A Fearless Night For Todd Bowles?

December 5th, 2022

Todd Bowles

Bucs fans learned a week ago that head coach Todd Bowles has fear issues.

Yes, Bowles is human.

Perhaps Team Glazer brought in a sports psychologist last week to help Bowles get past his irrational fear of Tom Brady throwing an interception? All-in seasons requires all-in moves. So maybe that happened.

Joe brings up Bowles’ fear because tonight’s opponent ranks last in the NFL when it comes to takeaways. New Orleans has forced just seven turnovers in 12 games and hasn’t had one in over a month. No team turns the ball over less than Tampa Bay. So that should be a soothing situation for Bowles come crunch time.

However, the Saints have forced a dozen turnovers in their last five regular-season games against the Bucs. As Joe has written several times, the Saints defense largely has owned Tom Brady.

Joe hopes the Bucs take more of an aggressive mentality tonight. It might not work, but it’s certainly more tolerable.

Flash poll posted at 10:32 a.m. Poll closed at 11:52 p.m.

25 Responses to “A Fearless Night For Todd Bowles?”

  1. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Fearless? Never. Feckless? Likely.

  2. SB~LV Says:

    Todd should have been afraid of taking the HC position and there is nothing wrong with that.
    Peter Principle
    I feel for the guy on a personal level, however he is not a leader of a football team, he’s a excellent DC.
    We are all forced to endure this miserable failure.

  3. SPARKY Says:

    The trouble is we aren’t much better at getting turnovers. When was the last time our defense gave the ball to the offense on the good side of the 50 yard line?

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Bowles wants to play Dungy ball, does he know its 2022?

  5. rashad brown Says:

    This is the game to run the ball. I know I might be the only one who feels that way, but we should run often to keep Cam Jordan honest.

  6. Thomas Edrington Says:

    Bowels “fear factor”? His no. 1 should be Fear Of Getting Fired…….and seeing as he’d be paid the rest of his contract, well, no fear there folks….

  7. Alanbucsfan Says:

    I don’t think Bowles feared an interception at end of Browns game as much as he feared a 3 and out and then Browns having good field position after a punt to kick a game winning fg.
    Understandable, but not an aggressive winning strategy.

  8. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    A true blue bucs fan knows that Bowles will not change and the bucs will lose this game and drop a turd in the punch bowl on national tv and lose like 10-6 and the offense will again look like its a mike shula-trent dilfer offense out there throwing to alvin harper, hope I am wrong

  9. Anonymous Says:

    its a wrap he hasnt shown anything

  10. ChiBuc Says:

    Dang, the kiss of death. I feel like whenever a stat like that (NO 32nd in league in turnovers) is illicitted, it is bound to happen vs bucs in a national game.

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  12. sasquatch Says:

    We’re going to lose. Probably a shutout and Leftwich still won’t be fired.

  13. Steven007 Says:

    It’s been an ugly season. But we play in an uglier division. Other mediocre teams have warmed up during the playoffs. Like the Giants a few years ago who handed Us our last gruden era playoff loss. Then went on to went to the super bowl. I’ll remain glass half full until the glass is empty.

  14. pewter941 Says:

    Maybe it time for no risk it, no biscuit

  15. Ed Says:

    Bucs need to pump up the local fans by playing well. Tampa fans need to get kick started early in the game and most of the season the Bucs have been giving up points early and having to play from behind.

    They just need to get out there and have fun, playing tough and disregarding their horrendous coaching.

    Definitely need to speed up the pace of the offense. Keep the opponent guessing by going no huddle and let Brady make the calls at the line. Leftwich has no feel for the game and Bowles is scared to put down an opponent when the opportunity is there.

    Like someone said, he is very much like Tony Dungy. Very good coordinator but has no desire to fire up the players or make the offense better.

  16. DG060 Says:

    I’ll be looking forward to Bowles post game presser tonight after they lose at home AGAIN. Do yourselves a favor and find something else to do tonight.

  17. LakelandSteve Says:

    You can’t gamble with scared money. Bowles seems like a nice guy and is a good defensive coach. Most of the time nice guys don’t make good head coaches. There are a couple of outliers but for the most part you have to have an edge as a head coach. I just don’t see that in Bowles. I am old school and I love to see a coach jump on someone who makes a stupid mistake. There is no excuse however for poor game management.

  18. Jack Sparrow Says:

    1st and 10, 4net run through the gut and lost 2 yards. 2nd and 12, a screen pass to Godwin, gains 5 yards. 3rd and 7, long pass to Evans and Lattimore swipe the ball. 4th and 7, Bucs’ bread and Butter… PUNT!!! Typical Leftwhich’s play calling. Incompetent and Inept. That’s what the Bucs have in as HC and OC.

  19. Redeemer Says:

    A hidden factor in the loss to Cleveland was field position. I think it’ll be a factor tonight also. I doubt the Saints can score much without a few short fields.

  20. Jeff Says:

    Good ole Clueless Todd!

  21. Jerseybuc Says:

    Top defense don’t turn the ball over yet we’re sitting at 5 wins. Something isn’t right come on man

  22. BucU Says:

    Todd Bowles a full day after the mind blowing clock mismanagement in Cleveland he had the unequivocal audacity to say we need to stop pissing away games.
    That changed my whole perception of the guy.
    No wonder these players have tuned him and his sidekick out.

  23. CChead Says:

    Todd Bowlless is afraid to throw the ball. He admitted that. Good luck tonight.
    Saints are going to stack the box and blitz on every passing down.

  24. Hodad Says:

    A loss tonight would not bode well for Todd, and the Bucs. This is a real put up, or shut up game. Must win.

  25. Bobby M. Says:

    Bowles plays to not lose….that’s his mentality. He’s a good DC…terrible HC. Lose this one and the next home game likely has a thin turnout. Not exactly what the Glazers envisioned for Brady’s last yr.