Todd Bowles should end worst Buccaneers narrative

Blaine Gabbert, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Blaine Gabbert, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

The terrible “Blaine Gabbert starting for the Buccaneers” takes should be coming to a close.

The Buccaneers are a well-run team with one of the best front offices in football. So why on earth did we just go through a month and a half where it seemed like the front office saw Blaine Gabbert as a legitimate starter for a team that won the Super Bowl a little over a year ago?

This would have been one of the worst decisions for the franchise in years, yet Bruce Arians still seemed committed to the plan as recent as his retirement press conference.

Losing Arians hurts the Bucs, especially with all he did to put the current roster and coaching staff together, but one of the few bright spots that should follow his departure is the Gabbert starting narrative should also die.

BA proved that he was unconcerned with his legacy when he moved into his new role, and trying to win games with Gabbert seemed more like a heat check than anything. Todd Bowles will likely take a different approach.

While Arians had little to lose and felt like he had nothing to prove, Bowles is in a very different position as a head coach moving into his second tenure as the lead guy. Retirement is far in the future, and Bowles wants to do everything in his power to keep his job secure and keeping the Bucs in the most risk-averse position possible.

That doesn’t happen with Blaine Gabbert.

In fact, that may not even happen with Kyle Trask, and it is certainly in the cards that Bowles adds another quarterback or two over the next few years just to leave his mark on the room and brings in a few of his own guys.

Trask may still get a chance to start, but it should be next to impossible that Blaine Gabbert starts a game now with Todd Bowles coaching for his job.

Thank goodness.

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