This coaching search has been a bit of a wild ride these past few weeks, starting off with Dan Quinn as the early favorite with Doug Marrone making an early push before Quinn pulled out in front again. But in the end Maccagnan, Woody Johnson and his consultants, Ron Wolf and Charlie Casserly, decided to hire the now former Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator.
Right now it’s not clear if the Jets preferred Bowles over Quinn or didn’t want to risk waiting for Quinn or if they just didn’t think Quinn would take the job. Chances are we will find out those details, if it’s either of the last two, in the coming days.
Bowles is a New Jersey native, born in Elizabeth, and was the Jets defensive backs coach in 2000 before getting his first defensive coordinator job in Philadelphia in 2012. In 2013 he took over as Cardinals defensive coordinator and this past season he did a tremendous job with a talented but injury riddled roster.
Bowles ran a base 3-4 defense in Arizona so there won’t be much of a transition for the defensive players that will return next year and he is very well respected by players and coaches throughout the league.
One very real concern is who Bowles will hire as his offensive coordinator. Early reports have linked Bowles to ex-Cowboys, Bills and Georgia Tech head coach Chan Gailey, who is 63-years-old, as a potential offensive coordinator target for Bowles. Everything being said about Bowles is all positive but wanting Gailey as the offensive coordinator is a bit alarming.
The Jets still haven’t made an official announcement, they brought Bowles back for a second interview today which extended into dinner and sealed the deal before Bowles could fly to Atlanta to interview with the Falcons, but will likely do so tomorrow morning. By Thursday or Friday you can expect to see an introductory press conference for both Bowles and Maccagnan.