Bowles has been making the interview rounds since taking the interim reins with the Dolphins late in the 2011 season. His stock rose this year after unleashing maniacal blitzes and creative schemes to compensate for the loss of several defensive stars in Arizona.
"The guy is special," one NFL coach said of Bowles, per ESPN's Vaughn McClure. "People just don't understand, they don't make them like that anymore."
The Cardinals' average of 19.5 points allowed is fifth in the NFL since Bowles took over as coordinator in 2013, particularly excelling in the fourth quarter. The secondary will have to be overhauled in New York, but Bowles has plenty of talent with which to work on the front seven.
The Jets were impressed with Bowles' leadership, ability to relate to players and the flexibility he has shown with personnel, per Breer. Former Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey is expected to be the team's offensive coordinator, Rapoport adds. Dolphins defensive line coach Kacy Rodgers will join Bowles in New York as defensive coordinator.