Todd Bowles, recently fired as the New York Jets head coach, had an interesting choice.
If Bowles wants to be a head coach again, he had to be a coordinator again first. He was a fine defensive coordinator with the Arizona Cardinals; that’s why he got the shot to lead the Jets.
When Bruce Arians took the job as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ head coach, it was expected that Bowles would reunite with him to run the defense. Then an interesting option came along: Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio became the Denver Broncos’ head coach. Bowles reportedly had an opportunity to lead the Bears’ defense. From the outside looking in, it would seem that running the Bears’ elite defense would give Bowles his quickest path back to being a head-coaching candidate.
ESPN reported Bowles will join the Buccaneers after all, as their new defensive coordinator. He must like a challenge.
It’s undeniable that Bowles would have had more talent to work with in Chicago. Led by Khalil Mack, the Bears had what was likely the best defense in the NFL this season.