Todd Bowles: No thought of using timeouts when Browns had ball at end of regulation

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The Buccaneers gave up a game-tying touchdown to the Browns late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game and they were left with 32 seconds on the clock to try to win the game.

That touchdown came on fourth down and the Buccaneers had all three of their timeouts, so head coach Todd Bowles was asked after the game if he considered using them in order to give his team more time for their own drive if Cleveland scored. The Bucs hit a long pass to Julio Jones to move into Browns territory, but they weren’t able to move into field goal range before time ran out.

“No. That clock was going to run down,” Bowles said. “We didn’t have enough to stop it right there, so, it was overtime right there right off the top. Once we couldn’t get the other play — Julio made a great play, then we couldn’t get there — it was going to overtime.”

The Bucs had a one-yard pass to running back Rachaad White to open their final possession of the fourth quarter, but Bowles again chose to pass on a timeout until the clock was down to nine seconds after Jones’ catch. Cleveland would win the game 23-17 on a Nick Chubb overtime touchdown and some will wonder if the outcome might have been different if the Bucs managed the final minutes of the game a little differently.

22 responses to “Todd Bowles: No thought of using timeouts when Browns had ball at end of regulation

  1. touchback6 says:
    November 28, 2022 at 9:02 am
    LOL!

    Brady…..Just brutal. What a way to finish a career. Just making a fool of himself

    ———-
    Bob Kraft is thinking the same thing about BB.

  2. Bowles should get as much (if not more) heat than Hackett. But for some reason he gets a pass. Bowles has a much better roster than Hackett but almost the same records.

  3. It’s Bowles who made a fool of himself. If he had used the timeouts, there was plenty of time to get in FG range. The fact that he’s saying there was no point in stopping the clock shows a shocking level of incompetence in a coach with his years of experience. If Brady decides not to retire after this season, there is one team he is sure not to sign with, and that’s the Bucs.

  4. He’s a horrible coach this statement just proves that. There is a reason he was fired.

  5. History shows Todd Bowles is a horrible head coach. These statements basically prove that. He is a good defensive coordinator but is a failure as a head coach. He has ruined Brady’s final year with his poor decisions.

  6. This is why owners need to allowed to hire the best candidates for coaching vacancies and not have their hiring process affected by the NFL’s agenda/quota.

  7. Way to have faith in your defense, just assuming Cleveland would score and send it to overtime.

  8. nhpats2011 says:
    November 28, 2022 at 9:11 am
    touchback6 says:
    November 28, 2022 at 9:02 am
    LOL!

    Brady…..Just brutal. What a way to finish a career. Just making a fool of himself

    ———-
    Bob Kraft is thinking the same thing about BB.


    Nah but I wouldn’t expect Bill to have any say into who the offensive playcallers are next year.

  9. His clock management skills with the jets were exactly the same…terrible…and on display weekly. He would also take the extra point late in games when it was obvious the correct call was to go for 2. He should just pass off clock management and 2 point conversion calls to his OC.

  10. I’ve never been a fan of Bowles as a HC. Take away exotic blitzes and what is left? I’ve never understood why an owner/front office would allow the exiting HC to pick the next guy. Of he (arians) is gonna want his guy. But, is he the right guy. The results say Bowles is not a very good HC. Nothing wrong with being a great coordinator.

  11. The Patriots are 6-5 with Jones and Zappe.

    Tommy has a losing record with better weapons around him so I wonder what he would be with the Patriots right now. 3-8? 2-9? Something like that.

  12. nhpats2011 says:
    November 28, 2022 at 9:11 am
    touchback6 says:
    November 28, 2022 at 9:02 am
    LOL!

    Brady…..Just brutal. What a way to finish a career. Just making a fool of himself

    ———-
    Bob Kraft is thinking the same thing about BB.

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    I assure you, he isn’t. BB was the main reason for 6 SBs. He shaped the teams, the players (including Brady), and made sure those teams had top notch defenses every year. Defenses and special teams that were necessary to have the best starting field position pretty much every year since 01. I really hate how everyone just assumes it was all Brady because he went to a team that was just missing a competent QB to make a SB run. Brady with HOF targets to throw to, top 10 defenses every year, and an excellent head coach = SB.

    This year proves that without those 2 HOF targets and that coach he’s really not the sole reason for anything. It’s a TEAM sport and the system you’re in really matters.

  13. This year proves that without those 2 HOF targets and that coach he’s really not the sole reason for anything.

    And 2019.

    Brady should not be in anyone’s top 10 reasons why they won 12 games that year.

  14. Bucs have the worst coaching staff in the NFL…and it’s not close. Without Tom Brady, I have a hard time finding any wins on their schedule. I legitimately think they are 0-11 minus Brady.

  15. This guy has no clue… His Defense has the worst Hands in the History of the NFL… I have never seen so many dropped interceptions absolutely terrible! Brady said it all these lovable loser buccaneers will never change he has to chide them for putting forth an effort on Sunday… Say what you will about Belichick, but that never happened with one of his teams…that left tackle is horrible and is going to get Brady injured… Mark it down now… Falcons get Brady revenge by knocking him out of the playoffs and sending him into retirement in the final game. Once again, sending the Buccaneers on a downward spiral that there is no escape from.

  16. My big is the failure to take the time out on the ensuing drive (after the score). Inexplicable.

    But more than that, a lot of bad offensive play calling let the Browns stay in the game.

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