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NFL Insider Reveals Buccaneers' Unusual Plan to Replace Todd Bowles

Max Staley
The Buccaneers have announced the succession plan for DC Todd Bowles.
The Buccaneers have announced the succession plan for DC Todd Bowles. / Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians revealed he's retiring late on Wednesday night. While the Bucs already have his replacement ready to go, as Todd Bowles will be Tampa Bay's new head coach, the succession plan for Bowles at defensive coordinator was not quite as clear.

However, NFL insider Ian Rappaport revealed the Buccaneers have a unique plan to replace their defensive coordinator.

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Per Rappaport, it's going to take more than just one coach to replace Bowles. The Bucs will use a platoon at DC, promoting insider linebackers coach Larry Foote and DL coach Kacy Rodgers to co-defensive coordinators.

Foote had a 13-year playing career in the league, spending 11 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He's a two-time Super Bowl champ and became the Arizona Cardinals linebackers coach in 2015. Foote linked up with the Buccaneers in 2019 and has been in Tampa ever since.

Rodgers has a much more extensive coaching career, having been in the coaching ranks since 1994. He has been the Bucs D-Line coach since 2019.

With Bowles now calling the shots, Tampa Bay owns the second-best odds to win Super Bowl LVII at +700, per FanDuel Sportsbook.

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