Todd Bowles to Jets: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2015

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After playing an instrumental role in the Arizona Cardinals' 11-win season in 2014, Todd Bowles is reportedly leaving his post as defensive coordinator to become a head coach for the first time in his career.    

The New York Jets have hired Bowles to be their new head coach, the team confirmed:

New York Jets @nyjets

Signature makes it official! RT to welcome our new #Jets head coach, Todd Bowles- http://t.co/UFKYI5YuiJ http://t.co/9VCPLmsxId

Seth Walder of the New York Daily News provided Bowles' comments on his new position:

Seth Walder @SethWalder

Todd Bowles: "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.”

ESPN's Adam Schefter initially reported the news on Tuesday.     

Josh Weinfuss of ESPN passed along Cardinals coach Bruce Arians' comments on Bowles:

Josh Weinfuss @joshweinfuss

#AZCardinals coach Bruce Arians on DC Todd Bowles leaving to be NY Jets head coach (courtesy @CardsMarkD): http://t.co/zLxbqP3Znv

Meanwhile, The Washington Post's Mark Maske has details on the length of the deal:

MarkMaske @MarkMaske

Deal for Todd Bowles with Jets is 4 years, according to NFL source.

ESPN's Rich Cimini adds more on the contract and a nugget on Bowles' reported choice for offensive coordinator:

Rich Cimini @RichCimini

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

The team hired a defensive coordinator on Jan. 23, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini:

Rich Cimini @RichCimini

Jets name Kacy Rodgers defensive coordinator and Bobby April special teams coordinator, team announces. #nyj

Bowles, 51, took over as defensive coordinator for the Cardinals in 2013, and his units finished in the top 10 in points allowed the last two years. The 2014 season was arguably his best work, as key players like Daryl Washington and Darnell Dockett were out all year. 

Matt Bowen of Bleacher Report weighed in on Bowles' move to New York:

Count Fox Sports' Jay Glazer and CBS Sports' Pete Prisco as fans of the move:

Jay Glazer @JayGlazer

Todd Bowles to Jets is a fantastic move by them. He's long overdue. Has an amazing eye for using personnel in best way

Pete Prisco @PriscoCBS

Good move by the Jets. I think Todd Bowles will do a heck of a job.

The pressure continued to ratchet up for Arizona's defense because an injury-ravaged quarterback situation forced the Cardinals to win games in unconventional ways. Bowles always had his unit up to the task, highlighted by this year's playoff appearance.    

Even though the opportunity to be an NFL head coach is one a lot of people would jump at, Bowles' agent told Joe Pequeno of CBS 5 in Arizona that it would take an ideal situation to pry his client away from the Cardinals:

Joe Pequeno @JoePequenoTV

Todd Bowles agent said Bowles won't take any job, has to be good situation. Bowles has a great job with AZ and loves his players and BA.

That wasn't the only criterion Bowles was looking for, as ESPN's Josina Anderson noted he also wanted to have a good rapport with the front office:

ig: josinaanderson @JosinaAnderson

Bowles Update: A league source told me tonight that the "chemistry factor with the front office" will be key (cont) http://t.co/jMAzm8caRf

Everything fell into place for Bowles to take his first full-time head-coaching job after 20 years as an assistant at the NFL and college level (he was Miami's interim head coach in 2011 after Tony Sparano was fired). Bowles' work with Arizona, specifically in 2014, quickly made him one of the hottest coaching candidates available. 

Now, Bowles has to show that his style can be effective in leading an entire team. Given how quickly he transformed the Cardinals into one of the best defenses in the league, it shouldn't be a big adjustment moving to the head coach's chair.    


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