The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are entering a new era this week, thanks to Bruce Arians stepping down as the franchise’s head coach on Wednesday evening.
Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is set to take over as the Buccaneers’ head coach.
Bowles, who was the head coach of the New York Jets from 2015 to 2018, has been Tampa Bay’s defensive coordinator since 2019.
The Buccaneers had one of the worst scoring defenses in the league in Bowles’ first season, but they drastically improved in 2020 and 2021.
This past season, Tampa Bay had the No. 5 scoring defense in the NFL (the Bucs had the No. 8 scoring defense in the NFL in 2020).
One former Buccaneer, in particular, is extremely happy for Bowles.
Free-agent defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh tweeted his congratulations to Bowles on Thursday morning. Suh also hinted at a potential return to Tampa Bay.
Congrats to Todd Bowles on becoming head coach of a great team that still feels one man light on talent 👀— Ndamukong Suh (@NdamukongSuh) March 31, 2022
Suh, who just turned 35 in January, signed with the Buccaneers in 2019. He’s played in all 49 regular-season games for Tampa Bay over the last three seasons. Suh had totaled 14.5 sacks and 112 tackles during his three seasons with the Bucs.
The former Nebraska standout memorably scored two defensive touchdowns on fumble recoveries in 2019.
Shaq Barrett gets a strip sack and Suh returns it for the touchdown. That's Barrett's league leading 9th sack. One more sack and he hits his second $250K bonus for the season. #GoBucs beat the #Rams 55-40, scoring 50 points for the first time in franchise history. pic.twitter.com/KogBFaDZdo— Moving The Chains Podcast 🎙 (@_MTCPodcast) September 29, 2019
Suh played for the Buccaneers last season on a one-year deal worth $9 million. A similar deal could make sense for Suh and Tampa Bay this offseason.
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