New York Jets fans have finally found the answer to the question, “What happens after Rex?”
Owner Woody Johnson introduced Todd Bowles as successor to Rex Ryan on January 14th, 2015. Bowles was picked up from the Arizona Cardinals where he was the defensive coordinator starting with the 2013 season. While this is Bowles first stint as a full time head coach (Bowles served as interim head coach in Miami after then head coach Tony Sparano was fired), he brings with him quite an extensive history as both an NFL coach and player.
Bowles debuted in the NFL as a player with the 1986 Washington Redskins, where he would play most of his career, minus a year with the San Francisco 49’ers, as a safety. Bowles would go on to win Super Bowl XXII with the Redskins against John Elway’s Denver Broncos.
Bowles was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent on May 7, 1986. 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 Raphael Cherry, and beat him out to earn a spot on the regular season roster.
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.
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. 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, but ultimately re-signed with the Redskins. I
n 1990, Bowles received a salary of $300,000, and started 18 games (including playoffs).The San Francisco 49ers signed Bowles to start for the team in 1991 after being left unprotected by the Redskins again. He played in all 16 games and started in 14 of them. He was waived during final roster cuts on September 1, 1992. He was claimed off waivers by the Redskins on September 2, 1992. He was waived by the Redskins during final roster cuts on August 31, 1993.
NFL head coaches under whom Bowles has served:
|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||2013–2014|