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Todd Bowles to interview for Lions’ head coaching job

The Bucs defensive coordinator also has interest from the Falcons and can begin talks Sunday.
 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles talks with reporters in September at the AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles talks with reporters in September at the AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa. [ Times ]
Published Jan. 9, 2021

TAMPA ― The Bucs are twice as likely to lose defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.

In addition to the Falcons, the Detroit Lions plan to interview Bowles for their head coaching job, according to the NFL Network.

Bowles can begin talking to teams as early as Sunday, following the Bucs’ NFC wild-card game today at Washington.

Bowles is no stranger to the Lions. He was a finalist for their head coaching job in 2009, when it went to Jim Schwartz.

The last two seasons, Bowles has developed the top rushing defense in the NFL. The Bucs finished sixth in total defense and eighth in scoring defense.

The Lions got a good audition on Dec. 26 when the Bucs beat the Lions 47-7 and did not allow an offensive touchdown.

Bowles was 24-40 as a head coach with the Jets with only one winning season and failed to reach the playoffs before joining the Bucs as part of Bruce Arians’ staff in 2019.