TAMPA ― Todd Bowles was passed over for a head-coaching job after interviewing with the Falcons and Eagles following the Bucs’ win over the Chiefs in Super Bowl 55.
Tampa Bay’s defensive coordinator, who was the New York Jets’ head coach from 2015-18, signed a new three-year contract with the Bucs that runs through the 2023 season.
It won’t prevent him from seeking an NFL head-coaching job again, but Bowles says that’s not his focus.
“I love it here. We’ve got a great group of coaches that Bruce (Arians) has put together,” Bowles said Thursday. “We have good players. They’re great to work with. Love the area and the camaraderie. It’s not about being a head coach, it’s about being the best coach with a chance to succeed and be happy, and I’m happy here.”
The Bucs have had the league’s top rushing defense the past two seasons under Bowles and were ranked sixth overall in 2020.
Bowles, 57, is likely to get another shot at becoming an NFL head coach, and the contract won’t prevent him from doing so. It’s also not something he thinks about often.
“I have a desire to get my team ready,” Bowles said. “I don’t look for the next job. You look for the next job, you don’t do the job you have. If something comes up at the end of the year, that’s a discussion. Right now, it’s the furthest thing from my mind.”
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