Throughout a latest look on ESPN’s Get Up former New York Jets basic supervisor Mike Tannenbaum raised some eyebrows. When the NFL entrance workplace veteran was requested what his expectations have been for new Bucs head coach Todd Bowles here’s what he stated.
“Sky excessive. I really suppose they obtained higher at head coach. On the head coach place this 12 months. I labored with Todd Bowles. He’s excellent. And I’ll take it a step additional guys. If you happen to evaluate the resume of Invoice Belichick when he left Cleveland and Todd Bowles when he left New York, I’m hard-pressed to discover a distinction. And I feel Todd Bowles is an improve over Bruce Arians. This group goes to play in a different way.”
“I’ve labored with defensive head coaches like Rex Ryan, Invoice Parcells, Invoice Belichick, Eric Mangini. The way in which they coached the sport, the best way they handle the sport is in a different way. This group will make much less errors. They may have much less turnovers. I feel they are going to have much less penalties. And I feel Todd Bowles is an improve over Bruce Arians. And due to that I feel they are going to have an actual likelihood to win the Tremendous Bowl this 12 months.”
That’s extraordinarily excessive reward for the Bucs new head coach. And whereas Bowles has proven himself to be a proficient soccer thoughts, he nonetheless solely has one season with a profitable document out of 4 as a head coach. In the meantime Bruce Arians is a two-time NFL Head Coach of the 12 months and has a profession .624 profitable share, a 6-3 profession playoff document and a Tremendous Bowl championship.
Tannenbaum’s Reasoning Relating to Bowles
Tannenbaum has some fascinating reasoning as to why Bowles can be an enchancment upon his predecessor. He lists turnovers and penalties as two areas that he expects enchancment in below Bowles. That’s a bit curious although. In 2021 the Bucs ranked tied for eighth within the league with simply 19 turnovers. In 2020 they have been tied for seventh with simply 17. The Bucs did rank final within the league in turnovers in 2019 with 41, however that was extra as a result of quarterback place than the top coach.
As for penalties, the Bucs ranked tied for tenth in 2021 with 97. In 2020 they have been twenty third with 100 penalties enforced in opposition to. And in 2019 they have been thirty second with 134. It stands to purpose penalties are an space that may be improved upon.
However in case you break it down by which facet of the ball the penalties occurred on, you grow to be much less optimistic that Bowles is the man to make issues higher. Taking a look at simply defensive penalties and the Bucs ranked useless final in 2021 with 56. They have been useless final in defensive penalties the 12 months earlier than with 58. And in 2019 they have been second-to-last with 59. It will appear that if Bowles was going to enhance the Bucs penalty tendencies, he would have proven a capability as a defensive coordinator.
Tannenbaum alluded to a 3rd basic level in making his case that’s fairly fascinating although. When speaking in regards to the philosophies of defensive-minded coaches he stated they handle the sport in a different way. If this implies a extra aggressive method on fourth down, it may result in a extra high-powered offense. And that might assist him construct off of the improbable baseline Arians has created. However let’s pump the brakes on such outlandish claims as “higher than Bruce Arians” and “corresponding to Invoice Belichick” for now. Time will finally inform.