Arizona DC Todd Bowles Hired as Next Head Coach of the Jets

The New York Jets hire Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles as their next Head Coach.

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Tonight the New York Jets hired the next man to lead their franchise, pivoting from a defensive-minded coach to...another defensive-minded coach by signing Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles to a four-year deal. In fact, by signing Bowles, the Jets kept alive their streak of hiring head coaches with a defensive background. According to Adam Schefter, Bowles is the sixth straight Jets HC to meet that standard:


Todd Bowles becomes 6th straight HC of NYJ with a defensive background: Bowles, Rex Ryan, Eric Mangini, Herm Edwards, Al Groh, Parcells.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 14, 2015

As for Bowles, for the past two seasons he's been in charge of an Arizona defense that has been able to overcome all challenges (with the obvious exception of John Skelton). This year Bowles (who's known for bringing crazy blitz packages) led the Cards' defense to fifth in the NFL in points allowed (compared to seventh in 2013). Bowles' deal will be in excess of $4 million per year, and his first move appears to be hiring former Bills head coach Chan Gailey as his offensive coordinator:


Hearing that Todd Bowles' four-year will be at least $16 million. Chan Gailey, out of football last 2 yrs, will be his OC, per source. #nyj

— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) January 14, 2015

Whether or not Gailey can fix the Jets' fledgling offense will be a the massive determining factor in Bowles' prospective success.

[via Adam Schefter]

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