It’s a fresh start for Todd Bowles in Tampa, and he looks like a new man.
The former Jets coach and new Buccaneers defensive coordinator shared a couple of laughs with media in attendance at his introductory press conference on Friday, speaking about his history with boss Bruce Arians.
Bowles has long been loyal to Arians, with their history dating back to Temple University in the 1980s, and Bowles saying in 2015 that he’d even forgo a limb for his coaching cohort. While the sentiment remains, Bowles backed off that statement quickly when asked about it.
“That was a joke first of all — I’m not going to lose my left arm for Bruce,” he said, laughing.
It was a lighter version of the coach who had seen plenty of dark days over his final two seasons in New York, unable to get the Jets off the ground. He spoke about his happiness at being able to coach football and the versatility he plans to bring to the Bucs’ defense — once he figures out if a 4-3 scheme is better suited to his lineup than a 3-4.
In his new gig in Tampa, Bowles will bring a new outlook gleaned from his four seasons as a head coach in New York.
“Just dealing with people, dealing with adversity, understanding situations on and off the field,” he said. “Dealing with most of that, even media-wise, it’s helped me a great deal. Overall, I think I’ve grown as a coach and it was a great experience for me.”