The wait is finally over. According to ESPN, the New York Jets will hire Todd Bowles to be their next head coach. Bowles, 51, played 8 seasons in the NFL. He was defensive backs coach for the Jets in 2000 before taking the same position with the Browns, Cowboys, Dolphins and Eagles. He became defensive coordinator with the Eagles in 2012 and then served in that role for the Cardinals. Bowles will receive a 4-year contract worth around $4M per year.
Although it's believed that the Jets' number one choice for head coach was Seattle's DC Dan Quinn, they did not want to wait and grabbed Bowles instead. Bowles will join GM Mike Maccagnan, who was officially hired ealier today, to lead a brand new era in the Jets' land. Bowles becomes fifth straight defensive minded head coach for the Jets.
Bowles is expected to bring Chan Gailey as offensive coordinator. Gailey has been out of the league for two years after being fired by the Bills in 2012. Gailey also served as offensive coordinator for the Steelers in 1996-97 and then head coach of the Cowboys in 1998-99. Gailey is the only Cowboys coach to make the playoffs every season with his team, although he never won a playoff game.