January 31, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) Todd Bowles has won the first Associated Press NFL Assistant Coach Of The Year award.

Bowles won it as defensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals. He since has become the head coach of the New York Jets.

The award, created for the 2014 season and presented during the ''NFL Honors'' show Saturday night, is open to all assistant coaches in the league. And the balloting was vigorous, with 11 coaches earning votes.

Bowles received 22 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL. Two Dallas coordinators, Rod Marinelli (defense) and Scott Linehan (offense), were next: Marinelli with 12, Linehan with three.

Two others who received votes, Jim Schwartz and Vic Fangio, no longer hold the same jobs. Schwartz was released as defensive coordinator in Buffalo, while Fangio left San Francisco and is now with Chicago as defensive coordinator.

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