According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Media, Todd Bowles could end up being considered for some head-coaching vacancies after the season, even after being fired by the Jets.
Reports from the past few weeks have said Bowles is almost certain to be replaced as the Jets’ head coach, but Garafolo says he’s heard enough from sources around the league about Bowles possibly garnering interest as a head-coaching candidate that it’s at least worth watching.
Garafolo notes that Bowles has ties to the Cardinals, Browns and Packers and Arizona still thinks highly of him as a candidate.
Jason La Canfora previously reported that there are “persistent rumblings” in NFL circles about the possibility of Bowles returning to the Cardinals.
La Canfora says that Arizona is mulling major changes as well with first-year head coach Steve Wilks, who has led the team to a 2-9 record. La Canfora adds that Bowles remains a beloved figure with the Cardinals from his time as a defensive coordinator and their defense has struggled mightily this season.
Beyond that, the Cardinals will need to find a way to keep All-Pro CB Patrick Peterson from requesting another trade out of Arizona in the offseason.
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.
During his four years as Jets’ head coach, Bowles has led the team to a record of 24-38 (38.7 percent) and no playoff appearances.
We’ll have more regarding Bowles as the news is available.