Todd Bowles Says Kyle Trask Has Some Of The Greatest “Toughness And Inner Strength” He’s Ever Seen

January 4th, 2023

Man, they love Kyle Trask at One Buc Palace. Not enough to make him an active backup quarterback on a gameday (not yet), but he is appreciated.

That was the message today from head coach Todd Bowles, who said Trask might be activated for Sunday’s meaningless Week 18 game against the Falcons.

Bowles was loud and proud talking about Trask, the Bucs’ 2021 second-round pick.

“Since he’s been here, every time I look out my window he’s out there working on his own,” Bowles said. “He has the greatest resolve and toughness and inner strength almost than any person I’ve seen — a young guy coming out. He prepares every day. When his time comes, he’s going to be ready because I see him working at it every day. He has inner toughness. He has inner strength, and he has drive and a will to win. So you put that together, given opportunity, I think he’s going to take advantage of it.”

It takes a tough dude to ride the bench for two years and still stay razor focused and diligent, though Joe guesses it’s easier when you’re earning a million bucks to do it along side Tom Brady.

Trask is the furthest thing from Joe’s mind today as the Bucs approach the playoffs, though Joe would love to see Trask get at least a half a game on Sunday.

Reward the young man!

38 Responses to “Todd Bowles Says Kyle Trask Has Some Of The Greatest “Toughness And Inner Strength” He’s Ever Seen”

  1. Bojim Says:

    Love to see him this week. Let’s see what we have.

  2. Bucanero Says:

    Hope he plays great in the second half next week. He has to

  3. Casual Observer Says:

    He must be good. He was a second round pick. Purdy, who is tearing up the league as a rookie was only a seventh round pick.

  4. Pryda sec 147 Says:

    What a waste if this guy sits on bench and isn’t even starter material in this league.

  5. Redeemer Says:

    Second round pick that doesn’t dress. Marvelous pick JL. Look at some of the guys drafted after Trask. Nobody here can convince me this was a smart decision.

  6. NEfan Says:

    Zach Wilson was the 2nd pick in the draft how is he? Love, Darnold, Lance, Lock, Simeon, Winsten and many before them, all busts.

    Gabbert plays but would like to see Trask, unfortunately no different than a preseason game.

  7. macajubav Says:

    It’s 2023 and we have an immobile quarterback we picked in round 2. So exciting.
    What quarterback under 30 is fantastic and not mobile ?
    Trask good bet. Probably small notch under Mac Jones huh ?
    Purdy being good and picked last has no bearing on whether Trask will be good, thats plain stupiiiid. Purdy also has likely the best playmakers to make him good. Put Purdy on the Bucs for a day and lets see how awesome he is.

  8. SufferingSince76 Says:

    What a bunch of horse slop. He’s working out alone? The Bucs are too clever by half. Next to Ryan Griffin, he’s the greatest quarterback who never was.

  9. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Slow week

  10. SB~LV Says:

    Why keep it a secret?

  11. kyle Says:

    love the inner drive and all.. but can the guy beat cover 2? What are the bucs projected win total with this kid starting?? maybe 5?

  12. Browsing from DC Says:

    Thanks Joe for some rare positive words for a kid that so many “fans” are calling a bust or waste of a draft pick because he hasn’t played yet. How is the kid supposed to play when you have the GOAT and he never misses a game?

    Why isn’t he #2 instead of Gabbert? Maybe because they’d rather have a veteran “game manager” if needed.

    If Brady leaves, next year Trask will have to battle for the job. He won’t be “anointed” starter simply because of draft position. Look at Zach Wilson and Trevor Lawrence’s 1st outings as starters. Trask may have to battle more than Gabbert. Derek Carr, Mayfield, Heineke, etc may be in the mix.

    Even if the kid wins the QB1 job, it would be a disservice to him, in both his development and confidence, if they resurrect the “No risk it, no biscuit” offense and he goes full-on gunslinger and racks up picks like Jameis. The fans will be screaming for it and maybe the kid can pull off the “biscuits” but I would expect year one to be “game management” like it was with Brady to learn to read NFL defenses and work through his progressions.

    My bold predictions for 2023 are: Brady leaves, a new veteran QB is signed, Trask becomes QB2 and Karen Rodgers finally admits that his “girlfriends” were beards and comes out of the closet. Lol

  13. Kentucky Buc Says:

    This is not a meaningless game. You go into the playoffs with a winning record or losing record. Big difference between the two.

  14. Crickett Baker Says:

    I, too, would like to see Trask play (IF we are winning before he does). I strongly feel that anyone making judgments about him now must rely on tea leaves or a crystal ball. We have literally hardly ever seen him play NOR even practice so those people have very little evidence to judge him. I am looking forward to some glimpses. I agree that this is not a meaningless game.

  15. Craig Says:

    Wouldn’t it be nice if some coach or QB whisperer was out there working with him.

    We’ve already seen what a young QB working on his own can do; think Jameis and Yo Murphy.

    I want to see a QB coached up to be his best, not constantly replaying the mistakes.

  16. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Brady had no chance to play until Bledsoe got hurt. Rodgers rode the pine behind Favre. Trask had no chance to play with Brady here. Trask had to wait in HS and at Florida. He excelled in HS and at Florida when he got his chance. I’ll wait to judge him until I see him play. Hopefully we can reinforce the OL for 2023 no matter who plays QB.

  17. Wild Bill Says:

    Win or loose I would like to see Trask play the entire 2nd half. None of the other back up qbs have a serious chance. Let’s see what the kid can do.

  18. Goatfarmer Says:

    Trask does have all those qualities.

    Too bad he’s deficient in the being good at quarterback thing.

  19. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Yeaaah, sure. This coming from the Head Coach that nearly everyone wants fired.

  20. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Egads, if Gabbert is still here next year…we are in some really beep trouble.

  21. CChead Says:

    Nobody knows what Trask can do. He has yet to play other than pre season. WTF is wrong with some of you people. Apparently he works his ass off which at this point is all you can ask for. He looked good in college is what we have to go by. His college career and last game there against Alabama was damn good.I see people say he had great receivers in college. Well, how are they doing in the NFL. Last time I checked, not to great. I’m not a Gator fan, I am a football fan and would like to see him play the second half this week. If he sucks, go get somebody else next year.

  22. Aceofaerospace Says:

    For goodness sakes. Play the 2nd round pick in the second half. Let’s see what he can do.

  23. Leopold Stotch Says:

    You guys complaining about us using a 2nd on him… Look at the Packers! They traded up for Jordan Love. That kid, while he may be 2nd string doesn’t play unless it’s a blowout or Karen Rodgers gets hurt. Local radio is saying he will ask for a trade if the Lackers roll with Karen again next year. THAT is a waste of a draft pick and a first round one at that. I’ll eat crow if I’m wrong, but I have faith in the guy. I think he’ll be THE guy when his time comes. I watched him for 2 year at Florida. I have faith.

  24. sasquatch Says:

    Gabbert has like 8 years more experience than Trask, and he’s not as bad as all the haters say. Arians, whose opinion I trust more than any of the commenters, still holds the guy in high regard. So, to knock Trask because he’s still behind Gabbert is just kinda ignorant. That’s not to say I’m a believer in Trask. I’m willing to give him a chance when his opportunity arises.

  25. Captain Oblivious Says:

    Pfffftt, sounds like Bowles was describing Brady. I wouldn’t be surprised if Bowles was looking out his window watching TB12 and thought it was Trask. He seems completely disinterested in the offense.

  26. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    So…..Arians, Licht, Brady, Moore & Lefwich all likely signed off on picking Trask…

    And ALL of them were wrong…..I don’t think so.

    Get ready because he may be our next QB…..

    I think Brady will want to play well into the Atlanta game……and Gabbert also needs some work…..

    We want a winning record and 3 straight going into the plaoffs……I’m good with Brady.

  27. Tackleblockwin Says:

    I am intrigued to see him with the starters. We have already seen him with a goon squad in preseason. But for now, it’s still Brady time.

  28. ManzielMadness Says:

    As a Gator fan (and a Trask fan), I’ll try my best to give a (somewhat) unbiased opinion. I think Kyle Trask’s ceiling is an average starting QB in the league. Most likely, he’ll turn out to be a good backup QB who will stick around in the league for a long time. What impresses me the most about Trask, is that he was the backup QB all throughout high school (their starter was D’Eriq King, another All-American). Plus, he didn’t start for UF until his redshirt Junior year after UF’s starting QB was injured during a game against Kentucky that we were losing 21-10 at the time. Trask responded by helping UF win the game 29-21. He stepped up against the best defenses in the SEC. Some of his best games came against Alabama, his stats in 2020 were 26/40 408 yards 3 TDs 0 INTs, and against Georgia, his stats in 2020 were 30/43 474 yards 4 TDs 1 INT. Overall, I think he’s someone who is smart and driven. He’s not afraid to throw deep and was very accurate at Florida (completion percentage overall was 67.9%). However, he’s a traditional pocket passer – definitely not athletic. You’re not going to see him create any plays on his own and he moves slow in the pocket. All in all, if TB leaves at the end of the year and there’s a good QB prospect sitting there in round 1, I’d take him and let them compete. We can always trade one if they both play well.

  29. mg Says:

    Traskafarians are rolling another one.

  30. orlbucfan Says:

    Only saw him in pre-season, and he looked poised and pretty good. Give him some 1st team game time a Sunday if possible.

  31. HA-HA-HA Says:

    Everyone bit!ches about the pick, but nobody says anything about players the Bucs could have drafted.
    Bucs could have used a tight end to sit behind or take the load off of Gronk. Was there any worth while?
    Come on haters, what DB did you want at 64?
    How about a guard or ljnebacker?
    Or we could have packaged 1 and 2 and moved up to, maybe, 15 in round 1. Certainly not high enough to get the best TE or the best OL or DT.
    So, who would you have taken?

  32. matthew a veal Says:

    his pick was an insurance pick. evaluation is not the same as a need pick.

    no one knows. i like his chances, but were better off not knowing

  33. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Those who rail against him and he’s never played a single regular season for us do it because we didn’t draft the qb they wanted. Pro level of course is much different from high school and college but the fact he was prepared when his time came bodes well for him now. Plus he watches Brady practice, play and is in the meeting rooms asking questions and as long as he doesn’t run like Brady he’ll be ok. We’ve never developed our own qb and would like for him to get a chance.

  34. Wild Bill Says:

    Time sure as he’ll doesn’t wait for anybody. Not even Brady. He missed a lot if camp, came in late. Has looked haggard, thin, and stressed all season. All good things end . Even GOATS.

  35. IE Buc Says:

    Trask easily won the QB2 position in the preseason games. Have no idea why the coaches and Licht are so obsessed with keeping Gabbert on this roster.

  36. View from 132 Says:

    Cheer to mg… Traskafarian is a great term. Having said that, hope he plays the second half. It is important to know where he is at before the offseason, regardless of Brady’s plans.

  37. MadMax Says:

    If thats the case, then start him sunday…or at least give him the 2nd half.

    This is what i mean by baiting….we’re doing so many things that looks like we’re sucking, or we’re baiting.

    If we truly are baiting….its fn genius and has BA written all over it.

  38. RichTPA Says:

    I think we saw a glimpse of what we have in Trask. His arm looked weak and he appeared to panic at any pass rush. He looks more like a free agent signing than a second rounder