Todd Bowles

Todd Robert Bowles (born November 18, 1963) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL), as well as a former player. He played eight seasons in the NFL as a safety, mainly for the Washington Redskins, and started in Super Bowl XXII against the Denver Broncos. Bowles was the interim defensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012, and then for the Arizona Cardinals in 2013 and 2014. He was the interim head coach for the Miami Dolphins for the final three games of the 2011 season with a 2-1 record after the firing of Tony Sparano, and served as the heach coach of the New York Jets from 2015-2018.

Todd Bowles
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Position:Defensive coordinator
Personal information
Born:November 18, 1963 (age 55)
Elizabeth, New Jersey
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:233 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school:Elizabeth (NJ)
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
As player
As coach
Career NFL statistics
Games played:117
Games started:20
Player stats at
Head coaching record
Regular season:26–41 (.388)
Coaching stats at PFR

Early years

Bowles attended Elizabeth High School in Elizabeth, New Jersey.[1] He played college football at Temple University for former Arizona Cardinals and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians.

Playing career

Bowles was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent on May 7, 1986.[2] He chose the Redskins over six other NFL teams, and signed a contract that included a signing bonus between $8,000 and $10,000. Bowles competed in training camp with free safety Raphel Cherry, and beat him out to earn a spot on the regular season roster.[3] In his second training camp in 1987, Bowles beat out Curtis Jordan for the starting free safety job when Jordan was released during final roster cuts on September 8, 1987.[4] He was the starting free safety in Super Bowl XXII, which Washington won in a blowout.

On February 1, 1989, after his contract expired, Bowles was left unprotected by the Redskins during "Plan B" free agency, despite being a regular starter at free safety the previous two seasons.[5] This was reportedly due to his poor catching abilities in 1988, as well as his lack of playmaking ability. He negotiated contracts with the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, and New York Giants,[6] but ultimately re-signed with the Redskins.[7] In 1990, Bowles received a salary of $300,000,[8] and started 18 games (including playoffs).[9]

The San Francisco 49ers signed Bowles to start for the team in 1991 after being left unprotected by the Redskins again.[10] He played in all 16 games and started in 14 of them. He was waived during final roster cuts on September 1, 1992.[11] He was claimed off waivers by the Redskins on September 2, 1992.[12] He was waived by the Redskins during final roster cuts on August 31, 1993.[13]

Coaching career

After retiring as a player, Bowles was a member of the Green Bay Packers' player personnel staff from 1995–1996. He was the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Morehouse College in 1997, and the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Grambling State from 1998–1999. He was the defensive backs coach for the New York Jets in 2000, Cleveland Browns in 2004, and Dallas Cowboys from 2005–2007. He was the Browns' defensive nickel package coach from 2001–2003.

Miami Dolphins

Bowles was hired by the Miami Dolphins as the team's secondary coach and assistant head coach on January 23, 2008. After nearly four seasons as the secondary coach and assistant head coach, he was named the interim head coach on December 12, 2011, following the firing of head coach Tony Sparano. Bowles' first game as interim head coach of the Dolphins came on December 18, on the road against the Buffalo Bills. The Dolphins won the game 30–23. The Dolphins finished 2–1 under Bowles in 2011.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles hired Bowles as the team's secondary coach on January 30, 2012. The Eagles announced on October 16, 2012, that they dismissed defensive coordinator Juan Castillo from his duties and named Todd Bowles as their new defensive coordinator. Under Bowles, the Eagles finished the season ninth in pass defense and twenty-third in rushing defense.[14]

Arizona Cardinals

On January 18, 2013, Bowles was hired as defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals. On January 31, 2015, he was voted Associated Press (AP)'s Assistant Coach of the Year for his efforts in the 2014 season.[15] Bowles received 22 of the 50 media members' votes, winning the inaugural award.[16]

New York Jets

Days after the release of Rex Ryan, the New York Jets named Bowles their new head coach and signed him to a 4-year deal on January 14, 2015.[17]

On July 28, 2015, it was revealed that Bowles underwent a partial knee replacement surgery. In the 2015-2016 season, the Jets won 10 games under Bowles's first year leading the team, and the team would barely miss the playoffs.[18] The 2016 season saw the Jets finish near the bottom of the league in most offensive categories, but 11th in rushing yards.[19]

On December 29, 2017, it was announced by the Jets organization that Bowles had been retained for the 2018 season, and signed an extension to continue as coach through 2020.[20] On December 30, 2018, the Jets fired Bowles after finishing 4-12.[21]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On January 8, 2019, Bowles was hired as the defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, rejoining Bruce Arians as a member of his staff after Arians was hired as the team's head coach.[22]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
MIA* 2011 2 1 0 .667 3rd in AFC East
MIA total 2 1 0 .667
NYJ 2015 10 6 0 .625 2nd in AFC East
NYJ 2016 5 11 0 .313 4th in AFC East
NYJ 2017 5 11 0 .313 4th in AFC East
NYJ 2018 4 12 0 .250 4th in AFC East
NYJ total 24 40 0 .375
Total[23] 26 41 0 .388 0 0 .000

* – Interim head coach

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Bowles has served:

Coach Team Year(s)
Al Groh New York Jets 2000
Butch Davis Cleveland Browns 2001–2004
Terry Robiskie Cleveland Browns 2004
Bill Parcells Dallas Cowboys 2005–2006
Wade Phillips Dallas Cowboys 2007
Tony Sparano Miami Dolphins 2008–2011
Andy Reid Philadelphia Eagles 2012
Bruce Arians Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2013–2014, 2019-present


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  2. ^ "Transactions". The New York Times. May 7, 1986. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  3. ^ Brennan, Christine (September 4, 1986). "Undrafted but Not Unwanted, 5 Rookie Free Agents Are Redskins". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  4. ^ Brennan, Christine (September 8, 1987). "Redskins release former starters Jordan, Coffey". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  5. ^ Friend, Tom and Michael Wilbon (February 1, 1989). "10 Redskins regulars are free agents". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  6. ^ Friend, Tom (March 16, 1989). "Redskins sign ex-Bengals free safety Dillahunt". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  7. ^ Justice, Richard (January 31, 1991). "Redskins risk some old hands". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  8. ^ Freeman, Mike (December 11, 1990). "Redskins among best-paid". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  9. ^ Justice, Richard (March 29, 1991). "Millen back on fence, but Manusky goes". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  10. ^ Justice, Richard (April 5, 1991). "Retooled Redskins leave Bryant out of game plan". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  11. ^ "Now They Cut Them, Now They Don't". The Los Angeles Times. September 1, 1992. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  12. ^ "Transactions". The New York Times. September 2, 1992. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  13. ^ "Transactions". The New York Times. August 31, 1993. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
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  15. ^ Lange, Randy (February 1, 2015). "Todd Bowles, Ron Wolf Receive 'NFL Honors'". New York Jets. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  16. ^ Sessler, Marc (January 31, 2015). "Todd Bowles wins Assistant Coach of the Year award". National Football League. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  17. ^ Lange, Randy (January 14, 2015). "Jets Name Todd Bowles Head Coach". New York Jets. Archived from the original on January 15, 2015. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  18. ^ Slater, Darryl. "Jets coach Todd Bowles recently had partial knee replacement surgery". New Jersey News. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  19. ^ "NFL Team Rushing Yards Per Game". Retrieved February 16, 2019.
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  21. ^ Cimini, Rich. "Jets fire head coach Todd Bowles after third straight losing season". ESPN, Inc. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
  22. ^ David Smith, Michael. "Bruce Arians getting the band back together, Bowles to be Bucs' defensive coordinator". NBCsports. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  23. ^ "Todd Bowles". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved January 14, 2015.

External links

2015 New York Jets season

The 2015 New York Jets season was the franchise's 46th season in the National Football League and the 56th overall. The team improved on their 4-12 record in 2014 under former head Coach Rex Ryan. Under new head coach Todd Bowles, they succeeded in matching their record in just five games, starting 4-1. Prior to the season, the Jets made a number of moves, including, re-acquiring Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, two cornerbacks who were instrumental in the Jets previous defensive success, and obtaining Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brandon Marshall in trades. The team retrogressed to 5–5, before going on a five-game winning streak, clinching their first winning season since 2010. However, it wasn't enough to make the playoffs, as they lost to the Buffalo Bills in Week 17 and the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cleveland Browns. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Jets both finished 10–6, but the Steelers clinched the final AFC playoff spot over the Jets based on a better record vs. common opponents. The Jets finished the season as the league's only team with a winning record to not make the playoffs.

2016 New York Jets season

The 2016 New York Jets season was the franchise's 47th season in the National Football League, the 57th overall and the second under head coach Todd Bowles. The team failed to improve on their 10–6 record from 2015, and missed the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, instead finishing 5–11 and dead last in their division.

2017 New York Jets season

The 2017 New York Jets season was the franchise's 48th season in the National Football League, the 58th overall and the third under head coach Todd Bowles.

After an impressive 3–2 start and a three game winning streak after losing their first two games, the Jets collapsed and ended up winning only two games after Week 5. They equaled their record from the previous season, missed the playoffs for a seventh consecutive season, and were the solitary AFC team to not have one player make the Pro Bowl. It was the first time the Jets had won seven or fewer games in consecutive seasons since their 4–28 two-season streak of 1995 and 1996.

2018 New York Jets season

The 2018 season was the New York Jets' 49th in the National Football League, their 59th overall and their fourth and final under head coach Todd Bowles. In Week 3, the Jets lost to the Browns by a score of 21–17, becoming the first team to lose to the Browns since the Chargers lost 20–17 on Christmas Eve 2016. The win by the Browns ended a 19-game winless streak. Week 6 marked the first season the Jets have scored 40+ points in multiple games since the 2008 season. They were officially mathematically eliminated from playoff contention for the 8th consecutive season after the Titans defeated the Jaguars 30–9 in Week 14. This also marks the first time since 2016 to feature pro bowlers. The Jets failed to improve on their 5–11 record from the previous season with a 38–3 blowout loss in Week 17 to the Patriots and finished 4–12 and dead last in the AFC East. Following the season finale, the Jets fired Bowles.

2019 NFL season

The 2019 NFL season will be the 100th season of the National Football League (NFL). The season will begin on September 5, 2019 with the NFL Kickoff Game with the Chicago Bears hosting the Green Bay Packers. The season will conclude with Super Bowl LIV, the league's championship game, scheduled for February 2, 2020, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.

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Sammy Baugh became the first head coach of the New York Titans in 1960, serving for two seasons before team owner Harry Wismer replaced him with Clyde "Bulldog" Turner. In terms of tenure, Weeb Ewbank has coached more games (158) and more complete seasons (11) than any other head coach in franchise history. He led the Jets to the AFL championship in 1968 and the AFL-NFL championship in Super Bowl III. Walt Michaels led the team to the AFC championship game in 1982; he was also honored as the Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of the Year and UPI AFC Coach of the Year in 1978. Coaches Baugh, Turner, Ewbank are all members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame; Baugh and Turner were inducted as players, while Ewbank was inducted as a coach/administrator.

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In 2018, Coach Todd Bowles has resumed permanent captains. These captains were introduced in Week 2 of the 2018 NFL season.

During special recognitions, the patch may be a different color; e.g., pink for breast cancer awareness; or camouflage for military service recognition.

Because of the nature of the game, most teams include their starting quarterbacks as an offensive captain. The starting quarterback has no other responsibility or authority on field. However, he may, depending on the league or individual team, have various informal duties, such as participation in pre-game ceremonies, the coin toss, the trophy presentation, or other events outside the game. Often compared to captains of other team sports, the starting quarterback is usually the de facto team leader and a well-respected player on and off the field, even before the NFL implemented the team captain's patch in 2007.

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