By Jason Keidel
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Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan needed to be envious when information broke that John Lynch signed a six-yr deal to develop into basic supervisor of the San Francisco 49ers. Lynch, who had by no means been an NFL GM, then signed beginner Kyle Shanahan to a six-yr deal to teach the membership.
It’s uncommon, if not unprecedented, for 2 neophytes to get six-yr offers, safety not often afforded even probably the most seasoned coaches or basic managers.
Against this, Mike Tomlin, some of the tenured and completed coaches within the NFL — solely Marvin Lewis, Mike McCarthy, and Invoice Belichick have been with their groups longer — has by no means been provided greater than 4 years on any of his offers, and his newest extension was just for two years, assuring his time in Pittsburgh solely by way of 2018.
Bowles has no such luxurious. And because the head coach of the Jets (or famously coined HC of the NYJ) is so perilously tethered to the overall supervisor, it leads us to marvel how a lot Bowles’ job rides on this week’s NFL Draft.
Maccagnan picks the gamers that Bowles coaches. Or to borrow from one other former Jets coach, Bowles cooks the groceries his boss buys. So is it truthful to Bowles that the Jets don’t have the personnel to contend this yr?
Add to that the truth that Bowles is clearly squirming on the recent seat this season. Greater than heat, it’s scalding. There has been a rising refrain amongst followers to fireside Bowles. After which there’s the haunting listing from CBSSports.com, which listed the league’s prime coaches. The highest spots have been self-evident (Belichick, McCarthy, Reid, Carroll, and so forth.), however when you anticipate Bowles to dwell across the decrease rungs based mostly on his 5-eleven marketing campaign in 2016, you don’t anticipate him to be on the backside rung. Which is strictly the place CBS has him — twenty seventh out of 32. The one 5 coaches under him are teaching their first NFL video games in September.
That feels a bit unfair. It’s not as if Bowles has made a behavior of 5-eleven seasons. Simply the one, which was preceded by a ten-6 season. However with all of the rumors swirling across the HC and GM of the NYJ, why not shake, rattle, and roll the cube and snag a quarterback within the first spherical? Even with a dearth of dominant QBs this yr, take a shot on the one place that basically can flip this staff round.
The media and…