The Buccaneers began the season 3-1, but they have secured only one victory since then. That has led to speculation about a potential midseason coaching change, but one does not appear to be on the horizon.
Team officials inform Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times Todd Bowles is safe for at least the rest of the 2023 season. The Buccaneers sit at 4-7 on the year, but by virtue of residing in the NFC South, a postseason berth is still well within reach. Tampa Bay sits just one game behind the Falcons and Saints for the top spot in the division.
As Stroud notes, the Glazer family (which owns the team) is not known for authorizing in-season changes on the sidelines. For that reason, along with the injuries which have hampered an already in-flux roster, it would come as little surprise if Bowles were to be given the rest of the campaign to salvage the season. The 60-year-old has been in place since Bruce Arians‘ retirement at the end of March in 2022.
Tampa Bay went 8-9 last year, a mark which was sufficient to win the NFC South. The Buccaneers lost their playoff opener, but it was expected before the game that Bowles would remain at the helm for 2023. An offseason headlined by Baker Mayfield replacing the twice-retired Tom Brady saw a number of inexperienced players take on increased roles in the wake of numerous veteran departures. Inconsistent play on both sides of the ball has followed, leading to calls for Bowles to be dismissed. He is aware of the pressure he faces in general and heading into tomorrow’s game against the 1-10 Panthers in particular, but it is not something at the front of his mind.
“Not at all. Not at all,” Bowles said when asked if he feels he is coaching for his job. “I’ve been coaching way too long. You coach for your job every time you’re in this business. Good or bad. As a coach, you understand that… You’re never going to be at the top of your game. You coach, you get better and that’s all you do.”
If the Buccaneers can effectively navigate their remaining schedule (which includes two games against Carolina and one each against Atlanta and New Orleans) and secure another playoff berth, Bowles will improve his case for being retained after an offseason evaluation. As things currently stand, that is the earliest point at which a coaching change will be coming in Tampa Bay.