New NFL Coach Profile: Todd Bowles (New York Jets)

Ryan Loftis By Ryan Loftis, 1st Sep 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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A profile of Todd Bowles, the new head coach of the New York Jets.

Early Years

Todd Bowles was born on Nov. 18, 1963, in Elizabeth, N.J., and grew up in the city's Pioneer Homes projects. He graduated from Elizabeth High School, where he was a star safety, in 1981. Delivering the commencement address at the school's graduation ceremony 34 years later, Bowles said, "Believe me, Elizabeth High School and the city of Elizabeth has prepared me for anything that I do in my life. Anything. I will never, ever, ever, ever forget what this city and this high school has taught me throughout my lifetime."

Bowles received a football scholarship to Temple University, where he started four years at defensive back. In 1984, he earned first-team All-East honors and honorable mention on the Associated Press All-American team. He was forced to miss the first three games of his senior season after dislocating six bones in his left wrist, but he recorded 30 solo tackles, nine assists, and one interception upon returning to the gridiron. Bowles was inducted into the Temple Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001.

Washington Redskins

Undrafted coming out of college, Bowles signed with the Washington Redskins. He played defensive back for the Redskins from 1986-90 and 1992-93 (the 1991 season was spent with the San Francisco 49ers). Bowles started 82 of his 117 career games and recorded a total of 15 interceptions and seven fumble recoveries. No doubt starting on the 1987 Redskins team that defeated the Denver Broncos 42-10 in Super Bowl XXII was a career highlight.

Coaching Career

After two years working in the Green Bay Packers' player personnel department, Bowles began his coaching career as the defensive coordinator/secondary coach at Morehouse College in 1997. He was the defensive coordinator/secondary coach at Grambling State University from 1998-99 and then went pro. Bowles was the New York Jets' defensive backs coach in the 2000 season and then spent the next four seasons as secondary coach with the Cleveland Browns. Bowles moved on to the Dallas Cowboys, serving as secondary coach from 2005-07.

In 2008, Bowles joined the Miami Dolphins as assistant head coach/secondary coach. He got his first taste of being a head coach in the 2011 season, his final one in Miami, when he took over on an interim basis for the final three games (he went 2-1). Bowles was the Philadelphia Eagles' secondary coach for the first six games of the 2012 season before being named the team's defensive coordinator. The Arizona Cardinals hired Bowles as their defensive coordinator in January 2013. In February 2015, following his second season with the Cardinals, Bowles became the first winner of the NFL Assistant Coach of the Year award.

New York Jets

Bowles' NFL coaching career began with the New York Jets, and on Jan. 14, 2015, the Jets announced they had hired him as their new head coach. He replaced Rex Ryan, who lost his job after going 26-38 in his final four seasons. Jets owner Woody Johnson described Bowles as a coach who "has earned everything he has achieved. He is a hard-working and dedicated leader who has garnered the respect of players and coaches."


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I graduated from Central Michigan University with a journalism degree and have been a freelance writer for various print and online publications since then.

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