Todd Bowles calls replacing Bruce Arians ‘bittersweet’

TAMPA, Fla. – Todd Bowles gained his way in the NFL on the defensive aspect of the ball.

He’s not afraid to chat offense.

The new head mentor of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will not be shy about sharing his tips with offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and quarterback Tom Brady.

“I’m the head coach. I get to do whatsoever I want,” Bowles stated Thursday, a working day after taking about for the reason that Bruce Arians moved into a entrance-business office function. “I’m not likely to phone plays. I recognize that. But I have input on how defenses are trying to assault them. I have enter on sure conditions likely into the half, two-minute or third downs or likely for it or not likely for it and all those forms of issues. That is my work and I have the liberty to do that. At the exact same time, I comprehend and respect Byron and Tom a terrific deal and they know that. I imagine we’re off to a superior begin from a communication standpoint and we just have to continue to keep setting up.”


Bowles gets a second chance after heading 24-40 in four seasons with the New York Jets from 2015 by way of 2018. He also was an interim head mentor in Miami for 3 video games in 2011. He turns into only the 12th minority to get a second head coaching prospect considering that 1963, in accordance to facts in the NFL’s 2022 Diversity and Inclusion Report.

“When I initially begun in New York, you check out to do things the right way and you do not do it your way, you conclusion up possessing regret. So I’m likely to do it my way,” Bowles said.

Arians joined Bowles at his introductory information convention and realized the Buccaneers will induct him into the team’s Ring of Honor this time. Brady also was in attendance.

Arians, who turns 70 this yr, stated his selection to stage down as coach was about “succession” and earning absolutely sure he turned the crew more than to Bowles with an chance to succeed. When Brady unretired on March 13, Arians recognized the time was proper.


“Succession is way vital to me,” Arians said. “This has been my aspiration for a prolonged time. Guys that know me, they knew I preferred 1 of my fellas to get above.”

Arians dismissed reports of friction with Brady, declaring it “couldn’t be further from the real truth.”

Bowles and Arians have a marriage that dates a lot more than 40 yrs. Bowles played security for Arians at Temple in the 1980s and was defensive coordinator on Arians’ staff in Arizona just before signing up for him in Tampa.

“He is the most influential coaching determine and father figure that I have ever had in this league,” Bowles explained, incorporating that it was a bittersweet feeling when he got the news from Arians.

Bowles made it distinct he has a various identity than Arians.

“The only factor we have in frequent is our bald heads,” Bowles stated. “He smokes, I do not. He drinks, I really do not. So, we in no way received in each individual other’s way.”

Arians led the Buccaneers to their second Super Bowl title in 2020 and an NFC South title in 2021. With Brady again, Bowles takes over a workforce that has championship aspirations.


“Good players make very good coaches so you usually want to have fantastic players,” Bowles reported. “I’m not going to apologize for inheriting a gifted crew. I have experienced significantly less results with a group. It’s diverse to the actuality that I never imagine I can go into this trying to be Bruce. I would fail miserably if I experimented with. … I can be me.

“I have an understanding of a ton of factors I have discovered from my coaching working experience, particularly from him so I’m heading to choose that solution. The one particular factor I know is I know I can coach soccer players irrespective if you are an All-Professional or a rookie. All of your gamers want to be coached and help them get improved. I can assistance persons get far better and I’m heading to use my solution.”


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