September 27, 2023

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Todd Bowles: “Nobody’s putting handcuffs on the offense”

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Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles - Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Bucs HC Todd Bowles is a defensive-minded coach, but that does not mean that the offense will change any. Former Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians installed a “risk-it no-biscuit” philosophy to the team’s offense, coordinated by Byron Leftwich, that produced a lot of yards through the air and on the ground. The Buccaneers’ offense has been at the top since Arians and Leftwich arrived, and that isn’t going to change under Todd Bowles; in fact, it will stay the same.

“My attitude is to win the game any way possible,” Bowles said to the media Tuesday. “If we have to throw the ball 50 times to win, that’s great. If we have to run the ball 30 times to win, that’s great. We’ll take what they give us. We’ll always have shots for big plays.”

Bowles also will not put the handcuffs on Tom Brady and the offense and do whatever is necessary to win games.

Obviously, Brady is a great passer. We want to equal that with the running game if we can. But, if they’re taking away the run and we have to throw the ball 60 times and throws five or six touchdowns, I’ll take the win. If we’re running the ball pretty good, and we can guard about 25 to 30 times, I’ll take the win — whatever we have to do to win the ballgame. Nobody’s putting handcuffs on the offense from that standpoint. We’re going to do whatever we have to do to win the game.”

The Buccaneers had one of the most explosive offenses in the league last season and will aim to be just as explosive this season. It sounds like there will be plenty of “risk-it no-biscuit” still to be had.