1. Wow, that was quick: Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn was thought to be the front-runner, but two things changed that. Seattle advanced to the NFC Championship Game, and Bowles impressed the Jets' brass during his Jan. 7 interview. Unable to offer the job to Quinn until the Seahawks' postseason is complete, the Jets changed course. They invited Bowles for a second interview on Tuesday, with newly hired general manager Mike Maccagnan participating. And that closed the deal. Are they guilty of impatience? Not really. Bowles and Quinn are comparable in terms of qualifications. If you feel good about a guy, why wait?
2. Another defensive guy: Considering the quarterback problem and the issues on offense, an offensive-minded coach would have been ideal. Bowles becomes the sixth straight defensive-oriented coach, with Bill Parcells, Al Groh, Herm Edwards, Eric Mangini and Rex Ryan before him. Curiously, the Jets showed no interest in Adam Gase and Pep Hamilton, up-and-coming offensive coaches. They could have used an innovative mind on that side of the ball, but hey, there's something to be said for a defensive coach. If you don't have an elite quarterback, and the Jets don't, you play great defense and run the ball.
3. The anti-Rex: The party's over. Bowles is known for his laid-back demeanor, so no, he won't be showing up for a news conference in a wig. He's an even-keeled coach, which Ryan wasn't. Jets owner Woody Johnson wants to change the environment around the team, and he believes Bowles will bring a steadiness that was lacking and maybe a little tough love. Make no mistake, he's not a tyrant -- his former players in Arizona speak of him reverently -- but he'll tear into the players if necessary. In an October game against the Washington Redskins, he busted up a whiteboard at halftime because he was angry with his players.
4. A scouting report: Someone in the league who has worked with Bowles, speaking on the condition of anonymity, described him as "professional, consistent and [manages] expectations."
"He has a quiet, steady persona, but he has a presence," the source said. "He did more with less in Arizona. He's a former player, so he can work and handle players."
5. Just blitz, baby: If you think Ryan runs a pressure-oriented defense, wait until you see Bowles' scheme. In his two seasons as defensive coordinator, the Cardinals blitzed on 46.5 percent of dropbacks, the highest rate in the NFL, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He employed a 3-4 attacking scheme, in which he wasn't afraid to use cover-zero blitzes. He'll be a good fit for the Jets, because they already have 3-4 personnel. The current roster is short of quality cornerbacks, and Bowles will need man-to-man corners to operate his system. But he can be flexible. Despite losing several starters in Arizona, he was able to adjust with different personnel, and the Cards finished fifth in points allowed.
6. Casserly's fingerprints: Jets consultant Charley Casserly took two people from his past, Bowles and Maccagnan, and brought them together. Bowles was a starting safety for the Redskins when Casserly was Washington's GM and Maccagnan was a scout for Casserly. Basically, Johnson has entrusted the future of his franchise to Casserly's judgment. He'd better be right. One thing to note: Bowles and Maccagnan never worked together, so it's hard to predict how they'll coexist. They'll be a couple of rookies, learning on the fly.
7. About the offense ... : Bowles wants to hire well-traveled Chan Gailey as his offensive coordinator, according to a source. Frankly, this isn't an inspiring choice. Gailey, 63, has been out of football for two years. He was the Buffalo Bills' coach from 2010-12, a period in which they ranked no better than 14th in total offense. This is a critical position on the staff, because the hire will inherit the inconsistent Geno Smith and possibly a potential franchise quarterback in the draft.