After having a pair of second interviews lined up, Todd Bowles only needed the one on Tuesday with the New York Jets. After a day of interviews and an evening of dinner with the New York Jets front office and executives, Bowles will be announced the new head coach of the Jets, replacing Rex Ryan.
Bowles himself sent a text to Josina Anderson, who announced it was official on Twitter. There were several reports of the decision, although through other sources.
Bowles joins Mike McCagnan, who was announced as the Jets new general manager just a few hours before.
Bowles reportedly getting a four-year contract worth $16 million. He was set to make $2 million per year as the Cardinals defensive coordinator for three more seasons.
The decision to land with the Jets was a bit of a surprise. He was viewed as the favorite to land the job with the Atlanta Falcons, where he was due to interview again on Wednesday. He never made it there. According to Mike Jurecki, Bowles got a phone call from Jets owner Woody Johnson saying he wanted Bowles to fly out and meet before his Wednesday interview in Atlanta. Apparently they wanted him badly.
Mike Garafolo reported Bowles was very intrigued with the young defensive talent on the Jets roster. Bowles is also from New Jersey. He gets to return home.
Now we will see how he fills out his staff. It is being said his offensive coordinator will be Chan Gailey. Gailey has been out of the league for the last two seasons. As for his defensive coordinator, there are a couple of names floating around. One is Cardinals linebackers coach Mike Caldwell. That's what local reporter Mike Jurecki said. The other is Dolphins defensive line coach Kacy Rodgers, as reported by Jason La Canfora. They could both be headed to New York with Bowles. Who will be the DC will be revealed later.
With Bowles landing with the Jets, the Cardinals would only face their former DC if the two teams meet in the Super Bowl. That would be perfectly fine for most fans, I would imagine.
Next up for the Cardinals will be to find a new defensive coordinator.