By Daniel Friedman
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On Wednesday, the New York Jets announced the hiring of Todd Bowles as their new head coach.

As Jets fans know all too well, sometimes these hires pay off, and sometimes … well, they don’t.

Here are four of the best and worst:

BEST:


1. Weeb Ewbank

The only Jets coach to lead the team to a Super Bowl victory (or even to the big game at all).

2. Bill Parcells

The Jets were a laughing stock before he showed up. That changed rather quickly, and culminated with an AFC Championship appearance in 1998.

3. Rex Ryan

You can say what you want about him, but the fact is the Jets had some of their best seasons in franchise history under his watch, including two straight AFC Championship game appearances.

4. Herm Edwards

Six words Jets fans will never forget: “You play to win the game!”

WORST:


1. Rich Kotite

Kotite coached the Jets for 32 games. He won four of them.

2. Pete Carroll

He paced the sidelines for the Jets in 1994. The season did not go well, as his team went 6-10. Carroll was then, rather unceremoniously, fired. (Turns out he’s not so bad.)

3. Lou Holtz

Why did this guy ever leave college football? What a mistake that turned out to be. Holtz spent the 1976 season with the Jets and even resigned before it ended. (He also ended up with a nice career. You should Google it.)

4. Bruce Coslet

Somehow, the Jets made a single playoff appearance under Coslet. I say “somehow,” because they never finished over .500 during his tenure.

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