Very quickly, the New York Jets franchise was remodeled. For starters, it has been reported that an agreement with Todd Bowles to become the new head coach has been reached. Currently, Bowles is the Arizona Cardinals’ defensive coordinator. Hours prior to this announcement, the Jets stated that Mike MacCagnan, director of college scouting for the Texans, will be the team’s next general manager.
When asked if it was official that Bowles would be the new head coach for the Jets, nothing was confirmed. However, according to two different people with inside knowledge, an agreement was reached. To support this claim, Bowles sent a Twitter message to Josina Anderson with ESPN saying the “I’m taking the Jets job”.
The New York Jets are working hard to make the playoffs, something that has not been accomplished since 2010. As part of this effort, Bowles and MacCagnan, both from New Jersey and well-respected within the NFL, are being brought onboard. However, the approach was different for each with MacCagnan coming out as a front-runner last week and Bowles gaining momentum later on.
Initially, both Bowles and Dan Quinn, defensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks, were being considered but because Quinn could not accept or decline the offer until after the Seahawk’s season, the team had concerns. After all, the Seahawk’s season may not end until after the Super Bowl and with Quinn being in such high demand, there was no guarantee if the Jets waited that he would even choose New York.
With John Fox leaving the Denver Broncos, an enticing offer could have opened up for Bowles. Recognizing this, the Jets made their move. In both the first and second meeting with Bowles, the Jets were impressed, so much so that a scheduled interview with Sean McDermott, defensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers, was cancelled.
If Bowles does in fact become the next coach for the New York Jets, he would be the sixth consecutive head coach for the team with a strong defensive background. Bowles would also become the fourth coach that Johnson has hired. If reports are true, both Bowles and MacCagnan will report directly to Johnson.