Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles was interviewed by reporters and asked about playing against Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.
One reporter asked Bowles about how he and Tomlin are “two of the few black head coaches in the league.” The reporter asked what was their “relationship” is like.
Bowles saw that the reporters were trying to make it about race. He refused to let that happen.
Bowles said, “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 very good white friends that coach in this league as well.”
Bowles added, “And I don’t think it’s a big deal. As far as us coaching against each other, I think it’s normal … and we coach ball. We don’t look at color.”
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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Another reporter said, “You also understand that representation matters, too, right?”
The reporter said that seeing him there inspires others because “football players, they see you guys. You know, they see someone that looks like them, maybe grew up like them …”
Bowles said, “Well, when you say ‘see you guys’ and ‘look like them’ and ‘grow up like them’ means that we’re oddballs to begin with. And I think the minute you guys start — stop making a big deal about it, everybody else will as well.”
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