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Todd Bowles Is The Wrong Hire For The New York Jets

Todd Bowles has a tough job on his hands(Photo courtesy of

The New York Jets are searching for a guy to lead their team. After five seasons, Rex Ryan was relieved of his duties as head coach. And along with Ryan, the Jets organization also let go of general manager John Idzik, who had essentially done nothing as a general manager to support his coach. So, now the Jets move forward. Gone are the days of the brash head coach that Jets players loved to play for and the next chapter in Jets football is set to start. The braintrust of the team, led by consultant Charley Casserly and Jets owner Woody Johnson, just recently hired one half of their coach/GM pairing when they hired former Houston Texans personnel man Mike Maccagnan as their new general manager. And now they have their head coach in place, as they have reportedly hired Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles as their new head coach and signed him to a four-year deal. But in these new hires, the Jets are still missing something.

Todd Bowles has been excellent with the Cardinals defense this season. The aggressive defensive coordinator believes in bringing pressure defensively by blitzing and running stunts all game long. Sometimes it works and sometimes it can be something that leaves your defense exposed. It did not work for him in Philadelphia as much, but with the personnel he had in Arizona, everything came together. And because of that, he rose to the top of everyone’s list. The Jets reportedly did everything they could to keep him in New York and make him their new head coach and they have succeeded. Bowles is undoubtedly a smart man and has earned his chance at being a head coach. But even with that being said, this hiring does not make the best of sense. And it also does not fix something that has been an issue with the Jets for years.

The Jets had a great defensive coach that made the Jets defense into a force to be reckoned with. But for all the great things Rex Ryan did with the defense, the offense never could get on track. Failed draft picks, non-development of skill players and failed signings plagued the Jets’ offense the entire time Rex was the head man in charge. So for all the shortcomings Rex was held responsible for offensively, he was fired. You would think that a team that was at the bottom of the NFL in offense would want to hire an offensive guy like Denver’s Adam Gase. But instead of interviewing a guy like that, the Jets are going again with what they know. The hiring of another defensive guy makes absolutely no sense for the Jets. For as bad as they were offensively, they were very sound defensively. Hiring Bowles is only a good hire if they know who the new head coach would bring in to run the offense. It should be interesting to see who he brings in to run his offense because if they run the same style with no results, they may as well have kept Rex at head coach.

Ultimately, this hiring falls on Woody Johnson. He is the owner of this team and has been making moves for the team. With the Bowles hire, he again makes a move that makes you scratch your head. If you struggle offensively, you hire an offensive coach. If you are bad defensively, you hire a defensive head coach. Bowles would have actually been a better fit in Atlanta than New York honestly. They needed his defensive expertise more than the Jets did. But in the end, Bowles chose Broadway over Atlanta and now he is charged with the task of fixing the Jets. And in particular, Bowles has to keep the defense playing at the level they were while finding an offensive coordinator to make the offense better. It should be interesting to see how it goes for him in Gotham, but he is walking into a situation that could not be the best one for his coaching career.

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  1. Derrick Branch

    January 14, 2015 at 5:41 am

    I agree with your points in this article. If you look at the Jets organization from a historical standpoint the team has always had a defensive mind as head coach. No particular order

    1. Pete Carroll (defense guy)
    2. Bill Parcells (defense guy) but he was successful with the offense
    3. Herm Edwards (defense guy)
    4. Al Groh (defense guy)
    5. Eric Mangini (defense guy)
    6. Rex Ryan (defense guy)

    • Mike Patton

      January 15, 2015 at 2:19 am

      The offense will continue to suffer as long as they think this way.

  2. Steve

    January 14, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Great article Mike, as always….

    While I believe Bowles has earned his shot and will be a good coach, for the Jets, I thought Gase was a better choice. But rumors of him going to SF may be why they didn’t go there

    • Mike Patton

      January 15, 2015 at 2:20 am

      Looks like Gase wasn’t the answer in San Francisco that everyone thought he was.

  3. Lee Love

    January 15, 2015 at 12:29 am

    I’m not sure why the Jets are going for another defensive guy but for Bowles I am hoping it works out favorably.

    • Mike Patton

      January 15, 2015 at 2:25 am

      I hope Bowles does well also. But it isn’t set up for him to do so.

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