Sep 9, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles looks on before a game against the Dallas Cowboysn at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Every few days it seems that the NFL offseason has a shocking development for us. Wednesday was no different when Bruce Arians announced that he was stepping down as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The fact that this was happening just weeks after Tom Brady announced he was un-retiring and rejoining the team made it all the more confusing and wild.

While there are plenty of conspiracy theories and rumors about why those two decisions happened around one another, there’s a third person whose entire situation changed in a hurry this week and that’s Todd Bowles, who has been elevated from defensive coordinator to head coach.

Arians leaves behind quite the legacy in just three years with the franchise. His Bucs won Super Bowl LV and finished 13-4 last season. He leaves the franchise in much better shape than he found it and, as he apparently wanted to, he’s set the table for his successor to succeed.

Bowls is no stranger to the head coaching role. He was the head coach of the New York Jets between 2015 and 2018. Unfortunately, it was not a successful stint as the team was mired in losing seasons for most of the run. He finished with a 24-40 record and was fired in 2018. Arians hired him as his defensive coordinator a few weeks later, a role he also held for him during their time together with the Arizona Cardinals.

Bowls and the Cardinals agreed on a new five-year deal as part of the role change.

The news that Arians was stepping aside so that Bowles could become the new head coach in Tampa Bay garnered a lot of reactions around social media.

Bowles gets to take over a team that is two years removed from a Super Bowl that will be led by an extremely motivated Tom Brady. It’s about the best opportunity one could ask for.


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to