Albert Breer reports that the Buccaneers have hired former Jets HC Todd Bowles as their new defensive coordinator.
Josh Weinfuss of ESPN previously reported that it was “very likely” new Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians would try to reassemble the coaching staff he had with the Cardinals once hired.
Weinfuss added that there’s was a “good chance” Bowles would be hired as the team’s defensive coordinator. Now that Arians has been officially hired, Bowles joining the staff does not come as a surprise.
Bowles, 54, began his NFL coaching career with the Packers back in 1995 as a player personnel staff member before working for a number of teams including the Jets, Browns, Cowboys, Dolphins, Eagles and Cardinals.
The Jets hired Bowles as their head coach for the 2015 season and signed him to an extension last through 2020 last year. However, he was fired following the 2018 season.
During his four years as Jets’ head coach, Bowles led the team to a record of 24-40 (37.4 percent) and no playoff appearances.