Bucs fans are familiar with the team’s former defensive coordinator, but here’s a refresher on Todd Bowles’ background:
Birthdate: Nov. 18, 1963
Hometown: Elizabeth, N.J.
As a college player: Played four seasons at Temple (1982-85), the last three for Bruce Arians)
As a college coach: Was defensive coordinator at Morehouse College (1997) and Grambling (1998-1999)
As an NFL player: Though undrafted in 1986, spent eight seasons in the league (seven with Washington, one with San Francisco) as a safety, ultimately starting for Washington in Super Bowl 22 (a 42-10 romp of Denver)
As an NFL coach: League journeyman served as a secondary coach for five franchises before landing his first full-time coordinator gig at Arizona under Arians in 2013. He spent four seasons (2015-2018) as Jets head coach, amassing a 24-40 record; New York’s 10-6 record in Bowles’ first year remains its last winning record. He was hired by Arians as Bucs defensive coordinator in 2019.
Family: Bowles and his wife, Taneka, have three sons — Todd Jr., Troy and Tyson. Troy, a fleet linebacker, helped lead Jesuit High to its first state title in 53 years this past season. Todd Jr. is a defensive back at Rutgers.
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