Bowles in the Big Apple?
With Ryan Gone, Jets Should Make Bowles Their Man
Black Monday has come and gone and the Jets have made the decision to let go of head coach Rex Ryan along with General Manager John Idzik. Ryan was with the Jets for six seasons, reaching the AFC Championship game in each his first two years, but had missed the playoffs the past four seasons and just completed his worst season as Jets coach going 4-12. Idzik only lasted two seasons with the Jets.
New York is one of six teams now in search of a new coach, (Bills, Bears, Falcons, Raiders, and Niners) there are plenty of popular candidates out there to fill the void and the Jets have already collected a list of names they have in mind. The list includes two coaches from Seattle, assistant head coach and offensive line coach Tom Cable, Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn (a very popular candidate among the masses), Ravens Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak, and an in house candidate assistant head coach and Running Backs coach Anthony Lynn. They’ve even reached out to the college ranks to UCLA Head coach Jim Mora Jr.
Definitely some interesting choices there, but when I saw the Jets had asked permission to speak with Arizona Cardinals Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles, I nearly jumped out of my skin in excitement. I know most Jets fans will complain that it’s another defensive minded coach and it’ll be the same as when Rex was here. That’s not the case at all with Bowles; first off going from a defensive coach to an offensive minded one does not mean you’ve taken a step forward, you need a guy who’s going to connect with your players but also has a mind for both sides of the ball, which ultimately ended up being Rex’s downfall as coach.
Let’s start off Bowles’ case with the job, the Arizona Cardinals have used four quarterbacks this year and they still went 11-5. Yes, Bruce Arians will win Coach of the Year, and deservedly so, but if we’re going to be real they weren’t lighting it up offensively. The defense has carried that team since Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton went down with season ending injuries.
Rex Ryan is one of the sharpest defensive minds in the game, but if the Jets hire Bowles there won’t be a significant drop off in defensive creativity and schemes.
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said it best when he told AZCentral.com “One of the things that makes the Arizona defense such a challenge is their diversity, they’re different from week to week, so you have to just be patient and be able to adjust.”
Being in New York coaching arguably the best defensive line in the league with Sheldon Richardson, Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples, Bowles would have a field day with blitz packages and personnel. He obviously won’t have Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson in the secondary, but that’s something the Jets will need to address in free agency and the draft. I do think he can make Calvin Pryor into an elite safety the way he did Mathieu and possibly have Antonio Allen back there with Pryor the way he has with Arizona’s first round pick Deon Buchanon.
From what I’ve heard Bowles has a very low key personality, he’s no Rex Ryan when it comes to the media, which could be good for the Jets right now. Get them away from the spotlight and make them that quiet team that puts in its work and moves on. I’ve also heard that he’s not afraid to get after his players too which is another great quality for a head coach. The experience factor is here too, although it was only three games, he did a pretty good job with the Miami Dolphins in 2011 after taking over for the fired Tony Sporano, going 2-1.
It’s gonna take some time for the Jets to turn things around and Bowles has been an assistant coach in the league for fifteen years, he’s seen a lot and has the experience to right this ship. Jets fans will not get the bravado from Bowles that they got from Rex, but you better believe that his creativity will fire up this Jets team and guide this team into a new era.