The New York Jets have hired Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles to be their next head coach.

Bowles takes over for Rex Ryan, who was fired after a 4-12 season with the Jets. Ryan has since taken over the head coaching job for the Buffalo Bills, another AFC East team.

Todd Bowles was hired by the Jets after coordinating a depleted Cardinals defense and managing to keep them in the top of the NFL in several defensive metrics. His players have described Bowles as a “genius with strategy.”

The road to head coach has been long for Bowles. He has interviewed for seven head coaching jobs over the last several years. He even interviewed for the coaching job at Temple University, where he played under Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians before playing safety in the NFL for eight season. He has been an assistant coach for 15 years, and was interim coach for the Miami Dolphins after Tony Sporano was fired mid season.

Before being hired by the Jets, Todd Bowles was one of the frontrunners for the Atlanta Falcons head coaching vacancy, but the New Jersey native opted to head to New York.

Bowles is more of a soft spoken teacher, a big change from the boisterous personality of Rex Ryan. However, he has some fire as well, most notably from the October 12 game against the Washington Redskins where Bowles broke a whiteboard at halftime. The Cardinals went on to force four turnovers and win the game.

Along with hiring Todd Bowles, The Jets also hired Houston Texans college scouting director Mike Maccagnan as their new general manager.

Todd Bowles takes over a New York Jets team that struggled to find consistency at the quarterback position. Draft pick Geno Smith struggled to keep the starting role, and was replaced by long-time vet Michael Vick, who did not fare much better under center.

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