Todd Bowles
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Position:Head coach
Personal information
Born: (1963-11-18) November 18, 1963 (age 60)
Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:203 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school:Elizabeth
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
As an executive:
Career highlights and awards
As a player
As an executive
As an assistant coach
Career NFL statistics
Games played:117
Games started:68
Fumble recoveries:7
Head coaching record
Regular season:43–58 (.426)
Postseason:1–2 (.333)
Career:44–60 (.423)
Player stats at · PFR
Coaching stats at PFR

Todd Robert Bowles (born November 18, 1963) is an American football coach and former player who is the head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He previously served as the head coach of the New York Jets from 2015 to 2018. Bowles has also served as the defensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals and Buccaneers and as the secondary coach for the Jets, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, and Philadelphia Eagles. Bowles played eight seasons in the NFL as a safety, primarily with the Washington Redskins, and was a member of the team that won Super Bowl XXII.

Early years

Bowles attended Elizabeth High School in Elizabeth, New Jersey.[1] He played college football at Temple University (Class of 1985), where he was a four-year starting cornerback, his freshman year 1982 under Hall of Fame coach Wayne Hardin and three years for coach Bruce Arians, for whom Bowles would be an assistant coach decades later when Arians was head coach of the Arizona Cardinals and then the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL.[2] Bowles recorded seven interceptions in his four college seasons.[3] Bowles left Temple without graduating; in May 2023, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in youth and community development from Mount St. Mary's University.[4]

Playing career

Bowles was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent on May 7, 1986.[5] He chose the Redskins over six other NFL teams, and signed a contract that included a signing bonus between $8,000 and $10,000. Bowles competed in training camp with free safety Raphel Cherry, and beat him out to earn a spot on the regular season roster.[6] In his second training camp in 1987, Bowles beat out Curtis Jordan for the starting free safety job when Jordan was released during final roster cuts on September 8, 1987.[7] He intercepted a career high four passes and recovered a fumble during the season, and was the starting free safety in Super Bowl XXII, which Washington won in a blowout.

On February 1, 1989, after his contract expired, Bowles was left unprotected by the Redskins during "Plan B" free agency, despite being a regular starter at free safety the previous two seasons.[8] This was reportedly due to his poor catching abilities in 1988, as well as his lack of playmaking ability. He negotiated contracts with the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, and New York Giants,[9] but ultimately re-signed with the Redskins.[10] In 1990, Bowles received a salary of $300,000,[11] and started 18 games (including playoffs).[12]

The San Francisco 49ers signed Bowles to start for the team in 1991 after he was left unprotected by the Redskins again.[13] He played in all 16 games and started in 14 of them. He was waived during final roster cuts on September 1, 1992.[14] He was claimed off waivers by the Redskins on September 2, 1992.[15] He was waived by the Redskins during final roster cuts on August 31, 1993.[16]

Coaching career

After retiring as a player, Bowles was a member of the Green Bay Packers' player personnel staff under Ron Wolf in 1995 and 1996.[17] He was the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Morehouse College in 1997, and the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Grambling State from 1998 until 1999. He was the defensive backs coach for the New York Jets in 2000, Cleveland Browns in 2004, and Dallas Cowboys from 2005 to 2007. He was the Browns' defensive nickel package coach from 2001 to 2003.

Miami Dolphins

Bowles was hired by the Miami Dolphins as the team's secondary coach and assistant head coach on January 23, 2008. After nearly four seasons as the secondary coach and assistant head coach, he was named the interim head coach on December 12, 2011, following the firing of head coach Tony Sparano. Bowles' first game as interim head coach of the Dolphins came on December 18, on the road against the Buffalo Bills. The Dolphins won the game 30–23. The Dolphins finished 2–1 under Bowles in 2011.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles hired Bowles as the team's secondary coach on January 30, 2012. The Eagles announced on October 16, 2012, that they dismissed defensive coordinator Juan Castillo from his duties and named Todd Bowles as their new defensive coordinator. Under Bowles, the Eagles finished the season ninth in pass defense and twenty-third in rushing defense also in long-time head coach Andy Reid's final season with the team.[18]

Arizona Cardinals

On January 18, 2013, Bowles was hired as defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals. On January 31, 2015, he was voted Associated Press (AP)'s Assistant Coach of the Year for his efforts in the 2014 season.[19] Bowles received 22 of the 50 media members' votes, winning the inaugural award.[20]

New York Jets

On January 14, 2015, the New York Jets named Bowles their new head coach and signed him to a four-year deal.[21]

On July 28, 2015, it was revealed that Bowles underwent a partial knee replacement surgery.[22] In the 2015 season, the Jets won 10 games in Bowles' first year leading the team, barely missing the playoffs. The 2016 season saw the Jets finish near the bottom of the league in most offensive categories, but 11th in rushing yards.[23]

On December 29, 2017, the Jets announced that Bowles had been retained for the 2018 season, and signed an extension through 2020.[24] However, on December 30, 2018, the Jets fired Bowles after finishing the season with a 4–12 record.[25]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On January 8, 2019, Bowles was hired as the defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, rejoining Bruce Arians as a member of his staff after Arians was hired as the team's head coach.[26]

Bowles' defense received praise for its performance in the 2020–21 playoffs as it was key in the Buccaneers defeating the New Orleans Saints in the divisional round and the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game.[27] Bowles won his third Super Bowl (his first as a coach) as the Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 31–9 in Super Bowl LV. Bowles was credited with a game plan that pressured Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes without resorting to blitzing, by utilizing the two-deep safety look and pass-rushing which prevented the Chiefs' prolific offense from scoring a touchdown while also intercepting Mahomes twice.[28]

On August 4, 2021, Bowles agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Buccaneers.[29]

On March 30, 2022, Bowles was named the head coach of the Buccaneers after Bruce Arians shifted to a senior football consultant role. Bowles and the Buccaneers agreed to terms on a five-year deal.[30]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
MIA* 2011 2 1 0 .667 3rd in AFC East
MIA total 2 1 0 .667 0 0 .000
NYJ 2015 10 6 0 .625 2nd in AFC East
NYJ 2016 5 11 0 .313 4th in AFC East
NYJ 2017 5 11 0 .313 4th in AFC East
NYJ 2018 4 12 0 .250 4th in AFC East
NYJ total 24 40 0 .375 0 0 .000
TB 2022 8 9 0 .471 1st in NFC South 0 1 .000 Lost to Dallas Cowboys in NFC Wild Card Game
TB 2023 9 8 0 .529 1st in NFC South 1 1 .500 Lost to Detroit Lions in NFC Divisional Game
TB total 17 17 0 .500 1 2 .333
Total[31] 43 58 0 .426 1 1 .500

* – Interim head coach


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