Try as they might, the Falcons just can’t stop pursuing Bucs coaches for their organization. According to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafalo and Tom Pelissero, the Falcons are researching Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles for their head coaching vacancy. Bowles was a finalist in Atlanta’s last head coaching search as well.

Bowles is one of several names that the Falcons will likely entertain in the coming weeks, so this isn’t news to get reactionary over yet. It is curious however, given Bowles lack of success against the Falcons in two years as the Bucs defensive coordinator. The Bucs did some good things against Atlanta last year, but in 2020 the Falcons put up 54 points in two games against Bowles’ defense, despite missing Julio Jones and several key offensive linemen in both contests. The Bucs were also without Carlton Davis, Devin White, Shaq Barrett and Steve McLendon in Week 17 against Atlanta.

Bowles has spent the past two seasons as the Bucs defensive coordinator, but was the head coach of the New York Jets from 2015-2018, amassing an overall record of 24-40 over four seasons.

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3 months ago

I’m hoping Bowles will patient and wait for BA to step down. I’d be gobsmacked if the organization doesn’t have him pegged as BA’s replacement.

Last edited 3 months ago by gcolerick
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3 months ago

Why? What is it about Todd Bowles’s head coaching track record that would suggest the Bucs should hire him in that capacity? He had just a .375 win percentage with the Jets, who regressed every year, from a 10-6 team to a 4-12 team, during his 4 year head coaching tenure there. Even Lovie Smith had a better NFL head coaching track record than Todd Bowles, when he was hired by the Bucs. How did that work out?

3 months ago

If he goes, he goes. That’s football. Nothing special. Average coach.