New York Jets Name Todd Bowles Head Coach
Over a week after moving on from the Rex Ryan era, the New York Jets have a new head coach in place. Per reports, the team finalized an agreement with former Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles on Tuesday evening to take over the reigns.
Bowles turned into a hot coaching candidate following two fantastic years in Arizona, where he guided one of the league’s best defenses in the desert. Bowles’ unit was especially effective in 2014, as the Cards’ fielded the #6 ranked defense and played a huge role in the team going 11-5 and making the playoffs.
One bright defensive mind replaces another in the Big Apple, while Bowles will now be tasked to figure out how to get the most out of New York’s offense – something Ryan was never really able to do.
A good first step was to get a quality offensive coordinator, and Bowles and co. did that right away on Wednesday morning with the hiring of former Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey. Gailey, 63, was Bowles’ top choice to run the Jets’ offense, thanks to success in running the ball in past stops, as well as creating a productive offense in Buffalo despite only have average quarterbacks to work with.
The next step may be making a change at quarterback in New York, a decision that Bowles should be heavily involved with despite not being a huge offensive mind. Ryan was infamously known for his whiffs at the quarterback position, so what the Jets end up doing in 2015 at quarterback could very well end up defining Bowles as a head coach.
Regardless of whether or not the Jets were right in hiring Bowles, they needed a change and more changes should come. That probably makes for another year out of the playoff chase, but with Bowles at the controls, New York could be back as a playoff contender within another 2-3 years.
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