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Todd Bowles
Defensive Coordinator
Experience:
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Biography

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• Hired as Cardinals defensive coordinator on 1/21/13 after spending the 2012 season with Philadelphia Eagles.

• 14-year NFL assistant who has also coached with the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins during his career.

• In his first year in Arizona, the Cardinals had the NFL’s 6th ranked defense and No. 1 ranked run defense. They allowed the fewest rushing yards in team history for a 16-game season (1,351 yards), had 47.0 sacks (3rd in team history) and 30 takeaways (tied for 6th in NFL), including 20 INTs (5th in NFL).

• Played defensive back in the NFL for eight seasons with the Washington Redskins (1986-90; 1992-93) and San Francisco 49ers (1991).

• Played collegiately at Temple (1982-85) where he was a team captain under head coach Bruce Arians in 1985.

• Served as interim head coach for the Miami Dolphins for the final three games of the 2011 season, posting a 2-1 record.

• Was a member of the 1987 Washington Redskins Super Bowl XXII championship team.

NoteCARDS:

• Hired as Cardinals defensive coordinator on 1/21/13 after spending the 2012 season with Philadelphia Eagles.

• 14-year NFL assistant who has also coached with the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins during his career.

• In his first year in Arizona, the Cardinals had the NFL’s 6th ranked defense and No. 1 ranked run defense. They allowed the fewest rushing yards in team history for a 16-game season (1,351 yards), had 47.0 sacks (3rd in team history) and 30 takeaways (tied for 6th in NFL), including 20 INTs (5th in NFL).

• Played defensive back in the NFL for eight seasons with the Washington Redskins (1986-90; 1992-93) and San Francisco 49ers (1991).

• Played collegiately at Temple (1982-85) where he was a team captain under head coach Bruce Arians in 1985.

• Served as interim head coach for the Miami Dolphins for the final three games of the 2011 season, posting a 2-1 record.

• Was a member of the 1987 Washington Redskins Super Bowl XXII championship team.

Todd Bowles enters his second season as defensive coordinator with the Cardinals and 15th as an NFL assistant after he was hired on 1/21/13. In his first season with the Cardinals, Bowles directed a defense that finished as the NFL’s 6th-ranked overall unit and featured the league’s top-ranked run defense (84.4 yards per game) after allowing the fewest rushing yards in team history for a 16-game season (1,351). The Cardinals also accumulated 47.0 sacks, the third-highest total in franchise history and had 30 takeaways (tied for 6th in NFL), including 20 interceptions which tied for the fifth-best total in the NFL. Patrick Peterson earned his second consecutive selection to the Pro Bowl at cornerback and Pro Bowl OLB John Abraham had 11.5 sacks to lead the team and set a franchise record for most sacks by a linebacker in a single season.

He came to Arizona last year from Philadelphia where he spilt the 2012 season between working as the Eagles defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach. He was named Philadelphia’s 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 2012 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). He is 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 8th in the NFL in passing defense and featured Pro Bowl safety Yeremiah Bell.

From 2005-07, Bowles was the secondary coach of the Dallas Cowboys, coaching a unit 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, Bowles 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 of 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 (1997) and the defensive coordinator/secondary coach at Grambling State (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 had 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.

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