Pressure Mounting On Todd Bowles

June 28th, 2023

Bucs coach Todd Bowles.

So, who has more pressure on his shoulders, Bucs coach Todd Bowles or Bucs quarterback Baker Mayfield.

With Mayfield, this may be it. If he doesn’t have a strong season, he may never start again save for an injury.

One could also make that argument for Bowles. This is his second stint as a head coach. Yeah, he got the Bucs to the playoffs — with a losing record. Bowles now has four straight losing seasons as a head coach.

NFL history says he won’t be employed as a head coach if that streak grows to five.

It seems a desperate quarterback and a desperate head coach is a bad mix, types Mike Jones of The Athletic. And this may be why Jones, typing an offseason winners and losers list, has the Bucs in the losers category.

… … This is a great opportunity for Baker Mayfield to try to revive his career and show that he’s more of the guy who played well with the Rams late last season than the dude who struggled and got benched and released by the Panthers. Todd Bowles, meanwhile, has even more pressure on his shoulders after last year’s struggles and early playoff exit.

It is an interesting trying to figure out who has more to lose. Joe guesses Mayfield. Bowles, at worst, is one of the great defensive minds in the game. He won’t have trouble finding work if things go south this fall, just not as a head coach.

Mayfield? He might have more trouble finding work. The way Mayfield has been buried nationally by reporters, columnists and analysts since signing with the Bucs, Joe guesses Mayfield’s stock across the league isn’t all that great.

28 Responses to “Pressure Mounting On Todd Bowles”

  1. Duane Says:

    Useless chatter.

    Every single person in an NFL franchise feels pressure to perform all the time.

  2. Da Bucs Guy Says:

    There will be a new starting QB and Head Coach for the 2024 season. It’s a shame that this will be a lost season.

  3. CrackWise Says:

    “Revive his career…” LOL, GERRRRRATE.

    Hopefully he is afforded that opportunity as a backup and in the unlikely event Kyle does a face plant.

    Otherwise, Todd is putting his job on the line for a guy worse than Winston throughout his career. Which seems like a Bucs/Todd thing to do.

  4. HC Grover Says:

    Brady, not Bowles got the Bucs to the playoffs with losing record. last year it seemed like. If they get it this year Bowles can take credit for The Miracle Bucs.

  5. K2 Says:

    Pressure is generated from losses not OTAs. Relax

  6. Roc Says:

    Can we not forget Bowles had a losing season with a great QB and a Super Bowl team

    I will say this HE IS A MASTER at deflection
    Fire all those other coaches

  7. ATLBuc Says:

    So, who has more pressure on his shoulders, Bucs coach Todd Bowles or Bucs quarterback Baker Mayfield.

    Neither! At this time of year coaches and players feel optimism not pressure. Right now every head coach in the league thinks his team has a chance to make the playoffs.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Both have a lot to lose… but most backup QBs make more than DCs…Just ask Jameis & Mike Glennon

  9. Defense Rules Says:

    Pressure mounting on Todd Bowles? By who, the media? Oh my gosh, I’m sure that he’s shaking in his boots. He’s playing the hand he was dealt, and that’s about all he can do right now.

    Kinda wonder how Bruce Arians would’ve done in 2019-2021 if he’d had Mike Smith as his DC instead of Todd Bowles. Our average defensive ranking was #23 in 2016-2018, instead our average ranking of #9 in 2019-2021. Huge difference that got reflected in the final W-L records each season.

  10. Fred McNeil Says:

    I can’t find Todd’s head coach salary, but he was making $3 mil as DC. Not exactly starvation wages.

  11. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Hopefully, Canales’ offense will give the QB every opportunity to succeed, regardless of which one wins the job. Only then will we really find out whether they have it or not. Until that time, it’s my guy is better than your guy.

  12. Fred McNeil Says:

    BTW, highest paid HC is Belicheat at $20 mil and a few others close behind. Andy Reid makes $12 or 13 mil. Stefanski of the Browns was listed at $3.5 mil; lowest in NFL

  13. Tye Says:

    Since when has a garbage HC ever became a winner!

  14. Dooley Says:

    Dave Canales? new state, new city, new team, new job, new players, and new bosses. I’m looking forward to see how much our new OC can overachieve with the talent he has in Tampa.

  15. stpetebucfan Says:

    The NFL is and has always been a pressure cooker for all but a lucky few. BB in the coaching ranks comes to mind…as do some of the GOATS of the game but they too felt pressure.

    In a truly GREAT athlete in ANY sport the pressure to succeed is far more intense from within their ultracompetitive minds than anything a fan or writer can produce.

    Bowles just wants to win! He could give a crap about pressure. He’s well used to it by now after all these years in “The League”.

  16. Duane Says:

    More pressure on Bowles. He used up all his excuses last season, and is the incumbent. Baker is playing with house money, a first time OC, and an Oline that has never played together before. Would be nice to see the local media challenge Bowles more this season instead of the soft ball questions from Jenna about their favorite color.

  17. destinjohnny Says:

    Look he isn’t Parcels, but he has 5 win talent to work with. Its a no win situation for coach.
    I feel bad for him.

  18. Just Leave Trask Alone Says:

    Captain Checkdown revived his career by throwing for 110 yards against Green Bay

  19. Stormy Says:

    I don’t feel bad at all for him.

    His gutless “play not to lose” approach cost them the Cleveland game and a couple of critical injuries due to an unnecessary overtime. It reared its ugly head at other times, too.

    He was a garbage HC in NY and so far he has been garbage here, too. He was criticized for the exact same crap in NY, too. He can’t change – he won’t change.

    The same stuff drove me nuts when Dungy coached here.

    If he wins 5 this season he should be gone. In thr words of yet a other horrible head coach – “simple as that”

  20. Destinjohnny Says:

    Stormy we have the worst lines in football
    No backs, below average secondary
    No slot, 54 has slowed down and 45 has no Instincts.
    Hell jTS is our best pass rusher
    You need players to win

  21. SlyPirate Says:

    Jerry Rice would freak out every off season. He’d work relentlessly because he was knew there were countless rookies and emerging player gunning to replace him.

    The NFL (Not For Long) — We’ll keep you until we can replace you — where no job is safe.

  22. BucU Says:

    The problem with Bowles is he gets outcoached by NFL head coaches. He’s a terrible in game manager. How do we overcome that with no TB12?

  23. rriddler Says:

    Ira had it right in his column last week.

    Mayfield had a good year in Cleveland, leading the Browns to the playoffs and a playoff win. Played hurt most of the next season. Probably should have shut it down.

    Landed in a dysfunctional situation in Carolina, with an overmatched coach and a poor supporting cast.

    Played OK in LA, considering he was thrown into the fire with no prep or practice.

    Now, we don’t know which Mayfield to expect, especially considering we have a new play caller also.

    Given our financial constraints (Worth it for the SB win!!!), we rolled the dice on the best available QB. (Would anyone really rather have Bridgewater, Minshew, Rudolph, etc, etc)

    Low cost gamble with some reasonable upside possibilities.

    I’m looking forward to seeing how this all plays out.

  24. Infomeplease Says:

    I can’t wait until September, then we’ll have some real info to process!! Based on what I know today, next season TB will be a defensive coordinator somewhere else. BM will still be in the NFL. Hopefully he’s here in Tampa still. Come September, we’ll have more info to base future predictions with.

  25. TBfan Says:

    Look Todd is a good dude is the word..great…but we need him to make a winner on the field. If you can’t pull off a winning record with TOM FN BRADY…you are incompetent …end of story. Tom went through hell last year personally…no question…but if TOM FN BRADY has all his limbs still attached…you as a coach damn well better be above .500

  26. garro Says:

    Todd and Maybefield are desperate.
    Desparate people sometimes do incredibly stupid things.
    I see some stupid on the horizon from both.
    Just saying

    Go Bucs!

  27. BillyBucco Says:

    Mike Tomlin has not had a losing season in like 19 years.
    Now that is a HC.
    What does our team excel at?
    Finding that every year while fielding a good-great defense works.

  28. destinjohnny Says:

    no talents , no wins