Bucs HC Bowles An “Upgrade” Over Arians

Throughout a current look on ESPN’s Get Up former New York Jets common 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 mentioned.

“Sky excessive. I really assume they bought higher at head coach. On the head coach place this yr. I labored with Todd Bowles. He’s excellent. And I’ll take it a step additional guys. For those who examine 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 believe Todd Bowles is an improve over Bruce Arians. This crew goes to play in a different way.”

“I’ve labored with defensive head coaches like Rex Ryan, Invoice Parcells, Invoice Belichick, Eric Mangini. The best way they coached the sport, the way in which they handle the sport is in a different way. This crew will make much less errors. They are going to have much less turnovers. I believe they are going to have much less penalties. And I believe Todd Bowles is an improve over Bruce Arians. And due to that I believe they are going to have an actual probability to win the Tremendous Bowl this yr.”

That’s extraordinarily excessive reward for the Bucs new head coach. And whereas Bowles has proven himself to be a gifted soccer thoughts, he nonetheless solely has one season with a successful 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 successful share, a 6-3 profession playoff document and a Tremendous Bowl championship.

Tannenbaum’s Reasoning Relating to Bowles

Bruce Arians and Bucs head coach Todd Bowles – Photograph by: Cliff Welch/PR

Tannenbaum has some fascinating reasoning as to why Bowles will likely be an enchancment upon his predecessor. He lists turnovers and penalties as two areas that he expects enchancment in beneath 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 pinnacle 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 motive penalties are an space that may be improved upon.

However for those who break it down by which facet of the ball the penalties occurred on, you change into 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 yr 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 common level in making his case that’s fairly fascinating although. When speaking in regards to the philosophies of defensive-minded coaches he mentioned they handle the sport in a different way. If this implies a extra aggressive strategy on fourth down, it may result in a extra high-powered offense. And that would 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 “akin to Invoice Belichick” for now. Time will in the end inform.