Todd Bowles enters his first season with the Cardinals as defensive coordinator after being hired on 1/21/13. Beginning his 14th year as an NFL assistant, Bowles comes to Arizona from Philadelphia where he spilt the 2012 season between working as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach.
He was named the Eagles defensive coordinator on 10/16/12 after spending the first six games of the 2012 season as the team’s secondary coach. The Eagles finished last season ninth in the NFL in pass defense (216.9 ypg).
Bowles previously coached in the NFL with Miami (2008-11), Dallas (2005-07), Cleveland (2001-04) and the New York Jets (2000). Bowles is also a veteran of eight seasons as an NFL defensive back with Washington (1986-90; 1992-93) and San Francisco (1991).
He joined the Eagles in 2012 after serving as the assistant head coach/secondary coach for Miami from 2008-11. He was named the Dolphins interim head coach for the final three games of the 2011 season and posted a 2-1 record. Under his leadership, Dolphins’ defensive backs helped hold opposing quarterbacks to a 58.1% completion rate, which ranked 7th in the NFL. In 2010, the Dolphins ranked eighth in the NFL in passing defense and featured Pro Bowl safety Yeremiah Bell.
From 2005-07, Bowles was the secondary coach for the Dallas Cowboys, coaching a secondary that compiled 52 interceptions over those three seasons, tying for third-most in the NFC during that span, and ranked fifth in the NFC by holding their opponents to just 310.4 total yards per game. During his time in Dallas, he coached three defensive backs to five Pro Bowl appearances, safeties Roy Williams (2005-07) and Ken Hamlin (2007) and cornerback Terence Newman (2007).
Prior to the Cowboys, Bowles was a four-year defensive assistant for Cleveland (2001-04), serving as both the secondary coach (2004) and the defensive nickel package coach (2001-03). As secondary coach in 2004, the Browns held their opposition to just 181.3 passing yards per game, which ranked fifth in the league. In 2001, his first year with the Browns, Cleveland’s defense set a franchise record with a league-leading 33 interceptions, including 28 from defensive backs and 10 from rookie Anthony Henry.
Bowles began his NFL coaching career as the defensive backs coach with the New York Jets in 2000 and coached a secondary that finished sixth in the league in pass defense, allowing 183.3 yards per game.
Following the conclusion of his playing career, Bowles worked in the player personnel department with the Green Bay Packers for two years (1995-96) prior to beginning his coaching career as an assistant under his former Redskins teammate Doug Williams as the defensive coordinator/secondary coach at Morehouse College in 1997 and the defensive coordinator/secondary coach at Grambling State from 1998-99.
One of Bowles’ mentors during his career was 2013 Hall of Fame inductee Bill Parcells. Bowles worked under Parcells with the New York Jets in 2000 (Parcells was GM), Dallas Cowboys in 2005-06 (Parcells was head coach) and Miami Dolphins from 2008-10 (Parcells was Executive VP of Football Operations).
A native of Elizabeth, NJ, Bowles attended Tempe University, where he was a four-year letterman (1982-85) and a team captain as a defensive back. After going undrafted in the 1986 NFL Draft, Bowles went on to appear in 117 regular season games and recorded 15 interceptions and seven fumble recoveries in his career. He was also a starter for the 1987 Washington Redskins Super Bowl XXII championship team.
Bowles and his wife, Taneka, have a daughter, Sydni, and three sons, Todd Jr., Troy, and Tyson.