Todd Bowles Stands Behind Flushing 13 Seconds In Final Fourth-Quarter Drive

November 27th, 2022

Pay attention, Team Glazer.

Our beloved Buccaneers, with Tom Brady at quarterback, were set up for a game winning drive in the fourth quarter, starting at their 25 yard line with 32 seconds remaining and three timeouts in their pocket.

A field goal wins the game.

Up steps Brady to the line of scrimmage and he throws a screen pass to Rachaad White for a one-yard gain. White is tackled with 26 seconds left and the Bucs do not call timeout.

Instead, Brady hustles the team up to the line and snaps the ball with 13 seconds remaining and throws a dart to Julio Jones for a 29 yard gain into Cleveland territory. Then the Bucs call timeout with 8 seconds remaining.

Thirteen valuable seconds were trashed for no good reason.

The next snap was an incomplete short throw to Cameron Brate. That left just two seconds remaining and the Bucs were not in field goal range. A failed Hail Mary pass closed regulation.

So what about not calling that timeout, Coach?

Bowles was asked about it after the game and defended his decision, which was the equivalent of a player defending loafing in the fourth quarter on a key play.

“That clock was going to run down,” Bowles said as Joe commenced vomiting.

Bowles either didn’t call timeout because he was unaware of the situation, or he was playing scared, or he didn’t trust Tom Brady (the guy he needs to trust to win a Super Bowl). Whatever the reason, it’s unacceptable, losing, gutless football.

It’s the kind of call — and postgame response — that ownership should study when assessing if they have the right guy to win games when Tom Brady isn’t on the field anymore.

Flash poll posted at 6:49 p.m.

87 Responses to “Todd Bowles Stands Behind Flushing 13 Seconds In Final Fourth-Quarter Drive”

  1. Redeemer Says:

    Inexcusable. I don’t know why Brady didn’t call it. He knows he’s dealing with idiots. He’ll be in a different uniform next year. Mark my words

  2. HC Grover Says:

    Face it Joe. He is a dope. I hate to say but a Box of Rocks has more Football Smarts. A high school coach would be better.

  3. BucsBro Says:

    Indefensible decision and response.

    That non-timeout easily could have cost the Bucs the game.

    I can’t believe Bowles tried to just brush off the subject in the postgame. Brady shoved it aside when asked, too, but that’s probably because he didn’t want to make Bowles look bad.

    Complete clock mismanagement.

    I like Bowles, and I like Byron. But this isn’t working.

  4. Don’t listen to what he Says:


  5. Yucs2Bucsr Says:

    That’s what we get when the owners and powers to be don’t care and make money off me and others who spent thousands on season tickets and got another year off the Brady Train !! I’m officially done and thank God I have the final home games sold

  6. Rod Munch Says:

    Bowles and Leftwich, the greatest challenge that Brady has faced in his career.

  7. Miller5252 Says:

    Watching the Chiefs lay it to the Rams. Could you imagine what Andy Reid would do with this offense? Would be nice to see or one of the good young coaches. It would be fun to watch.

  8. Goatfarmer Says:

    Dead coach walking.

  9. FrontFour Says:

    And the guy under center does nothing. Call out Brady. He makes the final call on every play. He threw a stupid one yard dump off instead of throwing the ball down field and then didn’t call time out. Why is it everyone else’s fault but the guy that handles the ball on every offensive play.

  10. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Just listened to his presser, and that part in particular. Way to LoviexSmith for me.

    There was plenty of time to try and get closer. “ knew it was gonna be OT” is a horrible answer.

  11. OrlandBucFan Says:

    I agree!!! Bowles is not a head coach. Good coordinator, but horrible head coach. When the season is done (or sooner), the Bucs should just let him go and start over. If Bowles can’t win with Brady and the talent we have on this team, only a fool would expect better next year.

  12. Rod Munch Says:

    FrontFour – stupid, that was a designed play, did you not notice the blockers around White? Damn, you Brady haters are some of the dumbest people on earth. Now do me a favor, and go back to watching soccer.

  13. Thunder Says:

    Of course he is defending it, he is a dummy. He is affirmative action at it’s worst. Out of his 3 moronic decisions that was only the 3rd worst!! Not going for it on 4th and 2 at Brown’s 37 was #2, with easily #1 being not calling time out after Browns’ 3rd down play at end of regulation. Bowles cost them the game, cost them Wirfs and wasted Brady’s last yr. Bowles won’t even be fired if he doesn’t win this pathetic division.Why? Because of his skin color. America is no longer a meritocracy. After this season Brady will either retire or go to Niners. No matter what he will never play for this idiot head coach again

  14. HC Grover Says:

    Coming Soon to Ray Jay…The Bowles Head Bag. Have fun. Go to Publix and get a paper grocery bag and make your own.

  15. Redeemer Says:

    Front four, that’s the HCs job, not Brady’s. But he still should’ve called it. It’s not his job to manage timeouts. Blaming Brady is just letting Bowles off the hook. Defending Bowles is indefensible

  16. Jeagan1999 Says:

    My Bucs Brethren…It was a crappy game with crappy play-calling and crappy coaching and crappy game management.

    BUT IT COULD BE WORSE….last weekend my wife and both came down with Covid. Then we had to cancel Thanksgiving plans with my family who were coming into town for the holiday. Then I hurt my back trying to get my dog in the car to get him to the park. Neither my wife or I have eaten more than a mouthful of food since last Monday. My Buckeyes lost to our biggest rival and blew a shot at a National Championship….and now I had to watch a lousy Bucs coaching staff getting the absolute worst out of this Bucs team!

    Wish I could be more outraged….but I just don’t have the energy right now.
    Hang in there and be well all!

  17. Darkwing Buc Says:

    Saints would never let Peyton come here, but we should be hitting up John Harbaugh since he wants to make a comeback.

  18. WillieG Says:

    I was so happy when the Glazers promoted Bowles and kept Leftwich as OC. Apparently, I was an idiot. Now I’m pi**ed! What a total con job Arians pulled getting these two sorry excuses for coaches into positions they don’t deserve.

    Playing to not lose, playing it safe, or letting the clock run because overtime is a preferred option to trying to win in regulation, tells me everything I need to know about Bowles. He is what I was afraid he might be when he was hired. I said as much here. It was the ONE thing that concerned me. My fears were justified.

    I hate to say it, but I’m now on the “Fire Bowles” train. He has to go. Chicken spit football isn’t winning football. Hopefully, the Glazers agree and they clean house this week. Fire Bowles and Leftwich. Promote someone to serve as interim HC and start courting Peyton. I can’t believe these people suck so much they make me want Peyton!

  19. BrianBucs Says:

    Personally, I think in that situation there Bowles just choked

  20. Beej Says:

    I was starting to think Brady would be back next year…. I can’t imagine that now. His stats are less than normal, win rate less than normal, and in years to come people will look at those stats and assume he was just another guy who hung around too long

  21. CalBucsFan Says:

    Licht, Arians, Leftwich, Bowles and Brady are all responsible for this horrific season. Bowles may have f’-up those 13 seconds, but what the puck was Brady thinking?

    If I’m captain of this ship, Leftwich and Bowles walk the plank at the end of the season, if not before, and I give Sean Payton the keys to the kingdom, with (or preferably) without Brady. His age is showing big time, and his sour-puss body language is not one needed in tight situations, he lacks the game saving GOAT attitude he had for decades.

  22. Goatfarmer Says:

    Ineptitude. Incompetence. Tom needs to talk to the incompetent ones and tell them the truth. And take over.

  23. GABucsFan Says:

    Bowels is out of his league. No way he should be a head coach in the NFL.

  24. richbucsfan Says:

    Best of get well wishes Jeagan1999.

  25. The Daily Coroner Says:

    Ok. We’re not very smart. But we just watched those seconds get flushed and bewildered, looked at each other like The Three Stooges.

  26. rrsrq Says:

    Bring us Coach Prime

  27. cmurda Says:

    That’s criminal enough but more damning is idiot not calling a timeout when the Browns had 3rd and 4th downs on the tying drive. So so very ignorant. A man that does not kn ow how to be a Head Coach. Good defensive coordinator. It stops there. Byron has zero value. Man up Glazers. We are sick of watching toddlers coach this team.

  28. Oviedo Jim Says:

    Brady must have known the situation at the time.

    Why didn’t he call the timeout? He certainly knew the what to do. He’s been there countless time before. To reley on the bobie twins was nuts.

  29. Coburn Says:

    Clearly didn’t have much of an answers for what was an idiotic decision. Only needed a field goal. If that was the case why take a timeout on the next play?

  30. Coburn Says:

    Or why not just kneel? Lol

  31. Oxycondoms Says:

    Played not to lose and wound up losing the game and wirfs. No risk it no biscuit

  32. HC Grover Says:

    Sorry Jeagan. Tough time. Prayers up for u. I too had a tough month and look forward to the game on Sunday for a break. But this fiasco is just unacceptable. It is not fun to watch these coaches screw it all up.

  33. Bucs Fan Since ‘76 Says:

    People who constantly call Leftwich and Bowles names, saying they’re stupid, morons, dumb, etc. are showing grotesque ignorance. Neither is stupid. You simply cannot reach their level being “dumber than a box of rocks.” Bowles, for example, is a brilliant, highly successful, very well respected DC. Leftwich contributed to three highly productive offenses and a Super Bowl win.

    Bowles simply is not an NFL HC. He’s had 75 ga,es to prove himself and he’s failed. That has nothing to do with intelligence or skin color for that matter. He’s simply not good at it. He stands in a long line.

    Leftwich is following Bowles’s direction. He’s never developed his own scheme, and his only success was under a HOF Coach. He’s inexperienced and was not qualified to take over this team, especially with the personnel changes and injuries.

    If you want to know where to place blame, look no further than ownership. They blindly followed the advice of BA, who surely believed BL and TB could handle the task, but who was also biased. Had they spent two minutes assessing the facts, they would have insisted BA stay on another year or gone hard after Sean Payton.

    Now, they’re stuck and so are we.

  34. Fishhawkbuc Says:

    Why cant the “token” head coach answer a questions without saying “ I gotta look at the tape”??????? Answer: he is too damn ignorant to answer the question

  35. Bucs Fan Since ‘76 Says:

    And in comes Fishhawk to prove my point.

  36. Thunder Says:

    Fan since 76’ look in your mirror to find ignorance

  37. Cchead Says:


  38. Wild Bill Says:

    Good teams find a way to win. Bad teams and their coaches find a way to lose. Coaches, players and owners share the blame. For me this season is done and over. It’s painful to watch. Even if they sneak into the playoffs because their other division teams stink too, the bad stink will not go away. It’s hard to belive how quick this pirate ship has sunk. Gronk looks like a goofy genius now!

  39. Bucs Fan Since ‘76 Says:

    Thunder, hahahahaha. That’s two.

  40. T REX Says:

    @ Thunder…do you hand wash your hood or get it dry cleaned?

  41. ChiBuc Says:

    Not surprised Bowles failed to make the appropriate move at the right time, but why doesn’t Brady realize the situation and call the timeout? Nobody on the team is all in, off-season can’t come quick enough for them.

  42. Bucs Fan Since ‘76 Says:

    T Rex gets it.

  43. HawaiianBuc Says:

    #Bowlesout #Leftwichout

  44. Thunder Says:

    TRex I’m sure you are a limp wristed snowflake like 76’. Sometimes the truth hurts, but the truth still needs to be told. Didn’t you ever learn that, or did your mommy always tell you that you were perfect, no matter what you did. Virtue signaling liberals like you have destroyed America

  45. Rod Munch Says:

    Bucs Fan Since ‘76 – Leftwich is beyond stupid, he’s literally retarded.

    Also I said I don’t think Bowles is stupid, I just think he’s a gutless coward.

    Meanwhile the Owners have won 2 Super Bowls in the last 20-years, tied for 2nd, only beyond the Pats.

    So no, it’s no the owners, it’s the stupid and gutless coaches.

  46. JimmyfromNY Says:

    He was flabbergasted by the question that’s all you need to know. Can’t wait for Brady to head to San Francisco win a couple more Super Bowls.

  47. Bucs Fan Since ‘76 Says:

    Thunder, really appreciate you making my point over and over again. Word of advice though: better to let people think you’re ignorant than to keep typing away and confirm it.

  48. Bucs Fan Since ‘76 Says:

    Rod, disappointed. You should know better.

  49. Thunder Says:

    76’ , Byron is a dummy, Bowles is a dummy, and so are you. It’s ok we can’t all have an IQ over 80. Maybe you have other gifts, maybe you are a fantastic hairdresser

  50. Anonymous Says:

    Any player or the head coach can call time out. Why oh why? Stupid is as stupid does.

  51. 941bucsfan Says:

    Blah blah blah… bucs still had plenty of chances to end the game and brady couldnt hit an open Mike Evans for the life of him. Maybe he needs to stop missing practice

  52. Nprbuc Says:

    Get rid of Bowles, Leftwhich and Armstrong tonight! All have proved to be over their heads time after time. I can’t believe these guys are still employed after they have proven how inept they are over and over again. There is no business in the world that would continue to employ these guys- except the NFL.

  53. Redeemer Says:

    Bowles simply has zero feel for the game. He’s a we do what we do kind of coach. He’s great at platitudes, but never backs it up. They aren’t a gameplan specific team, and play horrible complimentary football. It’s either arrogance, or just plain stupidity. You do business as it’s being done. This is a throwing league.

  54. DrunkerThenEverInYbor Says:

    What a coward sissy. I’m officially in the hate Bowles camp. He’s a terrible H.C. Let’s give Arians a offer he can’t refuse to be our O.C. promote leftwich to H.C. and see if it’s Bowles who’s limiting what our offense is capable of. Damn I miss jo risk it no biscuit. Now it’s Tuck tail, slow as a snail, take no chances, while we give the other team lap dances. Cowardly display just cowardly

  55. Izod Says:

    The ONLY acceptable answer would’ve been that the ENTIRE Bucs coaching staff simultaneously got brain aneurysms during that time.

  56. WTFBucFan Says:

    I feel the players do not respect Bowels or Leftwich. They do not take ownership and throws the team under the bus. Both men are a shallow excuse of a coach incapable of inspiring his team. We can say good by to Brady after this season.

  57. Izod Says:


    That is a ridiculous comment! The coaching staff on multiple occasions took away winning football opportunities to put this team in losing positions–the exact opposite of what a GOOD coaching staff does.

    The players should NOT trust this staff and it appears they don’t. This has been evident at least since the Steelers game.

  58. Crickett Baker Says:

    I agree with’76 and Rod. Is that improbable or what? I think Bowles with both gutless and stupid. I was standing up for him until that ridiculously letting that time run down. I can’t anymore. That was unforgivable unless he was playing for the Browns or a demon possessed him. The only other answer is stupid, gutless, cowardly, and no will to win.

  59. Gerald Winters Says:

    we need a qb

  60. Jeff Scott Burner Says:

    I think Bowles is great at game management. Love his use of TOs at weird times and taking some TOs home with him. He was just trying to confuse the opposition.

  61. ElioT Says:

    This franchise isn’t doing ANYTHING after Brady is gone with this dog-**** coaching staff.

    We’re in for some very rough years ahead folks.

  62. steele Says:

    Brady has been in this game situation and worse how many times? Hundreds? Billions? He had to have known what to do. Why didn’t he do it? Who was making the calls?

    I would love to see a transcript of the comms between Brady, Bowles and Left.
    “Not on same page”, but someone had to be in charge.

  63. MelvinJunior Says:

    It’s Inexcusable.

  64. steele Says:

    Of course, it should never have to come down to yet another last second Brady save anyway.

  65. BruceBuc99 Says:

    This team has no heart, it emulates it’s head coach, no fire, no drive.

  66. MelvinJunior Says:

    After they didn’t call time-out after Cleveland’s first-down run play, I was like, SURELY To GOD between The BOTH of ‘Em (Lefty and Bowles), that at least ONE of ‘em WILL have enough SENSE, to call a FRICKEN ‘TIME-OUT’ the next-time, & WHAT HAPPENSSSSS… After, the third-down STOPPPP, they JUST ‘Let-It’ runnnn allll theeee waaayyyy DOWNNNNN, to like 40-SECONDSSSSS… Like, WHAAAATTTTT!?!?!?! THENNNNN… NO ‘Time-Out’ AGAINNNNNN, After THATTTT First-Down Frickennnn PLAY-CALLLLL, when we got the ball back!?!?!? WHAAATTTT!?!?!?! Typical. BUTTTT, STILLLL… Unnnnn. BE. LIEVABLE. Absolutely, NO-Excuse… I mean, I’ve known THAT, since I was about 13-YEARS OLD, just from ‘watching’ FOOTBALL, & from playing MADDON!!!! Just Unbelievable. There should’ve been a minute-twenty+ when we got the ball back MINIMUM, with BRADY, AND 1-Time-out LEFTTTTTT. PERIOD. End of Story.

  67. adam from ny Says:

    does BA really believe in these 2 guys ???

    or does he know they were going to downward spiral the entire organization…

    and further improve his short stay and legacy as a bucs coach ???


  68. Koo1 Says:

    People blaming Brady are just those affirmative action people. Bowles , Leftwich and Arians are mediocre at best.
    He is the coach he should call time out not Brady.
    What else is he doing on the sideline.

  69. T REX Says:

    Wow…Lots of white hoods out tonight.


  70. JimmyfromNY Says:

    Love all the Brady trolls out tonight. He’s going to leave and he’s gonna continue to win and you people that hate the Bucs and Brady. I love your sour tears the past 20 years. Losing tears of the most delicious!!

  71. PassingThru Says:

    Bowles is stubborn and stupid

  72. D-Rok Says:

    The lack of timeout blame should fall on almost every member of the leadership team. To what extent the blame should fall is debatable. It starts with HC, to OC, and lastly to QB. The QB has SO much to process and think about – he is on the field and worried about SO many things, including his next play.

    80% HC
    15% OC
    3-5% QB.
    1-3% any member of offense or offensive coach who happened to be watching the game at that time.

  73. VegasBuc Says:

    This calm style of coaching doesn’t transfer over to the players these days. Put some passion and fire in there will ya???

  74. Erik Hesson | Fine Artist | Founder of Says:

    ‘That clock was going to run down,” Bowles said

    This comment should lead to his immediate demotion!!!

    Bring back BA!

  75. Anonymous Says:

    They go where they are welcomed and tolerated!

    TREX Says:
    November 27th, 2022 at 9:34 pm
    Wow…Lots of white hoods out tonight.


  76. unbelievable Says:

    Just like I said on the previous article- there’s no accountability from this coaching staff because they genuinely think they are makinf the right choices.

    Sorry Mr. Bowles, I really wanted you to succeed. But it appears you’re not capable.

  77. captivajim Says:

    toiletbowles choked…13 seconds is enough for 2 plays -TWO..

  78. Bucs since 76 Says:

    Bowles also didn’t call time out after the 3rd down play on the Browns final scoring drive in regulation. That would have given the Bucs 32 seconds more on that drive before OT. Who knows maybe during the time out they could have given the defense time to rest up or brought in fresh legs on the defensive line. I think the biggest problem is that during critical plays at the end of the game Bowles just has a brain freeze. The Glazers better start thinking about a new head coach for next year or they will be hard pressed to sell any season tickets.

  79. Christos Says:

    I see a lot of us Bucs fans and media standing on this not called timeout and rightfully so. But the biggest mistake that shows Coach Bowles cant manage a game, MANAGE i m not saying coach, is the fact that he didnt call timeout before the 4th down play TD from the Browns. After Hunt caught the pass in 3rd down for no gain the clock had about 1 minute and change left and Bowles did not call timeout. You call timeout cause even if the Browns score you will have 1 minute left needing a FG. Instead after the TD there was only 30 seconds left. Wasted about 35 seconds because he not call that timeout.

    So Joe please ask Bowles that and not about the 13 seconds we lost because he did not call timeout when we had the ball. Focus on the 35 seconds lost not on the 13.
    This game showed me that Coach Bowles is not up to manage a game and make crucial decisions when you have too. Maybe we didnt get a FG even with 1 minute but its not about only the result of a decision. Its about getting the right decision when its time. And the game was managed too poor.

  80. BucU Says:

    How can this coaching staff show their faces in public? I despise these losers.

  81. adam from ny Says:

    christos is 100% correct ^^^^^

    wasted about 48 seconds in total…

    but took home 2 time outs in his back pocket, which he can trade in at 7-eleven for a hot dog and big gulp

  82. Anthony Says:

    Brady should have called a timeout. Better to ask for forgiveness then permission. And Brady had to see that screen was puke. Throw the ball away. Been watching him since Michigan. He was less decisive then

  83. RumDude Says:

    Fire Bowles and Lefty in the offseason and pay the Saints for permission to hire Sean Payton. Brady wanted to play for Sean, so give him the coach he wanted and get another year with the GOAT.

  84. Couch Fan Says:

    I been saying it since last season. Bowles is a buffoon. Over rated D Coordinator, terrible HC. Lefty is no better.

  85. Couch Fan Says:

    Add on to the fact he refuses to admit his mistakes but wastes no time burying his own players…. the guy has got to go.

  86. garro Says:

    First of all The SCREEN PASS!?!!!
    What the hell!?!?
    Then NO TIME OUT?!?!

    Even Forest Gump would call that stupid!!!
    Then to go out there and defend it?!?!
    That’s not stupid… That’s asinine!!!

  87. Bucamania Says:

    Unacceptable, losing, gutless football.

    You nailed it, Joe. That’s the identity of this coach and team.