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New York Jets Name Todd Bowles Head Coach

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.”

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