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Todd Bowles

Former Team:

  • New York Jets

Career Record:

  • 26-41 (.388)
  • No playoff appearances

After a brief three-game stint as the interim head coach of the Miami Dolphins in 2011, Todd Bowles was hired to be the head coach of the New York Jets in 2015.

Despite not making the playoffs, the Jets finished with a 10-6 record in the first season under Bowles, and things felt like they were heading in the right direction. However, New York failed to win more than five games in each of their next three seasons with Bowles leading the way, and he was ultimately let go following the 2018 campaign.

Currently, the former Jets head coach is the defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bowles has held this position since 2019, and under his guidance, the Bucs’ defense has made dramatic improvements.

Through their first eight games this season, Bowles has Tampa’s defense ranking 13th in points allowed, seventh in yards allowed, second in rushing yards allowed, and fifth in forced turnovers.