Report: Detroit Lions Request Head Coach Interview With Bucs DC Todd Bowles
ALLEN PARK – The Detroit Lions are reportedly kicking the tires of Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.
Mike Garafolo from NFL Network Reports the Lions have asked to interview Bowles. Nothing has been scheduled due to Tampa Bay’s meeting with the Washington football team on Saturday night. Bowles has already met the Atlanta Falcons during the current training cycle.
Bowles went 24-40 in four seasons leading the New York Jets, and 2-1 under the provisional tag in Miami in 2011. The Jets were a complete disaster before he took over, and it didn’t. not changed and has not changed since. he left. He has also previously interviewed for the lead position in Detroit in 2009 before Jim Schwartz got the job.
While Tom Brady and Tampa’s loaded offense dominated headlines, the defense played a major role in its 11-game winning season. The Buccaneers remained tough against the run while tightening things up against the pass under Bowles.
The Bucs also generated 25 takeaways and 48 sacks this year, which the Lions have struggled to accomplish. The Detroit defense generated just 12 takeaways and 24 sacks while allowing the most yards and points in franchise history. In terms of efficiency, Tampa finished the season fifth in defense DVOA while the Lions ranked dead last. It should be noted that the Bucs are ranked last in terms of DVOA the year before Bowles took over.
Bowles said CBS Sports in November, that the situation must be good for him this time around. He said the first time that you really want to ‘be a head coach, do good and save the world’, but it has to be the right situation and the right game to be successful.
“As the head coach of this league you have to win” Bowles told Athletic. “It’s the bottom line, and it all falls on you when things go wrong.” I am quite prepared to accept this and have accepted it. It was a learning experience. It was a great experience for me.
Bowles would represent another defensive coach hire in the wake of Matt Patricia’s tenure in Detroit. Patricia was hired to straighten out the Lions with their defense, but that’s the last thing that has happened in the past three years.
Bowles led an impressive linebacker hall in Tampa Bay in 2020, seeing growth from Devin White and strong seasons from Shaquil Barrett and Lavonte David. The group generated sacks, stood against the race, and showed they can turn back the clock – something those in Honolulu blue lacked at this point. Bowles defended aggressively 3-4, and it stuck, but Tampa added a few layers this last campaign.
The Lions have completed head coach talks with 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, interim Lions head coach Darrell Bevell and former Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. Next week, Detroit has interviews with Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith, Saints assistant head coach / tight ends coach Dan Campbell and potentially Bowles.
Last week’s Lions meeting schedule and outlook:
Monday: Offensive Chiefs Coordinator Eric Bieniemy
Tuesday: Vice President of Saints / Assistant General Manager of Professional Staff Terry Fontenot; Darrell Bevell, interim head coach of the Lions
Wednesday: Brad Holmes, director of screening at Rams College; George Paton, Deputy General Manager of the Vikings
Today: 49ers Defensive Coordinator Robert Saleh
Friday: Deputy Director General of Saints Jeff Ireland
Next week: Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith; Saints Assistant Head Coach / Tight Ends Coach Dan Campbell