Tuesday the team kicked off their offseason program, with that came the opportunity for some of the players to speak about the Bowles promotion for the first time publicly. First up was Buccaneers captain and linebacker Lavonte David.
“I love it, I love the move,” stated David. “They did a great thing just putting the right guy in front. I think everybody’s going to love him, everybody’s going to get along with him. I talked to him and he said, ‘You defensive guys, y’all know me already.’ You won’t get any bad words from anybody talking about [Coach] Bowles.”
“Coach Bowles is a great dude. He’s a team-first guy, he’s a player-first guy. Just got to get an opportunity for the offense, throughout this process, for guys on the offense to learn and get to know him. I’m sure there’s going to be great things. But, I’m very happy for him. If it wasn’t here, it was going to be somewhere else. Definitely a guy who you can definitely go out there and play hard for four quarters of a football game.”
Buccaneers first-round draft pick in 2021 Joe Tryon-Shoyinka also chimed in on Bowles promotion, “It’s really exciting, Tryon-Shoyinka stated. “We’ve got a new head coach, but it’s a familiar face in the building. I believe it’s going to be a smooth transition as long as the defense is all on the same page. Similar things is what we are going to be doing, similar terms. So, it’s going to be a pretty good transition for me and the defense. I’m pretty excited.”
Todd Bowles is one of if not the best defensive coordinators in the league. Yes, he struggled the first time he was a head coach, but that was the Jets, so a grain of salt needs to be taken with that. This time it’s different, Arians stepped away leaving Bowles with a quality roster and a GM that knows how to put a quality roster on the field. There’s been several skeptics about Bowles ability to lead an entire team, David and Tryon-Shoyinka beg to differ.
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