The New York Jets hired Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles as their new head coach Tuesday night.
Bowles, an Elizabeth, New Jersey, native, received a 4-year contract that is expected to pay him more a little more than $4 million per season.
The Bowles hire comes about 4 hours after the Jets tabbed Mike Maccagnan to be their next general manager. Maccagnan was formerly with the Houston Texans, where he was the Director of College Scouting.
Bowles is interested in bringing in Chan Gailey as his offensive coordinator. Gailey was fired as the Buffalo Bills’ coach in 2012 and hasn’t been in the league since.
The Jets were focused on Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, but turned their attention to Bowles in recent days. Quinn is still coaching and the Jets couldn’t have made an offer until the Seahawks’ postseason run was over.
Here’s what you need to know about Bowles:
1. Bowles Spent The Past 2 Seasons as Arizona’s Defensive Coordinator
Bowles was Arizona’s defensive coordinator in 2013-14, scheming for one of the top units in the league.
Arizona ranked 5th in points allowed this season (18.7 per game) and 7th in 2013 (20.3) under Bowles. In 2013, the Cards had the NFL’s top-ranked rush defense.
Bowles was also the defensive coordinator with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012. He served as interim head coach for the Miami Dolphins for the final 3 games of the 2011 season, going 2-1.
He’s been coaching in the NFL since 2000, when he started with the Jets as the secondary coach. Bowles has also coached the DBs with Cleveland and Dallas.
He’s been in the college ranks, too, as defensive coordinator at Morehouse (1997) and Grambling State (1998-99).
2. The Jets Also Hired Mike Maccagnan as Their General Manager Tuesday
Mike Maccagnan was hired to be the Jets general manager roughly 4 hours before Bowles was named coach. Maccagnan comes to the Jets from the Texans. He was the Director of College Scouting since 2011.
Maccagnan began his NFL career as a college scout for Washington in 1994. He was fired in 1999, then went to Houston.
3. Bowles Replaces Rex Ryan, Who Went to The AFC East Rival Buffalo Bills
The Jets fired Rex Ryan after 6 seasons, but he stayed in the AFC East, accepting the Bills head coaching job.
Ryan was also a defensive-minded coach, who went 46-50, but 4-2 in the playoffs. He brought the Jets to the AFC Championship in each of his first 2 seasons.
4. Bowles Is The NFL’s 5th African-American Head Coach
Lewis, Tomlin and Caldwell all brought their teams to the playoffs this season. Tomlin’s Steelers won Super Bowl XLIII.
Caldwell and Smith just finished their first seasons with their respective clubs, a year after no black head coaches were hired in 2013.
5. Bowles Played in The NFL
Bowles was a safety in the NFL for 8 seasons, playing with Washington (1986-90 and 1992-93) and San Francisco (1991).
He went undrafted out of Temple, but finished his career with 15 interceptions in 117 games.
Bowles and his wife, Taneka, have a daughter, Sydni, and 3 sons, Todd Jr., Troy and Tyson.
Sydni was once dated Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu, who is usually referred to as “Honey Badger.”