The incestuous nature of the AFC East crept up again last night. In just this offseason, the Buffalo Bills hired former New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, the Miami Dolphins hired former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum to be their Vice President of Football Operations, and now the New York Jets get in act, hiring former Miami Dolphins assistant head coach/secondary coach/interim head coach Todd Bowles.
Of course, Bowles left Miami after a 2-1 stretch as the interim head coach after Tony Sparano was fired late in the 2011 season. Since his time on South Beach, Bowles spent a year as the Philadelphia Eagles' defensive backs coach followed by a year as the team's defensive coordinator. He then moved in 2013 to the Arizona Cardinals, serving two years as their defensive coordinator.
The Dolphins were thought to want to keep Bowles on the staff after the 2011 season, but it was unlikely he would settle for any position other than the head coach spot after serving as the interim head coach.
Now, they will have to face him twice a year.
Bowles is known for designing aggressive, and complex defenses, adapting to the players on the field, as well as the offense they are facing. Bowles will bring a hybrid 4-3 to New York, not afraid to quickly switch to a 3-4 and with plenty of exotic looks and blitzes.
Bowles should be a really good coach in the NFL. Unfortunately for Dolphins fans, it's now going to be in Jets green.