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The Cardinals signed defensive coordinator Todd Bowles to a contract extension, keeping him with the team through the 2017 season. He also received a pay raise

By SI Wire
November 13, 2014

The Arizona Cardinals signed defensive coordinator Todd Bowles to a contract extension, keeping him with the team through the 2017 season, reports Pro Football Talk.

According to the report, Bowles receives a pay raise and can still pursue head coaching jobs after the season.

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Bowles, 50, is in his second season as Arizona’s defensive coordinator. He has also spent time on the staffs of the Dolphins, Cowboys, Browns, Jets, and Packers. Bowles played eight seasons in the NFL, mostly notably with the Washington Redskins before retiring after the 1993 season.

This season, the Cardinals defense is ranked 11th (3rd rushing, 30th passing) and fourth in points allowed, giving up only 18.9 points a game. Last season, Arizona ranked sixth in total defense and gave up 20.3 points a game.

Arizona has the league’s best record at 8-1 this season and has a two-game lead over the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West.

The Cardinals play the Detroit Lions (7-2) at home Sunday.

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