Bucs head coach Todd Bowles was not interested in entertaining questions regarding race in his upcoming game against Mike Tomlin this weekend.
During the Bucs press conference on Tuesday, Bowles took questions from reporters when one journalist asked what his relationship is like with Tomlin, considering they’re the only two of the “few black head coaches in the league.”
Here’s how Bowles responded.
“I have a very good relationship with Tomlin. We don’t look at what color we are when we coach against each other, we just know each other.I have a lot of v. good white friends who coach in this league as well. I don’t think it’s a big deal..we coach ball, we don’t look at color.
— Joe “the Sicilian defense” Zaza (@thejoezaza) October 13, 2022
Todd Bowles on coaching against Mike Tomlin this Sunday: "I don't think it's a big deal…we don't look at color."
Bowles on representation in coaching: "I think the minute you guys stop making a big deal about it, everybody else will as well."
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Bowles was asked about what it means for aspiring coaches who are minorities to see NFL coaches who “looks like them” and possibly “grew up like them.”
Here’s his response.
and possibly "grew up like them."
"Well, when you say, 'They see you guys,' and 'look like them and grew up like them,' it means we're already oddballs," Bowles explained.
"I believe that as soon as you guys stop making a big deal about it, everyone else will as well."
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