Fair statement Joe, But at the same time Josh Allen in Jacksonville currently only has 2.5 sacks on the year. The pass defense was rated as the 24th-best pass defense in the league (15.8%), while the run defense was 11th (-12.7%). I guess he keeps hoping White will get better with practice. 9 for 20, no matter how you parse it. This sack of Rodgers with 3:41 left in the first half comes out of a really interesting front and blitz package. After two early scoring drives, that defense settled in, and the Packers were given nothing the rest of the game. I agree withy you 100%. Bowles has always been more than happy to blitz with alacrity — something Arians also prefers when it’s not happening to his quarterbacks — and this season, it’s working like a charm. Through Week 3 of the 2020 NFL season, Tampa Bay ranks 4th in the NFL in total defense… Our defense held the Vikings to 5-for-15 on 3rd down conversions, but let them go 4-for-5 on 4th down conversions. The other DL sans Suh try to push their guy one way or another and opens a middle lane for the QB. Vikings made all but the last one (that’s the one where Cousins fumbled on their last drive & JPP recovered). also don’t mention Burn no one except FSU fans talking about him had him blowing up like he is. On some of Cook’s early runs especially was wondering why White or LVD wasn’t there to stop him, but maybe Bowles was giving up a little on run defense to gain some on pass defense based on what he’d seen Minnesota do in past games. Smart play-calls by the Vikes, and since Cousins hits 2-of-every-3 passes, the odds were decent that they’d make at least 2 of those conversions. How did they do it? IMO 35 is never mentally prepared to play. In the end, Pierre-Paul, Suh, and right end Shaquil Barrett rushed. . What happened to Devin? Per NFL Next Gen Stats, Rodgers completed just three of 12 passes for 28 yards and two interceptions, and he was sacked three times, against Bowles’ blitz packages. Cousins exploited Devin White in pass coverage. DE Patrick O’Connor also had a career high with 22 snaps (28 percent). Joe will start at an unexpected place: Kirk Cousins rushing for a career high. Overall marginally good use of the 5th overall pick all things considered. Someone on the Vikings offensive line opened some nice holes for Dalvin Cook. Yeah white was picked on. In an earlier post, we discussed Dan Quinns defense. We got an awful lot of picks back there already. I feel if we played the Vikings twice a year, we would show much better than we did yesterday. The Bucs didn’t just get to Rodgers with blitzes and stunts — at times, they presented impossible combinations of four-man pressure and back-seven overage that both frustrated Rodgers in his reads, and forced him to make out-of-structure movements that put him in harm’s way. He clogged the middle and held his ground. We need to get creative and keep Mike Edwards in and also Cockrell because SMB often seems lost, out of position, confused, and miss tackles or just flat out a poor tackler. Cornerback Jamel Dean came in as a third-round pick out of Auburn and showed that he could hang in the NFL right away. Could it be number 45 who they had voted to be their Captain provided their motivation to win in the fourth quarter. Bowles had Shaq Barrett rushing inside a little and the line rotation was real. He does that to everyone. Probably but that is more due to their skin tone – allowing teams to qualify under the Ronney Rule – than their coaching ability. Devin White was dropping back in zone coverage a lot of the time. Minnesota was 9-of-20 combined on third- and fourth down. I am far from being any kind of football expert, but what I noticed was a lot of missed tackles, poor tackling, and just slow pursuit. The Bucs rank first in FO’s defensive metrics, and they’re quite a ways ahead of the Steelers, a formidable defense as well, who place second. Now, he’s in his second year under Arians in Tampa Bay. Between them, per Pro Football Focus, David and White combined for 13 stops against the Packers. After the play, Rodgers can be seen yelling at everyone unfortunate enough to be in his general vicinity. Too bad he can’t revive White’s coverage skills, I feel like they have up the run yards because they are trying to protect the secondary. In 2019, Bowles took the Bucs’ defense from 32nd to sixth in FO’s defensive metrics. Gave up 15 yds total on 3 runs he stopped and 34 yds on 6 passes he was involved in the tackles on. GO BUCS!!! Bowles’ squad finished as the 15th-overall defense in the league, giving up 343.9 yards per game. The Vike OL were prolly coached to let the DL determine which side he’s going, and push him in that direction. This time around, the Bucs defensive coordinator and former Jets … This was a typical responsibility for middle linebackers in the old Tampa 2 system. To me that is way more valuable despite 45’s problems in coverage. They were dominated for so much of the game by the Vikings, but then the Bucs D came out of the phone booth and played like superman to close out a win. What Bowles has done with the Buccaneers defense … It would surprise me if it wasn’t just the result of the lob sided time of possession in the first half. At the snap, both White and David take off for the quarterback. The last time this happened, Bowles was in his second year as a defensive coordinator under Bruce Arians in Arizona. Besides it was late in the game & they were behind; what’d they have to lose? That’s accurate. Whoever is still talking about Bowles or Leftwich being HC candidates clearly isn’t watching this team — neither should be on anyone’s short list. Under Bowles, a defense that had been in total disarray was playing with discipline, confidence, and bravado. Com on BA get creative on defense. Start every day with our most popular content waiting in your inbox. His ‘averages’ on those tackles weren’t great, but they weren’t all that bad either. In a 38-10 thrashing, Rodgers, who came into the game with 13 touchdowns, no interceptions, and just three sacks, completed 16 of 35 passes for 160 yards, no touchdowns, two interceptions, five sacks, and a quarterback rating of 35.4 — the third-worst of his career. Todd Bowles could make a strong case as the best coordinator on either side of the ball in the entire NFL, and his unit’s performance so far this season continues to reflect well on him. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have seen some marked improvement on defense since Todd Bowles took over as coordinator heading into the 2019 season. Todd Bowles enters his second season as defensive coordinator with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020. His unit might face their greatest challenge yet Sunday, when they host Aaron Rodgers and the undefeated Green Bay Packers. Todd Bowles doesn't sound in much of a hurry to take another shot at being an NFL head coach. Who fired them up? We try to concentrate on us. Zimmer is a risk-taker when it comes to 4th downs & I applaud him for that; it paid off yesterday (No risk-it no biscuit?). https://touchdownwire.usatoday.com/lists/how-buccaneers-dc-todd-bowles-created-the-nfls-best-defense/. Is good to see Bowles rotating guys in and out to give them a breather. Our D line is out there a lot and plays in spurts. Continuity 'Encouraging' for Bucs Defense According to DC Todd Bowles Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles is returning mostly the same group of … WHite is a liabilty in covg. 3-ranked defense, and are arguably as big a reason the Bucs are 5-2 as Tom Brady. Under Bowles, a defense that had been in total disarray was playing with discipline, confidence, and bravado. The Jets defense has been suffering from an outbreak of square pegs located in round holes, but with Bowles at the helm, those pegs can be rounded into form to fit nicely into his scheme. Bowles has an impressive combination of defensive linemen, edge defenders, and linebackers that he will deploy in devilishly different roles, and he makes it very tough for opposing linemen and quarterbacks to get a sense of protections, because it’s hard to know who’s lined up where, and who’s doing what. Bowles came in and automatically improved the defense … December 14th, 2020 at 11:32 am The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2018 season has disappeared into the rear-view mirror. Bowles tested their talent and communication with consistent games up front, including T/E stunts that freed up Shaq Barrett for two critical sacks on Sunday. So, it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise that in … Its our secondary that causes me panic attacks..and some of the tackling. I am sure if we win out Leftwich will be also. There saying now Todd Bowles is one of the top head coaching candidates. He was the other edge on the board. It would also help if our offense didn’t spend the entire 1st quarter every game going 3 and out, leaving the defense on the field for wayyyyyyy too long. The Red Mirage, Todd Bowles in Reason No. Neither does Rodgers. Both David (No. I am sure if we win out Leftwich will be also. Todd Bowles. The defense was on the field way too long in the first half. Bowles would be better off using White as a pass rusher then ever putting him in coverage. Chris Spielman leaves FOX Sports to work for Detroit Lions, Watch: Cleveland Browns' bettors take mind-blowing bad beat, Watch: Justin Tucker kicks 55-yard field goal to lift Ravens over Browns, Watch: Lamar Jackson comes out of locker room to throw TD on fourth down, Watch: 9 rushing TDs in Ravens-Browns equals mark set in 1922, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. You cant rest on big stats early without looking at the trend to not being able to stop anybody. Please check your email for a confirmation. For a long time, this defense had shut down a long list of running back beasts, including Derrick Henry last season. Correction 28 days since they won, again just glad to see a win. We have no idea. There saying now Todd Bowles is one of the top head coaching candidates. There are many reasons why the Buccaneers have the NFL’s best defense. TAMPA, Fla. -- Big changes are coming to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ' defense in 2019. Cornerback Jamel Dean’s 33-yard pick-six with 12:50 left in the first half — the play that Arians later said turned the game around — was brought about in part because of pressure games. So, is this a two-man front with everyone else in coverage? Draft a pass rusher in the 1st Round in the 2021 Draft. Letting a team convert on fourth down 4 TIMES is unacceptable, at least from a playoff caliber defense. Of course, the pass rush was a game-changer with six sacks, and it was evidence of why Joe is always screaming that pass rushers are more valuable than inside linebackers. The first was a Cook run; the others were completed short passes to Conklin, Jefferson & Thielen, 3 pretty good receivers. This Ndamukung Suh sack near the end of the first half was another. There are five defenders at or near the line of scrimmage pre-snap. But Joe, it’s Dalvin Cook. And here’s the thing about Bowles’ multiplicity in fronts and coverages — if you don’t have linebackers able to do multiple things with discipline in the middle of the field, all that other fancy stuff tends to fall apart. But OC Kubiak has always had great skill giving running backs some nice lanes. Bucs fans have watched tackling deteriorate in recent weeks and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles addressed that today. First, Bowles talked about how the defense overall is stressing more fundamentals now, and he noted there was a little too much focus on what opponents have been doing. I realize Kirk Cousins is a close second to the GOAT and all but….. Bowles was protecting the secondary there was a reason Minnesota didn’t take alota downfield shots. Say what you want about CDavis n his game against the chiefs THill, but he’s aggressive, alert, can hit to be a corner and is always around the ball. . You'll now receive the top Touchdown Wire stories each day directly in your inbox. To put that in perspective, Minnesota’s Eric Kendricks, who may have been the league’s best linebacker in 2019, had 42 stops all season. ... Bowles helped the defense take over by dialing up a wide variety of rush packages. After losing his job with the Jets, he's spent the last two years Home Why play prevent defense. There are new coaches with their own schemes to execute. White had an off game. 54) and White (No. @AlteredEgo: The D misses Vea. I bet Brooks and Sapp were both cussing and throwing beers at their TV’s. CBs and safeties look like they are not up for the challenge. The Bucs made Cousins look like the 2010 version of Josh Freeman, as he ran for five times for 41 yards. The right-side blitz look was a ruse, as safety Antoine Winfield Jr. and linebacker Lavonte David dropped into coverage, and cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting blitzed from the other side. Sign up for the Touchdown Wire newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning. Bowles could emerge as a head-coaching candidate after the job he’s done defensively in Tampa Bay. Doctor Stroud … “Devin White was dropping back in zone coverage a lot of the time”. Todd Bowles played scared defense, straight up. So what can we expect from this new defense? I don’t think we’ll see Matt Ryan take off and run as Cousins did. The amazing thing to me was our Defense did not wilt in the fourth quarter with how many minutes they had to defend before that quarter. This has Rodgers moving to his right with uncertain reads, and all Suh has to do is roll off the protection, and go pick up the prize. And that yardage did not come from one big-gainer. Kudos to Ndamukong Suh & Shaq Barrett especially for playing tall yesterday; together they were 2 human wrecking balls. Force confusion with different defensive front concepts. In 2018, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has a serious defensive problem. Hodad Says: That’s not ideal, and the Bucs’ run defense was gashed by Dalvin Cook, as well.”. …and here’s Mr. White, ready to match his battery mate in running back erasure. Todd Bowles, Buccaneers defensive coordinator: See above. It received such a positive reception that I wanted to look at Todd Bowles defense, one of the other candidates the New York Jets are heavily considering for the open head coaching position. Agree with those who said we had too many missed tackles (again), and gave up a lot of rushing yardage to Cook. He’ll bounce back against Atlanta. Todd Robert Bowles was born on November 18, 1963, somewhere in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA. Who’s coming, and who’s backing out? It’s a bear front concept with linebackers Devin White and Lavonte David (more on them in a minute) as the edge defenders, and Shaquil Barrett, who’s normally an edge-rusher, working in the middle linebacker spot. The tackling was awful. 1, and as long as he’s calling the shots, every offense playing these guys are going to be in for a very long day. “Revive” implies that it existed in the past! But….our secondary shut down Thielen & Jefferson…..less than 40 yards each….no deep stuff…Cousins kept drives alive with short stuff to the TEs…..Several of their drives took lots of time off the clock. But our front 4 gives it their all and then some. If they both leave whats BA going to do. Tampa’s defense has forced six interceptions and have 15 sacks when blitzing this season, leading the league in both cases. Bowles wasn’t able to get it done with a team that seemed to be in the middle of endless rebuilds and salary cap bleeds, but he’s always been a great defensive coach, and Arians had no doubt about that. Joe would counter by saying Cook was shut down five times this season, but not yesterday. That is NOT how you win games in January…. We need to sign or trade for some proven NFL quality DBs, Allbuccedup Says: White HAS the speed, has to be a technique problem, We definitely miss Vea……our tackling was terrible…..I warned that we needed to contain Cousins…..they didn’t listen…. So, it was a four-man pressure, but in a very different way than Rodgers may have expected. Tampa Bay is playing two-deep, and they’re also dropping both David and White into hook/curl responsibilities at the seam and at the numbers. That sounds like a pretty good day at the office in that regard. That’s not ideal, and the Bucs’ run defense was gashed by Dalvin Cook, as well. Todd Bowles on Versatility of Bucs Defense | Press Conference ... DC Todd Bowles spoke to the media on Thursday ahead of the team's Week 12 matchup vs. the Kansas City Chiefs. In the 1st half, Vikings attempted 6 third-down conversions: made 2 by running, threw incomplete on 2 and failed on 2 because of sacks. Bowles is one of the NFL’s best in terms of getting an offense to think about his fronts in one way, while he has an entirely different plan. Interestingly Zimmer didn’t go for any 4th down conversions in the 1st half, only in the 2nd half, AFTER his FG kicker had already missed 2 FGs on 4th downs. Jamel Dean’s pick-six was one. He also is a good tackler and plays sideline to sideline with good instincts and those qualities are why he could make the Pro Bowl as a first year player. If you have to worry about the opposition and then yourself, that’s two birds with one stone. We know every week we’re going to face a good opponent – in this case a great opponent – so it’s a big challenge for us.”. In the end, it wasn’t even close. And after watching the shellacking that Tyreek Hill and the Chiefs offense put on Todd Bowles‘s defense, particularly in the opening quarter, it’s fair to say that Andy Reid had the Tampa Bay defensive coordinator’s number that day. The Bucs run defense has been elite — and still is — so Joe has a very high expectation. White looks awful. Jets in December, will serve as the Buccaneers defensive coordinator for new coach Bruce Arians. Their defense ranked dead last in the NFL in Football Outsiders’ opponent-adjusted efficiency metrics under defensive coordinators Mark Duffner and Mike Smith. Both guys made impact plays, and Nelson typically does when he gets a chance. He had 4 catches for 39 yards, so the Bucs defense did something right. Got to get off the field. Hidden by the Bucs’ 26-14 victory was Todd Bowles’ defense getting gutted and gashed in various ways yesterday. The Bucs defense definitely remains a work in progress, which makes it all the more impressive that they’re a top-10 defense. Sort of how he keeps hoping our DBs will eventually get better at running his zone schemes. “We’re more worried about what we do and think we can do to win as opposed to worrying about the opposition. To their credit, they seem to rise up when they need to. No idea. Yet on the day White had 7 solo tackles & 2 assists, with most of those (7 of the 9) coming in the 2nd half. doctor_berto Says: I don’t think Sapp can afford to waste beer at this point in his life. Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles inherited a defense that ranked 27th in the NFL in 2018. It was a thing of beauty watching the Defense actually take over late in the 4thQ. The Bucs gave up the 29th-most points (28.1) and … Looks like our defense stood tall on 3rd down conversions Joe. Watching Minnesota’s kicking woes combined with referee calls (multiple) going the Bucs way was eerily familiar to recent years at the den of depression…nice change. Todd Bowles | Early Life. “Minnesota was 9-of-20 combined on third- and fourth down. The Bucs made Rodgers look like a Division II rookie who was trying to get the snap count together in garbage time of a preseason game. Bowles played under Arians when Arians was the head coach at Temple, and he hired Bowles to be his defensive coordinator when he became the Cardinals’ head coach in 2013. He was born to the mother, Jon Bowles. The Bucs defense was one of the best in 2019 and the team is now riding that unit and the play of Tom Brady into NFC title contention in 2020. He was the defensive backs coach for the New York Jets in 2000, Cleveland Browns in 2004, and Dallas Cowboys from 2005–2007. Vikings made 3 of their 3rd down conversions by running & 2 by passing, but the Bucs stopped them on 1 running attempt, 6 passing attempts plus had 3 sacks. “Bowles would be better off using White as a pass rusher then ever putting him in coverage.” I heard all week how Justin Jefferson was gonna eat the Bucs secondary alive. Particular where they had back to back throws right To White and got a score. Shaquil Barrett, a five-year reserve pass-rusher for the Broncos before he signed a one-year, $4 million deal to play on Bowles’ defense, all of a sudden led the NFL in sacks with 19.5. Hidden by the Bucs’ 26-14 victory was Todd Bowles’ defense getting gutted and gashed in various ways yesterday. LD54, on the other hand, had some nice plays in coverage. Joe took the long route here to note a major change in the Bucs defense yesterday; there was unprecedented rotation along the Bucs’ front line. I think that he is more suited to be around the line of scrimmage chasing down running backs and QBs, but Bowles/Arians are the guys who get paid to make these decisions. In the 2nd half, Viking attempted 9 third-down conversions: made 1 by running & 2 by passing, missed on 1 by running & 4 by passing, plus failed on 1 because of a sack. Matt Campbell, Iowa State head coach: Campbell won at Toledo before winning at Iowa State, and he earned Coach of … Notice that as Rodgers heads to the center, just one defender — left end Jason Pierre-Paul — has his hand down. 45 is a significant liability in coverage and his gap control has been marginal for weeks now. Not great, but not gross either. That is on our DC. I saw the same thing a number of times, but only saw him blitz a couple of times. Todd Bowles’ name has surfaced yet again as a potential head-coaching candidate. So, it was no surprise when Arians tagged Bowles once again to be his guy on the other side of the ball. I’m not sure why it continues because that’s not White’s strength, although he seems to be practicing to get better. So, it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise that in an NFL that is seeing scoring and passing efficiency like never before, Bowles is the guy who’s put the league’s one consistently dominant defense on the field. I remember one drive I. ___________________________________________________. Bowles’ defense jumped from 12th to 6th in overall defense with a 6% decrease in total yards allowed. You will rarely see Tampa Bay’s defense give an opponent the same front concept two plays in a row — especially in passing situations. I will tell you the biggest problem with the Bucs defense: Outside the d-linemen, no one on this team can tackle anymore! Just good to see a win, it has been 21 days since they won their last game. He is getting exposed and is not a complete player, by any stretch. Kirk Cousins is an underrated, underappreciated QB in the NFL. . Here was the yards-to-go on those 4th down conversions: 1, 6, 6, 5 & 13. Drew Brees is the wrong guy to just let him pick and choose what to do. He was the Browns' defensive nickel package coach from 2001–2003. Joe will start at an unexpected place: Kirk Cousins rushing for a career high. Bowles’ defense made MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers look like a rookie, holding him to just 160 yards and no touchdowns. “We have to play our game,” Bowles said last Thursday of Rodgers and the Packers. What I was impressed with Joe was how the Bucs defense held the Vikings to 5-for-15 on the 3rd down conversions. Hopefully we won’t see Freddie Kitchens. Derrick Brooks he ain’t, for sure. Got a little too into his own Pro Bowl hype. This is just like when Mike Smith was here. This was clear of a couple of the middle scrambles/QB draw plays. Rodgers completed … Only the Steelers and Ravens have blitzed at a higher rate than Tampa Bay’s 41.4%. College: Temple (College Stats) Weighted Career AV (100-95-...): 38 (2755th overall since 1960) High School: Elizabeth As Player: 8 Yrs More bio, uniform, draft, salary info Despite Win, Bucs Defense Remains A Mystery ... Todd Bowles’ unit continues to mystify me and perhaps you, too. That’s accurate. The Bucs defense recorded six sacks and contained Vikings running back Dalvin Cook enough, while quarterback Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes in the win. That move by O’Conner to get that sack was amazing and came at a great time. After retiring as a player, Bowles was a member of the Green Bay Packers' player personnel staff from 1995–1996. There are ways to ‘mask’ his limitations and max his ‘downhill’ abilities. Green Bay came in as the NFL’s highest-scoring offense, putting up 38 points per game, and Aaron Rodgers was playing as well as he had ever been in his slam-dunk Hall of Fame career. Right before the snap, Ndamukong Suh puts his hand down at nose tackle. Will they get interviews? All you amtures finally seeing what I told you some time ago. 45) are more than athletic enough to perform well in coverage (as we have seen), but their primary assignment was to take Packers running back Aaron Jones and tie him in a knot wherever he went. 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