The NFL is, always has been, and always will be a copycat league. When someone has something nice and shiny, the other 31 teams start coveting it.
Right now, Tampa has that shiny thing in the shape of defensive coordinator, Todd Bowles. With the playing season over for 18 franchises, the time has come to make changes to try and rectify that issue for the next year.
Among the teams that have made serious enquires about the interest of Bowles are, the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, and Philadelphia Eagles, who Bowles has a history with as interim defensive coordinator in 2012 after being promoted from secondary coach. The interest in Todd Bowles shouldn’t be surprising to anyone associated with the Buccaneers, the new look Bucs defense has been dominant in plenty of statistics, as well as showing the ability to make decisive plays. It is fair to say that Bowles has been successful where he has been as a coordinator and this pedigree is certainly going to turn heads around the league.
But what of Bowles head coaching pedigree?
Back in 2011, Bowles was thrust into action as the Miami Dolphins interim head coach, finishing with a record of 2-1. It wouldn’t be until 2015 that Bowles would get another shot at the big job, when Rex Ryan was fired by the New York Jets. That first season was full of promise as the Jets thought they had their head coach sorted, finishing 10-6 and agonizingly out of the playoffs.
Sadly, that was the high point as the Jets would finish 24-40 during Bowles tenure. Despite the total head coaching record of 26-41 as a head coach, Bowles ability to scheme a terrifying defense is without question and teams, such as the Eagles, will be hoping that Todd Bowles can make the transition from defensive coordinator extraordinaire, to the next great head coach.