The Buccaneers missed with Todd Bowles
Todd Bowles is simply not a head coach.
Some might argue that it is a little early to come to this conclusion, but we have seen plenty by this point to not only know that Bowles isn’t going to make it to the end of his contract, but we can also see that he probably shouldn’t make it through this season.
Bowles struggles with a lot of the same issues as Leftwich. Calls are too conservative. Explanations make little to no sense. There is some good, but the bad is just too much to ignore.
Todd Bowles is an example of a great coordinator that just doesn’t cut it as a head coach. One stint with the Jets wasn’t enough to figure this out, but now the whole world can see that this is actively working against the Bucs.
From kicking field goals from way far out to preaching mentalities that haven’t existed in the NFL for years, Bowles is too stuck in the past to actually make this work with the Buccaneers.
To make matters worse, Bowles showing an unwillingness to fire a coach like Leftwich shows us all that he can’t make the hard decision as a leader.
Tampa may not make the decision before the end of the season, but Jason Licht does need to start considering making a change once this team has played its last reps.