Who is Tampa Bay Buccaneers new head coach Todd Bowles
Bruce Arians has stepped down from his position as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His former defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will take over.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a new head coach after the sudden retirement of their Super Bowl winning play caller Bruce Arians. Former defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is the new man on the sidelines at Raymond James after being promoted to head coach.
Arians to take over as Sr. Football Consultant
While Arians hasn’t left the game of football, he is stepping away from his coaching duties with the Bucs. He will be Tampa’s new Senior Football Consultant after nearly half a century coaching the game.
"I have spent most of the last 50 years of my life on the sidelines as a football coach in one form or another. Today, I have made the decision to move from the sidelines into another role with the Buccaneers front office,” said Arians.
The move meant that Arians will pass the torch to his defensive coordinator for the last two seasons. Todd Bowles was part of Tampa’s Super Bowl winning team from 2021, and will now look to take Tom Brady and the Bucs back to the promise land.
Bowles has won at every level
Before his time at Tampa Bay, Bowles was a safety who played eight years in the NFL with the Washington Redskins and briefly with the San Francisco 49ers before ending his career back in Washington.
He won Super Bowl XXII with the Redskins in 1987, and went on to play 117 games in the NFL. Before dipping his toes in the coaching pool, Bowles was a Super Bowl winning executive for the Green Bay Packers.
After a couple seasons as Executive of Player Personnel in the Frozen Tundra, Bowles started his coach career in the college ranks. His first job came at Morehouse St. where he was the defensive coordinator and secondary coach. After a year there, he went to Grambling State and served as their defensive coordinator for the next two seasons.
Bowles ascended quickly up the NFL ladder once he got his first job in the league with New York as the Jets secondary coach in 2000. After stints in Cleveland and Dallas, he was named assistant head coach of the Miami Dolphins, and eventually was named interim head coach in 2011 after Tony Sporano was let go.
After a brief stint as the Fins head coach Bowles moved to Philadelphia, but didn’t get his first defensive coordinator job until Bruce Arians and the Arizona Cardinals hired him in 2013. The Jets came calling yet again in 2015, but this time for a head coaching job.
His first year on the job in New York was his best, leading the Jets to a 10 win season. It went down hill from there and Bowles was fired two years later with out a playoff appearance.
Arians and Bowles reuinted in 2019
The Bucs hired the former safety as their defensive coordinator in 2019 as Arians and Bowles were reunited. The duo led Tampa Bay to the Super Bowl, and it’s evident that Arians trusts his former defensive coordinator to lead the team in the franchise’s next chapter.
Bowles has had success in every facet of the game from the grid iron to the sidelines to the front offices. He won the Super Bowl as a player in Washington, as the Executive of Player Personnel in Green Bay in 1996 and as a defensive coordinator last year.