Todd Bowles Calls Out Leaders To Step Up, Says Bucs “Can’t Piss Away Anymore Ballgames”

December 1st, 2022

Bucs players better step it up, especially the big-name leaders on the roster, says Todd Bowles.

Joe found that slightly ironic considering Bowles didn’t give Vita Vea and Akiem Hicks that chance in the biggest play of Sunday’s debacle in Cleveland.

But Bowles was accurate in his rant on the Buccaneers Radio Network. The Bucs need more big plays from their big-time players. However, during Bowles’ entire appearance this week he sounded like a head coach giving himself and his staff a pass for the Bucs’ sad record.

“It’s a players team. Every team that has winners that wins is a players team,” Bowles said.

“The leaders lead and everybody else follows. So it’s time for our leaders to lead and step up. And everybody else has to follow, and make plays. Not just lead but make plays. And show’em by example, show’em by being vocal, show’em by how they practice. And they’ve been doing that for the most part but, you know, we can’t piss away anymore ballgames sort of speak. So it’s time for us to step up and make plays. We got six games left until we gotta get in the tournament.”

Again, Joe found this ironic since Bowles on Sunday denied his leaders, including Tom Brady, opportunities to make the plays he called for on radio.

Punting on 4th-and-2 from the Browns’ 37 yard line, and again from Browns territory in the fourth quarter, are great examples in addition to keeping Vea and Hicks off the field at the end of regulation.

Remember, Bucco Bruce Arians publicly said he handed Todd Bowles the head coaching job so he could lean on Brady rather than Blaine Gabbert or Kyle Trask.

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57 Responses to “Todd Bowles Calls Out Leaders To Step Up, Says Bucs “Can’t Piss Away Anymore Ballgames””

  1. HC Grover Says:

    Sounds familiar. Blame others for what you do.

  2. BucsfanFred Says:

    Screw turd bowls

  3. Kentucky Buc Says:

    This guy just doesn’t get it. Get out of the way Todd. Get out of the Frucking way man. Tone deaf mother trucker .

  4. ViSyl Says:

    This guy is delusional. Already lost the locker room.

  5. BUC CHEEKS Says:

    GTFO take Lord Byron with you too

  6. #99 Says:

    This idiot is the leader..I don’t think this guy could coach a flag football game..
    If the glaziers keep Todd then they really don’t care what the fans think.and where is Jason? He always is out in public bragging when we are winning.. Now he chooses to hide.

  7. Cchead Says:

    Todd Balless and his coaching minions are a pathetic group.

  8. SufferingSince76 Says:

    We’ve turned this moron off, just like team has.

  9. DG060 Says:

    We are so F’ed with this guy it’s not remotely funny. What it is is SICKENING.
    With coaches like BOWLS and Kyle Shanna errr Leftist who needs opponents?????
    I just can’t believe what an utter failure this entire staff is.
    I’m filing for a divorce from this team.

  10. DG060 Says:

    Can u imagine the gall of this guy completely dismissing HIS role in the losses?
    He singlehandedly lost the cleveland game and has the balls to say his players have to stop pissing away games.
    I’m blown away by the attitude. I had so much respect for this guy. He needs to be fired YESTERDAY.

  11. PA Buc Fan Says:

    I am diehard fan and have to say this has been the most unwatchable Bucs team put on the field in over 2 decades. That takes a lot to accomplish that especially being that this is one of the most talented teams we have ever put on the field. I never say this but if Bowles is back next year I don’t think I can stomach to watch any more of this crap. He HAS TO GO! He lost the locker room and hasn’t a clue how to right any wrongs on this team. What a joke that he got this team handed to him. I guarentee you Tampa does not fire him this offseason. We WILL have the first pick in the 2024 draft if that happens.

  12. kgh4life Says:

    Bowles is the reason why the Bucs pissed away games. lack of imaginative play calls on offense and bad game management.

  13. Thomas Edrington Says:

    Todd Bowels: Totally laughable

  14. Kentucky Buc Says:

    In what universe was the best candidate for this job. Remember all the family owned businesses that disappeared after the founder passed them down to their children. This is the equivalent of that. Glazers shouldn’t have allowed this to happen . This ultimately comes back to BA. BA influenced Licht. Licht convinced the Glazers. BA tried to pin the struggles on Brady. All but guaranteeing that Brady won’t come back to this team. Bowles is what we thought he was. The Jets coach. Good DC who should’ve stayed in his lane.

  15. alton green Says:

    I didn’t even read the entire post. The thing that IMMEDIATELY came to mind was when Obama first took office????? What was one of the first things he did. He started appointing czars. border czar, (i still don’t know who that was). foreign czar, domestic czar, transportation czar, health czar, etc etc etc Let this Country boy explain why he did this. Same reason Bowles did this. To have someone to blame when things go wrong. He’s in way over his head and he will never admit it. I’ll never forget when Obama and Bowles appointed their own czar, the BS czar

  16. douglas dallier Says:

    Todd sir–time for you to look in the mirror and give yourself this same talk.DOES IT NOT BOTHER YOU TAKING ALL THIS BUC MONEY AND PRODUCING A NICKLES WORTH OF SUCCESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. alton green Says:

    This also reminds me of what Steve Martin, (co
    median) said. “There’s only one thing that he could never ever forgive his wife for. That’ if she caught him screwing around” hahahaha Can you say Todd Bowles

  18. Tucker Says:

    Wish this guy would stop pointing fingers it’s his conservative zero margin for error scared playstyle that’s killing this team this team has never had that kinda discipline and to hear this bozo blame leaders when he punts away opportunities for leaders to shine it would be laughable if it wasn’t so sad.

  19. alton green Says:

    there are many complaints about Bowles. Let’s not forget Slingblade (OC). If they fired Bowles, we would still be stuck with Lefty. what’s the MAIN thing wrong with our team? Offense

  20. BuddhaBuc Says:

    Bowles needs to call out Byron Leftover. But it doesn’t matter after our loss to the Brownies, I looked at the schedule and predict that the Falcons will take over the division lead by week 15. This week we’ll be lucky if we beat the Saints. Look for whoever replaces Wirfs to get exploited. And this week the Falcons play the Steelers at home so they should manage that and we’ll stay tied. Next week we play the 49ers so that’s a loss and the Falcons have a bye. In week 15, the Falcons beat the Saints and lead the division. I feel bad for Brady having to finish his career with this circus of a coaching staff and I’m just as mad at Arians for leaving the show with these clown coaches. And Dardon, who does that?

  21. BucsfanFred Says:

    That last game was unforgivable.
    Even if we win the division we should fire bowels.

  22. Robert Says:

    I wonder if this coaching staff has the confidence of a single player at this point.

    Might as well put Trask in because we are in full rebuild mode and no one will want to come here.

  23. Robert Says:

    It would be fair to say toilet bowl cost us 2 SB chances at this point. The team should take a knee for tb

  24. Aceofaerospace Says:

    Lovie 2.0.

  25. OrlandoBucFsn Says:

    Bowles isn’t coaching basketball. Players win games in basketball. Football teams require good coaching. Great players impact games and make a difference, but good coaching is what determines winning teams. Right now, the Bucs have a basketball coach waiting for his great players to lift the team.

  26. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Better take a TIME OUT on that line of thinking Beardless Lovie.
    It’s you.

  27. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    His coaching and lack of clock management cost us the last game.

  28. CChead Says:

    Earth to Todd. In the most crucial parts of the Browns game, “YOU” did not allow your leaders to lead, what a clueless dope. Speaking of dope, he must be high.

  29. CChead Says:

    Where are the Glazers and Jason Licht? As the season spirals down the toilet, they are in hiding and not talking. This spit is getting out of control.

  30. Marine Buc Says:

    Wow – I’m impressed… Did Head Coach Cleveland Bowles just use the word “piss”?

    Uh-oh watch out – he’s getting ANGRY!!!!!

    “Oh that’s nasty!”

  31. Wayne Perez Says:

    Will the glaciers listen to us and fire this guy asap

  32. Alton Green Says:

    Why do you keep talking about Obama ?

  33. PSL Bob Says:

    That’s rich! The players didn’t design the game plan. The players didn’t can the offensive plays. The payers didn’t make key in-game decisions that cost us the game (not going for it on 4th and short in Browns territory, not calling critical time outs needed to get us into FG range to win in OT). And on and on. Accept responsibility Todd. This one’s on you.

  34. Alanbucsfan Says:

    You could add in: running to the right more when Wirfs gets healthy, limiting JTS to obvious passing downs, blitzing White on obvious passing downs, putting Evans in motion more often and targeting Otton more and Brate less.

  35. Allen Lofton Says:

    Time for Bowles to play to win- it takes both the offense/defense to win – just look at what he did last week

  36. NEfan Says:

    BA101, blame everyone else avoid accountability and if you’re lucky management will believe you. There is absolutely NO WAY the locker room has his back now. F him and his arrogance. Players & team leaders need to make big plays in crucial moments, no shat but it’s nearly impossible with handcuffs on. I have no idea Vea & Hicks weren’t in the end of that game, WTF, no wonder Chubb had a field day. I don’t dislike many people but I cannot stomach Superbowl kryptonite Bowels. Fire his arse immediately!!!!

  37. Chris K Says:

    Says the coach who pissed away the last ball game.

  38. Jvato24 Says:

    Where is the coaches accountability!?? He’s literally blaming the team, wow

  39. TDavis Says:

    So it’s all on the players huh? This is a joke. How are players supposed to lead you to victory if you’re scared and don’t give them a chance? And I don’t think it’s fair to ask more of the defense. The defense is playing amazing football; the offense is hanging them out to dry. He can’t expect the defense to always hold opponents to less than 17.

  40. mark2001 Says:

    Todd. Let’s hope you don’t piss away any ballgames.

  41. Your Mom Says:

    There is one leader more than anybody to blame and that is Bowles himself. The nerve of him calling out the leaders on the team after the incompetence he has shown… it’s a wonder anyone ever makes a play for this guy.

  42. FortMyersDave Says:

    I gave up after this last loss. Christ, the team has less leadership than USF which finished an embarrassing 1-10. I would feel more confident in the Bucs under that nimord Dilfer who just got the UAB job than under Bowles and Leftwich. Man, Deion Sanders would rile up this team more than these 2 dormant tombstones and he might be the coach up on Fowler Ave in a few days. This team would be 2-9 under Trask and a Lovie/Texan clone if Brady did not pull out a couple of wins despite coaching ineptitude. Fire Leftwich and Bowles, lets get it over with. I am thinking the Saints and under this Monday night, maybe a repeat of the 9-0 embarrassement of last year. Fire these morons and screw the repurcussions one will get for axing coaches of color. I’d love to see Shalise Mansa Young lose it when these nimrods finally get canned! Ineptitude is color blind! Lets cut the losses now.

  43. DG060 Says:

    Amen Dave! I swear I’m done with this garbage until they do the OBVIOUS correct thing. This latest spit from Bowles is mind numbing in that he takes ZERO responsibility for this train wreck. If he thinks the heat is bad now wait until they lose at home again to N.O.

  44. Darin Says:

    Don’t want to hear his BS. He should have taken the blame for a couple losses this year. Blamed lefty for the others. He is right tho the leaders need to step up. He just needs to know he is the leader. Fire the clown show!

  45. Couch Fan Says:

    Like I said… he’s real quick to throw his players under the bus but he buffoon wont ever put the blame on himself for his own cowardly coaching. This guy has got to go.

  46. Goatfarmer Says:

    Brian Flores or Eric Bienemy.

  47. D-Rok Says:

    His offense, led by Brady, was TRYING to step and lead, but YOU kept punting, Mr. Bowles. They kept trying, but YOU wouldn’t call timely time-outs. Your defense was stepping up.

    Start stepping up yourself, sir, by looking the mirror.


  48. D-Rok Says:

    *Did not mean to say love, Meant to say,

    Cordially Yours,


  49. sasquatch Says:

    The leaders on the team have one job: send Leftwich on a one-way trip to Siberia. If Leftwich is still responsible for the offense, no amount of player leadership will make a difference.

  50. Tom in Madcity Says:

    I hope for his sake this is not the message he’s delivering inside the walls at One Buc. If it is, the season is over. If I were on that team and heard that, I don’t think I’d listen to anything else.

    Take some responsibility Todd. Seven three and outs? Giving up fourth and long conversions? Punting from the opponent’s 37? Saving timeouts? Being afraid of Brady throwing an interception? The Cleveland loss is squarely on Todd’s shoulders.

    You’re a defensive coach. Your offense is terrible. Why not spend some time with Byron and show him why his offense is terrible? Why not show him how opposing defenses would scheme against it and his pkayvalling? Does he realize that the reason they beat Seattle is because Pete Carrol, a defensive coach, didn’t suit up his big run stuffer because he didn’t think the Bucs would be dumb enough to attempt to run?

    The great head coaches adapt week to week based on what they do well and what their opponent does not. This staff simply says this is what we want to do, stop us. Guess what? Teams are stopping you. Adapt!

  51. Hondo Says:

    What a freaking joke. Bowles is pissing away the season. He failed in NY and his time coaching Tampa has verified he isn’t a good coach. And he isn’t that good a defense coach. Last years game against LA proves that. I’m a Brady and Patriots fan, Bill B were he coaching Tampa would have VERY FEW LOSSES.

  52. captivajim Says:

    not my jab ……No accountability here…..pathetic…

    If he really want players to take responsibility–let Brady call offensive plays & manage game clock !!!!! Try it –It just might work !!!!!!

  53. Show Me the TDs Says:

    What a moron.

  54. Pewter Power Says:

    Seriously the players had to look him like he’d just given them the eat a W speech.

  55. steele Says:

    Wow. He’s blaming the players.

    Keep it up, Mr. Bowles.

    Season will end even sooner.

  56. JeffreyLane77 Says:

    The coaches on this team consistently have thier players overcoming a disadvantage. The overall offensive strategy seems to be beat your man. The coaches aren’t putting the players in a position of advantage. So they are struggling to make plays. That’s why they can’t sustain drives. These coaches just refuse or are too incompetent to scheme anyone open. To take advantage of mismatches. They don’t even make adjustments. It’s sad really. I watch other games on Sunday and you can see the offensive coordinator talking to players. Scheming to get guys into good positions to make plays. You can see the “I got you now” chess match on thier face. We have stoic Todd Bowles and always looking at his play sheet Leftwich. Does Tampa even have a booth full of guys analyzing all the plays looking for weaknesses? Or is OC supposed to see it all from the sidelines? I just don’t understand how this offense hss imploded like this.

  57. garro Says:

    “Todd Bowles Calls Out Leaders To Step Up”

    A bit late for Bowles to go down that road. A month ago this might have held water. Not after poor coaching decisions contibute in good measure to the latest game “pissed away”.