FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Jets made it official Sunday night, firing head coach Todd Bowles, a move that has been coming for weeks.
The Jets made the move around 8:30 p.m., a few hours after Bowles’ Jets lost 38-3 to the Patriots in the season finale.
“I would like to thank Coach Bowles for his dedication to the New York Jets for the last four years,” Jets CEO Christopher Johnson said in a statement. “After carefully evaluating the situation, I have concluded that this is the right direction for the organization to take. I would like to wish Todd, Taneka and their family only the best.”
The Jets also announced they are retaining general manager Mike Maccagnan, and he will lead the search for a new head coach along with Johnson.
Bowles, 55, leaves the Jets with a record of 24-40 in his four seasons as the team’s coach. He presided over three straight losing seasons. He started his career 10-5 in 2015, but went 14-35 since, including losing nine of their last 10 games this season. Over his final 27 games, the Jets only won six times.
Bowles declined to say whether he believed he should return as the Jets coach after the game.
“I don’t talk about my job,” Bowles said.
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The decision to fire Bowles was made long before Sunday, though. His fate was sealed during a six-game losing streak in the middle of the season. The low point was a 41-10 loss to the Bills at home on Nov. 11. The Bills started backup quarterback Matt Barkley, and the Jets were non-competitive in the game. There were calls to fire Bowles after that game, but ownership decided to let him finish the season.