Bowles is coming home and taking over in Florham Park: “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.”
The 51-year-old Bowles replaces Rex Ryan, who was fired, along with general manager John Idzik, on Dec. 29 after six seasons. Bowles was a highly sought candidate after leading Arizona’s defense the last two seasons.
The difference between this regime change and the countless that have come before it is this time no one can say the Jets weren’t diligent or that they didn’t think through the hiring of new general manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles.
In the end, possibly waiting another three weeks to hire a head coach was something that the Jets felt was too risky.
The search is over. The Jets finally have a new general manager.
It appears the Jets really want to hire Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn as their next head coach, but it’s possible they may have to wait three more weeks before they can make him an offer.
If the Jets have their way, the Seattle Seahawks will lose soon so they can hire their next head coach, Dan Quinn.
Some team will take him. He’s too good for everyone to bypass. But the Jets shouldn’t. They are a team in need of a personality makeover, and Jameis Winston is just too big a risk.
Maccagnan met Monday with owner Woody Johnson and his consultants, longtime NFL execs Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf, and they must have liked what they heard because they invited him back on Friday.
It appears that the man Jets will hire to replace fired GM John Idzik will have a solid player drafting and development background.
Two other candidates — Kansas City director of player personnel Chris Ballard and New Orleans director of player personnel Ryan Pace — have declined interview requests with the Jets.
Doug Marrone interviewed for the Jets’ head coaching vacancy on Saturday, but it’s looking less and less likely that he’ll be replacing Rex Ryan.
Owner Woody Johnson and consultants Ron Wolf and Charley Casserly are meeting with Marrone on Saturday.
Forget about the preliminary list. Go sign Doug Marrone. Then give the former Bills coach whatever input necessary into the general manager hire.
Woody Johnson’s search for the Jets’ next coach and general manager has taken him to Seattle. Meanwhile, a prime candidate is awaiting his chance to interview back east.