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Bucs landing Todd Bowles may be next biggest hire

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Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

For all the fanfare of the Buccaneers Landing Bruce Arians as their new head coach, which is appropriate, perhaps, their next biggest move was Arians convincing Todd Bowles to rejoin him, as his defensive coordinator.

Bowles arrived at the Buccaneers facility on Friday morning and here was a peek at the, camaraderie between he and Arians and now, his new fellow assistant coaches in Tampa Bay:

As if that wasn’t exciting enough for Buccaneers fans, the resume’ that Bowles has accumulated building defenses should have them also wanting to pat someone on the back and smile, too.

Bowles was regarded as the best assistant coach in the NFL in 2014 for his work with Arians and the Cardinals defense. They allowed fifth fewest points per game, the fewest rushing yards per game and had the most defensive touchdowns (nine) in the league that season. And, defensive lineman Calais Campbell and defensive back Patrick Peterson were both All-Pros that year, too.

Bowles was named the AP Assistant Coach of the Year for the entire NFL. And no small part., it gave him the opportunity to be a head coach in that hiring cycle of January 2015.

It didn’t take long for him to land his first NFL head coaching job on a permanent basis, as the New York Jets hired him (he had previously been the interim Dolphins head coach at the end of 2011 going 2 – 1).

There nitial success with the Jets with a 10-6 season, and his defense was again solid throughout his tenure. However, three losing seasons are going to cost you anywhere, and especially, in New York. After the Jets drafted Sam Darnold number one overall to quarterback them and yet still went only 5 – 11, Bowles’ time was up in New York.

And that brings us back to his arrival in Tampa Bay, Arians described coming out of retirement at his Wednesday news conference as “the stars aligned for me.” One of those “stars aligning” was Bowles availability to come lead his defense.

Bowles met Tampa Bay media Friday afternoon and made it known that the Buccaneers were not his only option:

Yes, the Bears apparently made him a significant offer to replace Vic Fangio and run their defense.

Still, it was a 30 year relationship going back to his playing days at Temple, when Arians was the defensive coordinator, that has him now in Buccaneers Pewter and Red for this season.

Bowles impressive coaching experience, includes stops with the Eagles as defensive coordinator, and as a secondary coach with the Cowboys and the Jets. He played eight years in the NFL himself with the Washington Redskins and the San Francisco 49ers. That included a Super Bowl ring from 1987 in D.C.

As Bowles said Friday, he’s going to begin shortly diving into the game and practice tapes of the Buccaneers and assess what he has and what he doesn’t have. And over the course of the next few months with free agency and the draft, Tampa Bay will begin to build on that side of the ball.

And Bucs fans have to be encouraged that the guy now running the defense has had multiple successes in multiple stops doing it.

And maybe just as key to a turnaround, as hiring Arians.

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