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Todd Bowles: How Have First Year New York Jets Coaches Fared?

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Over the weekend, we took a look at how some of the most successful coaches in the league fared early in their respective tenures. How have first year New York Jets coaches done? We provide a look below.

Coach First Season Wins Year Before Wins in First Season Change in Wins
Baugh 1960 N/A 7 7
Turner 1962 7 5 -2
Ewbank 1963 5 5.5 0.5
Winner 1974 4 7 3
Holtz 1976 3 3 0
Michaels 1977 3 3 0
Walton 1983 6 7 1
Coslet 1990 4 6 2
Carroll 1994 8 6 -2
Kotite 1995 6 3 -3
Parcells 1997 1 9 8
Groh 2000 8 9 1
Edwards 2001 9 10 1
Mangini 2006 4 10 6
Ryan 2009 9 9 0

The Jets had a tie in Weeb Ewbank's first season so I counted it as half a win.

A note should also be made for Joe Walton in 1983. While the Jets did win one more game that season than the year before, 1982 was a strike season. There were only nine games played. The 1982 Jets were 6-3. The 1983 Jets were 7-9.

Over the weekend, we discussed how Bowles should show some early signs of success and how the team should be clearly on the upswing in year two. Recent Jets history shows how fleeting first year success can be. Three straight Jets head coaches, Herman Edwards, Eric Mangini, and Rex Ryan, got their teams to the Playoffs as rookie coaches but left the team with losing records.