Todd Bowles To Choose Between Bears, Bucs

Todd Bowles to the Buccaneers is not a done deal. The former Jets head coach was said to be on board as the Bucs’ new DC, but he is now deciding between that job and the same position with the Bears, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune hears.

Bowles and Matt Nagy have spoken multiple times, Biggs writes, and their longstanding relationship could lead him to Chicago. Then again, Bowles also has serious ties with new Bucs head coach Bruce Arians.

Nagy’s father coached Bowles in high school, but Arians coached Bowles when he played at Temple. Years later, Bowles served as Arians’ defensive coordinator in Arizona.

Friendships and history aside, the Bears might offer Bowles’ quickest ticket back into the head coaching ranks. With a defense led by superstar Khalil Mack and a 2018 record of 12-4, the Bears are in prime position to win and potentially vault their next DC up the NFL’s ladder.

If the Bears do not hire Bowles, in-house secondary coach Ed Donatell could be a consideration. Donatell is out of contract, however, and Biggs hears that he’ll likely leave if he does not get the promotion.

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13 comments on “Todd Bowles To Choose Between Bears, Bucs

  1. jeremy

    No surprise here since he would coach one of the best defense in the NFL

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    • Matt M

      He would be coaching the best defense in the league. Not one of.

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    • BAINES03

      he runs a completely different scheme… no thanks.

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    • cubsfan2489

      1. It’s Gregg Williams
      2. He runs a 4-3 and is set in his ways.
      3. NOBODY messes with a defense when it was number 1.

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  2. HubcapDiamondStarHalo

    The upside is: he’d be coaching the best dee in the NFL with the Bears.

    The downside: nowhere to go but down. If he does well, they’ll say “he was handed a gift.” If the Chicago dee slips at all, he did a lousy job. If the money was pretty much the same, I’d go with the Bucs.

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    • cannonball1972

      Yes, but if he wants to be a HC again, then this could be the fastest route to get back.

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    • BAINES03

      that is not how ultra-competitive alphas think. they want to win and i’m guessing in bowles case, he wants to be a HC again. and soon.

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    • justinept

      Marvin Lewis. Mike Nolan. Rex Ryan. Chuck Pagano. Those are the Baltimore DCs from like 2000-2012. Despite being ‘handed a gift’ they all got hired as head coaches.

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  3. midway_monster85

    I would love to see the bears tab Marvin Lewis to DC

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