Jets, Falcons emerging as the finalists for Todd Bowles

AP

As the coaching carousel continues to spin, with one job filled on Sunday and yet another open on Monday, another hire could soon be made.  The coach would be Todd Bowles.  The destination still isn’t entirely clear.

One league source with direct knowledge of the current hiring process describes Bowles as “very likely” to become the next coach of the Jets.  Another source believes Bowles prefers the Falcons — and that the Jets prefer Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.  In recent days, however, a sense has emerged that Quinn’s interest in the Jets may not be as strong as previously believed.

Also, the Jets may have to wait nearly three weeks before hiring Quinn.  Bowles is immediately available.

The Bears had shown significant interest in Bowles, but the sudden availability of John Fox has resulted in what could be a fairly quick move to bring Fox to Chicago.

Bowles, who has served for two years as defensive coordinator of the Cardinals, has received head-coaching consideration in the past.  His work with an Arizona defense that lost several key players from 2013 pushed him to the “A” list this time around.

A native of Elizabeth, New Jersey, Bowles’ first year as an NFL assistant coach was spent with the Jets in 2000.  He also has worked for the Browns, Cowboys, Dolphins, and Eagles.

During the season, Bowles received a raise and an extension from the Cardinals, giving him flexibility in picking a head-coaching job.  During an appearance on PFT Live, Bowles was pragmatic about the process of selecting NFL head coaches, explaining that when your team is doing well, you’re considered to be a good coach.  When your team isn’t doing well, you’re considered to be a bad coach.

47 responses to “Jets, Falcons emerging as the finalists for Todd Bowles

  1. I had predicted this is who the Falcons would hire. Note I said “would” and not “should.”

  2. I was hoping for Quinn or Bowles for the Bears. Not sure how I feel about Fox, although with the Accorsi and Payton/Pace ties, I’d expect this gets done fast.

  3. It’s funny how the Jets are stuck on hiring a DC as HC. How’d that work for ya the last few years? They are hurting for someone to come in and take charge of the offense and get the QB situation straightened out.

  4. Bowles is smart and good, that’s why he’ll go to Atlanta. Who in their right mind would want to jump into that hot mess thats the Jests? It’s setting yourself up for failure, a career wrecker – unless you have the Ryan hype machine behind you.

  5. UMMMMM…. thats not much of a choice.

    One has good structure…the other dysfunctional
    One has good players….the other not at all.
    One has won divisions, been to a SB…the other has not in 45 years.
    One has an NFL QB…the other, no , not much there.
    One has an owner w/a clue…the other, makes good Q tips.

    Bowles doesn’t need to think…at all on this one.

  6. C’mon, Jets, lock Bowles down! Leave the Falcons job to McDaniels, where the rest of the NFC South will be able to pencil in 2 wins over Atlanta for the next 4 years…

  7. Only a new guy will go to the Jets everyone else KNOWS better lol, the Falcons job would be more interesting if I were a established HC because they already have pieces in place.

  8. I don’t think he would have taken the Bears job even if offered. He doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy who would gamble his career on Jay Cutler and a 37-year-old rookie GM.

    The Falcons are far and away the best HC opportunity out there and since Bowles seems to be considered one of the top (if not the top) candidate available, it would make sense.

  9. This may be splitting hairs here, but it isnt like Todd Bowles is Bill Belichick. He isnt a cant miss hire who is without question going to win the Super Bowl… I think it should be “Todd Bowels emerging as a finalist for Jets, Falcons”, not the other way around. The headline suggests he is just soooo damn good he can simply choose his next destination like Lebron James before “The Decision”…

  10. He seems like a smart fellow, so that rules out the Jets. Find a good OC and he could go places with Atlanta.

  11. The Dolphins decided not to promote Bowles when they had the chance, so you can know with absolute certainty that he will be a great head coach!

    I’m sure he’s no Cam Cameron, Tony Sparano or Joe Philbin-Aponte, but then again, who is……

  12. Of course, the Bears will miss out on Bowles who would have made an excellent HC and helped turn things around because they’ve suddenly gotten all starry-eyed over John Fox who’s resume has been significantly padded by having Peyton Manning and the rest of the star players on Denver’s talent laden team the past 3 years…it’ll be A LOT different in Chicago where the team is in serious need of a complete overhaul…especially on defense and is saddled with the biggest malcontent player in the league with Cutler as their QB/leader…hahaha, hell of a long drop Manning. If the Bears were smart they’d go after Bowles or Dan Quinn but instead they’ll go with the “name” coach in Fox and wonder why after a couple of seasons they aren’t much better.

  13. This is going to be a great hire for whoever gets him to sign on the dotted line. Bowles did a great job in Miami and should have been hired as the Head Coach from the interim tag he had. As a Miami fan, we have enough issues without seeing him go to he Jets, so I would like to see him go to Atlanta better for him anyway). He would be an immediate upgrade there! Glad to see he is FINALLY getting serious consideration, and NOT just a token interview, as in the past, for teams to meet the Rooney Rule requirement. This guy will get it done wherever he ends up! Congrats Todd!

  14. And to think, one yr in philly nearly destroyed this guys career. Good for him that people were able to see through the dysfunction up there and give him the proper chances moving forward that he deserved.

  15. During an appearance on PFT Live, Bowles was pragmatic about the process of selecting NFL head coaches, explaining that when your team is doing well, you’re considered to be a good coach. When your team isn’t doing well, you’re considered to be a bad coach.

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    Exactly. Which is why you have to strike while the iron is hot.

  16. Bowles was the DC in Philly a few years ago. He’s terrible, all he did was inherit the Cardinals defense. Nothing more.

  17. mistrezzrachael says:
    Jan 13, 2015 8:39 AM
    UMMMMM…. thats not much of a choice.

    One has good structure…the other dysfunctional
    One has good players….the other not at all.
    One has won divisions, been to a SB…the other has not in 45 years.
    One has an NFL QB…the other, no , not much there.
    One has an owner w/a clue…the other, makes good Q tips.

    Bowles doesn’t need to think…at all on this one.

    =================================

    Atlanta just finished 6-10 and 3rd place in a god awful division.
    In 2013 they were 4-12.
    Over the last two seasons the Jets are 12-20.
    The Falcons are 10-22.
    The Jets are 12-13 in playoff history.
    The Falcons are 7-12. Big deal.

    Lets not pretend that the Falcons are a good team, that Matt Ryan is an elite QB or that “Going” to a Superbowl and losing is a grand acomplishment and makes the decission a no brainer.

  18. “Bowles was the DC in Philly a few years ago. He’s terrible, all he did was inherit the Cardinals defense. Nothing more.”

    I’m an Eagles fan and I can tell you, he wasn’t to blame…..he was thrown into an impossible situation, and the whole team packed it in that year.

  19. Bowles is an excellent DC and he and his defense are the main reasons why the Cards have had success in the last two seasons.

    However, a HC is an administrator first and who knows what strengths Bowles has in that area.

    In reality, Bowles is much better off avoiding the Jets and Atlanta. He can be really choosy because he has Dockett, Abraham, and Washington (hopefully) returning next season as well as time to acquire safeties who will cover tight ends who sneak into the secondary or blow coverages all of the time. He has the personnel to put together a top 3 NFL defense and keep supporting BA’s sorry offenses that can’t score points and who BA and Keim are willing to put crummy QBs in charge of their multi-million dollar team only because the crummy QB knows but cannot execute the offense. Reminds me of the Max Hall-Whisenhunt fiasco some years ago.

  20. If the Falcons hire him he is going to need to figure out how to scheme against cam newton since he would have to play against carolina twice a year. He didn’t do it very well in the playoffs.

  21. One has an owner w/a clue…the other, makes good Q tips.
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    LOL funniest thing I read today.

  22. Hmmm, what I notice so far on this comment posts, a lot people claiming that falcon is better than jets… Really? Even falcon have stars in offense while jets don’t, but the jets have more total stars players than falcon because on defense sides which most people forgetting about…

    Jets pros –
    3x pro bowler defense player – de Wilkerson, de Richardson, and nt Harrison..
    Also jets have more better defense ready while falcon has mess defense players all over the field..

    Only thing jets are missing is legimate qb and #1 wr

    Jets have abt 45 mil cap room to spend this year, which falcon have way less cap room to spend..

    Again, seriously, who would be the better team to start and build up faster? Falcon or jets…

    I think you know my answer by then. If not then you just fooling yourself into being goat.

  23. Honestly, we really don’t have a choice. I love my falcons but it’s 2 things that gets me with my team: They are slow on decisions and they are ALWAYS….ALWAYS on the wrong side of a good story. I hope Bowles is the guy tho. We have free agency, we have the 8th pick in the draft, we got the nucleus in place….how can you screw this up? Out of all the coaches out there now? Next to Rex Ryan, Bowles no doubt has the most experience.

  24. if Bowles goes to New York? We are going to look unbelievably stupid. Arthur Blank fired Mike Smith and said his next coach will be an A-Lister aggressively speaking about his coaching search. Well……where is he, Shoood We should’ve kept mike smith if they were gonna act slow like this smh.

  25. Rex Ryan seemed like the coach with the most experience and winning credentials out there and he’s already been hired. It’s a risk hiring coordinators from good teams like Dan Quinn or Adam Gase

  26. “This may be splitting hairs here, but it isnt like Todd Bowles is Bill Belichick. He isnt a cant miss hire who is without question going to win the Super Bowl”

    $$$$$

    Even Belichick hasn’t been a “can’t miss” SB hire since 2003. The article is as right to play up Bowles capacity to lead a team of men as any other coach. Too much down playing of Bowles. Give the man his due.

  27. Somebody just hire someone already
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    I have to wonder why all these teams are taking so long, too. Not only do they need to name the HC but then they need to get a staff put together under him. The Senior Bowl is next week and you would think teams would want at least a skeleton coaching crew in place by then.

    My suspicion: at least 2 or 3 of them are holding out for Dan Quinn, who can’t do anything as long as the Seahawks are still playing. To which I can only say, if you’re willing to wait until February to hire a head coach, you had better hope he picks you. And he had damn well better be worth the wait.

    In the end, it’s probably going to be a domino effect where one guy is announced and then 4 or 5 other teams finalize their hires in the space of a couple days.

  28. As a Cards fan I’ve got all the respect in the world for Todd Bowles. After losing 5 starters from the great defensive team we had the year before, Bowles did a good job with all of his blitz packages. Players love him as well.

    That said, people saying that Bowles will make a great HC and turn things around for their team haven’t a clue of what Bowles can do as a HC. What are his credentials for taking responsibility of an offense? I certainly don’t know. And if he is the hottest candidate for a HC position because of his statistics, better take another look.

    After the crap the Cards went through offensively and putting the success of the team squarely on the shoulders of the defense after Palmer went down it’s a little tough to speak ill of the DC who had to make it happen. But stop and take a look at the Cards’ defensive stats (especially the highly touted secondary) and tell me they were that good. Giving up 500+ yards to four (4) different teams in one season is an NFL record…and that was Bowles’ defense.

    Should he leave I will always wish him the best because he’s an outstanding man. But whoever covets him and finally lands him, be careful of what you wish for.

  29. Why are the Falcons better than the Jets ?? Because the Falcons bad players have bigger name value ??? Last I checked the Falcons had all these great prices last year and sacked so bad they couldn’t win a divis ion that wad won by a sub 500 team. I guess that was 100% on the coaching staff?

  30. @simplegodfather

    Two things.

    1. Talking about pro bowlers is always funny to me. Its a popularity contest and nothing else. If the voting was based on actual gameplay and not whose name is on the back of the jersey I’d take it more seriously.

    2. Cap space. Falcons can get around 41 million in cap room with cuts that are most likely coming. So its not that big of a difference.

    3. Jets are garbage.

  31. I don’t thinkNFL people are as enamored with Matt Ryan as some of you think. Name one “elite” QB who ever had B2B losingseasons while in their prime? could not evem manage a winning season in a division won by a sub 500 team. Dang. Tony Romo had the worst D in NFL history 2 years ago and still won 8 games and lost 7. Matt ryan is BY FAR the most overrated QBin the NFL.\

  32. I don’t thinkNFL people are as enamored with Matt Ryan as some of you think.
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    It’s all relative. Compared to Chicago, Jets, San Fran, and Oakland, being able to walk into a situation with an experienced veteran QB who’s not a head case looks pretty appealing.

  33. Falcon only lost one that’s 1 divisional game this year……I don’t think that will be 0 wins next year , although I am seeing Blank acting like Jerry Jones, we’re going to get a no name coach…..with no control… Equals failure…… Falcons main problem all along has been with ownership and it looks like that’s not going to change anytime soon

  34. While Miztrezz Rachael has made a solid point in saying that Bowles likely made a very, very stupid choice in picking the dysfunctional Jets over the talented Falcons, she does need to be corrected on one assertion: Q-Tips are actually made by Unilever, Inc. Jets owner Woody Johnson’s company’s bread-and-butter is Band-Aids! …A product Bowles will need a lot of to fix the Jets anemic offense and over-rated defense !

  35. Blank pulled the trigger on Smith too quickly. He should have waited and done a more thorough analysis of the front office first. If he would have, perhaps Smith would still be there and Dimitriov and Pioli would be gone. The majority of the fan base would have preferred that scenario.

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