“When I first started in New York, you try to do things the right way and you don’t do it your way, you end up having regret. So I’m going to do it my way,” Bowles stated.
This will techically be Bowles’ third stint as a head coach in the NFL. He led the Jets to a 24-40 record. Bowles joined the Buccaneers after spending the previous four seasons as the head coach of the New York Jets (2015-18). Under Bowles, the Jets posted one of the best run defenses in the NFL, holding teams to just 4.00 yards per carry, the sixth-lowest figure in the NFL during that span, and allowing only 44 rushing touchdowns, tied for the eighth-fewest in that timeframe.
Bowles’ Jets defense also allowed opposing offenses to convert only 36.0 percent of third downs, the fourth-lowest mark in the league. Opposing passers completed just 60.6 percent of their passes against the Jets under Bowles, the third-lowest mark in the NFL. Bowles worked as the assistant head coach/secondary coach for the Miami Dolphins for four seasons (2008-11). In the 2011 season, he was named interim head coach for the final three games of the year, going 2-1.
Escape From New York
Bowles elaborated about his experience in New York, “I think when you take a head job [for the first time] you have to wear a lot of hats, but you had never experienced wearing those hats,” he stated, per Pro Football Talk. “When you understand that going in … without the experience I think you tend to do things a little differently. You have to be man enough to know when you can change things. Usually when people get fired they blame everybody else. The first thing I did was look within myself, and there were a lot of things I can do better.”
Just A Better Situation
This time around it’s safe to say Bowles has a better situation than he did in New York. He has the support of the team’s ownership; the backing of general manager Jason Licht and former head coach Bruce Arians. Bowles also has a top-10 defense already in place and a stacked offense led by none other than Tom Brady. This is definitely the perfect situation for Bowles to succeed.
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