TEMPE, Ariz. -- There’s a chance the Arizona Cardinals could be looking for a defensive coordinator by the end of Tuesday.
Todd Bowles will meet with the New York Jets for a second time on Tuesday, according to a source, and is still scheduled to meet with the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday, pending a deal isn’t struck before he leaves New York.
ESPN.com’s Rich Cimini reported that Bowles will meet with Jets general manager-in-waiting Mike Maccagnan.
Should Bowles take over as head coach of the Jets, he would be inheriting the sixth-ranked defense in yards allowed. New York’s run defense was among the best in the NFL, allowing 3.79 yards per run. But the Jets’ defense was 30th on third downs and in interception rate.
Bowles would have to work on rebuilding the Jets’ offense, however. New York was 30th in average yards per play and last in the league in passing yards per game. The Jets were last in red-zone percentage, scoring on 36.2 percent of plays inside the 20-yard-line, and were 31st in goal-to-go percentage (57.9). They also averaged just 17.7 points per game.