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Some NFL execs believe Todd Bowles return to Arizona Cardinals is a possibility

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It’s been a trying season for the New York Jets, and that’s resulted in some NFL executives believing that head coach Todd Bowles could return to the Arizona Cardinals in some capacity should he be fired by his current team.

According to CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora, a firing of Bowles in New York could have him back with the Cardinals, where he served as defensive coordinator before taking the Jets job.

From La Canfora:

Bowles is virtually certain not to be back with the Jets next season, league sources said, with the organization poised to go in another direction to try to cultivate young quarterback Sam Darnold, and he remains a beloved figure with the Cardinals from his time as a defensive coordinator there.

La Canfora also went on to discuss Bowles’ relationship with the current Cardinals’ defensive players and how that could factor into a possible reunion:

His strong ties with these players cannot be overstated. Bowles also has ties to some of the existing assistant coaches in Arizona, should the organization want to avoid a total blowup, and retain some of the pieces left over from the transition from Bruce Arians to Wilks a year ago. Bowles will likely have other options as well, but he enjoyed his time in Arizona helping to turn around that franchise, and already has a comfort level with many of the prominent figures in the organization.

The Jets are just 3-8 on the season, which certainly isn’t ideal for Bowles’ job security after back-to-back 5-11 seasons.

He did go 10-6 in his first year on the job, but things have never quite come together since that point.