❚ Coach­ing changes,

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - INSIDE - Andy Vasquez

The Jets are look­ing for a new coach. Again.

The team fired coach Todd Bowles on Dec. 30, finish­ing the sea­son at 4-12. The team de­liv­ered the news upon re­turn­ing to New Jer­sey af­ter a 38-3 loss to the Pa­tri­ots.

In a state­ment, the Jets said gen­eral man­ager Mike Maccagnan will keep his job and “work closely” with CEO Christo­pher John­son to se­lect a coach.

Bowles failed to make the play­offs in any of his four sea­sons with the team, finish­ing with a 24-40 record. Af­ter start­ing 10-5 in 2015, Bowles lost 21 of his final 27 games as Jets' coach.

Bowles and Rich Kotite are the only coaches in team his­tory to pre­side over at least 32 games and fail to make the play­offs.

The Jets have now gone through 13 con­sec­u­tive full-time coaches with­out reach­ing the Su­per Bowl. The Jets won their only ti­tle in the 1968 sea­son.

Bowles' fate was sealed with a six-game los­ing streak that in­cluded a hu­mil­i­at­ing home blowout loss to the Bills and an epic col­lapse in Ten­nessee.

They squan­dered sev­eral winnable games over the course of the sea­son, in­clud­ing onepos­ses­sion home losses against Mi­ami, Hous­ton and Green Bay and one-pos­ses­sion road losses to the Browns, Dol­phins and Ti­tans. In four of those games, the Jets blew a fourth-quar­ter lead.

Jets fans em­braced Bowles as he started 10-6, but it didn't take long for the hon­ey­moon to end. Bowles' stoic side­line de­meanor and lack of emo­tion didn't en­dear him to the fan base, and as the losses piled up, an­gry fans be­gan call­ing for his job as early as 2016.

Bowles finally got his quar­ter­back in Sam Darnold this sea­son. But the early strug­gles of offen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Jeremy Bates — the for­mer quar­ter­back coach whom Bowles el­e­vated af­ter firing John Mor­ton last year — and the over­all in­ep­ti­tude of the de­fense proved too much for Bowles to over­come.

Todd Bowles

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