Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians was talking to just about everybody Tuesday in his swing to the Big Apple.
In Arians’ media carwash, one reporter he spoke with was former Giants and Eagles beat guy Matt Lombardo, now typing for Heavy.com.
Arians, as he has done in all interviews, spoke glowingly former defensive coordinator Todd Bowles who succeeded him as head coach. Arians told Lombardo he was frustrated that Bowles wasn’t hired as a head coach by another organization in the last two coach-hiring cycles.
And while Bucs fans are still bitter how Bowles’ defense didn’t show up in the playoff loss to the Rams, and allowed a deep completion to Cooper Kupp to set up the game-winning field goal, Arians seemed to suggest too many folks are forgetting the previous season. That’s when Bowles’ gameplan to stop the mighty Chiefs and Pat Mahomes was one of the great defensive performances in the annals of the Super Bowl.
“Todd’s game plan in the Super Bowl was historic,” Arians said. “I wanted to see if we could win two in a row, and we got really, really close.”
That was a historic defensive game. It proved to be the first time a Mahomes-led Chiefs offense was held without a touchdown. In an era of high-powered offenses, that feat is way overlooked.
Joe gets that fans are peeved about the loss to the Rams. Understood. And the way the Bucs lost was a kick to the groin. But dang, if the Bucs’ offense would have done anything in the first half, people wouldn’t be kvetching about Bowles’ defense in that game.
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