Wednesday January 21st, 2015

The New York Jets introduced Todd Bowles as their new head coach and Mike Maccagnan as their new general manager at a press conference on Wednesday. 

The Jets hired both Bowles and Maccagnan last week. Bowles comes to New York having spent the last two seasons as the Arizona Cardinals' defensive coordinator, while Maccagnan was an executive with the Houston Texans.

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Originally from Elizabeth, N.J., Bowles called the Jets job "a dream of a lifetime for me."

"Going forward, we're going to be a tough team, we're going to be an intelligent team. We're going to do things the right way."​ Bowles said.

Asked about Jets quarterback Geno Smith, Bowles called him "a great college quarterback." Smith started 13 games for New York last season, throwing 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions and briefly losing the starting job to Michael Vick.

Bowles said the team's defensive coordinator will call the plays on that side of the ball, but that he will still "have a big hand in the defense as far as scheme and terminology."​

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Maccagnan said he believes the Jets roster has "a good foundation in place," but needs to improve its overall talent. 

"We will look at all avenues to acquire players ... I do believe philosophically you have to build through the draft," said Maccagnan.

The Jets finished 4-12 in 2014, missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season. The team fired head coach Rex Ryan the day after the season ended. 

- Molly Geary


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