Todd Bowles agrees to run Arizona Cardinals' defense


Todd Bowles has landed on his feet with the Arizona Cardinals.'s Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that Bowles has agreed to become the Cardinals' defensive coordinator, according to a team source.

Bowles, who served as the Philadelphia Eagles' defensive coordinator under Andy Reid last season, will replace Ray Horton, who was let go by the team this week. Horton landed the Cleveland Browns' defensive coordinator job on Friday.

In terms of defensive coordinator jobs, you could do worse than the Cardinals. Arizona finished 21st in total defense last season, but possesses some pieces. The Cardinals' woeful offense did the defense no favors either, leading to poor field position and time-of-possession issues.

Bowles gives new coach Bruce Arians the fresh start on defense he spoke of during his introductory news conference. Arians cited Horton's pre-existing relationship with Cardinals players as a reason for deciding to go in a different direction.

"It needed to be a football team that was directed by me," Arians said Friday. "And any time there's carry over, you don't want guys being able to go somewhere else to voice their opinion."

Cardinals players could obviously still go elsewhere if they choose, but a fresh face perhaps lessens that chance.

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