Todd Bowles officially agrees to deal as new Buccaneers defensive coordinator
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have found their next defensive coordinator as they officially agreed to bring on former New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles as their defensive play caller.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 9, 2019
Buccaneers just worked out off-set language on Todd Bowles' contract with the Jets, and so Tampa Bay does have the new defensive coordinator it expected to land, per @mortreport.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 9, 2019
The Bucs appear to have completed their coaching staff now with the addition of Bowles after offensive guru Bruce Arians agreed to become the team’s next head coach. Arians has since appointed Byron Leftwich as the team’s next offensive coordinator.
There were previous reports that Bowles might be on the Chicago Bears’ radar after former defensive coordinator Vic Fangio accepted the head coaching job with the Denver Broncos on Wednesday. Fangio led the Bears defense to the top of the ranks with a menacing roster, so it would have been a dream match for Bowles. Since Bowles was once the former defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals, the reunion with Arians and Leftwich is likely what persuaded Bowles to go to Tampa Bay.
Bowles was believed to be the defensive coordinator for the Bucs even before the official agreement, according to Arians. The agreement must have been verbal, with the details just needing to be worked out. Now that things appear to be finalized, there’s a lot more for the Bucs organization to be excited about.
Former defensive coordinator Mike Smith seemingly could not come up with a successful formula for the Bucs to succeed. The defense consists of some fantastic talent with defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Lavonte David leading the squad. The Bucs need to make some further additions on that side of the ball considering they play in one of the strongest divisions in terms of team offense.