The Jets didn’t let him leave town, keeping him in New York long enough to hammer out details for a contract.
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The New York Jets have reached an agreement with Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator to become their new head coach.
Multiple sources initially confirmed late Tuesday night that Bowles had been staying over in New York instead of flying out to Atlanta to meet the Atlanta Falcons. Later in the night it was confirmed that Bowles had late meetings with the Jets brass and newly-hired GM Mike Maccagnan, in which a deal was reportedly struck.
Adam Schefter reported via Twitter that it will be a four-year deal.
Jets gave former Cardinals DC Todd Bowles a 4-year deal to be their HC, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 14, 2015
Bowles has over a decade of NFL experience and was the fastest rising star among coordinators. He served with the Jets as a defensive backs coach under Al Groh in 2000, then worked in other various assistant capacities until joining the Miami Dolphins in 2008. After Tony Sparano was fired in 2011, Bowles was named interim head coach and went 2-1 in the final three games of the 2011 season.
In 2012 Bowles joined the Philadelphia Eagles and improved the team that had struggled under former DC Juan Castillo. In 2013 Bowles joined the Arizona Cardinals under head coach Bruce Arians. The team consistently finished with one of the best defenses in the NFL, making Bowles one of the hottest candidates on the market.