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The Jets Make The Todd Bowles Signing Official

Todd Bowles has a tough job on his hands(Photo courtesy of www.phinsinsider.com)

The Jets have officially signed former Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles as their new head coach. The Jets have brought him in to change the fortunes of the team after the downtrodden 2014 season. Here is the press release regarding the hiring of Bowles and comments on him by his current and former employer.

“Jets Name Todd Bowles Head Coach
January 14, 2015 – The New York Jets have named Todd Bowles Head
Coach. The announcement was made by New York Jets Chairman & CEO Woody
Johnson.
“I am proud to welcome Todd Bowles as the head coach of the New York
Jets,” Johnson said. “From entering the league as an undrafted free
agent in Washington to becoming a very successful coordinator in
Arizona, Todd has earned everything he has achieved. He is a
hard-working and dedicated leader who has garnered the respect of
players and coaches. I am confident that Todd and Mike Maccagnan are
the right combination to lead this team.”
Bowles served as the defensive coordinator in Arizona for the last two
seasons, helping the Cardinals to a 21-11 record and a 2014 playoff
berth. In that span, his defenses ranked fifth in the NFL in opponent
points per game (18.7), opponent rushing yards per game (96.6) and
interceptions (38).
“It’s an honor and privilege to coach the Jets,” said Bowles. “I want
to thank Mr. Johnson and Mike Maccagnan for this opportunity. I can’t
help but be humbled by the chance to coach this team. I am going to do
everything I can to build a consistent winner.”
Prior to joining the Cardinals, Bowles served as the defensive backs
coach and then interim defensive coordinator for the Philadelphia
Eagles in 2012. From 2008-11, he was the assistant head
coach/secondary for the Miami Dolphins, where he also went 2-1 as the
interim head coach in 2011. Bowles was the secondary coach with the
Dallas Cowboys from 2005-07 and with the Cleveland Browns in 2004.
From 2001-03, he was the Browns defensive nickel package coach. Bowles
got his first coaching position in the NFL as a defensive backs coach
for the New York Jets in 2000.
Before joining the NFL coaching ranks, Bowles was a defensive
coordinator/defensive backs coach for Grambling State in 1998-99 and
Morehouse College in 1997. He had previously served on the Green Bay
Packers player personnel staff from 1995-96.
Bowles played eight years in the NFL as a safety from 1986-93.
Entering the NFL as an undrafted rookie, Bowles went on to play in 117
games with the Washington Redskins from 1986-90 and 1992-93, and the
San Francisco 49ers in 1991. In his career, he registered 636 tackles,
15 interceptions and seven fumble recoveries. He also started on the
Redskins Super Bowl XXII championship team.
A native of Elizabeth, NJ, Bowles was a four-year letterman and team
captain as a defensive back at Temple from 1982-85.
New York Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan on Bowles…
Todd is a natural leader and excellent communicator with a great work
ethic, who has demonstrated a consistent ability to win by utilizing
all of his players. Todd’s eight years in the NFL after not being
drafted speaks to his determination, adaptability and resilience and
he has first-hand knowledge of how all players can contribute. When we
first met, it was immediately clear how sincere and very real he is.
While he appreciates the need for discipline, players love playing for
him and I believe he has outstanding qualities to help make the Jets a
competitive, winning team.
Charley Casserly on Bowles…
Todd Bowles is an excellent football coach. He’s proven that ability,
both as a defensive coordinator and as an interim head coach. He does
a good job of relating to players and they want to play for him. I
have a lot of confidence in his ability to be a head coach in the
National Football League.
Ron Wolf on Bowles…
I was very impressed with Todd Bowles during his interview. The
experience of serving as an interim head coach and running the
defensive side of the ball showed through. His preparation in
assessing both the Jets and the entire AFC East showed a great
attention to detail. His presentation from constructing a staff, to
planning, to player philosophy, to his thoughts on making a team
better were all tremendous.
Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians on Bowles…
“I couldn’t be more happy for Todd. The Jets got themselves a
tremendous coach and an even better person. We’re sorry as hell to
lose him but we all knew this day was coming, especially with the job
he did here the last two years. Todd and I go back more than 30 years.
He was one of my captains at Temple and it was obvious then how
special he was. His passion for the game and intelligence are as high
as anyone I’ve ever been around. Todd’s been ready for this for a long
time and I’m ecstatic for him to finally get the opportunity.”

For more on Todd Bowles, click here: Todd Bowles Is The Wrong Hire For The Jets.

2 Comments

  1. ASR

    January 17, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Congrats to Coach Bowles, I grew up a Jets fan and I wish him the very best.

  2. Lee Love

    January 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    He certainly has all the tools and with qualified staff there’s a real shot to make something out of this…we’ll have to see but I certainly wish him all the Luck in this endeavor.

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