The New York Jets hired a veteran defensive-lineman as their next head coach, and other teams, such as the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders have followed suit. Having an old pro who knows the ins and outs of defense might seem like a safe move, but is it what the New York Jets need to make it the NFL Playoffs? After all, this team has seen similar head coaches before.
Todd Bowles, a defensive coordinator in Arizona, joined the New York Jets on January 14th to take the job as head coach for the team. He Some analysts are suggesting that along with Mike Maccagnan, who was hired as the Jets’ general manager, Bowles could lead the New York team to a spot in the Playoffs.
Maccagnan is former director of college scouting for Houston.
Stating that the partnership of Bowles and Maccagnan is what the Jets need to direct themselves toward more wins, Jets owner Woody Johnson expressed confidence about the team’s newest addition. Bowles formerly played defensive back in the NFL, but does he have what it takes to take the current New York Jets into victorious territory?
This is the sixth consecutive time that the team has employed a head coach whose central focus in defense. In 2000, while Al Groh was head coach, Bowles served as defensive backs coach for the Jets. The team had other defensive-centric prospects for head coach besides Bowles, including Dan Quinn, another defensive coordinator.
Why this focus on defense? Any person is watching the New York Jets perform this season knows that offense is the team’s main concern. Experts point out Bowles’ attention to leadership, and his potential to rub off on the players. Analysts are eager to see Bowles put his CEO chops to the test.
The Jets can help Bowles out. With strong men on the defensive front lines, the team will be able to give Bowles a head start. The trouble area lies in the cornerbacks’ performance, and this is where Bowles will need to direct his attention to.
Still, many are arguing that the head coach has to work on building up Jets’ quarterback Geno Smith. With 13 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, 2,525 pass yards, and a completion percentage of 59.7%, having a decent quarterback to work with the Jets’ defense is crucial. The name of the game for Bowles is going to be beefing up the team’s offense if the Playoffs are going to be in the picture.
As ESPN’s Matt Bowen declared, you just cannot win without a good quarterback.
Bowles worked three seasons as Arizona’s defensive coordinator, from 2012 to 2014. He was interim head coach in 2011 for the Miami Dolphins, and has twelve seasons of experience as an NFL defense-back coach from 2000 to 2012.
The New York Jets are ranked 6th in the 2014 NFL season with 25.1 points per game and 327.2 yards per game. Their 4-12 record leaves a lot to be desired, as they move into their fourth non-winning season in a row.
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