And just like that, another domino has fallen. Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has reached an agreement to become the next head coach of the New York Jets, according to FOX Sports NFL reporter Mike Garafolo. There had been some reports that Dan Quinn was a favorite there, but with the Seahawks continued advancement in the playoffs, the Jets have made their move.
Bowles interviewed with the San Francisco 49ers late last week. There were reports he would have a follow-up interview this week, but then his agent quickly informed the media he had no direct knowledge of any such interview. That situation is now officially resolved with Bowles officially off the market. Adam Schefter is reporting Bowles will sign a four-year deal. His departure opens the door for the Cardinals defensive coordinator job, but Dick LeBeau has already been mentioned fairly prominently for that one. Of course, watch it now end up going to Vic Fangio or Ed Donatell.
49ers general manager Trent Baalke is reportedly on his way back to Santa Clara having spent the day in Denver interviewing Adam Gase. Baalke does not have Gase in tow, so clearly nothing has been finalized in that regard. Jim Tomsula could end up being the guy, or maybe the team has decided it wants to hold out for Dan Quinn.
I imagine we'll hear plenty more rumors in the coming days as this search drags on. The 49ers join the Raiders, Bears, Falcons and Broncos without a coach. I expected more dominos to fall once Rex Ryan join the Bills, but it has been an agonizingly slow process. It is possible one or more teams is really hoping to lure Dan Quinn or Josh McDaniels to their sideline. Other than that, this process is just dragging along.