Two NFL teams didn’t even wait for “Black Monday” to sack their head coach. Tampa Bay dismissed Dirk Koetter, and the New York Jets have fired Todd Bowles.
It had been widely reported that Bowles’ tenure in New York was coming to an end. The Jets finished this season 4-12 after losing to the New England Patriots today.
The team made the news official tonight.
“After carefully evaluating the situation, I have concluded that this is the right direction for the organization to take,” Chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson wrote.
Chairman & CEO Christopher Johnson has informed Todd Bowles he will not be returning in 2019.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 31, 2018
Bowles finished with a 24-40 record in four seasons in New York. He went 10-6 and missed the playoffs in his first year in 2015, but followed that up with 5-11, 5-11 and 4-12 campaigns.
The Jets haven’t made the playoffs since 2010, but they should be an attractive job this offseason. The team has ample cap space, the No. 3 pick in the draft and a franchise quarterback to build around in Sam Darnold.
It would make sense for the Jets to target an offensive-minded head coach to help develop Darnold. The last head coach the organization has had with an offensive background was Rich Kotite in 1995-96.
Hopefully whoever they hire will have much more success than Kotite ever did.