Welcome Back, Todd Bowles!

January 1st, 2023

Congratulations, Todd Bowles. Joe is confident you just locked up a second season as head coach of the Buccaneers.

The Bucs’ 8-8 record is nothing to celebrate, but a division crown is. And a defense getting the job done without its top pass rusher and cornerback, in addition to banged up players, is worthy of a several high-fives.

The goal of every franchise is to win its division and peak in the postseason. The Bucs, while it doesn’t look very pretty, are trending in that direction.

Plenty of fans think Bowles is hot garbage in his new role. Joe gets it because Bowles has underachieved with a top-shelf quarterback. Joe thinks Bowles is maybe worthy of a “C” through 16 games. But Joe is sure Team Glazer will think positive, appreciate what’s been accomplished and hope Bowles will grow from however this season finishes.

Yes, Joe believes Bowles was in dangerous territory if the Bucs missed the playoffs. Now he’s on stable ground.

Based on how Bowles and Tom Brady do not interact on the field, and Brady’s faces when Bowles decides to punt, Joe isn’t sure Brady thinks Bowles is his kind of coach. But he will have to be if Brady wants to keep throwing to the likes of future Hall of Famer Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, and enjoy the all the joy that life in the bumbling NFC South can bring.

53 Responses to “Welcome Back, Todd Bowles!”

  1. Boltsfan17 Says:

    Joe, You realize Bowles coming back that’s not a good thing right?

  2. Mike Says:

    1st three draft picks better all be Offensive Lineman…

  3. Miller5252 Says:

    Bowes doesn’t deserve a second year after this team has way below their talent. They haven’t had a hard schedule and lost to teams they had no business losing to. Only way Bowles comes back is if Brady approves it and he’s coming back. Too many problems for him to get a second year.

  4. firethecannons Says:

    Yeah Joe is right, I have liked his defense all year thought SMB had a good game along with our pass rush!

  5. Beej Says:

    If it’s not Brady next year I REALLY can’t see anything on the horizon save for a pile of Matt Ryans, Baker Mayfields and Derek Carrs

  6. SKBucsFan Says:

    Have you been drinking in excess to celebrate a win Joe? It may be clouding your judgement. Just sayin’

  7. CleanHouse Says:

    Won in spite of him

  8. smokeshow Says:

    LOL. The Bucs have won in spite of him, not because of him (and Leftwich). They are the worst HC/OC of an NFL team that I have ever seen. They have fantastic weapons, but no idea how to use them effectively. Bowles and Leftwich should have been fire like 6 to 8 games ago. The idea of them coming back next years is completely sickening.

  9. D-Rok Says:

    OK guys, I’m all for disembowling Bowles – it’s been an abysmal year for him as head coach.

    BUT…BUT!!! This team did just make the playoffs and scored a division crown. The year isn’t quite over just yet. (I’m not defending Bowles, but let’s save the pitchforks for when the season is over and he’s the main fault for the season being over).

    Maybe this team can win / be competitive IN the playoffs despite inferior coaching?

    One can only hope.

    GO BUCS!!! We won today and won the division title. For a day or two, all us fans should celebrate that. Be grateful and thankful, please. I am.

  10. Buddha Says:

    Team was vastly overrated given the loss of their best pass rusher, their two best offensive lineman, and their Hall of Fame tight end. Name a team that has lost four Pro Bowl players in one year and won 10 or more games. It doesn’t happen. The offensive coordinator should be replaced, but the anger toward Bowles should be muted. I’m not saying he is a good coach. I’m saying what he had to deal with this year makes it hard to judge.

  11. Couch Fan Says:

    I hope the Glazers arent thinking the same way you are.

  12. Frank Pillow Says:


    Honestly, Bowles this year may be a legit bottom rung coaching job in the history of this franchise. It is truly that bad. This roster was good enough to win handily. Reality is nearly every player on this team has underachieved. It’s all on bad coaching.

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Brady may leave…..and that would be a shame….he has Jensen, Mike, Chris, Gage….and a really good defense……

    And….how about our punter?

  14. D-Rok Says:

    And all you sucka MC’s need to go back to the sheet music and draw up some chart-topping lyrics.

    Thanks, O-line. Thanks, Brady. Thanks, Evans. Thanks, Godwin. Thanks, Camarda. And, grumbling under his breath, somehow, thanks, coaches.

  15. Daryl Green Says:

    This is the worst staff. Special teams is horrible.

  16. Stormy Says:

    Bowles IS hot garbage. No thinking about it.

    They just won using ‘no risk it No biscuit’. Why this stubborn ass waited until week 17 to do so only highlights how incompetent he is.

  17. D-Rok Says:

    And let’s give some props to our Defense. They did just enuff to win. Shutting down the Kitties run game? Impressive.

    Dropping 3 easy INT’s? Go back the Jugs machine, D. It’ll pay off in the play offs.

  18. Redeemer Says:

    436 from Brady. They needed every yard of it. Bowles vaunted defense made Darnold look like a top ten QB for the majority of the game. Aside from a couple costly turnovers, this defense was getting cooked. Tell me again how Brady is old and sucks.

  19. Infomeplease Says:

    Bowles took this team stumbling into the playoffs!! Unless he gets this team into, at least, the nfc championship game I hope he is given the boot!!! To this day, he hasn’t earned a return!!

  20. ClwJB Says:

    Hopefully Brady holds the cards and keys – Jason will be sure he gets exactly what he wants

    Maybe the epiphany to open it up was Bowles idea knowing his neck was on the line with this game

    Now about that special teams coach…..

  21. BrianBucs Says:

    If not for Brady this may be a 3 or 4 win team.
    Bowles can thank Brady for probably saving his job, at least for another year.
    Is Joe doing a little bit of Buccaneer but kissing here for future considerations?

  22. alton green Says:

    I wouldn’t have him back if we won the SB, (insert laugh here), won the Nobel peace prize, was named the Pope, replaced Jesus, had an operation to remove the stem from the apple, got pregnant, cured cancer, cured aids. Sofor you slower people, I don’t approve of that mummy on the sideline. after 15 freak’n games of Bowles moronic coaching you naive ding a lings want to give him the key to the city

  23. alton green Says:

    If you want to be a winner you hang with winners. if you want to be a loser you hang with losers. Remember Todds record at NY?? let me help. 29-45. The Glazers hired him. One thing we know they didn’t hire him for his record, As a career Brady fan i never dreamed that i would see him at 8-8. God forbid, if the Falcons beat the Bucs it will be his first losing season in 22 years. And the nerve of some of you guys. Todd has never had a winning season. GOOD JOB GLAZERS!

  24. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Bowles has done enough to be the DC next year. That is it. Leftovers still needs to go.

  25. TombsEN Says:

    I swear this fanbase is completely brain dead……this roster is completely overrated….besides Mike, who else did we have on offense??? Godwin took awhile to get healthy, Gage and Julio were always hurt, Brate is washed, the other TE’s are rookies, the oline was trash for most of the year. What did you all expect????

  26. D-Rome Says:

    I agree Joe. I still have little confidence with Bowles as a head coach but the Bucs won the division so he’s staying. It would be stupid to fire him at the end of the year

  27. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I have been a Bowles Hater all year, but we did make the playoffs.
    Get used to it guys, Bowles will be back next year.

  28. DaPostman Says:

    3 things Bowles hasn’t done in the first 15 weeks:

    Long TD passes: today 3.

    Defensive TO’s: today 3.

    QB sneaks for 1st downs: at least 2 today.

    Where have any of these things been in 15 weeks?

    The only way Bowles/Leftwich should be retained is if they make a deep playoff run and their team plays more like today and less like the sh*t show we’ve seen for 15 weeks.

  29. orlbucfan Says:

    Well, geez whiz, wrinkle had plenty of time to deliver a few perfect passes to a future HOFamer. The Defensive heroics, etc. never gets mentioned. Hopefully, the coaches will rest a few guys and mebbe let Trask practice and play with the first team O. One can hope.

  30. Oneilbuc Says:

    Brady played good today I have to give him his props he balled out . And the defense didn’t play all that good today they stepped up when it was time to but they gave up to many yards. Good game bucs hope we can do this in the playoffs. Go Bucs!!

  31. EEK Says:

    Both teams trying their hardest to lose

    Darnold aggressively trying to throw interceptions and only managed to throw one

    The worst team lost for sure

  32. WillieG Says:

    I don’t know that they bring him back. He made a great team average. Would any business anywhere tolerate that? Would Joe? If you brought in some new guy to run the show and your site readership numbers became average, would you keep the new guy?

  33. D-Rok Says:

    Thanks, Oneil. Good synopsis.

  34. D-Rok Says:


    If you are clamoring for Kyle Freakin’ Trask to play, you are delusional. In what universe can Trask hold the water bottle for Brady?

    Dude just put up over 400 yards and 3 tuddies, at age 45. What game are you watching?

    Take your pills, dude.

  35. Ars ahow Says:

    What! Todd and Byron need to go find jobs at the middle school level.

  36. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    So who took the shackles off and allowed us to ring up almost 500 yards offense and 3 tds that totaled 150 yards? Who stopped adding too much milk to the Biskit mix? We sure took a lot more risks on offense today! Bowles wants to win more than one play off game he better leave them off. Offense showed finally what it could really do against a decent defense

  37. Aceofaerospace Says:

    I’ll eat crow if we go to the Super Bowl.

  38. NEfan Says:

    Oneil, your growing before our eyes, congrats. It’s too bad oralbuc some of the other haters can’t grow up. It’s a good thing pulling for your QB to win.

  39. NYbucsfan Says:

    He stinks!! @Joe, are the higher-ups at One Buc place padding your pockets to push this bum?

  40. Bucco Bruce Says:

    If they have a sniff of a shot at Sean Payton or is it Peyton either way they will get him to keep Brady for another year or 2. I think Brady wants another year or 2. He gave up a lot to play all in all. Then you look to clean up our cap a bit and be prepared to see what we can swing in the off-season for padding the talent.

    If not then we look to keep Bowels next year tank get a top qb maybe make some trades and pull Harrison JR out our ass too then get a young up and coming Offensive Coordinator as HC and start it moving again.

    Yes both are likely fantasy but a man can still have dreams right?

  41. Tap-Out Says:

    Spite …we talking In Spite If Now, shut up and drink your whine! We Champs!

  42. Tap-Out Says:

    Great Job …To the Coaching Staff …you did it your way!

  43. Pickgrin Says:

    I hated the call for a 53 yd FG attempt. No way Succop was making that kick – punt and play field position…. Don’t give them the ball at the 43 – STUPID!

    Hated the call for a field goal on 4th and less than 1 at the 3 yard line even worse.

    Also at the very end of the half – Bowles calls a time out after a 1st down sack with 54 seconds left…. 2nd down we stuff a run – but Bowles just lets the clock run out instead of trying to get the ball back with 40 seconds or whatever. Why even bother with the 1st time out if you aren’t going to follow through and try to get the ball back with enough time to try for a field goal???

    I hate the way almost all important game decisions that fall to the head coach seem to be so consistently conservative this year. Its a big reason we have lost 8 games!!!

  44. Reach87 Says:

    HC just won the division with injuries all over the field every week. He did something very few could do. Many of you “fans” wanted to fire BA too, until he made you look like the elementary schoolers you are (check the archives). Instead of tearing up players who just played their hearts out and coaches who pulled the team together to WIN THE DIVISION, try to overcome your second grade “I’m always right” mentality, give them a pat on the back without spitting in their faces, and root for their success. Congratulations Bucs! Go Bucs!

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  46. kyle Says:

    great defensive coach terrible game management today… the 53 yard fg attempt should of been a punt. passing on 3rd and 1 on the 4 yard line was wrong, especially when you attempt a fg on 4th??? should of ran that then pass on 4th. not a calling the time out at then end of the first half didnt help or hurt but was a head scratcher.. i felt like brady said f you to bowles and leftwich many times and caslled his own game??

  47. kyle Says:

    bucs coaching seems to be our worst players.. just saying

  48. 1sparkybuc Says:

    We beat a bad football team with a fourth quarter come back. We’re not going to beat good teams playing like we did in the first 45 minutes. I expected the Bucs to perform like they did in those first three quarters. I was blown away by what they accomplished in the last 15 minutes. I doubt that I will live long enough to see anything like that from any team ever again. There has to be some consistency if we are going to win another game this season. Leftwich has got to go. We need an OC with balls who knows how to gain one yard on fourth down in the red zone. We have some holes to fill on the team, but the biggest holes are on the coaching staff.

  49. garbs65 Says:

    Bowles should get a second season. I think BL should be gone. I have a feeling we are going to get both back next year. I don’t see the Glazers and/or Licht making a change. Especially since BA is still around.

  50. westernbuc Says:

    Todd Bowles deserves another year with a handpicked OC. His defense was solid all year despite key injuries. Anyone who has followed this team long enough knows a good defense is hard to come by

  51. Buczilla Says:

    Stumbling and bumbling your way to a playoff berth in a pathetic division in no way makes Bowles worthy of a second year as our head coach. I’m thrilled that we won and I have a shred of hope now, but without at least one playoff win it would be lunacy to bring this dude back.

  52. OLDE pfart Says:

    I do not see Brady even considering a return to Tampa while the present coaching staff is still in place……but with the right players and a solid coach in place you have a chance to retain him…..

  53. Thugster Says:

    One game that teetered on this hack of a head coach getting fired does not a good coach make. The rest of the nfc south hopes Tampa keeps this clown