The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head into the 2023 season with several questions that need answering. Who will be the starting quarterback? Will first-time offensive coordinator Dave Canales’ offense work? Does linebacker Devin White actually play or hold-out? And finally, can head coach Todd Bowles navigate all of these issues and field a winning team?
If you listen to Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports, Bowles is already on the hot-seat. Benjamin recently dropped his “NFL head coaches on shaky ground entering 2023 season: Eight hot-seat candidates to watch” article. And wouldn’t you know it, Todd Bowles made the list.
“He’s earned his stripes as a defensive mind, but not even Tom Brady could salvage a predictable and conservative approach as the Bucs’ head man. With Brady gone, he’ll now face even more pressure to guide an elite “D.” But will management want him in charge of the inevitable QB reset in 2024, especially since he’s now 34-50 in his career as a head coach?”
Bowles first attempt at being a head coach was technically as an interim in Miami in 2011. He finished with a 2-1 record. Then in 2015 Bowles got his first legitimate chance as head coach when he was hired by the New York Jets. His first season was a success going 10- 6. But the next three seasons saw the Jets going 14-34 and Bowles was dismissed. Add that to last season the Buccaneers going 8-9 and you realize Bowles has one winning season in five full years at the helm. Kind of makes you wonder how he got his current gig right?