Todd Bowles Says He’ll Quit Before He Turns 70

January 17th, 2024

Todd Bowles

In a matter of days, it seems people have gone from talking about Todd Bowles walking  the plank to asking him about retirement dateds and whether he would have a succession plan when he steps down from his throne.

Man, Joe loves the roller coaster that is the NFL.

Bowles was asked today if he might put a Bill Belicheat-style succession plan in place for himself with Dave Canales. “For me, probably, not,” Bowles said after explaining that it’s possible if he ends up with a Belicheat-like resume.

Bowles said he used to arrive to work at 5:30 a.m. daily, which became 4:30 and now is about 3:20. It’s a grind that won’t last indefinitely, he said.

“You get a lot of work done in the morning,” Bowles said. “Still love that part of it. Still enjoy it very much. It’s getting tiring. It’s getting old. I don’t have that many years left in this league. But I still enjoy it.

“… I’m not going to make 70 [years old] coaching. I can tell you that right now.”

Bowles is 60.

All of this is silly talk unless Bowles already has decided when he wants to retire. Perhaps he only sees himself coaching a few more years? Regardless, Bowles, like most head coaches, is staying employed one year at a time.

26 Responses to “Todd Bowles Says He’ll Quit Before He Turns 70”

  1. larrd Says:

    Five Super Bowls and he’s collecting SS early!

  2. Weebs10 Says:

    Wow getting to work at 3:20 is freaking impressive. Good on him!!

  3. Marine Buc Says:

    Or just do what BA and Pete Carroll did.

    Get forced out then take a consulting position and earn a few extra million.

  4. Not Says:

    Todd would be a great DC !
    Would he accept a demotion ?

  5. johnny Says:

    we all seriously underestimated this guy. I’m not putting him on Mt Rushmore yet but this is a serious football coach who has the skills to lead men to success. Some “leaders” are loud bullshi**ers. Some leaders just do the best job they can. I’m glad that the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is not a loud bullshitter. I’m glad that he is doing his job as best he can, and I’m highly impressed by the results.

  6. Proudbucsfan Says:

    Hopefully and I am having faith that this defense comes out ready to take down Detroit and Baker is on fire throwing touchdown passes to our receivers that will have sticky hands this time around. If this team come’s out like that Detroit can’t stop us.

  7. HC Grover Says:

    let us just whup the Lions. I am not interested in this. Sorry. We are 2 games from paydirt.

  8. mat Says:

    What is the contract duration on Bowles’ current contract?

  9. RBUC Says:

    Being the HC in Tampa is the only way to coach and get paid enough so it’s worth it! Bowles is the lowest paid HC in the league and plenty of college HCs make 2X what the Glazers are paying Bowles( I wonder why the falloff in pay is so steep) Greg Schiano makes more than twice as much as Bowles does annually

  10. Dave Pear Says:

    Todd probably won’t be the one to make that decision, unless Packers, Jags and Eagles games can be bottled up and reproduced regularly. As Shaq referenced, unleashing the offense has the complementary effect of unleashing the defense

    Todd! Keep the throttle down, man!!!

  11. Dacake Says:

    In a recent press conference, somebody asked Bowles how he was getting his team ready to play in the cold weather in Detroit. His reaction was funny. What kind of sports reporter doesn’t know the Lions play in a dome.

  12. Bill in Seminole Says:

    Watching Baker limp off the field, favoring his shoulder, told me what I need to know: sign him for next year. As for Bowles, how do you fire a coach that has taken you to the playoffs two years in a row?

  13. orlbucfan Says:

    A so-called “expert” saying the Lions still play at home outside? Righto. What a dumbo. Lions were one of the first cities interested in domes cos of their winters. That bozo is still living in the last century. C’mon Bucs. Hey Bowles, win the (chess) game with D and ST. How about running one back for a score?

  14. HC Grover Says:

    Nahhh….they all say that.

  15. AMI_Chris Says:

    These guys make big bucks. While you’re still young and healthy enough to enjoy travel and the finer things in life, retire and enjoy your time. Jerry Jones is 81, looks every bit of it and appears to need a vacation.

  16. stpetebucfan Says:


    After that embarrassment against Green Bay Jerry may look 91 this time next week.

  17. CleanHouse Says:

    If they don’t show up ready to go and put on at least an extremely competitive performance, all of this fickle talk will be a laughable embarrassment.

    I think Detroit is very beatable if he has things firing on all cylinders.
    Let’s see what happens.

    I may have just slightly shifted from the little confidence to confident section of the poll. I rightly have reserved expectations.

    We won the Super Bowl largely due to his defensive game plans so who knows?

    I’d love to see Bowles go mad scientist and we go on a proper run.

    Go Bucs!

  18. Tye Says:

    ‘Stuck with Bowles’ is terrifying enough thinking we have to suffer another season…
    Thinking he will be HC a couple more seasons induces anxiety to extremes!

  19. Fansince76 Says:

    What year does Bowles son graduate from Rutgers? he will coach at least long enough to draft him onto the Bucs.

  20. Fansince76 Says:

    Which would be cool.

  21. Elite Vita Says:

    GO BUCS!!! …. GO PACKERS!!!

  22. Taddy Says:

    @Dacake Joe hasn’t posted on this, even though it went viral nationally, I assume because he’s looking out for a fellow member of the Bucs press pool. Not knocking the impulse, but it’s good and out there at this point, might as well have a laugh…

  23. Joe Says:

    I assume because he’s looking out for a fellow member of the Bucs press pool.

    He who casts stones…

    That’s why Joe hasn’t posted anything. It’s damn sad. Besides, no one knows who she is or what affiliate she worked with. She’s not an MSM reporter. Initially Joe was told she was a TV reporter from Orlando but that was inaccurate information. Apparently, she works for some boxing website in Orlando (not confirmed) and/or works for a podcaster who goes by the handle believed to be “Sports King” (again, not confirmed).

    She apparently only works Bucs home games and maybe a practice or two in the summer. Quite literally no media person who covers the Bucs regularly knows who she is or who she works for. Bucs media relations won’t cough up her info.

    But yeah, she clearly doesn’t watch non-Bucs football games. How could you and not know Detroit has played in a dome for a half-century?

  24. Mike Johnson Says:

    Say Glazers, Word is Todd Bowles is one of the top 4 lowest paid coaches in the league. Next year? Pay da man!!

  25. Funderstruck Says:

    Can’t blame Bowles for the 3:20a start; at nearly 46, my bladder has me up before then (too many Wavemakers?), and once you are up, it’s hard to turn off the noise of the grind.

    Not that he and I have similar constitutions or jobs, but it gets worse until you finally say you’re done!

  26. J Ghotier Says:

    He said it’s getting tiring AND “I’M getting old”….

    Not “IT’S getting old”

    That’s a huge difference in sentiment and accuracy. None of us like being called out (even softly) or told we weren’t right or accurate, but that’s a decently big difference in re: to that

    The sentiment and song still remains the same, but noteworthy differences. Someone that says “it’s getting old” usually means they are fed up with said something. I’m getting old and tired is just a true and realistic statement and realizing time isn’t on one’s side and the career is coming to end (as much as you may still enjoy the act)!

    Bowles is as real as it gets and a truly genuine and consistent good man and person. Loved seeing the big smiles on his face during that Eagles game broadcast too. I think this season will be more rememberable for him than others and he’s enjoying seeing the smiles on his players’ faces right now and coming out the other side of adversity better for it. Not to mention what this team has achieved with all the limitations it faced to even start the season, the doubters and “expert” opinions and cap stuff and bills to be paid and rookies and UDFA’s starting and playing significant minutes and snaps and so on amd so forth and etc. and etc.