Todd Bowles is likely going to be done with the Buccaneers after just one season, and it is pretty clear to see why when you look at his decisions.
Todd Bowles coaches the Buccaneers like he is terrified of losing his job every week. Perhaps there is a bit of residual hurt from losing the Jets HC job a few years back, but it is also fair to say that Bowles may just outright be too conservative for the modern NFL.
Whatever the reason, the Bucs are losing games because of their coaching staff, and this can be boiled down to some obvious decisions that were hilariously-bad.
The worst of these moves came early in the game.
After surrendering a touchdown to the 49ers after some heartbreaking penalties, the Bucs were able to make it towards the middle of the field before stalling offensively.
Rather than punting and trying to pin the rookie quarterback and the rest of the San Francisco offense deep in their own zone, Todd Bowles decided to attempt a field goal that was four yards further than Ryan Succop’s career long.
This went about exactly was expected.
This blunder gave the 49ers the ball back in great field position and set up their second touchdown of the night a few plays later.
Todd Bowles made the cowardly decision as the head coach, and the Bucs were the ones to pay for it.
This decision alone did not cost Tampa the win, but this is a great example of the fact that Bowles is in way over his head and does not need to return in 2022.
The Buccaneers are going to keep losing games in this way for as long as Todd Bowles is the head coach. A change is needed to get back to a level of risk that actually works in the modern NFL.
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