As expected, the New York Jets formally hired Todd Bowles as their 18th head coach Wednesday.
This is significant in our parts for two reasons:
1. Bowles served as the Dolphins’ interim head coach in 2011 after Tony Sparano was fired, going 2-1.
And 2. Bowles is widely expected to bring friend and current Dolphins assistant Kacy Rodgers aboard to run New York’s defense.
Bowles, who was also Miami’s secondary coach from 2008 through 2011, worked alongside Rodgers for seven years – first with the Cowboys, and then the Dolphins.
Rodgers has been the Dolphins’ defensive line coach for the past seven seasons, and is hugely popular with his players. Assuming the hire becomes official – and many around football believe it is inevitable – Rodgers will become a defensive coordinator for the first time in his career.
Rodgers’ departure would add another level of uncertainty to a defense already in flux. The organization still has not said if Kevin Coyle will return for a fourth season after his defense cratered late in 2014. The Dolphins allowed 193 points in their last six games (32.2 per game), and Dolphins coach Joe Philbin is evaluating what exactly failed – coaching included.
Rodgers’ replacement might already be in the building. Charlie Bullen has served as the team’s assistant defensive line coach for the past two seasons.