With "Black Monday" approaching--the day after the NFL regular season concludes and upon which many head coaches lose their jobs--speculation is ramping up on which coaches will face the axe. Well, we have reports on who could very well be the first one.
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles, who has been at the helm of Gang Green since 2015, will reportedly be fired after Sunday's game in a move that surprises absolutely no one.
#Jets will fire HC Todd Bowles after this weeks game, per NFL Network.— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) December 29, 2018
Bowles led the Jets to a 10-5 record with one game remaining in his first season, but completely blew it in Week 17 against an inferior Buffalo Bills team, losing a game where a win would have put the Jets in the playoffs. Bowles proceeded to lose at least 10 games each of the next three campaigns, making his firing frankly inevitable.
Jets management threw us for a loop earlier this week when they released a statement affirming their commitment to Bowles after rumors linked them to University of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, but really, anything other than a parting of the ways between Bowles and the Jets would have been a major upset.
Statement from Christopher Johnson, Chairman and CEO:— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 24, 2018
“Todd Bowles is our Head Coach. There is no truth to the report of our interest in Jim Harbaugh."
Most Jets fans won't miss Bowles, whose cold, emotionless affect had many wondering whether there was anything going on under that visor of his. And considering how cornerback Darrelle Revis, who played on that 2015 Jets team, said that Bowles had the Jets completely unprepared for their biggest game in half a decade, it's a fair thing to wonder.