Bucs’ Identity Explained By Todd Bowles

October 31st, 2023

If you’re not sure what kind of team the Bucs are, what their identity is, head coach Todd Bowles has a clear answer for you.

He deliverd it to Dangerous Dan Lucas, the sports chief at WFLA-TV during their weekly sitdown.

Per Bowles, the Bucs need to be more consistent about being themselves.

“I think when we play as who we are, which is a fast, physical, tough, smart, tackling ballclub, a running ballclub that has some play-action invovled, we do ok,” Bowles said.

Are the Bucs really all those things? Joe watches at least six NFL games per week and can’t call the Bucs a physical team. Devin White has lost a level of physicality and the Bucs’ starting corerbacks aren’t consistently willing tacklers. It’s not the most physical group of edge rushers, tight ends and running backs, either.

Bowles also called the Bucs “a running ballclub” and a smart one. Umm, ok, sure.

Joe thinks the Bucs should be forging a new identity. Perhaps their fight and hunger at the end of Thursday’s Bills game was a great start. The Bucs holding the Bills to four consecutive punts to close the game was super impressive.

48 Responses to “Bucs’ Identity Explained By Todd Bowles”

  1. CleanHouse Says:

    Where have they run to?

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The Bucs don’t run, the Bucs aren’t smart, the Bucs aren’t physical, the Bucs aren’t consistent.

    They have taken on the personality of their Head Coach, unfortunately.

  3. Greg Says:

    Exactly my point. The man is delusional. He has an identity he WANTS to be but any good leader knows there is a difference between who you are and who you want to be.

  4. LOL Says:


    A running ball club. WTF ARE YOU SMOKING YOU CLOWN?!?!?!?!?!?!?



  5. NE Fan Says:

    They haven’t been physical since Suh, JPP & Jensen left. The more defined physical teams like Lions, Philly, Baltimore, Pittsburgh etc have their way with the Bucs.

  6. DBS Says:

    Smart but they can’t run up up tempo. Ok

  7. Statistically Insignificant Reader Says:

    Listening to Bowles has become just embarrassing.
    Same schtick over and over again.

  8. Marine Buc Says:

    What did you want Bowles to say?

    “We are a poor tackling defense filled with soft and gentle pansies with an offense who can’t run the ball or pass the ball farther than 10 yards”

  9. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Sigh…I didn’t 5hink I would ever not want to watch my team. But now…

  10. Marine Buc Says:

    Time to bring in Jim Harbaugh.

    I’m growing tired of the current regime.

  11. Mostly Peaceful Trask Fan Says:

    “We’re a running ball club” (Who’s the worst running team in the league.)

    If wishes were horses dreamers would ride.

    Bucs are a quick strike passing team (with a dink and dunk square peg QB starting presently) with a bend but don’t break takeaway defense.

    This is why we’ve been screaming for Trask since March.

  12. Lord Cornelius Says:

    lol wtf

  13. Doctor_berto Says:

    Clean house with the exception of Winfield, Wirfs, Vea and Kancey.

  14. garbs65 Says:

    I still go back to the pre-season predictions by basically every league expert. The Bucs were not going to be a very good team. And they aren’t. We have to get out of this salary cap hell we are in. We have to make the best of it this season and hope that we can get some new players in here, especially at o-line. And also hope that Dave Canales improves greatly. I almost wish they would have started 1-3 so we would not be on this up-n-down roller coaster ride…..Go Bucs!

  15. Pelsbuc61 Says:

    Must be nice to have no accountability and blow smoke up everyone’s rear. Bowles May be a nice person but he’s a terrible HC. Canales is learning on the job. Glazers need to wake up and see this needs to be blown up. Harbaugh.!

  16. Mostly Peaceful Trask Fan Says:

    Pelsbuc61 it truly is bizarre. Bucs are a running ballclub. A RUNNING BALLCLUB!!!

    The guy is trying to force his vision (which is stodgy and archaic) onto utterly incompatible personnel. It makes zero sense.

  17. Dlavid Says:

    It gets worse every day he opens his mouth ! Glazers do what you know you have to do …. Fire this joke and start your search . Get a jump on it for a change !

  18. PSL Bob Says:

    What they are is a mediocre ball club. Painful to watch at times (a lot of times recently). But they’re still my team and will always be. Some of the so called fans on this site, particularly those commenting to the open thread on game day, are ready to throw in the towel the first time White dives up the middle for no gain. I’ve endured every year of Bucs football since their inception. Call me a glutton for punishment. But they’re my team and that’s what true fans do. You think fans wearing paper bags over their heads at games enjoy watching their team being beat down? Hell no! But, they still go to games. Come on folks, it’s just a game.

  19. Buc4evr Says:

    @ Lord Cornelius said it best, nothing more to say, this thread can now go die….Bowles is delusional.

  20. SlyPirate Says:

    Licht has to be dying inside. He went from being a perennial offensive juggernaut to a participation award under Bowles. He bought into and supported Bowles’ ideology and has been rewarded with historic ineptitude. Bowles has taken the Bucs from sold out games to empty bleachers in less than a 1.5 seasons.

  21. MelvinJunior Says:

    Still, just absolutely, OBSESSED with all of this ‘RUN’ stuff… GOD. This Guy, Man. It is INSANITY.

  22. Jeff’s grandpa Says:

    Pats suck and no more Brady balls to gurgle guess you’re bored now

  23. Will Says:

    Time to fire this “defensive genius” they’ve been the worst in the league running the ball for 2yrs now and he won’t embrace the pass. He refuses to play to his corners strength because “not everyone can play man” well who picked the defensive players we have? The team is boring and lifeless just as he is. Looking forward to an entire new regime next season including GM. Thanks for all you’ve done Licht but it’s time for you to go as well.

  24. Hodad Says:

    We’re a running offense? Yeah, but we run in place. Smart, tackling, physical? We wish. Problem Todd is your team is none of those things. Who’s fault might that be?

  25. Buc booote Says:

    Todd gotta go.. how in the hell u expect the players to believe something they know is not true?? Bucs are a bad football team and it starts with coaching!!!!!!!
    Giving a guy the starting qb job that did not earn it over a guy that sat learned and actually earned the starting job is flat out wrong and disrespectful let’s be honest bucs shouldn’t of beat Viking the bears are bad just like the Bucs and Carr shoulder was messed up when we played the saints..

  26. WillieG Says:

    The actual identity is “lose while playing to not lose”.

  27. Nicholas Carlson Says:


  28. Defense Rules Says:

    Bowles … “I think when we play as who we are, which is a fast, physical, tough, smart, tackling ballclub, a running ballclub that has some play-action involved, we do ok,”

    Buc4evr … ‘Bowles is delusional’.

    Yup. I have no doubt that’s how Todd WANTS this team to play, but they’re the exact opposite. I’ve never seen a Bucs’ team this slow (the word ‘lumbering’ comes to mind). They’re one of the least physical teams in the league, largely because they’re soft; they lack toughness. Tackling was quite good at the beginning of the year (lots of gang tackling), but it’s gone downhill rapidly since those first couple of wins.

    I’m sure that Bowles WANTS to be a running team that used play-action, but this team lacks the talent & toughness to be what he wants. He’d be a lot better off if he had Canales tailor his offensive scheme to more effectively use what talent we actually do have. Same applies to him modifying the defensive scheme.

  29. Jack Sparrow Says:

    How can Bowles be totally out of touch in reality…… every adjective he described about the Bucs are exactly the opposite…. CJ Stroud will destroy this team on Sunday….. Texans 16 – Bucs 6….. yikes !!!!! It;s time to pack up. LOL!!!!

  30. bob in valrico Says:

    Joe ,
    Don’ t think Dean is unwilling tackler with 35 solo tackles which is tied for fifth in the league. I kind of think playing on the same side as JTS has something to do with that. Where he has slipped a lot
    giving up 25 completions out of 35 targets at almost 72 % completed.

  31. SBucs Says:

    Besides all Todd’s delusional

  32. ChiBuc Says:

    I feel like Dean is making those tackles intended for White. Call all stat-heads, how many tackles does Dean have against RBs/TEs vs WRs

  33. ChiBuc Says:

    Also, wouldn’t a physical team jam up WR/TEs at the los more than the bucs do.

  34. HC Grover Says:

    He should keep his yap closed

  35. Weebs10 Says:

    This entire coaching staff has to go.

  36. realistic-optimistic Says:

    I think the Bucs have played a game matching that description maybe 5 times total since Bowles showed up. Wishful thinking is not an identity.

  37. Buckeyebuckchuck Says:

    He wants Titans/Ravens south. Agree with his vision but they’re not pulling it together. Unfortunately

  38. Obvious Says:


    I don’t have a nice way to put it anymore.



  39. Rod Munch Says:

    “If you’re not sure what kind of team the Bucs are, what their identity is, head coach Todd Bowles has a clear answer for you.”

    No need coach, I got this. How best to describe a Todd Bowles team?


    Also, the word ‘losers’ comes to mind.

  40. RuKa Says:

    In which planet is Todd living?!?


    Is he watching different Bucs games that I do?!? Hmmm….

  41. NE Fan Says:

    So now we know, Canales is the next scapegoat, Leftnut was a puppet of Bowles. What games is he watching? It sure ain’t the bucks. Jeff’s. Grandpa@ you can’t come up with anything more original? Your post is a bit repetitive don’t ya think?

  42. NE Fan Says:

    2020 Brady 2nd in passing 2021 he was 1st and 2022 3rd in passing yards and Bowles thinks they’re a running team. What is wrong with him?

  43. Ultra ClodHopper Says:

    Hey, if Todd says that’s the identity of the team then that’s the identity. What this team needs is some identity affirming surgery. Cut off the Bowles and implant a Harbaugh.

  44. Voice of Truth Says:

    He is delusional. Might want to get him some glasses – he must not be able to see the field from so far away

  45. steele Says:

    The Bucs are none of the things he describes (or not successfully anyway), not properly equipped for them, and most importantly, not coached or led competently, much less on a Super Bowl level.

    Furthermore, the locker room is as confused as his disjointed vision. Locker room was lost all of last season and still not unified and focused. Because there is no…leadership.

  46. J Says:

    I would pitch in with anyone that would like to get a Billboard up stating Bowles NEEDS TO GO!

  47. garro Says:

    “I think when we play as who we are, which is a fast, physical, tough, smart, tackling ballclub, a running ballclub that has some play-action invovled, we do ok,”

    That is perhaps the biggest load of BS ever uttered by a Bucs HC at One Buc. Congrats Todd, you did indeed have some stiff competition for this award. Well done, considering the likes of Bennet, Perkins, Williamson, Morris, and Smith.

    Go Bucs!

  48. garro Says:

    Are the Glazers aware of what comes from Bowles press obligations?

    Do the Glazers have anyone on staff to manage what he puts out there?

    Good grief that is a very bad look.

    Go Bucs!