The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are adjusting to new life under Todd Bowles after he took over for Bruce Arians back in March.
While it’s not too much of an adjustment for the players, fans are left wondering how the team will perform under its new leader. Even if there is plenty of familiarity with Bowles over the last three seasons.
Well, according to former NFL GM and current ESPN analyst Mike Tannenbaum, the Buccaneers are in very good hands.
Like, very good hands.
Tannenbaum recently appeared on an episode of ESPN’s First Take and he did not pull any punches when laying out his expectations for Bowles as head coach of the Buccaneers.
“I actually think Tampa Bay got better at the head coaching position,” said Tannenbaum. “I worked with Todd Bowles. He’s not a good coach – he’s a great coach. I think a big x-factor in them being better this year is not only Tom Brady, but the improvement at the head coaching position.”
Bowles is a very good coach. However, to say the Buccaneers improved at head coach is quite a stretch at this point.
Let’s just lay out the facts: Bruce Arians has a Super Bowl ring as a head coach on his resume and is a two-time Coach of the Year winner.
Bowles has one winning season as head coach and didn’t make the playoffs last year.
This doesn’t mean the Buccaneers are in bad hands in 2022. It does mean, though, that Tannenbaum should probably pump the brakes on the support for his buddy.
But Tannenbaum didn’t stop there. Not only did he say the Buccaneers have improved in the present, he thinks the future holds nothing but glory for Bowles and co., as well.
“I think he could be the next version of Bill Belichick….” Tannenbaum later continued. “You look at Todd Bowles’ resume – what he did with the Jets was probably a bit underrated …. He’s now inheriting a great team and I think he’s a better head coach than Bruce Arians and I think his team will play that way this year.”
Whew. The pressure is already on Bowles to deliver for the Buccaneers in 2022, but Tannenbaum may have just turned the heat up even more.
At the same time, however, Bowles is typically a cool, calm, and collected guy. Meaning, he won’t feel any pressure from Tannenbaum’s statements.
Can Bowles be the next version of Bill Belichick? Who knows. But, he has a great start and a helluva connection in Tom Brady.
And that’s the first thing a head coach needs in becoming the next Belichick.
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