Bruce Arians is back in the NFL coaching business after a year as an announcer, and will bring a family member badociated with him to Tampa.
On Wednesday, the day after Arians was named the 12th head coach in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history, the team announced the hiring of Todd Bowles as their new defensive coordinator. That's the same offensive / defensive combination that helped the Arizona Cardinals compile a 21-11 record in the 2013-14 seasons.
Bowles, who has been a coach in the NFL for nearly two decades, came across Arians when the latter was named head coach of the Cardinals in 2013. Bowles had recently been the interim defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012, and also served as interim coach of the Miami Dolphins in 2011. The Arians and Bowles pair started a five-year stretch in Arizona in which the Cardinals won 49-30-1, the most wins in a five-year stretch in the franchise . – Although Bowles was not there during the whole race. Arizona's success helped him win the post of head coach of the New York Jets in 2015, a position he held until he was fired at the end of the 2018 campaign.
The two seasons of Bowles as defensive coordinator of Arians produced very good results. The Cardinals ranked seventh in the NFL in points allowed in 2013, improving to fifth in 2014, and also allowed the sixth-least yards in the league in 2013. During that two-year span, Arizona also ranked fifth in defense of attack, eighth in Qualification of opposing pin and ninth in shots. At the end of that second season, Bowles was named the Associated Press Assistant coach of the year of the NFL.
Bowles has generally employed a 3-4 defensive front, something the Buccaneers have not used as their main game since 1990, but has been flexible in that regard and is also known for their creativity and for emphasizing the strengths of the staff at hand. Tampa Bay is looking to fix a defense that finished at 27th in yards allowed and 30 points in 2018.
Bowles, who played eight seasons as a safety player in the NFL (1986-93), started his coaching career at Morehouse College in 1997 and spent two years at Grambling State before joining the NFL with the Jets in 2000. He spent next dozen. seasons with the Jets, Cleveland Browns (2001-04), Dallas Cowboys (2005-07) and Miami Dolphins (2008-2011), mainly as a high school coach, but adding the title of head coach badistant in Miami. Bowles spent the last three games of 2011 as interim coach of the Dolphins (compiling a 2-1 record) after the firing of Tony Sparano, then moved to Philadelphia as a secondary coach in 2012. Once again, he received an invitation. Promotion of the season, baduming the position of defense coordinator of the Eagles in mid-October after the dismissal of Juan Castillo. Arians came calling the next off season.