The New York Jets have wasted little time in replacing recently fired GM John Idzick and Head Coach Rex Ryan, bringing in two New Jersey natives to help right the ship.
Cleaning house on December 29th, the Jets took just a hair over two weeks to name their replacements. Hightstown, New Jersey native Mike Maccagnan takes the reigns as General Manager and Elizabeth, New Jersey Todd Bowles leaves his post as Defensive Coordinator with the Arizona Cardinals to take over as head coach of the New York Jets.
The 51-year-old Bowles is a former defensive back with the Washington Redskins and has spent 15 years an an assistant coach in the NFL. In the 2000 season, he was part of the Jets coaching staff when he coached the Defensive Backs under Al Groh.
The pair have their work cut out for them. Under Rex Ryan last season, the Jets finished last in the AFC East, compiling a record of 4-12. While the Jets for the most part had a solid defense during Ryan’s tenure, they struggled mightily to establish stability and consistency on the offensive side of the ball. A series of Offensive Coordinator and starting quarterback changes failed to improve the team’s production.
The pair of Maccagnan and Bowles bring a renewed sense of optimism to MetLife Stadium for New York Jets fans as they look forward to the draft and training camp with great anticipation.
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