The New York Jets have hired former Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. Before I get into what Bowles can do for the Jets, I must discuss what Todd Bowles isn’t. Bowles isn’t Rex Ryan. Earlier today Ryan was announced “officially” as the Buffalo Bills head coach. In his press conference Ryan said, “We will make the playoffs… We will be #1 in defense… we will be bullies… we will ground and pound, Blah, blah, blah.” Ryan is a used car salesman. You never see great coaches like Bill Belichick or John Harbaugh sell things or make guarantees at press conferences. Ryan is like Johnny Manziel, he has to make headlines off the field, because he can’t make positive things happen on the field. He will never evolve as a coach and Jets fans should be happy he is no longer on the sidelines for New York.
If you thought Ryan’s defensive was aggressive wait until you see the Jets under Bowles. His team blitzed 16% more than Ryan’s Jets did last year. Bowles brings organization and stability to the Jets. He is not going to make any guarantees, he is not going to show up at a press conferences dressed up.
What he will do, is demand professionalism and accountability for all of the Jets players and coaches. You won’t see players like Geno Smith missing meetings, blown time out calls and a constantly being penalized for 12 men on the field. Coaches, general managers and players all agree that Bowles is a “No-nonsense” coach.
A lot of Jets fans wanted an offensive coach. The last 6 Jets head coaches have all had defensive backgrounds (Bill Parcells, Al Groh, Herman Edwards, Eric Mangini, Rex Ryan and now Todd Bowles). I like the hire, we have seen over the years defensive coordinators like Belichick win with offensive, and we have seen Brian Billick an offensive coordinator, win the Super Bowl (2000 Ravens) with defense.
Bowles will be a better defensive coordinator than Rex Ryan and a much better head coach. He will get the most out of the Jets players and you will see a consistent product ever week. That is something Jets fans haven’t seen in the last 4 years.
Monte Perez ~ @Montetjwitter11