“Itching” To Be The Boss

March 24th, 2023

Bucs offensive coordinator Dave Canales.

New Bucs offensive coordinator Dave Canales isn’t some just-happy-to-be-here new NFL playcaller who was a position coach 3,100 miles from Tampa for a bunch of years.

He explained to WFLA-TV sports chief Dan Lucas that he was groomed by Pete Carroll for his new role — and seemingly a head coaching job — and given many opportunities withing the Seattle Seahawks program to flex leadership muscles over the past 13 seasons.

And Canales is hungry to be the boss, he said. He loved the small taste of being the top-dog coach he got years ago.

“Right out of college I was a head coach when I was 23 years old at the JV level. Now this is big-time football, 14-year-olds, but everyone’s looking for you for answers, all the coaches and everything,” Canales said. “And so, really ever since then it’s been kind of like just itching to get back into a role where I could be, you know, the person implementing the plays, talking to the group, taking the direction, just finding what we do well, so it’s been a long time coming.”

Canales went on to explain that he believes only working for one NFL team and being coached for many years to understand every aspect of football and mentoring happening around him is a positive, not something that has limited his growth as a coach.

Joe can’t wait to get feedback from players on how Canales differs from defrocked offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. Joe suspects quite a contrast will be revealed if players choose to be candid.

If you missed Joe’s sit-down with Canales, you can catch up on that here.

32 Responses to ““Itching” To Be The Boss”

  1. Rod Munch Says:

    It’s going to be impossible not to be an upgrade over Leftwich, but I hate this guys act of being the eager young guy who is going to take over the world.

    First, you’re not that young.

    Second, based on the title history you’ve had, you sure appeared to get demoted as you went from QB coach -> Passing game coordinator -> QB coach in the last three years. I wish someone would ask him about that, why he either got demoted going to passing game coordinator, or going back to QB, one of the two is a demotion. I’d want to know why that happened.

    Third, you got the job after 493,213 other coaches turned the job down.

    I hope this guy is amazing. Regardless of how poorly I think this team will do, I honestly would love to be shocked and to see the team do well. Additionally I’d love to not be bored when watching a game, and a part of not being bored is not being able to call out what plays the Bucs are going to run before they even break the huddle.

  2. Smashsquatch Says:

    This is the greatest offseason upgrade for the Bucs. It will become painfully obvious very quickly.

  3. SB~LV Says:

    The rookie OC will have TB’s breathing down his neck second guessing and creating doubt. I hope I am wrong and time will tell.

  4. Rod Munch Says:

    SB~LV – Todd Bowles had literally nothing to do with the offense last year. I mean when you have reports that he went to Leftwich and begged him to actually try doing some different stuff, and Leftwich blew him off, that tells you how much he was involved in the offense.

    With this guy, I think Todd is giving him his marching orders, but outside of that, I doubt he’s involved all that much.

  5. Pewter Power Says:

    If we have a great offense and with baker or Kyle wow he won’t here an OC long at all, someone will make him a head coach quickly

  6. Onetrickpony Says:

    Pewter Power
    As in when Bowels is gone,maybe?

  7. Just Leave Trask Alone Says:

    Its an unknown. Like Mike Tyson said, everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face. Hopefully Canales will live up to the task.

    Thing is none of us really know what a Canales offense looks like. We know what offenses looked like on Seattle and they were run heavy vs the NFL average. We assume since Canales spent years in that org the Bucs new offense will be run heavy – even though the offensive line consistently failed to block effectively in the run game last year and the personnel is setup for BA’s passing attack. Canales said he’ll tailor the scheme to the talent. Those are unintentional mixed signals.

    Also the consensus is the offense will improve by default. Bucs offense was 15th in total yards. Scoring was down – 24th in the league. Bucs couldn’t convert in the red zone. So yeah the offense can get worse especially without Tom Brady and if Canales switch to a run first offense doesn’t materialize.

    Unknown means unknown. We’ll just have to find out what the end product looks like on the field when the time comes.

  8. Goatfarmer Says:

    But everything will be roses when Kyle Trask, the secret weapon the Bucs have been intentionally hiding/suppressing for two years, takes the league by storm!

    It will be swell, watching him stare at that clipboard on the sideline with his patented befuddled look. And bobble the kick placements in the second half of preseason. The future is bright with Trask!

  9. Dooley Says:

    Scheme and nuances of Canales’ offense aside, averaging more than two TDs and a FG or 6 FGs per game isn’t that high a bar to clear for our new OC. For starters, averaging a TD and a FG in the first 30 minutes of games would be about a 2 point improvement over last years “super bowl roster” lol

  10. #99 the Big fella Says:

    Rods daily negative comments.. I actually look forward to this young guy.. I bet you does a great job.I can’t wait to shut the negative Nancy’s up!

  11. Just Leave Trask Alone Says:

    Sadly Goat, this team will probably not give Trask the opportunity. So we’ll never know at least not in a Bucs uniform. You and I both know this team is in for a biblical bed ishing this season. Its going to get ugly.

    Here’s a newsflash – if the Bucs get the #1 pick on a 3-4 win season EVERYONE is going to get fired JL included.

    New regime will come in and draft a QB – that will be the new hotness. You draft a QB #1 you start that guy bottom line.

    Knowing the Bucs luck with how they bring along QBs and that pick isn’t a guarantee of anything we’re looking at another extended era of futility.

    But hey you know the weather is nice.

    Trask will probably get his opportunity elsewhere and he’ll probably make good on it. Then we’ll have yet another QB drafted by the Bucs that went on to have success elsewhere. Picking Mayfield over Trask will be the next punchline. “They started a guy on his 4th team over Trask can you believe that? Hahaha”

    As a Bucs fan last season and this season are really testing my loyalty.

    They let BA take care of his guys to force a coaching decision that blew up in everyone’s face. We had the Goat! Bowles blew the Divisional round with a terrible call on defense. Then last season was ridiculous. The comedy of errors is continuing with the way Mayfield is being framed. Better than the GOAT? What nonsense.

    And it doesn’t help that we got posters like you rooting on this toilet bowl spin.

    Flush it! Flush it! Flush it!

    I’m getting a migraine reading you trying to will your preferred warped reality into existence everyday. Bro you’re killing me.

  12. Rod Munch Says:

    #99 the Big fella – I literally started out my comment saying it’s going to be impossible for this guy not to be an upgrade. Then end it saying I hope he does a great job.

    Gee, kid, how much positive reinforcement do you need? You millenials with your constant need to be surrounded by cheerleaders is puke inducing.

  13. Goatfarmer Says:

    Just Leave Trask Home says:

    “Sadly Goat, this team will probably not give Trask the opportunity. So we’ll never know at least not in a Bucs uniform.”

    Exactly, the Bucs know he’s the best but are purposely suppressing him in order to lose and anger his small fan base! It makes perfect sense. After watching a guy “develop” intimately for two years, the best course of action is to bury the positives deep inside One Buc Place. It’s known that he outperformed Brady last year, but they hate him so they never give him a chance. It makes so much sense!

  14. Just Leave Trask Alone Says:

    After last year you still have trust in the decision making process?

    I don’t.

  15. JeffreyLane77 Says:

    The more I hear about the Bowles and Leftwich situation. The more it sounds like Leftwich could have been trying to get Bowles fired. Perhaps Leftwich was upset Bowles was chosen for the head coach gig instead of him.

  16. Goatfarmer Says:

    Right, Traskboi. I don’t trust anyone that has studied Trask intimately for the last two years while the rest of us watch college highlights of him from 2020.

    If they would just watch his college highlight reel they’d know how good he is. Forveryone knows that historical highlights are how to judge a player, not demonstrated performance on the field.

    They hate him and it’s unfair.

  17. Just Leave Trask Alone Says:

    Jeff we’ll see. It’s easy to blame the guy who already walked out the door. Did Leftwich do his own chopping or did he fall on an axe?

    I think we all know the offence underperformed mightily. That’s a given. But can you blame the loss to the Cowgirls on him? Its not often that people turn off playoff games before the half and find something else to do. Better than watching that disaster unfold.

    They went from an org making all the right decisions to an org making all the wrong ones in a hurry – and the inflection point was BA stepping down and turning the franchise over. Although some might argue it began on the terrible defensive playcall vs the Rams.

    I see Todd Bowles on the podium he seems like a real nice guy, but the track record speaks for itself. There is no political capital there. I’m Missouri from here on out. Show me.

  18. Just Leave Trask Alone Says:

    Its not about hating a guy Goat.

    Does Bowles have the stones to roll with a player who has logged all of 9 passes in the NFL? Especially with him on the hot seat? I don’t think he does.

    This is a big boy league. No guts no glory. Either you can make the big decisions or you can’t.

    The safe play has got a lot of guys fired.

  19. D-Rok Says:

    Until he becomes a head coach, he should apply Lotrimin cream 2-3x daily or as needed.

    That’ll allow him to concentrate on fixing the offense.

  20. Dooley Says:


  21. Simeon97 Says:

    Prediction: 7-10 season (at best). Bowles fired, Caneles elevated due to HC due to late season success with Trask.

  22. #99 the Big fella Says:

    Rod munch , I am a 54 yr old man not a kid..
    You are one of the most negative know it alls on here.. so take a step back little man.

  23. sasquatch Says:

    Rod Munch Says:
    March 24th, 2023 at 1:43 pm

    I hate this guys act of being the eager young guy who is going to take over the world.

    Seems to me he’s just being who he is. He’s excited to be coming in as OC and do a great job. I don’t think it’s an act. He’s got energy and enthusiasm, which was sorely lacking with Leftwich.

    First, you’re not that young.

    If he acts young and enthusiastic, that’s who he is. I don’t care if he’s 41 or 28.

    Second, based on the title history you’ve had, you sure appeared to get demoted as you went from QB coach -> Passing game coordinator -> QB coach in the last three years. I wish someone would ask him about that, why he either got demoted going to passing game coordinator, or going back to QB, one of the two is a demotion. I’d want to know why that happened.

    The Seahawks brought back Sanjay Lal, one of the best WR coaches in the league and gave him the passing game coordinator title and responsibility. Moved Canales to QB coach to focus on Geno, and it worked pretty well. You can call it a demotion or a change in responsibilities. Does anyone know what a “passing game coordinator” actually does when there’s already an offensive coordinator in place? I wouldn’t make too much of it.

    Third, you got the job after 493,213 other coaches turned the job down.

    To my knowledge, and I keep up with Bucs information from every source available, the Bucs did not offer the job to anyone else. People assume they offered the job to Painter from the Bengals because he publicly pulled out of consideration. People also assume Monken was offered the job before he chose to join Baltimore. Is there any evidence for either of those? Seems to me, they did a thorough search and people assumed they couldn’t find anyone to take the job. It’s fair to assume this was not a choice OC job among the available openings, but there’s no evidence that 493,213 other coaches turned the job down, or even anything more than (at most) 2. What’s most important is the right fit. Canales seems to be a fit.

    I like the guy’s enthusiasm and energy. I think it’ll be good for the team.

  24. Mike C Says:

    Goatfarmer how do you feel about Trask?

  25. Mike S Says:

    Simeon97 that’s plausible

  26. gp Says:

    Just Leave Trask Alone Says:
    ***I’m getting a migraine reading you trying to will your preferred warped reality into existence everyday. Bro you’re killing me.***

    Dude!!! Get a LIFE!!!

    Trask will either show he can be the number one or he will show that he is nothing but a perennial back up.


    Settle down and hope for the best.
    But nothing said by anyone on these threads will make ANY difference.
    It’s literally COMPLETELY up to him.

    Sorry, had a few tonight, but I’m getting really sick of the Trask is god people.
    Just sayin

  27. Mike S Says:

    Nobody is saying Trask is a God. Its pretty simple really – Mayfield’s track record doesn’t lock him in or at least it shouldn’t.

    Honestly it should be Trask’s job to lose and Mayfield should be the hedge – not the other way around.

  28. Goatfarmer Says:

    Mike S – if there is a decent HC in the building, it would be exactly as you said.

    The fact is, there’s not. Still, a dude who’s put together four losing seasons in a row as the top guy should want the best players to start.

    Either way, whoever plays, they both play – neither plays because Norm Snead steps out of his wheel chair – whatever, Bloweszo is coaching his last season as head coich in football at any level.

  29. Goatfarmer Says:

    And I’d agree with your point about Trask’s job to lose if it were still BA’s offense. But it’s a whole new offense. Trask is a notoriously “deliberate” learner. That handicaps him for this training camp.

  30. steele Says:

    Rah Rah has been “itching” for years. Seahawks never gave him a path to being a “boss”, choosing instead to bring in outside guys like Waldron. There is zero concern in Seattle right now that Rah Rah is gone.

    It all remains at zero until he actually does something besides talk enthusiastically.

  31. darengibo Says:

    So let me get this straight…SO MANY on here complain and bellyache about how little emotion Bowles displays and NOW we are hearing complaints on how enthusiastic and high energy Canales displays???

    Got it.


  32. #99 the Big fella Says:

    Honestly this feels like the longest offseason ever. I can’t wait for the season to begin. Hopefully we have a great draft and fill hole that we have. Maybe just maybe the crybabies will find a binky and go away for a while. I have never read so much negativity from a fan base in all my life..I have been a fan since the early 80’s and I don’t think the bag over the head days had this much complaining..It’s the same guys over and over!

    We get it you don’t like Bowles ,You don’t like trask , you don’t like baker, you don’t like Canales, you don’t like the glaziers but repeatedly complaining about the same crap every article SUCKS!