Todd Bowles Talks About The Upside To No Tom Brady

August 10th, 2023

The only photo Joe knows of Tom Brady and Todd Bowles together.

This is not a joke. Head coach Todd Bowles believes there is some benefit to Tom Brady no longer wearing pewter and red.

Bowles didn’t whisper this in a partially soundproof bathroom at One Buc Palace, he said it on NFL Network!

Some Bucs players have noted the absence of Brady means less spotlight and off-field noise, so it helps a percentage of players play more freely.

Bowles agreed and said going from a media A-list team to a C-list team helps foster team unity.

“It allows some guys to free-up, especially the younger guys who probably just wanted to run behind the older guys and then not mess up as opposed to just playing the game they know how to play,” Bowles said. “They’re saying the right things. They know our expectations are the same, but it’s a little different ‘cause it’s not as much fanfare.

“So you concentrate more on inside the building and you never look at the outside of the building. Before, you could look at the outside and you’re on every channel. Now you’re looking at the outside and you’re not on any channel. So It helps from a close-knit standpoint inside the building — that they get closer together.”

Joe doesn’t know what to think of all this. Hopefully, this whole phenomenon evaporates after Baker Mayfield leads the Bucs to a 2-0 start before hosting the Eagles on Monday Night Football.

Today’s Ira Kaufman Podcast. Ira reports Baker Mayfield will start Week 1 in Minnesota. Enjoy!

45 Responses to “Todd Bowles Talks About The Upside To No Tom Brady”

  1. catcard202 Says:

    Bucs against the world since 1976…

  2. sasquatch Says:

    Todd is correct.

  3. D-Rok Says:

    The upside to no Tom Brady is nothing. Zero. Nada. Zilch.

    In the words of that immortal song, “Nothing compares….to…YOU.”

    Compensate for much, “Coach” Bowles?

  4. Joe in Michigan Says:

    D-Rok: I appreciate what Tom Brady did for the Bucs as much as you, but to say there is absolutely no upside is untrue, IMHO. There are at least a few, if you look at it with an open mind.

  5. Jp09 Says:

    Yeah, makes sense to fear being better and being held to a higher standard…

    Todd Bowles is the first head coach to have Brady as his QB and still have a losing record. Jason Licht has 3 winning seasons, two with Brady. Also, Brady’s first GM where he had a losing record….

    Maybe the Glazers should raise the standard at One Buc

  6. unbelievable Says:

    What’s there to think about? It’s the same sentiment that has been echoed by players:

    The Bucs are no longer media darlings and in the spotlight, so now there is less outside noise. And for some players, its actually more motivating because everyone thinks the team is gonna stink.

    Seems pretty simple to me. “Simple as that”, if you will…

  7. CleanHouse Says:

    Bowles is a loser. Brady is a winner.

    Fire Bowles yesterday. He’s dragging this franchise into the ground.

  8. Jeff’s grandpa Says:

    So some players just like to coast got it

  9. CleanHouse Says:

    They are free to fly under the radar and suck, with no accountability or real standard of excellence.

    Hopefully Bowles will be on every channel when this clown show collapses

    Also- to the GM – way to take an all pro right tackle and do an experiment- now the guy has anxiety attacks and has to go to the team shrink every day, unsure of his abilities.

    Great job. Brilliant.

  10. CleanHouse Says:

    Bowles is absolutely terrible

  11. Bucsfan13 Says:

    There is way too much insecurity regarding Tom Brady when it comes to this team. He’s living rent free in some people’s head. When he left NE, the team just went about their business. There was no complaining or subtle jabs. The team didn’t completely crumble when he left, but the expectations are much higher. With us, we only care about winning the division and possible a playoff game. I hate low expectations. I want the pressure and it’s a loser mentality to want to stay under the radar. We won a SB with Brady’s three years. My expectation is a SB with his departure.

  12. ReggieJax Says:

    Todd is a loser. May he lose in peace.

  13. HC Grover Says:

    What a Bozo.

  14. Greg Says:

    This must be one of the most stupid things ever… As I have pointed out previously on another post reporting this nonsense from Bowles, if Tom Brady rolled up to One Buc with a slurpy in one hand and a hot dog in the other Bowles would have him suited up before the hot dog hit the floor.

  15. Buc4evr Says:

    What a total crock of ****. Bowles just continually spews garbage. I wish he would just shut the hell up.

  16. Obvious Says:

    Of course T Bowles is far more happy now that Brady has gotten FAR AWAY from T Bowles and “the” leftworst.. Brady is certainly happier to be away from the BIGGEST CLOWN SHOW ON EARTH with T Bowles “almost single handedly” Destroying a PROVEN Super Bowl Winning, strategy while slow walking the ENTIRE team through the mud!

    With that said, hopefully Canales will do a fine job helping us get over at least SOME of the PTSD that, that sad combo of a staff inflicted apon us ALL!

    Let’s face it, T Bowles wouldn’t even speak to Tom Brady! We witnessed THAT game after game for 18 games… The head coach not communicating with HIS Quarterback? Not a great look buddy! Especially when you consider who you’re flipping your finger at.. You know, THE ENTIRETY OF THE BUCCANEER NATION!

    Yeah, I’m not buying everyone feels like they are in a better place Without the GREATEST QB to EVER play the game. You can just see the advantage in that..


    I’m just THRILLED that YOU are happy about it T Bowles! THRILLED

  17. Brandon Says:

    Lots of upside. No building an offense around s statue that doesn’t wanna throw the ball down the field. No worry that if the QB plays terribly or won’t run the plays that you can discipline or bench him. Players step up into leadership rolls instead of waiting for Tom to do it. With Brady playing like crap last season and very few fans intelligent enough to know he was the one to blame, this might help fans learn the game a little more and place the blame where it belongs.

  18. Bobby M. Says:

    Bowles better win or his credibility as a HC will be shot. The excuse in New York was he never had a franchise QB… he’s saying that having the greatest of all time wasn’t ideal….which he also had a losing season with Brady. This team comes out 2-4 and players will tune him out….particularly White who’s known to freelance occasionally. Did Belichick ever say he was a bit relieved to not have Brady?…..Bowles is wired to not lose the game vs Arians was wired to the petal to the metal.

  19. K_bassuka Says:

    Anything it’s possible. I mean, Bowles also believes Maybefield is a good leader and a good QB…

  20. steele Says:

    Yet another idiotic statement from a loser of a coach and ownership, who did nothing to make Brady’s final seasons winners. And there was a lot that could have been done. No, Bowles wanted him gone, essentially letting things rot so that he could finally have things his way. Well now he has it. And the elements in the locker room, who got bored and quiet quit on Brady, have it.

    Sure, there could have beentrue upside—under a great NFL coaching staff and a top NFL roster that includes a legit NFL QB ready to take over. Go ahead and convince yourselves you have all this greatness right now and not something more in the direction of the dumpster fire.

    The only upside is for Brady. Not being here anymore to suffer.

  21. Thisisouryear!! Says:

    Last year was messy with what Brady went through. I tend to think if he were here this year, without the drama, he’d have another MVP type season like his 2021 season even though he’s 46-47. I personally would love to have Brady back this season.

  22. Jack Clark Says:

    “ They’re saying the right things. They know our expectations are the same, but it’s a little different ‘cause it’s not as much fanfare.”

    It’s not much fanfare because yo sorry ass is losing LOL

  23. Lakewood Ranch Phil Says:

    What else is he supposed to say. You can’t tell your team publicly or privately that we will be worse without Brady. So it is a glass half full outlook. Otherwise you will loose the locker room with no chance to win or keep his job.

  24. Jack Clark Says:

    Lakewood Ranch Phil Says:
    August 10th, 2023 at 10:21 pm
    What else is he supposed to say. You can’t tell your team publicly or privately that we will be worse without Brady. So it is a glass half full outlook. Otherwise you will loose the locker room with no chance to win or keep his job.

    They were gonna lose anyway, especially with Baker Mayfield’s sorry as

  25. Tony Says:


  26. HC Grover Says:

    Garrapolo failed his physical. Brady could play for the Raiders.

  27. Greg Says:

    The other thing is… anyone saying Brady “sucked” last year, was a “statue” whatever other nonsense…

    Passing yards – 3rd
    Passing yards per game – 6th
    TD’s – 8th
    Completion % – 66.8

    etc etc etc.

    Was his play at 2020 level? No, of course not. Was he better than most of the Quarterbacks in the league? Yes. Can he flat carry a team on his back at 46? No.

    Was he a sucking statue? FFS that’s idiotic.

  28. Mike S Says:

    Anyone see Stroud tonight?

    Get any perspective? High Draft picks are no guarantee

  29. Rod Munch Says:

    Mike S Says:
    August 10th, 2023 at 11:33 pm
    Anyone see Stroud tonight?


    I’m watching the replay of the game now, only saw the opening drive where he throws an INT. I see a QB aiming the ball and not letting it rip, he’s trying to be to cute with the passes, and taking a long time to process stuff. But it’s preseason game 1 for a rookie, it literally means nothing. But the coaches, if they’re not idiots, will go to him and say throw the ball, don’t aim it. From what I know of Stroud, he has a very good arm, so it’s not a case of not having the strength to throw with velocity.

  30. Dave Pear Says:

    Bucs will start 2-0. I’ve had the koolaid. Let’s go.

  31. Rod Munch Says:

    Mike S Says:
    August 10th, 2023 at 11:33 pm
    Anyone see Stroud tonight?


    Watching the rest of the time he’s in the game. The only thing I’d tell him is to speed everything up, including the delivery of the ball. But again, 1st quarter of the 1st preseason game for a rookie, there’s not much of anything to take from it, other than it should make him work harder in camp.

  32. Rod Munch Says:

    As a fan, the best part about having Bowles and Mayfield as my coach/QB combo, is that my expectations are as low as they can possibly be, unlike when Arians/Brady was here. With A/B, I was thinking SB, but with B/M, I’m thinking bowel movement.

  33. Rod Munch Says:

    Speaking of the Texans-Pats game – what a great catch by the Texans WR right before halftime, great concentration play.

  34. garro Says:

    At this point I will not buy anything out of Bowles mouth again…Done!

    Go Bucs!

  35. WillieG Says:

    “The upside to having a terrible record is having fewer fans in the stands. That’s a lot less distraction.” – Todd Bowles October 2023

  36. StormyInFl Says:

    One upside – no more all time great QB pulling out 4th quarter comebacks to cover for 3 quarters of Todd’s horrific gameplanning and playcalling.

    He’ll be exposed and gone. The Bucs can hire an actual Head Coach, not a defensive coordinator masquerading as one.

  37. Duane Says:

    You idiot commenters above here in this thread, what Bowles said, you completely whiffed on, causing you all to spout idiotic non-sequiturs.

    Bowls is not saying he would not want Brady back. Guess what, girls, Brady ain’t coming back. So given that, are there some upsides to not having the constant media glare? Of course! That was a problem with the Bucs during Brady’s time here, but he more than made up for it. Nevertheless, now he’s gone and so the Bucs have to deal with reality, and take what you can get out of it.

  38. Jvato24 Says:

    This is awful, if the Bucs win games, they will get national attention, so Lovie wanted to be relevant, this dude wants to be irrelevant, gotcha!!

  39. Jack Sparrow Says:

    Bowles is just super excited that the smartest guy in football is no longer in his team. Everytime Bowles opens his mouth, Brady rolls his eyes…. hahaha Bowles is getting intimidated by the GOAT.

  40. Voice of Truth Says:

    He is such a loser. That is the stupidest thought process ever.

    Maybe those kids seeing the GOAT as an example of how to handle all that attention and still have 7 rings is far more important than being on a 5 win team listening to a 5 win coach spew his losing philosophy….

  41. mrd Says:

    There was a buz around Brady’s Bucs because they were seen as probable contenders. There is no buz around the Bradyless Bucs because they are seen as probable losers. Why any head coach would prefer the quiet of a loser’s image is inexplicable.

  42. Jack Sparrow Says:

    Bowles would rather prefer the Bucs in the dumpster with no one wants near it than in a Pedestal where everyone wants to be associated with it. What a more-on.

  43. Voice of Truth Says:

    Had to come back, this is so irritating

    The only HC that would not want the greatest player of all time is Toilet Bowels

    What an asinine statement

    The guy is completely clueless and we are about to get out asses handed to us for 17 games, again

  44. Pelsbuc61 Says:

    Let’s hope there are no “Fire Bowles” billboards on Dale Mabry by week 4 but I wouldn’t count on it. Bowles is rapidly approaching Schiano territory. He needs to show his players he’s not afraid of winning but that’s not his style.

  45. Joe Says:

    Todd is correct.

    He’s flat out dead wrong.

    Coaches should want the circus and embrace the circus. The circus circling your building means you’re successful and doing something right.

    If a team is winning and successful, the circus is coming whether a coach likes it or not.

    The circus doesn’t follow losing and boring teams, which people have little interest in. Even Vince Lombardi understood this. That was 60 years ago.