Bowles was the first candidate interviewed by owner Stephen Ross and General Manager Jeff Ireland for the vacant head coaching job created by the firing of Tony Sparano three weeks ago on December 12th. On the surface he went into the interview with some momentum having gone 2-1 since taking over Sparano.
The two wins came against AFC East rivals the Buffalo Bills (30-23 on December 18th) and the Jets at Sun Life Stadium and the lone loss came on the road at the New England Patriots on Christmas Eve, 27-24. Miami led that game 17-0 at the half.
Bowles completed his fourth season with the Dolphins in 2011, having been originally named Assistant Head Coach/Secondary on January 23rd, 2008. Prior to joining the Dolphins he had spent the previous three years as the secondary coach with the Dallas Cowboys.
In Bowles’ three years in Dallas, three Cowboys defensive backs were chosen to a combined five Pro Bowls, including three by safety Roy Williams. In 2007, three-fourths of Dallas’ backfield was selected to the NFC All-Star squad, as cornerback Terence Newman and safety Ken Hamlin joined Williams in Honolulu. Over those three seasons (2005-07), the Cowboys as a team came up with 52 interceptions, tied for the third-highest total in the NFC.
Before going to the Cowboys, Bowles had a four-year stint (2001-04) on the staff of the Cleveland Browns, including the first three years as the defensive nickel package coach and the final season as secondary coach. In that 2004 season, the Browns ranked fifth in the league in pass defense, as they allowed an average of just 181.3 passing yards per game.
In Bowles’ first year with Cleveland, the Browns led the league and set a franchise record with 33 interceptions, 28 of which were accounted for by defensive backs, including 10 by rookie Anthony Henry. Bowles’ first NFL coaching position came as defensive backs coach with the New York Jets in 2000, when he helped the unit to a No. 6 NFL ranking in pass defense, permitting an average of only 183.3 yards passing per outing.
Bowles, a native of Elizabeth, N.J., was a four-year letterman as a defensive back at Temple University (1982-85). He went on to play eight seasons in the NFL, including stints with Washington (1986-90, 1992-93) and San Francisco (1991). In his career, he appeared in 117 regular-season games and accounted for 15 interceptions. He was a member of the Redskins team that captured the Super Bowl XXII championship following the 1987 season.
Upon the conclusion of his playing career, Bowles worked in the player personnel department of the Green Bay Packers from 1995-96. He was defensive coordinator/secondary coach at Morehouse College in 1997 and defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach at Grambling State from 1998-99.
He and his wife, Taneka, reside in Parkland, Fla. Bowles has a daughter, Sydni, and three sons, Todd Jr., Troy and Tyson.