks he’s doing every thing he can to win. But and it’s a BIG BUTT Bro..Mr.Bowles your a n a echo chamber of repeating concepts and old school B.S. You have the greatest Q.B. of all time and you ZYPU.Mr. I favor my in stats don’t call on a mother trucking time out. Disgraceful display of a coward reaching his weak, sissy, p LL ay to not lose, philosophy. Disgusting coward

  68. BruceBuc99 Says:

    Todd Bowles has lost the team! You can see it in the body language and the effort, mostly offensively. He needs to go!