Based on the reactions of his players here in Arizona, you can tell he was greatly admired. Check out these tweets from the players:
Great two years with one of the best in the game. Congrats Coach Bowles jets are lucky to have him represent them.— Tony Jefferson (@tonyjefferson1) January 14, 2015
Congratulations to Coach Bowles on getting the @nyjets head coaching Job. Well deserved. Proud of you coach.— ANTONIO CROMARTIE (@CRO31) January 14, 2015
Coach Bowles is a very smart coach. 1 of the smartest coaches I've been around. Has a very similar scheme 2 Rex so the defense won't change— ANTONIO CROMARTIE (@CRO31) January 14, 2015
For the guys on defense in NY. A great Hire.— ANTONIO CROMARTIE (@CRO31) January 14, 2015
Congrats to Coach Bowles becoming a HC. I've learned so much over the past 2 years. I expect nothing but great things!— Lorenzo Alexander (@onemangang97) January 14, 2015
Excited for Coach Bowles making the HC jump! Those guys in @nyjets got a heck of coach, one of the smartest I've ever played for!— Rashad Johnson (@49foyamind49) January 14, 2015
Big Dawg. Congrats to coach Bowles. Great coach, innovator & teacher.— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) January 14, 2015
Not everyone reacted so happily. This one is from Darnell Dockett:
bullsh*t!!! Bullsh*t and more bullsh*t!! !!— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) January 14, 2015
I am sure he is happy for Bowles, just not happy for himself.
I'll keep this updated as more players tweet about the move.