New York Jets Official Statements on Todd Bowles

By Alan Schechter

Heare the official statements on the hiring of Todd Bowles. First from owner Woody Johnson:

“I am proud to welcome Todd Bowles as the head coach of the New York Jets,” Johnson said. “From entering the league as an undrafted free agent in Washington to becoming a very successful coordinator in Arizona, Todd has earned everything he has achieved. He is a hard-working and dedicated leader who has garnered the respect of players and coaches. I am confident that Todd and Mike Maccagnan are the right combination to lead this team.”

Next a statement on Bowles from general manager Mike Maccagnan:

Todd is a natural leader and excellent communicator with a great work ethic, who has demonstrated a consistent ability to win by utilizing all of his players. Todd’s eight years in the NFL after not being drafted speaks to his determination, adaptability and resilience and he has first-hand knowledge of how all players can contribute. When we first met, it was immediately clear how sincere and very real he is. While he appreciates the need for discipline, players love playing for him and I believe he has outstanding qualities to help make the Jets a competitive, winning team.

Next we hear from the consultants, starting with Charley Casserly:

Todd Bowles is an excellent football coach. He’s proven that ability, both as a defensive coordinator and as an interim head coach. He does a good job of relating to players and they want to play for him. I have a lot of confidence in his ability to be a head coach in the National Football League.

And then we have Ron Wolf:

I was very impressed with Todd Bowles during his interview. The experience of serving as an interim head coach and running the defensive side of the ball showed through. His preparation in assessing both the Jets and the entire AFC East showed a great attention to detail. His presentation from constructing a staff, to planning, to player philosophy, to his thoughts on making a team better were all tremendous.

Now we hear from the man himself, Todd Bowles:

“It’s an honor and privilege to coach the Jets,” said Bowles. “I want to thank Mr. Johnson and Mike Maccagnan for this opportunity. I can’t help but be humbled by the chance to coach this team. I am going to do everything I can to build a consistent winner.”