Todd Bowles: Calm Down About Kyle Trask’s Newfound Mobility

August 1st, 2023

Not that mobile.

Joe will type this again: Joe can barely believe the Kyle Trask through the first five practices of training camp is the same guy Joe watched practice the past 2-plus years.

Trask is like a brand new quarterback — from as recently as minicamp which ended in early June. He’s had a total makeover, throwing and mobility.

While Bucs coach Todd Bowles is really happy with the progress, he wants folks to chill about hyping Trask into a running quarterback.

“I mean, he’s not Randall Cunningham,” Bowles quipped yesterday. “He can get out of the pocket some – I don’t expect him to run down the field and be Lamar Jackson.

“He can use his legs when he needs to use them to get out of trouble.”

But yeah, Bowles admitted there has been a change in Trask.

“He’s worked hard over the summer – he’s worked on his mechanics, obviously,” Bowles said. “He’s shortened up his step. He understands that he’s not trying to make the big play, he’s trying to make the right play.

“He understands the game and he’s been more decisive with his decision-making. I think that’s a credit to him working on his mechanics over the summer.”

Joe spoke to Bucs offensive coordinator Dave Canales yesterday. Canales pretty much said the same thing as Bowles when Joe asked what Trask did since Minicamp to radically change himself.

Canales said Trask stayed in Tampa and came to the facility nearly every day it was open (One Buc Palace often closes for a week around the Fourth of July) to work on his game.

Whatever Trask did, he needs to open a quarterback training facility in the offseason. Dude would make a killing on the side.

51 Responses to “Todd Bowles: Calm Down About Kyle Trask’s Newfound Mobility”

  1. BucsFanSince76 Says:

    When Trask opens the QB Summer camp here in Ole Tampa perhaps he will invite Joe to give the keynote speech to his young campers every year hmmmmm…..

  2. Gatorhater Says:

    But, But – But – he was a Gator – he must stink. If he was any good he would have beat out the Goat!

  3. Craig Says:

    The Bowles cleaner is actually right, for a second time.

    Mobile QBs that push that have a short playing life. They get hurt.

    All Trask has to do is move the pocket. He has to learn how much he has to move the pocket and communicate it with the line. It is open season on QBs that get lost by their O-line.

    If you need proof, watch Baker when he gets happy feet.

  4. Breadwinnerbob Says:

    One of the Joe’s forgot about Trask at least one acts like he’s on roster

  5. Aceofaerospace Says:

    All we Gator homers ever asked was to just give him a chance. He either succeeds or fail. I believe he will succeed. We’ll see.

  6. Dooley Says:

    “He can use his legs when he needs to use them to get out of trouble.”

    That’s fine with me, at the very least be able to buy time or slip the pocket and head for the sticks.

  7. PSL Bob Says:

    Hell, even TB12 occasionally ran for a first down. Trask is certainly more mobile than Brady.

  8. Mostly Peaceful Trask Fan Says:

    So he didn’t go to Tahoe to play golf and give interviews to people like Mike Golic?

    Dude is getting after it. Can’t argue with the results.

  9. Destinjohnny Says:

    His last year in college he came on if that means anything
    He played his ass off against bama

  10. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Does Trask look good because other quarterback NOT named Brady looks that much worse than last year’s starting QB?

  11. Breadwinnerbob Says:

    I’ve also herd that Trask was at one buc constantly in off season putting in work except for a week or so July 4th ..

  12. Tbbucs3 Says:

    The Trask stans are always loudest in August, they are off to an impressive start this year, it’s absurd.

  13. Dooley Says:

    “The Trask stans are always loudest in August, they are off to an impressive start this year, it’s absurd.”

    That’s hate.

  14. Rayjay1122 Says:

    Trask is looking like a young QB who sat in the shadows of the GOAT and took full advantage of that time. Trask was given a great opportunity in that regard and it will be fun to see the battle in camp for the starting spot. I am pulling for him and Baker. Let the most deserving guy win.

  15. Steelers fan Says:

    Trask is the same as he was with the gators. He played top competition SEC and dominated just like hes doing now with his 1st and only chance at real playing time. I mean you can say he magically went from trash to gold but who would really believe that? Just admit you were wrong and have some dignity about yourself.

  16. Statguy Says:

    First time he hasn’t been throwing to rooms to go employees in 2 years also

  17. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Sorry Dooley, I forgot that any criticism of the Kyle Trask fan boy girl club is not allowed on here.

  18. Mike C Says:

    I thought Baker was going to be the guy, but with Trask looking like he has taken a step forward (according to Joe) I am really excited to see what this kid can do.

  19. Tbbucs3 Says:

    I forgot the rules of the JBF comment ssection
    1. Winston slander= Totally acceptable
    2. Trask slander= Unacceptable, will not be tolerated.

  20. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Winston plays for the Saints. Any slander of a Saints player is not only acceptable, it is required.

  21. Cobraboy Says:

    Here is a question for both Joes:

    What would your opinion be if Trask was a 2023 draft choice or FA, and what you see is fresh and brand new?

    I ask because sometimes I wonder if a lot of bias is built into the “Trask is garbage” attitude many exhibit because he was never, even close to being given any real opportunity since being drafted 3 years ago.

  22. Cobraboy Says:

    Winston, aka ATM, earned his “slander.”

  23. nooyoker Says:

    AlabamaBucsFan Says: “Does Trask look good because other quarterback NOT named Brady looks that much worse than last year’s starting QB?”

    Trask looks good because he is completing passes, throwing hard, and not throwing picks and batted balls like Mayfeld.

  24. Oneilbuc Says:

    Why does it matter so much with this fan base what college a player comes from ? I want Kyle Trask to succeed because the bucs drafted him and he might be the first quarterback this team developed in franchise history . I don’t want to tank or draft a quarterback in the first round next year.

  25. D-Rome Says:

    This is encouraging. I have no skin in the game when it comes to the Bucs QB. I want the best person in preseason to win the job. Accomplishments prior to this season are irrelevant.

  26. Stanglassman Says:

    Was Steve Spurrier the last Gator starting Qb for the Bucs?

  27. Dooley Says:

    “Sorry Dooley, I forgot that any criticism of the Kyle Trask fan boy girl club is not allowed on here.”

    Nah, but being mad that other people are enthusiastic about KT because he sounds different from what the fanbase has perceived him as the last few months is kind of corny on your part. There wasn’t any criticism on your part about Trask, just disappointment other people are pleasantly surprised of how Trask is looking in the first camp he’s getting a shot to earn PT. That’s hate.

  28. DBS Says:

    Son of Trask changing names again. Trask has done nothing in an NFL game situation yet. Practice is only that. Practice. This is not college. If he wins the starting job let’s see what he does against the real professionals in the NFL. I personally don’t care who starts as long as they get the job done.

  29. Buc1987 Says:

    Nimble too!

  30. stpetebucfan Says:

    “he would have beat out the Goat!”

    NO but he could have beaten out Blaine Gabbert. Still Trask languished for awhile in HS and in Gainesville before finding his stride. Could be the same story here in Tampa.

    Again I’m rooting for BOTH QB’s and it appears to be a close battle. Mayfield has the advantage of experience and having done it once before in Cleveland…Mayfield’s best shot IMHO is that he plays as well as Mayfield but does a better job of protecting the ball.

    Bowles is NOT an offensive minded coach. He’s the polar opposite of BA. He will value ball possession and keeping the D off the field far more than spectacular plays. This is Trask’s best opening.

  31. stpetebucfan Says:

    Oops…Trask’s best shot not Mayfields

  32. BucU Says:

    It’s all white noise to me. Start the guy who can get the job done. Don’t care who it is.

  33. SlyPirate Says:


    That’s a good word. That is the word I would use to describe TB12’s style of football. Read the defense pre-snap. Identify your best target. Be decisive with your throw.

    Maybe Trask did learn a thing or two from TB12?

  34. catcard202 Says:

    Let’s see what Traskcan looks like in pre-season under some live fire exercises before getting all wet in the pants over supposed strides made by #2…It’s all fluff & fodder until the bullets are flying…When he’s asked to performs when guys that are getting paid to take his head off are really trying to take his head off.

  35. Jenkins Says:

    stpetebucfan Says: “Trask languished for awhile in Gainesville before finding his stride.”

    False. You obviously don’t know his history.

    In only his second season at Florida (2018) Trask beat out the much-hyped and much-higher-rated Feleipe Franks (now with the Falcons) for the starting QB job, but then suffered a leg injury that kept him out for the rest of that season. In his third season at Florida (2019) he was very good and in his fourth season at Florida (2020) he was lights out, setting all new Florida passing records and some new SEC passing records and being a finalist for the Heisman Trophy (in the toughest conference in college football). He even had a year of eligibility left (due to COVID) but opted for the draft. How is all that “languishing for awhile”? You Trask haters make up so much crap.

  36. Jenkins Says:

    stpetebucfan Says: “NO but he could have beaten out Blaine Gabbert.”

    Wrong again. Bucs QB coach Clyde Christensen said Trask would NOT be competing for Gabbert’s job because there were not enough practice snaps for both of them and so Gabbert would be prepared as the backup. Plus, the Bucs were on Super Bowl runs and if you think Brady would have tolerated an inexperienced rookie as his backup you’re dumber than I thought.

  37. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Another college stats reference, It’s been proven time and time again that college stats are irrelevant for determining NFL success even in the “mighty” SEC….

    If you want to discuss stats, any mention of Trask last college appearance where he threw 3 Ints in the gators first 3 drives?

    Like it or not, there’s a reason Trask wasn’t a 1st round pick because he was a project coming out of college….. but it’s good that Trask seems to be making improvements, the main things he’s lacked in the past are footwork and arm strength. The preseason games will show if he’s actually improved on those.

  38. ModHairKen Says:

    Track’s history is loyalty, waiting for his chances and then thriving.

  39. Buc1987 Says:

    catcard202 …QB’s are protected these days from getting their head taken off.

  40. BillyBucco Says:

    How does constantly not being the guy at Florida not = Languished?
    Before his Senior year Trask wasn’t the picked guy.
    Only when Franks got hurt did he play.
    Same thing in HS, he was behind Emmanuel.
    Same thing for the Bucs for obvious reasons.
    Either way, so far his trajectory is the same.

  41. Oneilbuc Says:

    Tbbucs. The reason why he wasn’t a first round pick was because of the hype of 2 quarterbacks that was the top 2 quarterbacks dated back in highschool. And that’s Travor Lawrence and Justin Fields wich Trask had more passing yards, completion, and touchdowns than both of them and he also played against waay better competition than both of them. But they were a good story line for the media even to this day .

  42. Oneilbuc Says:

    DBS . I can see where you coming from with your stament but I it was a narrative going on how Trask couldn’t beat Gabbert out in practice remember? But now practice don’t matter anymore ?? Ok lol 😆😆 now do y’all see what I’ve been saying about the fans on this site?? When it’s a guy that people like and they play good everything counts and it’s all about that player and you know what player I’m talking about. But when it’s a guy who you don’t like than everything is his fault and if they plays well then it’s not because of him or like right now practice don’t mean nothing! Lol 🤣🤣

  43. catcard202 Says:

    Buc1987…Tell that to Tua and any # of other QB1/QB2’s around the league that didn’t make through games without garnering concussions.

    An 18% increase in concussions across the league (from 2021 to 2022) doesn’t help sell the notion that rules are in place to add protection from getting your head taken off.

    The NFL isn’t as violent as it was in the 1960’s/70’s…But it’s still a gladiator sport…And QB’s still have a bullseye on their back with jacked up defenders looking to change the outcome of the game on 1 play.

  44. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Trevor Lawrence and Fields were way better prospects than Trask coming out. Much better arm strength,athleticism and footwork than Trask

  45. Oneilbuc Says:

    Tbbucs. That’s a opinion other than the running every thing else is just your opinion but what does the numbers say ?

  46. DBS Says:

    Oneilbuc. Are you 5 years old. 1 if you want to talk to me speak english fool. 2 emojis in everything? Children do that sh!t. I couldn’t care anything less about either QB and it has nothing to with who beat who last year. Before you start start taking about me hating a player know what you are talking about little boy.

  47. Hunter's Crack Pipe Says:

    Man it’s SALTY in here today!

    “Can’t we all just get along?”

  48. Marvin Says:

    I’m not sure I would trust Todd Bowles to make these determinations. He’s a so so coordinator, but has so far proven to be a terrible head coach with the Jets and Bucs.

  49. garro Says:

    I remember Arians was quoted as saying he saw Trask (on his own) working every day…that was two years ago or last year I forget.

    Either way.. Hats off to the dude! For crying out loud he has coached himself for the most part up until now.

    Go Bucs

  50. garro Says:

    Everyone assumes Trask is immobile. They rolled him out when he was in Gainesville folks he hit Pitts a ton on those rolllouts. It is not a foreign thing to him.

    Go Bucs!

  51. garro Says:

    BTW all the BS being thrown around in here makes me think most of the posters here are invading from some other out of town team.

    I hear the Saints are looking for some fans to cheer for Jameis when he comes out of the tunnel. Since he won’t be coming off the bench.

    Go Bucs!