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How Todd Bowles’ Bucs have stifled Aaron Rodgers and the Packers

By Carmen Vitali
FOX Sports NFC North Writer

Tampa hasn’t been kind to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers over the last couple of years. 

Buccaneers aside, before the Packers dropped their season opener this year to a division rival, they dropped their season opener last year in a lopsided loss to the New Orleans Saints that was played in Raymond James Stadium due to inclement weather in New Orleans. The score was 38-3. 

Then there’s Rodgers’ record against Tampa Bay since the arrival of one Todd Robert Bowles. As defensive coordinator of the Bucs, Bowles put on a clinic against Rodgers and the Packers. Both games were in the 2020 season — one in the regular season, one in the postseason, with the latter stinging infinitely more. Rodgers was intercepted in the game. He was sacked five times. And he suffered defeat in yet another NFC Championship game.

He, predictably, holds Bowles in high regard.

“I think Todd Bowles has done a good job of [disguising things] over the years,” Rodgers told Barstool Sports. “I think he’s a really good coach. You can always tell, schematically, what coaches are the best based on how the league adjusts.” 

He went on to explain what we all know: This is a copycat league. Teams saw Atlanta reach the Super Bowl under the tutelage of then-offensive-coordinator Kyle Shanahan in 2017. He took his offense to San Francisco and in Rodgers’ words, now about nine teams are running that style of offense — including the Packers. The same goes for defense, but Bowles deviates from the norm and instead deploys something mostly his own. It follows the same concepts Mike Zimmer’s defenses did in Minnesota. Those groups always gave Rodgers trouble, and the significance of the teams’ rivalry amplified things.

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