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A closer look at new Bucs head coach Todd Bowles

In a previous life, Bowles started at safety for Washington in Super Bowl 22.
Todd Bowles, 58, spent four seasons (2015-2018) as Jets head coach, leading his 2015 team to a 10-6 record.
Todd Bowles, 58, spent four seasons (2015-2018) as Jets head coach, leading his 2015 team to a 10-6 record. [ MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Mar. 31|Updated Apr. 1

Bucs fans are familiar with the team’s former defensive coordinator, but here’s a refresher on Todd Bowles’ background:

Age: 58

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)

Related: Bruce Arians retiring as Bucs coach, Todd Bowles to replace him

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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