Todd Bowles Talks Keys To First Quarter Success

November 8th, 2023

“Mike, I got a different definition of ‘involved,’ too.”

A couple of thoughts on the Bucs offense from Todd Bowles yesterday had Joe nodding in approval — and completely perplexed.

The greatest news on the surging Tampa Bay offense was the Bucs’ 10 first-quarter points on Sunday against the Texans. Tampa Bay had been averaging less than two points in the opening act entering the game.

Bowles said the success very much was driven by no penalites and Joe can’t argue. The Bucs have been so good at stalling and killing drives with offensive penalties that it was refreshing to see what can happen when they play cleaner.

The head coach noted penalties continue to be an emphasis.

Bowles also cited the offense targeting Mike Evans out of the gate. “I thought we got Mike involved pretty early,” Bowles said.

That confused Joe.

Evans was targeted four times total on the Bucs’ first four drives for a total of 26 yards (minus a 10-yard penalty on Evans). After targeting Evans with 12:03 remaining in the second quarter, the next ball sent his way was in the fourth quarter. Sorry, but Joe can’t call that getting Evans involved early.

Actually, Joe is encouraged by the Bucs offense racking up 37 points Sunday without Evans being a huge part of the game and Chris Godwin being a non-factor.

13 Responses to “Todd Bowles Talks Keys To First Quarter Success”

  1. SufferingSince76 Says:

    I’m perplexed, as well, by many things about Todd Bowles as a Head Coach. I’m, also, perplexed as to why they aren’t using Evans and Godwin to the max every game.

  2. Craig Says:

    Another part of the first half success was using a TE to help the O-line pull for running plays. It allowed R. White to get a career best.

    Then, for some reason, they quit doing that in the second half and the running game sputtered.

    If the Bucs could have eaten some more clock time they might have won.

    It seems to be a competition, see who can do the most to make the Bucs lose.

  3. SB~LV Says:

    How about 4 th quarter success?

  4. seandonjuan24 Says:

    I don’t wanna hear a peep outta this guy. Just go win the games you’re supposed to win.

  5. D Cone Says:

    It also helps when 22 seconds into the game the defense gives you the ball on a short field. Convert one first down and there are 3 points on the board.
    Helps on the next drive a sack that losses 5 on third and eight turns into a first down because of a penalty on the defense.

    One thing about the benefit of Luck is sometimes the other side of the coin comes up.

    Even with 10 seconds less and all things remaining the same it would have come down to a Hail Mary and on that day the coin would have landed in the Texans favor.

    Up side is Bucs can go 4-5 to finish and all those that bet thinking 6.5 was like stealing can collect.

  6. Suckin less Says:

    Hard to get Evins and Godwin more involved when Baker cant hit the broad side of a barn when throwing deep.

  7. Deadwood South Dakota Says:

    Perplexed Joe?? did u ever think to ask a follow up question ? Oh sorry joe I forgot that’s what reporters does..

  8. Joe Says:

    Perplexed Joe?? did u ever think to ask a follow up question ? Oh sorry joe I forgot that’s what reporters does..

    Kind of hard to ask follow up questions when it wasn’t a press conference meaning no reporters were present because it was a team-produced marketing tool.

  9. Lombardi Lenny Says:

    Coach Constipated is painful to listen to. How about STFU and coach your team to victories. I can’t stand this bozo

  10. SBucs Says:

    Why is anyone listening to Todd?

  11. Proudbucsfan Says:

    This is my take, I’m not saying put Trask in but Mayfield played his best ball last Sunday and I hope it continues. Every other game I noticed that Mayfield holds onto the ball way to long he cannot fit the ball into windows and he will not pull the trigger unless the receiver is wide open. In the NFL 1 step of separation is considered open and our receivers are open all game long. What I’m saying is that mayfield will not throw the ball to a receiver unless he has at least 3 steps of separation in most cases. If you don’t believe me watch the all 22. Brady was the best at getting the ball to receivers with one step of separation and as a quarterback in the NFL you have to be good at this to succeed. Mayfield is below average at recognizing this?

  12. orlbucfan Says:

    Well, geez whiz, ME13 got a 10 yard OPI in the first quarter, huh? Just a warning. Then in the 4th quarter, all h3ll broke loose with the DHolding flags every time the Bucs D stopped Houston. And called during 3rd down plays. Man, I hope the Bucs and coaches are ready for this crap when the TItans come here Sunday. Some of the DH stuff was legit, but a bunch of it was not and it cos Tampa the game. I sure hope the Bus Radio streaming works Sunday cos it cut out, too. That is very rare.

  13. WyomingJoe Says:

    ProudBucsFan: I think that there’s so much pressure being placed on Baker not to make ANY mistakes that they’re taking away his gunslinger attitude. He just plays better when the offense is fast-paced and no-huddle.