“You Can Get Lost In The Season Trying To Prepare Too Much”

November 5th, 2023

Todd Bowles

It’s been a weird week for Todd Bowles quotes.

Perhaps that explains the results of Joe’s weekly Todd Bowles Confidence Poll.

Here’s one last one from Bowles, courtesy of his SiriusXM NFL Radio appearance.

Bowles said many times last week that the Bucs had a back-to-basics approach this week. On radio, he explained the mindset behind hit.

“Whether it’s from a coach’s standpoint or a player’s standpoint, you can get lost in the season trying to prepare too much,” Bowles said. “Anytime you have a losing streak you kind of go back to the fundamentals of what got you to winning in the first place.”

Joe admits to being a little confused. So seasoned and reasoned Bowles thinks he had his staff overpreparing and losing track of the basics?

If fundamentals got the Bucs to “winning in the first place” (no surprise since they have so much darn talent) then why not emphasize them more rather than drift away from them during a running of winning?

The real answers come at 1 o’clock when the Bucs kick off against the Texans. Joe expect/hopes to see physical football without penalties.

Bowles added that the Bucs mentality is on point despite the losing streak.

“We have nobody sulking around here. Everybody’s rolled up their sleeves and willing to do their part,” he said.

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56 Responses to ““You Can Get Lost In The Season Trying To Prepare Too Much””

  1. D Cone Says:

    Funny Joe should mention the confidence poll again. I suppose the glass is always half empty in his view. 80 % little or no confidence was the point.
    On the half full side of the equation there is a 70% little to extreme confidence.

    My question is how much confidence can one have when a team is picked to extremely suck at the the beginning of the season? If the prediction is 6.5 wins then 7 wins is a success.

    Bucs didn’t hang the Building Permit in the window but they are definitely in a Rebuild. Doing it on the cheap because of previous deals too.

    Fortunately Bowles found a great deal on a Port O John to run the Offense while some of the renovations are completed. One thing about those outhouses is after the first few weeks the deodorant is gone and they start to stink.

    If Vikings or Falcons take the final playoff spot from the Bucs it will be hard for the company to quadruple the price on the Dumper based on the $ they are paying Dobbs and Ridder/Heineke. That will help in year two of the Post Brady Project.

  2. rickym Says:

    I hope to see Stinnie starting again today. Would also like to see Nick Leverett play today. Cannot underestimate the Texans who hjave played very good football under DeMeco Ryans. Looking forward to a more physical Bucs team today but unless the offensive line plays better and Canales improves his play calling/gameplan this will be a tough loss for the good guys.

  3. Bobby M. Says:

    Todd Bowles logic is no different than Leftwich, he’s just less abrasive. He’s going to keep hammering a square peg into a round hole regardless of its lack of success or efficiency. I think opponents have figured us out and we’ve got no ability to evolve. At this point a win is great and a loss is one step closer to Bowles being gone.

  4. Lombardi Lenny Says:

    Coach Constipated a chasing his tale. One fire erupts and he rushes to put it out, meanwhile a few other hot spots flare up.

    It’s pure comedy at this point how inept this guy is to be a head coach. If you’re unable to see it at this point, I feel sorry for you. Wake up

  5. NE Fan Says:

    I’m confused didn’t he say they were not going to prepare as much but spend more time finding their identity? This guy talks out both sides of his mouth. You can never prepare enough is the real answer. If it wasn’t you would of never heard of Tom Brady!

  6. TampaBayBucsFanSince1976 Says:

    If you don’t see a pass heavy game plan today , nothing will change. Target Evans and Godwin 12-15 times each and play to your strengths.

  7. quarteback whisperer Says:

    I hate stubborn coaches. use what you have to the best of their ability. if you cant run, but can pass, then pass… if you cant pass but can run, then run! use some trick plays to disguise your weak areas . please do something besides run, run, run. punt. its not just this coach, (Bowels)we have had a bunch of coaches like this. at some point they have to see that what they want to do, isnt going to work, so they need to adjust their philosopy and change up! dont wait until it is too late .Gruden was just as bad …( cant have two great receivers on the field at one time) they think that simple solutions cant work for some reason

  8. gp Says:

    “You Can Get Lost In The Season Trying To Prepare Too Much”
    It certainly sounds like someone is lost!

    Week after week, we are woefully UNPREPARED for our opponents, and he thinks we prepare TOO MUCH!!!

    Yeah, somebody’s lost all right.

  9. Fishhawkbuc Says:

    Let’s see how “prepared” they are today from a pre-snap penalty perspective. Penalties are a direct reflection on how the coaching staff does not “prepare” their team for a game.

  10. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Apparently the Glazers are happy with a Super Bowl every 20 years and sucking in between. I probably won’t get to see a third one. Empty seats is the only thing that will get their attention.

  11. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Empty seats are the only thing. Just heading off the grammar police.

  12. Dlavid Says:

    The tea
    L answer is , Bowles is a sorry head coach ! He is not a leader ! He will be gone soon……. Dead man walking …

  13. 74 Bucs Fan Says:

    I think Bowles is speaking of the D. When he installs too much and tries to get creative, there are blown assignments.

    On the offensive side, screw worrying about the turnover battle and let it rip. If Baker throws 6 fifty yard passes as example and 3 are TDs and 3 are intercepted- then you’ve scored 21 points and “punted” 3 times. Who cares. Sling it!

  14. orlbucfan Says:

    BTW, Canales, gameplan so that ALL your receivers get balls not just the Dynamic Duo. Go Bucs!!

  15. Voice of Truth Says:

    A win today just delays the inevitable. We have all seen and heard the Todd Bowles experience.

    It’s painful to watch and ever harder to listen to

    I feel bad For the players actually

  16. Hodad Says:

    Bucs must really be lost. They don’t looked prepared at all let alone to prepared. Coach Bowles is losing me.

  17. power sweep Says:

    BOWELS: “Anytime you have a losing streak you kind of go back to the fundamentals of what got you to winning in the first place.”

    Playing bad teams.

  18. Jeff’s grandpa Says:

    So many experts nfl owners are missing the next Ron wolf in the comments

  19. SB~LV Says:

    OMG !

  20. BucaneroJim Says:

    If you can’t run the ball, pass… if you can’t pass the ball, run… if you can’t run or pass the ball, then we wait until the team learns a new complicated offense scheme – sometime in December?

    No shade on Canales. His first outing has OC deserves some slack. He has a few great players, some good and mostly overall average players – plus, a QB with a below average rating.

  21. Sly Pirate Says:

    Bowles would do himself a HUGE favor is he admitted he wasn’t a head coach. He’s a DC. He’s really good at it. He has no clue what they are doing or supposed to do on offense. It’s too bad we’re going to lose him because he didn’t know his limits.

  22. Dreambig Says:

    Here is the rub, Todd Bowles has never demonstrated the ability to be a head coach. His record speaks for itself. Dave Canales had never been an OC or called plays at any level, pro or college. There is nothing mysterious as to the results we are seeing. It’s like Jason Licht is not even trying. Maybe behind closed corporate doors at One Bucs place, these basic facts have been known all along and it is all about the budget for this year.

  23. bucnjim Says:

    I’m going to have to put most of the blame on the head coach because the same issues continue from last season. When your opponent knows the plays and snap count you have little chance for success. Several teams have come out and said they knew what the Bucs were doing. How is that even possible unless you’re completely unprepared and outcoached.

  24. Since76 Says:

    Open up the offense. We already know Mayfield can’t play this low risk no reward style of O. Let’s see if he can be a factor with the restraints off. I doubt it. But what have we got to lose. Let’s swim or sink.

  25. SB~LV Says:

    Joes should post Bowles articles from this time last year
    With comments off
    It’s not a year the franchise has lost its two or three
    Because if Bowles was fired after the bye last year we’d be a year along into the rebuild

  26. Jeff Says:

    Clueless Todd strikes again! Get ready for MULTIPLE blown assignments today. Houston 30 Yucs 13.

  27. tickrdr Says:

    Did you know that in the last three games, the Bucs have run the ball 19, then 20, then 17 times = 56 rushes total (31.8%). In the same three games, the Bucs have passed the ball 37, then 42, then 42 times = 121 times (68.2%).

    I think that part of the reason the running game has underperformed, is that opposing defenses have ZERO respect for the Bucs’ passing game. Why is that?


  28. Jerseybuc Says:

    Ugh radio. Few more weeks of him. Just hope the next head coach is a good hire. Ben Johnson. Harbaugh. For some reason Pitt moves on from Tomlin. Probably not but maybe

  29. Calogero Says:

    Losers tend to give up quickly. I say, give them a chance to fix their problems and don’t make the fans be one of their problems. Too many good players to quit on them. I predict that the Bucs will win the NFC south and be in the playoffs. Every player should be thinking that winning will depend on their executing their part. It aint over till it’s over. Go Bucs!

  30. Couch Fan Says:

    Heres the dilemma. The rest of the schedule is winnable but 1 game. Bowles might actually stumble back into the playoffs and we will be stuck with him for another season. I know the Joes would be happy but I just cant get myself excited over the possibility.

  31. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    At this point, Todd Bowles is purposely sabotaging the future of this team by keeping Mayfield as starter.

    Mayfield can win a few more games…but does anyone yeally think he can win a ring at any point in his future?

    If not…what exactly is the point of playing him?

  32. HC Grover Says:

    Houston we have a problem. HC Bowles has joined Plan 9 in orbit.

  33. Buccaneric Says:

    Exactly what I’ve come to expect from Bowles. The whole staff was nothing without Arians.

  34. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Yep. Starting to believe what everyone is saying about Mr. Todd Chitterlings

  35. TonySoprano Says:

    Thanks Joe, I needed a chuckle this morning. Too prepared lol. Yeah, being too prepared explains why this team comes out flat, slow and directionless every. single. game.

  36. NE Fan Says:

    Any HC that doesn’t pay attention to stats is definitely NOT prepared. He is clearly and has been way over his head. Bucs fans should thank God for the easy schedule, the only thing extending the 3 wins. Bad news is, if he makes the playoffs he’s back and you get to watch more lousy football.

  37. BFFL Says:

    Should be clear why this guy is a career losing HC

  38. Cobraboy Says:

    THIS is Todd Bowles, Head Coach.

    At some point, even casuals will understand that Bowles is a black hole of head coach fail.

    Nothing will change until something changes.

    I will not be surprised if/when people scratch their heads at 4:10pm and think, “we lost to ~those~ guys?”

  39. Popcorn Mike Says:

    Joe I been confused. When Bowles said we’re a run first team and after 7 weeks of play the Bucs can’t run the ball. I am confused because there hasn’t been any changes to the run game. Same RB same scheme Maybe Bowles is confused himself 😊

  40. ModHairKen Says:

    “You Can Get Lost In The Season Trying To Prepare Too Much”

    Yeah. They prepare so much the players line up wrong. And get a penalty. Or they hold because they prepared so much. And get a penalty. Or they can lay off a receiver by 15 yards because they prepared so much that they did not realize even the lousy Atlanta QB can complete an 8 yards pass.

    This guy. No, you’ve not been prepared since NO.

    Todd, today your job is on the line. You know that, right?

  41. Onetrickpony Says:

    The answer is, first down, run up the middle.
    Second down, run up the middle.
    And be sure to neuter your quarterback.
    Problem solved

  42. Duane in Sanford Says:

    Bowles should work on his own fundamentals. Dean and Davis are press corners. They should not be playing zone. We all know Ryan Neal can play pass defense, PERIOD. Fundamentals is Todd Bowles way of blaming everyone but himself. He wanted an aggressive defense that gets turnovers, and a ball control offense. This is what it looks like when he tries to impose his will on a roster of no risk it offensive talent, and a whole handful of safeties and nickles that only play zone. He is the cook. He picks the groceries, and Licht even managed to throw in a starting qb for $4 million.

  43. Duane in Sanford Says:

    In a passing and scoring league Bowles is fundamentally unsound on both sides of the ball with his paradigm.

  44. CleanHouse Says:

    Bowles is terrible, meanwhile, Justin Watson and Mike Edwards having great games for the Chiefs- look for Fournette to start flashing next for Buffalo.
    I think Licht is overrated

  45. #99 the big fella Says:

    No chance Bowles survives after the season. I believe the glaziers used Bowles to get us through this year, next year we will be in pretty good salary cap situation..look for a Big name coach and a Rookie quarterback..I like Bowles as a person but as a head coach he is really bad..

  46. NE Fan Says:

    Yet 3 fans voted him “Confident”, now that’s confusing.

  47. Lets bring the Hammer! Says:



  48. ChiBuc Says:

    To start the season, I wholly gave Bowles the benefit of doubt. Now, I’m just left with doubt. We keep talking offense which is in need of serious repair with a rookie OC at the helm, but more concerning is our mushy defense under a seasoned DC. Without some timely turnovers, this defense is in the basement of most categories.

  49. Kidfloflo Says:

    Joe, I get his context. Bucs are learning a new language and he thought they were ready to move on to full sentences. They were not and need to build up their vocabulary once again to hopefully become fluent by seasons end

  50. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Then what is Carlton Davis’ excuse.

    He’s clearly never prepared.

  51. Rod Munch Says:

    Maybe you’re just not that smart and not cut out for the job.

  52. Hunter's Crack Pipe Says:

    If Bowles tries to blitz Stroud the way he did the Bills Allen, he’s gonna get killed. Stroud has a QB rating over 100 against the blitz. He’s like Stafford so far.

  53. Rod Munch Says:

    Jmarkbuc Says:
    November 5th, 2023 at 11:57 am
    Then what is Carlton Davis’ excuse.

    He’s clearly never prepared.


    So tell me, what exactly he is not prepared for when Bowles just has him playing in a soft zone for 95% of the game? Are you even aware of what a zone defense is, how it works, how its different than man-to-man, and how handoffs in coverage work?

    I’m going to guess no, and you’re one of the people who watched Neal give up multiple TDs a game because he’s not doing his job – but on TV the closest guy is Davis so you think he’s the one that screwed up. Am I right?

  54. 74 Bucs Fan Says:

    Win today or that burner under the seat goes to 11.

  55. HC Grover Says:

    Be Prepared…A time tested and successful motto. Maybe Bowlzo should get a brain.

  56. SteveK Says:

    An ass whooping today would make me consider moving off my “totally confident” assessment for Coach Bowles.