Todd Bowles Talks About Dave Canales Going To The “Next Level”

January 9th, 2024

Todd Bowles’ handpicked offensive coordinator is about to enter new territory.

No, Joe is not referring to the Panthers’ request to interview Dave Canales for their vacant head coach position. Joe is talking about Canales about to call plays in the postseason.

Dan Lucas, the WFLA-TV sports chief and Bucs preseason sideline reporter, asked Bowles this week how Canales can “move up to the next level” Monday against the Eagles.

“Just experience. With Dave, it’s just experience. He’s a very bright coach, extremely bright,” Bowles said. “Great teacher. Understands the game fully. Games in different weather; he’s learning which way to go with the wind, the plays you can do, the throws you can make, the runs you can make when you’re with the wind/against the win — when you’re up by 10, when you’re down by 10. I think that experience is invaluable to him.

“He’s done a great job his first year here. It might not have looked as smooth as everybody thought it would look right off the top. But as it went on weeks and weeks, the work he had to do with those guys along with the coaches on offense, I thought they did a great job.”

Quite an endorsement there by Coach Bowles.

Joe was intrigued by the “wind” comment from Bowles. It was quite windy Sunday in Charlotte. Joe never heard of run plays that suit wind at an offenses back or wind in the offense’s face? Joe will have to ask a coach about that.

Now it’s time for Canales to put everything he’s learned into the gameplan of his life.

30 Responses to “Todd Bowles Talks About Dave Canales Going To The “Next Level””

  1. Since76 Says:

    The next level for him would be for the offense to play well. Then play well again the next week. Let’s take this one game at a time it would be nice to play well one week to start.

  2. Bee Says:

    Consistency would be nice. Let’s see how this playoff game goes. I don’t think not scoring a TD will win it.

  3. JD Still Says:

    An elite receiving corps, 3 players hovering around thousand yard seasons, but scoring only 20 points per game, with no consistency , not what I would call an offensive juggernaut.

  4. Boss Says:

    I’d be happy if this team would just keep me awake through halftime.

  5. Defense Rules Says:

    The QB is the heartbeat of the offense. Asking an OC to come up with a game plan built around a QB with a damaged wing & foot is like asking him do his job with 1 arm tied behind his back.

    Start Trask (or Wolford if Canales feels that he gives us a better chance to win) and bring Mayfield into the game in relief IF need be. After all, it’s win or go home. And we’ve gotta win because we’re already home.

  6. HC Grover Says:

    Bring on the hype! The more the better.

  7. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Maybe after he masters this level.

  8. Let em bake Says:

    Someone who been in a field of employment for years, regardless of field, sees things amateurs don’t see. The wind comments open a window into what a football expert considers that the rest of us never consider. Good catch , joe.

  9. D Cone Says:

    Could have simply not have said what he wanted to say or could have heard incorrectly. Certainly if the wind is heavy the runs you can make are just about all of them as throwing would be stupid.

    In Bowles defense from the folks that ‘do it for a living’ and might ask a stupid question like that. Uhh what kind of run coach? It would not be wise pitching the ball to a running back into or with high winds. Wind moves the ball just a few inches either direction and it could be a turnover in your own zone.

  10. Boss Says:

    the wind is simply another exceuse. GTFO with that nonsense!

  11. Jason Anthony Sturgess Says:

    You people don’t seem to place any value in experience which is one of ther reasons an injured Baker Mayfield is starting over Trask.

    I don’t understand why Canales won’t use the same successful play two or more times in a game and why he doesn’t seem to call plays with any urgency. Also he repeatedly unsuccessfully calls runs plays up the middle which just wastes downs.

  12. WyomingJoe Says:

    The WIND is an excuse? RAIN is just an excuse? That’s laughable! Ask any QB if those elements hinder a QB’s play during a game. OF COURSE THEY ARE! Duh…!

  13. Dave Pear Says:

    Yo, earth to Todd. Your guy might meet the next level of you tell him it’s ok to pass early and get a two score lead, and that it’s ok to score more than 9 points, hell even 29 points. The one who needs to get to the next level is you Todd. But you won’t. Self improvement ain’t your thing. You tried it and it worked – you beat the Pack and Jags with offense. You hated it didn’t you?

    It’s obvious.

    Don’t be shocked when after losing 32-12 on Monday that you’re asked if you have your real estate license. You’re done.

  14. BucU Says:

    “””Now it’s time for Canales to put everything he’s learned into the gameplan of his life.”””

    B I N G O !

  15. BucU Says:

    “”I’d be happy if this team would just keep me awake through halftime.””

    That would be nice. LOL. What are the odds for us scoring TD on the first drive for the first time all year?

  16. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    These are Rooney Rule interviews…..and, in the case of Falcons & Panthers….a chance to pick the brain of a competitor.

    Part of me hopes he gets picked as a HC so we can get the minority comp picks…

    The other part wants him to hang around to take Todd’s place next year.

  17. PewterStiffArm Says:

    Canales is instrumental in having Baker getting a new contract. Baker would have a hard time re-signing if Canales gets promoted. And I think Dave would like to follow through with a second season, wives hate moving kids anyway. Sometimes coordinators like to be exclusively just coordinators. The dynamics of the game changes dramatically when your responsibility becomes the whole entire outfit. This might be on his wish list for the future but as of right now he would rather put up 38 on the Eagles defense. Who knows, there might be an opportunity for him next year right here. When the Glazers have something that they like they tend to work hard, very hard in keeping it at One Buc.

  18. unbelievable Says:

    Yup, as the weeks went on he really improved… Just look at how great we were the last 2 weeks of the season!

  19. George R Says:

    The Jaguar game and the Green bay game were great. Very entertaining. We moved the ball and scored points. Bring that team, win lose or draw I would be happy.

  20. Rayjay1122 Says:

    The wind is only an excuse if you pee in it.

  21. SlyPirate Says:

    19 ranked in offense (Below Average)
    31 ranked in rushing (2nd to Worst)

    That’s “A great job”?

    Actually makes sense coming from Bowles.

  22. Marky Mark Says:

    The element of surprise. Go no huddle the entire first half. Run with a lead.

  23. infomeplease Says:

    I believe, and I could be wrong, That a windy day like today does effect your run game in that your opponent doesn’t expect you to pass much so they fill the box. When that happens it reduces the chance of many run plays from succeeding. IMHO.

  24. 1#bucsfan Says:

    We saw some games where the offense moved the ball well and put up so points like the BA days. That should be the focus. Doubt Bowles wants to do that. Unfortunately he still wants to run the ball into a brick wall every 1st down. Air it out and if baker can’t because he’s injured put in a diff QB who can wilford or trask can throw and we are built for it. Come on Bowles take the handcuffs off

  25. Proudbucsfan Says:

    I personally don’t think we are getting out of the first round, especially if we play like we have the last two games. We have no positive momentum going into this game. It won’t matter whose fault it is if we lose the head coach is supposed to absorb the responsibility because he is the head coach. I also see us losing more games next season because our schedule is a lot harder.

  26. Fred Says:

    At least Can has one supporter.

  27. Les Says:

    pass the damn ball , pass the damn ball ,pass the damn ball, screens ,roll outs ! Godwin in the slot Palmer and Evans on go routs ! Let’s gooooo !

  28. TJ Says:

    The next level for him would be to not run White up the middle on nearly every first down

  29. Glass Half Full Guy Says:

    Pretty sure the “with the wind or against the wind” comment had to do with the Carolina game specifically. Bowles wanted the wind to their backs for the fourth quarter (for kicking purposes) and made sure to get that on the coin toss. That was a heads-up call. Seems basic, like some stadiums at certain times the sun can be an issue for receivers but at least we know he’s on top of it.

    As for the running part and the wind, maybe he was thinking going against the wind makes passing more difficult so running would be safer for ball security? As far as types of runs you can make when the wind is a factor? Beats me unless he’s referring to defenses expecting a run in windy conditions so not running up the gut into their strength?

    I’m with Joe. I’d like to hear more on that

  30. Jake been there since the beginning Says:

    When we go hurry up things seem to happen. We have to protect Baker at all costs, do or die is where we are and we have to be all in.that means everyone. Look at our rookies man, they’ll busting their butts. That is what everyone needs to be doing. LET’S GO BUCS, we weren’t even supposed to be where we are right now. So much love to proving all the sceptics wrong. Yeah Baby.