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2015 NFL Coaching Search: Jets Name Todd Bowles Head Coach, Bringing Chan Gailey

The Patriots division rival is trying to bolster and rebuild. They've made another major step.

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The New York Jets have named Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles as their head coach for the 2015 season. Bowles is considered one of the top two new head coaching options this off-season, along with Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

The 51-year-old Bowles has spent time in the AFC East before, serving as the Jets defensive backs coach in 2000, before trips to the Browns (2001-2004) and Cowboys (2005-2007) brought him back to the AFC East with the Miami Dolphins. With the Dolphins (2008-2011), Bowles served as the interim head coach upon Tony Sparano's departure in 2011. Patriots tight end coach Brian Daboll was the offensive coordinator of this Dolphins team.

Bowles spent 2012 as the defensive coordinator for the Eagles, before moving to the Cardinals for 2013-2014. In his two years with the Cardinals, Arizona's defense ranked 7th and 5th, respectively.

This means that the Jets defense will be formidable as ever, and with Rex Ryan in Buffalo with the Bills, it's just another strong defensive unit in the AFC East.

Bowles is also expected to bring Chan Gailey as his offensive coordinator. Gailey has been a coach since the 70s, and his most recent stint was as the head coach of the Bills from 2010-2012. Gailey's offenses were very successful in the 90s, but his term with the Bills was lackluster on the offensive side of the ball.