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Todd Bowles
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Todd Bowles, the 16th full-time head coach in franchise history, returns for his third season with the Jets following a 5-11 campaign in 2016. Despite tying an NFL record last year with 75 players used in the regular season – including 49 different starters – Bowles oversaw a Jets defense in 2016 that continued to display his defensive prowess in limiting the opponent’s rushing attack, allowing just 3.69 yards per carry while holding nine different opposing lead ball carriers to under 3.5 yards per rush. Through his first two seasons at the helm, Bowles has managed a New York defensive unit that ranks in the top five in run defense, third down defense and red zone defense while also finishing in the top half of the league in takeaways.

Todd Bowles, the 16th full-time head coach in franchise history, returns for his third season with the Jets following a 5-11 campaign in 2016. Despite tying an NFL record last year with 75 players used in the regular season – including 49 different starters – Bowles oversaw a Jets defense in 2016 that continued to display his defensive prowess in limiting the opponent’s rushing attack, allowing just 3.69 yards per carry while holding nine different opposing lead ball carriers to under 3.5 yards per rush. Through his first two seasons at the helm, Bowles has managed a New York defensive unit that ranks in the top five in run defense, third down defense and red zone defense while also finishing in the top half of the league in takeaways.

In his first season with the Jets (2015), the Jets ranked in the top third of the NFL in three of the four major offensive categories and in the top three in all four major defensive categories, improving the team’s rank from 2014 in seven of the eight. The Jets also established a new franchise record mark for the fewest rushing yards allowed per game in a single season. Bowles led the Jets to a 10-6 mark, beginning his head coaching tenure by winning four of his first five games before dropping four of five to even the season record at 5-5. With the season at a crossroads, Bowles guided the club to five straight wins, ultimately finishing short of the postseason after dropping the season finale. The six-game turnaround from the previous season matched the second-best win improvement in the first season by a new Jets head coach. The team also finished 10th in the league in total offense and fourth in total defense, one of just five teams in the league with a top 10 finish on both sides of the ball.

Prior to rejoining the Jets, Bowles served as the defensive coordinator for the Cardinals (2013-14), earning Assistant Coach of the Year recognition in 2014 from both the Pro Football Writers of America and The Associated Press, the first ever recipient of the AP award. During his time with Arizona, the Cardinals defense ranked in the top five in the league in several statistical categories, including third in fewest rushing touchdowns allowed (14), fifth in points per game allowed (19.5) and fifth in rushing yards per game allowed (96.6). Also, Bowles’ defenses demonstrated a knack for causing turnovers and returning them for scores. During his tenure, the Cardinals ranked first in defensive touchdowns (nine) and fifth in interceptions (38).

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